Hudson Valley News

Six activists were convicted in June of blocking access to a gas power plant under construction in Orange County, New York. And three of them, including Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell, refused to pay the fine. Instead, they have been sentenced to a week in jail — due to report later today. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Cromwell about why he wouldn’t pay the fine and the message he wants to send.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Monday announced next steps regarding the suspended U.S. Coast Guard proposal for anchorage sites along the Hudson River. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports from the Newburgh waterfront.

NYS Assemblyman Says To Focus On Ethics Reform

Jul 8, 2017

With the New York state legislative session wrapped up in Albany, an assemblyman from the Hudson Valley says there is at least one big piece of unfinished business.

Sullivan County Asks FERC For Intervenor Status

Jul 8, 2017

In New York, the Sullivan County Legislature has agreed unanimously to ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to intervene in proceedings related to a compressor station.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York congressman from the Hudson Valley is standing his ground after declaring last week that a U.S. Coast Guard proposal for Hudson River anchorage sites is effectively dead. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was the first to announce the Coast Guard’s decision to suspend the proposal and say it was killed. Others have been more circumspect in their descriptions.

NY Army National Guard Soldiers Head To Australia

Jul 7, 2017
Courtesy of the New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs

More than 800 New York Army National Guard soldiers head for Australia Friday for a three-week training exercise with the Australian Army.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney stood with local leaders in Newburgh Thursday, announcing legislation to help turn so-called zombie homes into housing for homeless veterans.

HV Assemblymen Back Effort For Full-Day Kindergarten

Jul 6, 2017
Children at school on a computer
Lucelia Ribeiro/Flickr

New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie Wednesday announced a joint effort with Governor Andrew Cuomo to support the transition to full-day kindergarten in next year's budget for all school districts in New York that still maintain half-day programs. A few assemblymen in the Hudson Valley praise the effort.

On this week’s 51%, a researcher looks into fixing mutated genes linked to breast cancer and we bring you a conversation with the CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Indian Point 2 nuclear power plant recently came back online following a shutdown June 26 after an issue with a water pump.

It is day five for ride-hailing services in New York outside of the Big Apple. In the Hudson Valley, Westchester County lawmakers plan to monitor their concerns via a task force after the county and ride-hailing companies announced a program to create a voluntary pool of fingerprinted drivers. Meanwhile, further north, Kingston’s mayor says so far, so good. 

A Westchester County high school student was deported at the end of June. The case garnered national headlines and last-minute requests from the attorney for the undocumented immigrant from Ecuador to allow him to stay and earn his diploma from Ossining High School. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Ossining Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg about how the deportation might affect her community.

Courtesy of Abilities First

A property donation will allow a non-profit organization that serves students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to expand into Orange County.

NYS Forest In Columbia County Gets Improvements

Jul 1, 2017

Improvements have been completed at a New York state forest in Columbia County.

Yonkers Law Aims To Deter Drag Racing

Jun 30, 2017

A city in Westchester County has a new law that addresses drag racing, and it takes effect Saturday.

Global To Local = Ecuador To Newburgh

Jun 30, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A group of students from Newburgh is nearing the end of a trip to Ecuador and, when they return, they’ll be applying their global service learning to community impact projects in their neighborhood. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with a few of the students and their teachers before the trip.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The federal Environmental Protection Agency held a public meeting Wednesday night in Poughkeepsie concerning PCB cleanup in the Hudson River. Several people in the packed room called for more cleanup.

USCG Suspends Hudson River Anchorages Proposal

Jun 29, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Coast Guard has shelved future rulemaking decisions regarding additional anchorages on the Hudson River. Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, who first announced the news Wednesday, calls it a major victory. Others view the move more cautiously.

USCG Shelves Proposal For Hudson River Anchorage Sites

Jun 28, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Coast Guard has effectively killed a proposal to establish anchorage sites along the Hudson River. Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney broke the news late Wednesday, announcing that the Coast Guard would suspend future rulemaking decisions on the matter.

Mill House Brews A Beer On The Hudson

Jun 28, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

For a limited time, a brewing company in Poughkeepsie is offering a beer not only made ­­with water from the Hudson River, but ­on the river. The process mirrored one from the 1700s and was revived following networking among a brewmaster, an environmentalist and a boat captain. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne boarded the boat where it all took place.

Adam E. Moreira, Wikimedia Commons

The Poughkeepsie Common Council was scheduled to hold a special meeting the 6 o’clock hour Tuesday evening on whether to fund city buses for three more months. This comes as a citizens group has hired a law firm to get involved amid continuing controversy.

Courtesy of the Hinchey family

The family of former Hudson Valley Congressman Maurice Hinchey announced Tuesday that the 78-year-old Democrat is suffering from a rare, terminal neurological disorder. WAMC’s Allison Dunne reports Hinchey’s family is speaking out amid fierce debate over health care in Washington.

Former Congressman Hinchey
Hinchey family

The family of former Hudson Valley Congressman Maurice Hinchey announced today that the Democrat, 78, is suffering from a rare, terminal disorder known as Frontotemporal Degeneration. He was diagnosed after a recent battle with prostate cancer. Hinchey was in Congress from 1992-2012 and the state Assembly from 1975-1992. The disease has limited the once-eloquent Hinchey's language skills and has affected his walking, balance and muscles.

Indian Point 2 Shut Down Over Water Pump Issue

Jun 27, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

In New York, one of Indian Point’s nuclear power plants was shut down Monday following an issue with a pump on the non-nuclear side.

NYS Assemblyman Condemns Attack Ads

Jun 26, 2017

A New York state assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is denouncing what he says are false and anonymous social media and robocall ad attacks against him. The Democrat from Orange County says the ads cross a line and he is taking action.

Pepperoni Pizza
Jon Sullivan via Wikimedia Commons

A small group of pizzerias in Dutchess County, New York, will pay $50,000 to settle a discrimination suit. That’s according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which announced the settlement.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A bill to safeguard the Hudson River from proposed anchorage sites passed the New York state Senate and Assembly this week. And now supporters are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the measure into law. 

Clearwater Cancels Voyage To Washington, D.C.

Jun 23, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

After setting sail for Washington, D.C. Monday, the sloop Clearwater reversed course and returned to the Hudson River.

Courtesy of HV Pattern for Progress

Former New York Republican Congressman Chris Gibson was in Poughkeepsie Thursday, giving a talk on leadership. He addressed graduates of a regional leadership program and weighed in on the federal healthcare bills.

Sullivan's Beaverkill Covered Bridge Reopens

Jun 22, 2017
Courtesy of NYS Department of Transportation

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced the reopening of the historic Beaverkill Covered Bridge in Sullivan County after a $2.6 million rehabilitation project.