Hudson Valley News

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The recently-approved New York state budget includes a doubling of investments in water infrastructure. Environmental groups and others are applauding the increase.

The enacted budget invests $350 million over the next two years to help communities upgrade and maintain drinking and wastewater infrastructure. First established in 2015, the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act is a three-year grant program started with an original investment of $200 million.  Dan Shapley is Water Quality Program Manager for Westchester County-based environmental group Riverkeeper.

Columbia County Has A New Farm Food Rescue Program

Apr 11, 2016
Courtesy of Audrey Berman/Long Table Harvest

Long Table Harvest is a new farm food rescue program serving Columbia County. The goal is to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables to county residents in need. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Long Table Harvest co-founder Audrey Berman about her program and its mission.

Courtesy of Mercy College

Two New York congressional representatives have announced a grant for a college’s Veterans Education Program.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says federal charges brought April 7 signify a big step in neutralizing two different drug rings that have been peddling drugs for years in Peekskill.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Lumber from the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was delivered to Newburgh Thursday and will be used in constructing a Habitat for Humanity house. It turns out the tree not only ended up in the Hudson Valley, but began there as well.

NY Counties Receive Funding To Stem Gun Violence

Apr 8, 2016
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday announced more than $13.3 million in funding for law enforcement agencies to continue fighting gun violence in the 17 counties currently participating in a state initiative. A few of the counties are in the Hudson Valley.

Julian Colton

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday proposed adding part of a creek in Dutchess County to its Superfund list. It’s welcome news for at least one elected official whose municipality is impacted.

The EPA proposes adding the two-mile long tidal portion of Wappinger Creek to its Superfund National Priorities List of the country’s most hazardous waste sites. The portion of Wappinger Creek being proposed includes parts of the village of Wappingers Falls and the towns of Poughkeepsie and Wappinger. Elias Rodriguez is an EPA spokesman.

NEH Grants Head To Two Westchester Locales

Apr 6, 2016
Courtesy of Jacob Burns Film Center

A congresswoman from the Hudson Valley has announced two National Endowment for the Humanities grants.

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Environmental groups are citing a provision in a 107-year-old transportation law in trying to derail an oil pipeline project from upstate New York to New Jersey.

Two weeks before the New York primary, the Dutchess County executive has invited all the presidential candidates to stop in his county for a town hall-style event, saying the county’s history is reason alone to come.

Sanders And Clinton Weigh In On Indian Point

Apr 5, 2016
Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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One of the Democratic presidential hopefuls is calling for the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County. His rival says not so fast.

Sanders Calls For Indian Point To Close

Apr 5, 2016
Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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One of the Democratic presidential hopefuls is calling for the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County.

New York Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says the state has made major changes to the Common Core English and math assessments since last year when 1 in 5 students refused to take them. Despite the changes, the children of a county executive in the Hudson Valley are opting out once again.

Photo of an Amtrak train.

A fatal train derailment Sunday in Pennsylvania once again has put the spotlight on rail safety, with at least one area lawmaker calling for technological improvements.

Belleayre Music Festival Returns, With Changes

Apr 4, 2016
Belleayre Music Festival, 2013

After a one-year absence, the Belleayre Music Festival will return this summer. The festival is set for the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, in a new venue, and there are other changes on tap.

The not-for-profit Belleayre Music Festival suspended its event in 2015 after 23 summers. Operations Director Garrett Burris says it was difficult to fundraise after Hurricane Irene in 2011 and there were other factors.

Walkway Symphony Premieres With NDSO At CIA

Apr 2, 2016

A symphony based on the pedestrian bridge Walkway Over the Hudson is premiering Saturday night at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Ben Kutner, the New York City-based composer of the work, spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

In mid-February, Dutchess County health officials reported an increase since the beginning of the year in cases of whooping cough. While the numbers of new cases have waned in the past few weeks, health experts say the recurrence of the disease, in general, is puzzling, and urge vaccination.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Drumming up support ahead of New York’s April 19 primary, former New York U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton campaigned in Westchester County Thursday. Though she was flanked by a number of staunch supporters, some students in the audience made it known they back her Democratic rival.

Health Alliance Becomes Part Of WMCHealth

Mar 31, 2016
Courtesy of WMCHealth/Health Alliance

Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley, effective immediately, is a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network.

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New York regulators are increasing the tax surcharge on corporations within the metropolitan commuter transportation district but say revenue will stay the same.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the Federal Highway Administration to fast track approval of a shared-use plan for the new Tappan Zee Bridge. He especially supports local officials on the Rockland side in their preference for a particular plan.

Vassar President To Leave June 2017

Mar 29, 2016
Courtesy of Vassar College

The Board of Trustees of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie announced Tuesday that President Catharine Hill will conclude her presidency at the end of her current term on June 30, 2017.  Her departure will mark the end of 11 years of leadership at Vassar.

Kingston Mayor Lays Out Plans, Hopes

Mar 29, 2016
Courtesy of Steve Noble

Kingston’s new mayor Steve Noble, a Democrat, came into office in January with ideas of change and improving communication. He recently spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about his plans.

Central Hudson Appoints New CEO

Mar 29, 2016
Courtesy of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

A utility company in the Hudson Valley has a new president.

NYPD Holds Counterterrorism Drill

Mar 28, 2016

The New York Police Department practiced how officials and officers would respond to a Brussels-style attack.

Boundless Energy Appeals PSC Decision

Mar 28, 2016

An energy company that claims its proposal would have rendered the least environmental impact for a transmission line project has appealed a New York State Public Service Commission decision denying a request for rehearing. The company has gone to state supreme court with the matter.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced the recommendation of 19 properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Five are in the Hudson Valley.

MSMC Names Acting President

Mar 23, 2016
Courtesy of Mount Saint Mary College

A college in Newburgh that has been in the headlines for controversial administration and board decisions has named an acting president.

A former water department commissioner in Mount Vernon, New York has pleaded guilty to bribery.

Walkway Adds Race To Marathon Lineup

Mar 22, 2016
Courtesy of Walkway Over the Hudson

There is an addition to this year’s Walkway Marathon in Dutchess County.