Hudson Valley News

Gannett Layoffs Hit Two Hudson Valley Papers

Oct 27, 2016

Gannett has announced a 2 percent cut in its workforce across the U.S., including at its headquarters. In addition to the Burlington Free Press in Vermont, the cuts hit hard at two newspapers in the Hudson Valley — The Poughkeepsie Journal and The Journal News.

As New York’s attorney general this week released a report analyzing gun trafficking into the state, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence is holding its annual “Walk for Gun Sense” Saturday at Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie.

New York state health officials have been notifying New Windsor residents of the results of private well testing in the vicinity of Stewart Air National Guard base. The state declared the base a Superfund site in August after identifying it as a source of PFOS contamination in the City of Newburgh’s drinking water supply.

Officials Detail PFOS Newburgh Blood Testing Program

Oct 26, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

About one month after the New York State Department of Health’s formal announcement of a PFOS blood testing program for Newburgh, state, federal and local officials were on hand during a public meeting Tuesday night to offer more details and answer questions.

Letters have gone back and forth between seven state lawmakers and the chair of the New York State Public Service Commission. At issue is what the lawmakers say is an unfair statewide electric rate increase to subsidize upstate nuclear power plants.

Courtesy of Courtney Strong Inc.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that $790,000 is available for Mid-Hudson Valley municipalities to convert to LED streetlights. The idea is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the state reach its energy goals.

Decorated Army Sergeant From Rockland Dies In Colorado

Oct 22, 2016

A decorated Army sergeant from Rockland County has died in Colorado, leaving behind a wife and daughter.

NYS Senator Issues A Challenge For Drug Take-Back Day

Oct 22, 2016

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, and there are more than 5,000 collection sites nationwide. As part of the effort, a New York state lawmaker in the Hudson Valley has issued a challenge.

ADA-Accessible Trail Opens At Black Rock Forest

Oct 21, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A nature trail opened Friday in the Hudson Highlands in Orange County that provides access for wheelchairs, walkers and strollers. The pathway at Black Rock Forest in Cornwall takes visitors to an overlook that provides 50 mile views up the Hudson Valley.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Officials from a village in New York’s Orange County are proposing joint operation of a wastewater facility with their neighbor — the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Highland Falls officials say a shared-service approach would save millions of dollars and protect the environment, namely the Hudson River.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Monday announced initial blood testing dates for Newburgh residents concerned about PFOS exposure.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Four New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley are sponsoring a hearing Wednesday for the public to weigh in on a controversial U.S. Coast Guard proposal to establish up to 10 anchorage sites in the Hudson River.

Courtesy of CPV Valley Energy Center

A former congressman is calling on the inspectors general of two federal agencies to probe the permitting process for a controversial gas power plant project in New York’s Orange County. This follows corruption charges brought by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office in September against two former top aides to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Courtesy of the Office of the Rockland County Executive

Rockland County is donating surplus medical supplies to the Haitian hurricane relief effort.

A state Supreme Court justice has rejected two legal challenges to a Hasidic Jewish village's expansion in Orange County. Unless there is an appeal, the 164-acre annexation may proceed.

Authorities say they've charged a man with fatally shooting a teenager in the City of Newburgh in the late summer.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has introduced two pieces of legislation in response to the PFOS water contamination in Newburgh. The bills come shortly after the state Department of Health announced a PFOS blood-testing program for Newburgh.

Following vandalism of a Jewish cemetery in New York’s Orange County over the weekend, a Jewish group is offering a reward for what it’s calling a hate crime. Plus, there will be a rally of solidarity.

A congressional bipartisan task force has introduced legislation to help combat European anti-Semitism. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer stood on a train platform in Orange County Thursday. He was in Tuxedo calling on New Jersey Transit and Metro-North to improve emergency communications with passengers following last week’s train crash in Hoboken, New Jersey. A Metro-North spokesman is responding.

Local Groups Prep For Feeding The Hudson Valley

Oct 4, 2016

A number of community organizations in the Hudson Valley are banding together to raise awareness about food waste. They’ve been prepping for a first-time event Saturday at Walkway Over the Hudson called Feeding the Hudson Valley.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was at the Newburgh waterfront Monday, announcing legislation to prevent the establishment of any new anchorage sites in the Hudson River Valley. But the U.S. Coast Guard will continue the proposed rulemaking process as planned.

Funding Goes To Middletown To Hire More Cops

Oct 4, 2016

Three New York federal lawmakers say an Orange County city will receive $500,000 to put four new cops on the beat.

Oil Spill Cleanup At Indian Point Is Under Way

Oct 3, 2016
Courtesy of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo's office

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation will continue oversight of the cleanup of Friday’s oil spill at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County. The governor and DEC commissioner have visited the plant, and a plant spokesman says cleanup likely will take a few days.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that he signed three measures sponsored by a number of Hudson Valley lawmakers to rename roadways in the Mid-Hudson region in honor of fallen New York military heroes. Cuomo also signed such renaming bills in other parts of the state.

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U.S. lawmakers from the Hudson Valley have announced federal funding that will help a Westchester County-based organization combat human trafficking.

A documentary theater project about Hudson Valley and Capital Region farmers is being brought to the stage at Bard College this weekend. The piece is being directed by Dutchess County resident, actress and filmmaker Mary Stuart Masterson, known for roles in films like Fried Green Tomatoes and Benny & Joon. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Masterson  and the National Young Farmer Coalition's Lindsey Shute about the multimedia play “Good Dirt.”  

Cuomo Vetoes Annexation Oversight Bill

Sep 30, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed for the second consecutive year an annexation oversight bill sponsored by Hudson Valley lawmakers.

Courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection will install security cameras along a reservoir in Ulster County. 

Faso, Teachout Address Ulster County Chamber Members

Sep 29, 2016

The candidates in New York’s 19th Congressional District race addressed Ulster County Chamber of Commerce members Thursday morning in Kingston. Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout, virtually tied in the latest poll, took turns answering members’ questions in the race to fill the seat of the retiring Republican Congressman Chris Gibson.

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