Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
7:31 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Faith leaders call for fracking ban

A group of Hudson Valley faith leaders gathered in New Paltz Wednesday at an event called A Spiritual Call to Ban Fracking. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports.

Fracking is a “crime,” according to Tom Caplan, a member of the Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper, who expressed his own feeling about the process.

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Hudson Valley News
8:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Hudson Valley Village judge dies in car crash

Authorities say the longtime judge for a Hudson Valley village has died after his car crashed into a tree. WAMC's Dave Lucas has details.


Police in the Orange County town of Montgomery tell the Times Herald-Record of Middletown that 76-year-old David Roepe was driving on Route 28 Tuesday afternoon when his car went off the road and slammed into a tree.

He was brought to St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say a medical condition might have contributed to the crash.

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Education
3:52 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Farm-to-School Initiative for Poughkeepsie Schools

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced a federal grant of $100,000 that will go to the Poughkeepsie City School District to establish a farm-to-school initiative. More from WAMC's Dave Lucas.

Gillibrand says the initiative's primary goals are to incorporate regionally produced foods into school meals, and to enhance foods systems education.  At each stage in the project, there will be collaboration between Hudson Valley farmers, value-added processors, distributors, school administrative staff, families, students and community stakeholders. 

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Hudson Valley News
1:14 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Robert Marchant - The Journal News

It’s been three weeks since Sandy caused damage up and down the Eastern Seaboard, including extensive damage in New York City and areas just north of the city in Westchester County.

Local governments and homeowners in Westchester County are still recovering from the storm as they work to dispose of pounds upon pounds of debris. WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke with Robert Marchant, staff reporter at The Journal News, from their Mount Kisco office.

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Hudson Valley News
7:57 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Zimpher eyes SUNY, manufacturing link

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher wants the Hudson Valley manufacturing industry and the college system to get on the same page when it comes to preparing students for jobs in their industry. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross has more on Zimpher’s address to the Council of Industry on Tuesday. 

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Hudson Valley News
9:40 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Residents of four more Hudson Valley counties eligible for disaster aid

Four more Hudson Valley counties have been added to the federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Sandy. The declaration now offers Individual Assistance to residents of Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster counties.

Rockland and Westchester counties were approved to receive the assistance days ago along with New York metropolitan area counties. Those two counties are also eligible for Public Assistance aid.

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Hudson Valley News
7:40 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Rockland County cash shortfall solutions unveiled

Rockland County faces millions of dollars in cash shortfall, and the Rockland Business Association has taken a detailed look into the causes and potential solutions. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross has more on the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress report unveiled Monday.

The general consensus appears to be that the county executive and county legislature must accept responsibility for the problem, which has worsened over the last six years.

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Hudson Valley News
8:00 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Sotomayor Addresses Students at Pace

A Supreme Court justice met with some New York law students – WAMC’s Dave Lucas has details…

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Hudson Valley News
4:45 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

NY crash kills 2; Jeep jumped rail between lanes

State police say two people are dead after a Jeep Wrangler jumped a guard rail and crashed into an Audi in the oncoming lane of Route 17 in Orange County. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has details.

Troopers say 29-year-old Julian Hermosillo of Chester lost control of his Jeep shortly after 8:30 p.m. Sunday and crossed over the rail. He collided with an Audi driven by Vincent Avanzato of Oneonta. Avanzato was hospitalized in critical condition on Monday.

Orange County
4:43 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Community Action

NY-18 voters at the office of Nan Hayworth presenting her with their pledge.

Neighborhoods in one Orange County city have embraced activism as a tool for social change. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

.Citizens in Newburgh are known for being vocal: community activists affiliated with "Community Voices Heard" recently rallied over affordable housing  - concerned about high rents and buildings they say are in poor condition. Beatrice Pulliam is a 23 year old mother with severe health issues - worried about the neighborhood she lives in.

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