Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
7:41 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Kingston receives national "Great Street" honor

Kingston Mayor Shayne Gallo accepted a plaque over the weekend from the American Planning Association, designating Uptown Wall Street as one of the nation's Ten Great Streets for 2012. New York City’s Fifth Avenue and Saratoga Springs’ Broadway also won the honor. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports.

“Kingston is steeped in history,” explained James Rousse, president of the APA's New York Metro Chapter. “Wall Street isn't just a nice place to be, it's America.”

Mayor Shayne Gallo was thrilled with the city’s designation.

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Hurricane Sandy
4:28 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Sandy Recovery Update: Utilities Under Fire

At an earlier press event late Thursday, Con Ed CEO Kevin Burke apologized to customers. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino appered with Burke and other officials in White Plains at the opening of a multi-purpose Superstorm Sandy recovery center.
Credit Westchester County

A nor'easter that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of new people — mostly in New York and New Jersey — also has erased some of the progress made by utility crews. Some people, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, have lost patience and are demanding investigations of utilities they say aren't working fast enough. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.



Almost 200,000 utility customers in New York City, Westchester and on Long Island still don't have their power restored in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and this week's nor'easter.

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Hudson Valley News
7:40 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Newburgh mayor calls for government consolidation

Mayor Kennedy

Newburgh, New York Mayor Judy Kennedy has proposed consolidation of three departments and creation of new positions as a means of saving the financially strapped city money and reinventing city government. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross has more.

Kennedy said the city must be bold and think outside the box.

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Animal Rights
8:00 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Catskills Animal Hospice Owner Barred From Owning Animals

Susan Marino, Founder and Executive Director of Angel’s Gate
Credit angelsgate.org

An animal hospice owner in the Catskills has been barred from having animals for six months under conditions set by a judge considering dismissing 22 cruelty charges. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has details.

Susan Marino shut down her Angel's Gate shelter in Delhi and placed remaining dogs and cats in homes or shelters after state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit against her in September for failing to file financial reports. Marino tells The Associated Press Thursday her bookkeeper is completing those reports.

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Hudson Valley News
11:36 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

NY man who lost leg in crucifix mishap sues church

A trial has been scheduled for early next year in the lawsuit filed against an upstate New York church by a man whose leg had to be amputated after a 600-pound crucifix fell on him. More from WAMC’s Dave Lucas.

Attorney Kevin Kitson of White Plains tells The Associated Press that the case of his client, David Jimenez, is scheduled for trial in January in an Orange County court.

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Hurricane Sandy
12:01 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

NYSEG: Crews from western US, Canada working Sandy

New York State Electric and Gas Corp. says almost all of its customers now have power thanks to crews that came from as far away as Texas, Minnesota and Canada to help out. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

NYSEG says all polling places, schools and health care facilities have electricity in its suburban coverage area north of New York City.

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Election 2012
11:59 am
Wed November 7, 2012

19th CD: Incumbent Chris Gibson defeats Julian Schreibman

Congressman Chris Gibson speaks with reporters in Valatie on Election night.
Credit Dave Lucas / WAMC

The race to represent the newly-drawn 19th Congressional district, which includes Ulster, Dutchess, Greene and Columbia counties, returns Chris Gibson to Washington -   Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Chris Gibson's supporters gathered last night in Valatie at the Winding Brook Country Club.  There were nervous moments, as a recent Siena poll had challenger Kingston Attorney Julian Schreibman closing the gap: trailing the Congressman by just 5 points...

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Politics
12:20 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

New Districts - Long Lines At Polls

Battle lines have been drawn: districts have been redrawn. Several of today's most-watched races are taking place in the Hudson Valley. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

In Congress, Republicans Chris Gibson and Nan Hayworth are running for second terms in newly re-drawn districts against fiercely competitive Democratic challengers.

Hayworth is up against former Clinton White House aide Sean Patrick Maloney, in the battle for the new 18th Congressional District, which includes Orange and Putnam counties along with portions of Dutchess and Westchester.

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Hudson Valley News
7:41 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Orange County Executive Calls for Utility Company Review

  With roughly 15,000 Orange County residents still without power, County Executive Edward Diana has called on the State Public Service Commission to review local utility companies’ performance in response to damage and outages left by the storm.

“It is simply unacceptable that so many Orange County residents remain without power this long after the storm,” Diana said. “The outages threaten the life and safety of our residents, especially our sick and elderly. Many students in the county also remain out of school for the entire week due to the ongoing power outages.”          

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Hurricane Sandy
4:47 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Con Edison says power back for over 80%

Consolidated Edison says power has been restored to more than 80 percent of its customers who were blacked out in the storm. More from WAMC’s Dave Lucas.

The utility still had 156,800 customers without power at midday Monday. That included about 68,000 homes and businesses in suburban Westchester County.

Con Edison said it expects to resolve "the vast majority" of the Sandy-related outages by next weekend.

But efforts to get the rest back on line could be hampered by more wet, windy weather expected to hit the coast Wednesday.

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