Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
8:41 am
Fri May 31, 2013

NYS Senator Sponsors Bill To Stop Unfunded Mandates

A state senator from the Hudson Valley wants to prohibit the state from imposing unfunded mandates.

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Hudson Valley News
8:09 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Herbek Quits As Newburgh City Manager

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NEWBURGH – Amid controversy that he was involved with a prostitute, Newburgh City Manager Richard Herbek resigned abruptly on Thursday.

Hours later, the city council named Police Chief Michael Ferrera as acting city manager.

“I’m the police chief and the police chief is my heart, but of course, I am here, I have covered as city manager quite a few times in the past and of course I will be here until I find a city manager, and hopefully it will be soon,” Ferrera said.

Mayor Judy Kennedy suggested an investigation into the Herbek situation may continue.

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Hudson Valley News
9:52 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

CH Energy, Fortis Enhance Merger Proposal

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The companies involved in a proposed utility merger in the Hudson Valley have offered enhancements to the merger proposal. Opponents say they are too little, too late. The controversial merger proposal has led both sides to pound the pavement to tell their sides of the story.

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Hudson Valley News
2:03 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Public Hearing On Belleayre Projects Draws Hundreds

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation held a public hearing Wednesday at the Belleayre Ski Center in the Catskills. The hearing, which attracted a few hundred people, focused on two proposals and their cumulative impacts.

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Hudson Valley News
9:30 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Orange County, NY GOP Locks Out Electronic Media

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GOSHEN – There was an unusual twist to the Orange County Republican Committee’s nominating convention held at a Goshen restaurant Wednesday night. Signs posted on the doors announced a prohibition to audio or video recording and still picture taking during the convention and, in fact, a reporter for MidHudsonNews.com was refused entry because he had digital recording equipment.

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Hudson Valley News
9:01 am
Thu May 30, 2013

HVEDC Breakfast Event On 3D Printing Includes A New Initiative

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An economic development agency in New York is hosting the first of its breakfast series events Thursday morning, and officials are expected to announce a new initiative.

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Hudson Valley News
8:26 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Westchester Police To Keep Eye On Parks

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WHITE PLAINS – In light of acts of violence in public places in recent months, the Westchester County Department of Public Safety will be keeping a close watch on the county’s parks this summer.

Public Safety Commissioner George Longworth told county lawmakers the department will keep a close watch on those recreational facilities.

“We study each incident that occurs including the Boston Marathon event and we analyze intelligence information as it comes in and we make adjustments accordingly,” he said.

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Hudson Valley News
2:34 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Hudson Valley County Exec Hits The Road For Local Government Reform

The Ulster County executive is behind a statewide tour to learn how municipalities in New York are best coping with fiscal challenges. This comes during an era of unfunded mandates and a two-percent property tax cap. He says the idea is to prevent communities from becoming distressed or on the brink of bankruptcy.

The initiative is called PAYGo NY. Ulster County Executive Michael Hein says it harkens back to a philosophy of pay as you go. Hein is also president of the New York State County Executives Association.

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Hudson Valley News
8:48 am
Wed May 29, 2013

US Labor Department To Fund Veteran Jobs Searches

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WASHINGTON – President Obama’s proposed 2014 federal budget includes an additional $100 million for the Department of Labor to spend on programs to better serve veterans and returning serving members seeking jobs.

With Castle Point and Montrose VA hospitals and their outpatient clinics in the Mid-Hudson Valley and nine job centers also located in the region, if approved, the additional funding would provide for more federal services for those job seekers, Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris told MidHudsonNews.com on Tuesday.

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Hudson Valley News
7:25 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Rockland Man Enters A Plea About Facebook Death Threats

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A New York man accused of making death threats on Facebook against some of the nation's highest-ranking elected officials has pleaded guilty.

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