Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
9:02 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Beacon mayor worried about proposal to close local state prison

Credit Elizabeth Anderson

BEACON – If the state shuts down Beacon Correctional Facility, city Mayor Randy Casale wants questions answered before he would support it.

He wants to know how the employees would be protected and how and if the city would be made whole since it sells services to the state facility.

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7:14 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Governor’s state budget includes $2 million to major extension of rail trail

Credit Kingston Daily Freeman

KINGSTON – Governor Cuomo’s proposed state budget includes $2 million for the development of a rail trail from Kingston to the Ashokan Reservoir. The ultimate goal is to connect it to the Walkway Over the Hudson.

Ulster County Executive Michael Hein said they are working to create “a world class tourism destination” in the county. He said the project has “far reaching regional significance and will positively impact tourism, public health, economic development” and will allow residents and visitors from across the globe to enjoy the “pristine beauty” of Ulster County.

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12:35 am
Thu January 24, 2013

They Voted for "No Budget, No Pay"

Credit Ron Cogswell

At least two New York congressional representatives in the Hudson Valley say they voted in favor of the “No Budget, No Pay” act, which passed the House Wednesday by a vote of 285-144. The legislation ensures the U.S. avoids defaulting on its debt, and would withhold congressional pay until Congress passes a budget.

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12:12 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Study Puts Figures to Catskills Open Space

Credit Andy Arthur

There’s a new study that puts a dollar figure on the economic value of Catskills recreation land. The full report will be released next week, during a public forum.

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Hudson Valley News
6:04 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Two Dozen Catholic Schools to Close in NY

Credit Joel Kramer

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Archdiocese will close 24 Roman Catholic schools in a cost-saving move. Ten of these schools are in the Hudson Valley.

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1:28 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Some Mandate Relief is Proposed

In the governor’s State-of-the-State address, there was no mention of mandate relief, yet several county executives said they were not expecting to hear much about it then, that it would be during the governor’s budget address where they would expect some details about coping with unfunded mandates. Governor Cuomo did speak to unfunded mandates in his proposed 2013-2014 budget address Tuesday, introducing the topic this way.

Stephen Acquario is the executive director of the New York State Association of Counties, or NYSAC.

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Hudson Valley News
9:45 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Governor Cuomo Proposes Two Prison Closures

In Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2013-2014 budget, he recommends closing two prisons in New York. One is in Dutchess County. Governor Cuomo proposed closing two of the least efficient prison facilities in the state. One is Bayview in Manhattan. The other is the Beacon Correctional Facility, a female, minimum-security prison, which he says has a 53-percent vacancy rate.

He said closing the two facilities will impact 273 positions, all of which can be absorbed in the current system.

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7:49 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Updated Tappan Zee Bridge plans presented at Valhalla public forum

Tappan Zee Bridge
Credit Doug Kerr / Flickr

VALHALLA – Updated plans and costs to construct the new Tappan Zee Bridge were presented to the public Tuesday night at a forum at Mount Pleasant Town Hall in Valhalla.

Brian Conybeare, the special advisor to the governor on the bridge project, presenting updated plans and figures on the bridge, which will begin construction this year.

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7:12 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Unemployment up slightly in the Hudson Valley

Credit Burt Lum

WHITE PLAINS – Unemployment in all counties in the region rose in December 2012 when compared to the same month in 2011, but, that is not necessarily a bad thing.

State Labor Department officials said more people have entered or re-entered the workforce, but there are not enough jobs for all of them and that has resulted in the rise in the rate of joblessness.

Analyst James Brown said the situation will likely get better as the new year progresses.

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4:10 am
Wed January 23, 2013

District Attorney Looks Into Student Transcripts

Credit Andrew Taylor

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. (AP) — A schools superintendent in the Hudson Valley says several high-school seniors were given credit for a nonexistent course to help them graduate. He says the case is being turned over to the district attorney. Two weeks ago, Peekskill Superintendent James Willis said four guidance counselors were being reassigned while irregularities were investigated. Their names were not made public. In a letter dated Monday, Willis said problems were found in the transcripts of 34 seniors.

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