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.
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.
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.
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.
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.