Hudson Valley News

Hudson Valley News
4:45 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Feds, Local Police Bust Poughkeepsie Heroin Operation

Police and the FBI have broken a heroin distribution ring said to have been operating out of a cell-phone store in Poughkeepsie... WAMC's Dave Lucas reports


Law enforcement officers have eleven suspects in custody after what's described as a "co-ordinated takedown" was carried out Thursday morning. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that a cellphone store on the corner of Main and Catharine streets was the target of a drug distribution-related search warrant.

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Hudson Valley News
4:00 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Greene County: Prepared For Disaster


New York State funding for anti-terror programs is earmarked for Greene County - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with a county official about the grant and the county's emergency preparedness.


Some ask why a small, peaceful county nestled at the upper end of the mid-Hudson Valley would need money to fight terrorism. Wouldn't it be better spent in Westchester County or New York City?

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Hudson Valley News
7:15 am
Thu September 27, 2012

State Park Office Warns of Dangers with Suspect on the Loose

As law enforcement authorities continue to scour Harriman State Park for Eugene Palmer, the 73-year-old suspect in the killing of his daughter-in-law earlier this week, the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is advising people to refrain from hiking in backcountry of Harriman State Park this weekend.

Palmer is believed to be the one who shot Tammy Palmer to death in her backyard in Haverstraw on Monday.

Hudson Valley News
7:44 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Unemployment Up In All Hudson Valley Counties

Unemployment in all Hudson Valley and Catskills counties rose in August when compared to the same month last year.

State Labor Department analyst John Nelson said there continues to be an increase in the number of jobs being filled at the same time.

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Hudson Valley News
7:39 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Feds Approve Plan for New Tappan Zee Bridge

Officials sign record of decision moving the bridge project forward
Hank Gross

Plans to build a new Tappan Zee Bridge took a major step forward with Tuesday’s announcement that the Federal Highway Administration has issued a record of decision approving the state’s plans for the structure. The federal approval completes the last step in the review of the project’s environmental impact, allowing the state to move forward with implementing a plan to build the new bridge.

Public officials from the federal, state and local levels as well as business and construction leaders hailed the announcement.

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Hudson Valley News
4:24 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Former local NY political leader pleads guilty

Prosecutors say a former suburban New York political leader has pleaded guilty in a residential mortgage fraud scheme. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.


Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore says former North Castle GOP Republican Chairwoman Loronda Murphy pleaded guilty to the felony charges on Tuesday.
Murphy and a co-defendant operated a mortgage closing company in Armonk, N.Y. in 2009.
Prosecutors say they ran what amounted to a Ponzi scheme.

Hudson Valley News
2:02 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Making the Walkway Over the Hudson a gateway for businesses in surrounding areas

Vox 's Director of Strategic Planning Jonathan Nettelfield
Dave Lucas WAMC

Business and Community Leaders gathered today in Poughkeepsie to hear proposed plans for expanding economic Power of the Walkway Over the Hudson... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there and files this report.


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Hudson Valley News
7:10 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Ulster County Lyme Task Force Issues Report

 Increased awareness of the signs and treatment of Lyme disease are among the recommendations of a special task force created by the Ulster County Legislature.

The report was presented to Legislator Robert Aiello, chairman of the Health Committee.

Among the recommendations were a medical provider survey to establish baseline data for educational needs for program development and development of an education conference for medical providers for treatment and diagnosis of the disease.

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Hudson Valley News
7:05 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Saland Wins Difficult Primary

Hank Gross

State Senator Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie has been declared the winner in the Republican primary election, defeating Conservative Neil DiCarlo when all of the absentee ballots were tallied. He won by 107 votes.

DiCarlo will appear on the Conservative line in the November election along with Democrat Terry Gipson.

The new 41st State Senate District includes portions of Dutchess and Putnam counties.

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Hudson Valley News
11:50 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

No jail for NY man who joined woman's suicide leap

A man who admitted helping his girlfriend commit suicide — by jumping with her off the Tappan Zee Bridge — has been sentenced to probation. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.


The Westchester County district attorney's office says 45-year-old Christopher Shears will be getting continued mental health treatment rather than jail time.

Shears jumped last year with 29-year-old Alfa Choice after stopping their car on the Hudson River bridge. Both were from Ithaca.

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