A former presidential candidate is supporting a congressional candidate in the Hudson Valley. The district includes all of Orange and Putnam Counties as well as parts of Dutchess and Westchester Counties.
WASHINGTON – The US Department of Transportation has approved a $1.6 billion loan to help finance construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River between Westchester and Rockland counties.
The funding comes from the DOT’s Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act.
Governor Andrew Cuomo called the loan “a huge win for New York State.”
The issue of tolls to cross the new twin-span remains up in the air, the governor noted.
TOWN OF WALLKILL – Orange Regional Medical Center in the Town of Wallkill will lay off 80 full-time equivalent positions and Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris will lay off 60 full-time equivalent positions. In total, the hospitals must find cuts of $17 million. Both hospitals fall under the umbrella of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, which announced the cuts on Monday due to substantial reductions in reimbursement from the federal and state governments and decreases in revenue caused by healthcare reform.
POUGHKEEPSIE – Central Hudson and IBEW Local 320 have negotiated a new contract for utility workers, who would become employees of Fortis, Inc. should the buyout of CH Energy Group be approved by the State Public Service Commission.
State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D- Kingston) said it is a good deal for the workers, but the proposed purchase leaves a lot to be desired.
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D- 18) is thrilled with the contract agreement.
TOWN OF WALLKILL – Former Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth has all but said she will run against Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney. Maloney defeated Hayworth in last year’s election but this year she has made several public appearances across the district. She has also acknowledged that she is keeping her options open.
Maloney told Orange County Democrats at their annual dinner Sunday night that he is up for the challenge.
WASHINGTON – The House Agriculture Committee passed the farm bill with the support of Congressmen Christopher Gibson (R- 19) and Sean Patrick Maloney (D- 18). The bill contains a number of provisions that will benefit New York's Hudson Valley region.
The bill includes Maloney’s Crop Risk Options Plan (CROP) Act that defends the specialty agriculture economy of the region as well as an amendment to help families and communities with flooding in the black dirt region.
NEWBURGH – There are 400 dams in New York State that are classified as high-hazard and 100 of them are in Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney’s 18th District in Putnam, Westchester, Orange and Dutchess counties.
The freshman Democrat announced on Wednesday that he would introduce legislation next week to provide a new national dam safety program; the previous one expired in 2011.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D, Cold Spring) asked President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to reduce the impact of sequestration on civilian employees.
The lawmaker’s request came in a letter to both officials in support of legislation to give more flexibility to the Pentagon on sequestration cuts and to shift more than $10 billion into Pentagon operations and maintenance accounts.