Hudson Valley News

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently extended the comment period a second time for plans to manage storm risk in New York and New Jersey. Still, some local officials say it’s not enough. And one state senator is renewing his call for the Army Corps to hold a public session in Westchester County.

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There’s a plan to improve an emergency communications network in Delaware County.

One of the defeated candidates in the seven-person Democratic primary for New York’s 19th Congressional District is involved in a new endeavor. Gareth Rhodes is executive director of Show Up 2018, whose motto is “Make America Yours Again.” WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Rhodes about his new role.

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A mid-Hudson Valley healthcare group is expanding once again. Health Quest plans to renovate a portion of an Ulster County mall to house a number of medical services.

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The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department is striving to improve community relations. To this end, a few thousand residents are receiving surveys to fill out anonymously.

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Opponents of a proposed large-scale Catskill Mountains resort have lost their legal challenge, but they say they'll continue to scrutinize the project. 

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The congressional candidates for New York’s spotlighted 19th District participated in a forum Thursday that allowed for sharing views with an audience rather than debating one another. Debate has been raging mainly among constituents, often on social media. Among the mainstream party candidates, though, it has been through ads.

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The Ulster County Chamber of Commerce hosted a congressional candidate debate Thursday morning in Kingston. Four candidates for New York’s 19th District took turns answering questions on issues ranging from health care to small business to climate change.

Westchester Accepts Textiles For Recycling

Sep 20, 2018

Westchester County is expanding its recycling efforts.

Public Meeting Being Held For Kingston Wayfinding Plan

Sep 20, 2018

There is a meeting Thursday night in Kingston for the public to see preliminary concepts for a city-wide signage project.

Newburgh City Manager Asks Residents To Conserve Water

Sep 20, 2018
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In preparation for a temporary shutdown of the city’s current water source, a Newburgh official is urging that residents and businesses to step up water conservation efforts.

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Marist College in Dutchess County, New York, is teaming up with a healthcare group in the Mid-Hudson Valley to create a school of medicine. The plan is to transform the traditional medical school model and health care delivery in the region.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the comment period a second time for plans to manage storm risk in New York and New Jersey. Still, some local officials say it’s not enough.

A box of mail-order munchies delivered to an upstate New York family contained something other than the usual nuts, seeds and sweets: vacuum-sealed packets of marijuana.

Despite an overall improvement in employment and gains in median household income, the economic recovery in New York state has been uneven. That’s according to a new report detailing how a large number of New York households cannot afford basic necessities.

NRC OKs License Extensions For Indian Point

Sep 18, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved license extensions for the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County. The operating licenses are intended to see the plant through to a few years beyond the closing dates of the two reactors.

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Both spans are now open on the Mario Cuomo Bridge that connects Rockland and Westchester Counties. As road signs are being switched to reflect the new name, debate continues over discarding the old one. State lawmakers near the bridge say their constituents want to integrate the old name with the new, despite New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s apparent final word on the topic.

Court Rules Neal Can Appear On The Ballot In NY-19

Sep 17, 2018

Actor Diane Neal will be on the November ballot as an independent candidate in New York’s 19th Congressional District. This comes after she has won a court appeal over her petition signatures.

With New York’s Democratic gubernatorial primary decided, candidates from other parties are gearing up for the general election. One is Republican Marc Molinaro, who launched what he dubs a “Cuomo Corruption Tour” the day after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s win. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Molinaro about his campaign.

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The political picture in the Hudson Valley has changed dramatically in the past day. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney now turns his attention to seeking a fourth term in the House after his loss in the Democratic primary for state attorney general. Meantime, after a number of blows to members of the now dissolved Senate Independent Democratic Conference, one who survived his primary is now focused on mending fences and winning the general election. 

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There has been a lot of focus on the Democratic primary race for New York state attorney general, which ends when polls close tonight at 9. Four candidates want the chance to run against Republican Keith Wofford and the Green Party’s Michael Sussman in November. Two are from the Hudson Valley. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne caught up with them earlier today.

Thursday’s primary elections in New York feature a number of state senate and assembly races in the Hudson Valley.

Indian Point Unit 3 Is Shut Down To Fix A Leak

Sep 12, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Unit 3 at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in Westchester County was shut down late last week after a plant operator found indications of a leak. Officials say the small leak could have affected parts of a safety injection system. A constant critic of the plant says it’s just the latest in a long line of issues over the years.

EPA Seeks To Add Westchester Site To Superfund List

Sep 12, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing the addition of six sites to the Superfund Program’s National Priorities List. One is in New York, in the Hudson Valley.

After the 9/11 attacks, James Halpern led the first team of mental health workers at Ground Zero. The founding director of The Institute for Disaster Mental Health at the State University of New York at New Paltz says he is offended by an ad that attacks Antonio Delgado, the Democratic candidate in New York’s 19th Congressional District. The super PAC ad shows the burning Twin Towers. Halpern says the context in which the image is shown dishonors the memory of the civilians and first responders lost that day. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Halpern about the ad and more. A warning: some listeners may find this story upsetting.

Two New York state lawmakers are renewing their call for a mandated study on rail crossings. The Democrats were at a crossing recently in Rockland County, where a pedestrian was struck and killed by a train.

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After a delay, the eastbound span of the 3.1-mile Mario Cuomo Bridge is set to open Tuesday night, weather permitting. This comes after a setback Friday, hours after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a grand opening ceremony for the span’s public debut. Cuomo’s gubernatorial opponents are calling for outside investigations into the timing of it all.

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After an unexpected delay, the new span of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo bridge may be opened to traffic this week.

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Congressional members have helped secure funding to assist a volunteer fire district in the Hudson Valley.

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UPDATE 9/8/18:  Authorities have delayed the opening of the second span of the Mario Cuomo Bridge, reportedly prompted by fears that the old Tappan Zee Bridge was in danger of collapse. Boat traffic was halted beneath the span.

New York State Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew Driscoll issued a statement Saturday morning:

"In continued disassembly of the old Tappan Zee Bridge last night, a potentially dangerous situation developed where a piece of the old bridge has become destabilized and could fall. Given its proximity to the new completed span, out of an abundance of caution, motorists will remain in the current traffic configuration until a thorough evaluation by Tappan Zee Constructors is complete."