Hudson Valley News

Two Democratic state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley are calling on the Thruway Authority to cancel its contract extension with the company that operates New York’s cashless tolling system. They say the company’s operation at the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge has resulted in residents being charged unreasonable penalties and fines.

NYC DEP Plans Major Westchester Project

Jul 16, 2018
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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has announced plans for a major tunneling project in Westchester County. It will be New York City’s largest water-supply tunneling effort in Westchester since the 1940s.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has a new way to combat invasive species. The DEP installed a boot brush station at the foot of a trail in Delaware County. It is believed to be the first such station in the Catskills. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was there for the ribbon cutting and community hike.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delivered a presentation in Poughkeepsie Wednesday to a packed room at a community center. Army Corps officials spoke about six conceptual plans to manage storm risk for an area that includes the Hudson River. Environmental groups are concerned.

Courtesy of Walkway Over the Hudson

A NASA astronaut will attend an event at pedestrian bridge Walkway Over the Hudson. The announcement comes following a push by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer.

Groups Mobilize For Supreme Court Nominee Battle

Jul 10, 2018
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National groups both for and against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are pouring money into ads. And progressive groups, saying they could be outspent, are embarking on a mass mobilization they believe will prove more fruitful than money. One of the progressive groups is focused on New York.

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Westchester County ended the 2017 fiscal year with an about $32 million deficit. It’s a figure Democratic County Executive George Latimer says his administration inherited from the previous one — under Republican Rob Astorino.

Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

State lawmakers from the Hudson Valley are calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hold additional public meetings and extend the comment period for a storm management proposal.

Groups Pen Letter To NYS DOH Re: PFOA/PFOS Levels

Jul 9, 2018

More than a dozen environmental, civic, and research groups have sent a letter urging the New York State Department of Health and the Drinking Water Quality Council to establish so-called maximum contaminant levels for three chemicals, including PFOA and PFOS. The groups highlight new research in recommending levels they think the state should adopt.

Zephyr Teachout is one of four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for New York state attorney general in September’s primary. The Fordham Law School professor and constitutional law expert ran against Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2014 and against Republican John Faso in New York’s 19th congressional district in 2016. She told WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne why voters should select her.

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A Rockland County man has been charged with impersonating a federal agent and offering green cards to undocumented immigrants in Westchester County.

With tick season upon us, there is a focus on outdoor prevention. But behind the scenes, scientists and doctors continue their work on treating and preventing Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies recently co-hosted a panel discussion on the subject, where experts talked about the ongoing research.

Federal Board Rules On Ulster Rail Line

Jul 5, 2018
Rail tracks
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An independent federal board has ruled in favor of Ulster County concerning the status of a rail corridor. The railway group that first filed the petition says the fight is not over.

A new filtration plant for the City of Newburgh awaits testing and operation. New York state paid for the plant it had constructed to filter a class of chemicals that includes PFOS. State officials expect testing to begin soon. But Newburgh’s city manager continues to have concerns.

Old Mud Creek Farm manager Ben Dobson shows Senator Chuck Schumer part of the hemp crop.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer visited a farm in Columbia County today. The Democrat is promoting a bill that would declassify hemp as a Schedule I narcotic.

Westchester County Executive Team Signs Green Pledge

Jul 3, 2018

In celebration of July 4th, Westchester employees have signed a pledge, vowing to make the county more environmentally friendly.

In Orange County, officials in the Hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel received word Monday that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had signed a bill to move up the creation of a new town by one year.

Courtesy of the office of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Kingston Monday, announcing funding for projects in the city’s Stockade District. The money is part of the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The projects are intended to provide amenities for the community. They also aim to improve walkability and transportation access.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Five U.S. representatives and a U.S. senator Friday toured one of four facilities in Westchester County holding migrant children separated from their families. Despite the Trump administration’s claims, the Democratic lawmakers say they do not see families being reunified.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Antonio Delgado emerged the winner from a field of seven Democrats in New York’s closely-watched 19th House District primary. He’ll face freshman incumbent Republican John Faso in November.

NY-19 Democratic hopefuls at WAMC's debate in May.
Patrick Garrett

Several candidates in some of New York’s closely watched congressional races are vying for the chance to unseat incumbents today. There are competitive primaries in northern New York’s 21st District, on Staten Island, and in the Rochester area. In the 19th District, voters will select one of seven Democrats in a race garnering national attention.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The federal primary elections are Tuesday and voters in one of New York’s congressional districts will select one of seven Democrats in a race garnering national attention.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Three Democratic members of Congress who together represent Westchester came together Saturday outside a facility in the county that is housing migrant children. Denied entry, the officials called on the Trump administration to immediately reunite children separated from their families who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two Democratic New York congressmen have asked the U.S. Coast Guard to commit to transparency in any new anchorage proposals. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is holding its annual meeting on the safety performance of New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant tonight. The meeting begins at 7 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tarrytown in Westchester County.

NYS Sues Manufacturers Over PFOS/PFOA Contamination

Jun 21, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York State is suing six manufacturers of hazardous firefighting foam that contained the dangerous chemicals PFOA and/or PFOS. The lawsuit alleges that the foams used at military and civilian airports caused widespread contamination, including in drinking water, as in the case of Newburgh.

NRC To Hold Annual Meeting On Indian Point Safety

Jun 21, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission Thursday night is holding its annual meeting on the safety performance of New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order today ending the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally. It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, who has been insisting, wrongly, that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision. It is not clear what any reunification plans may be, or what will happen with the immigrant children who were placed in various facilities, including one in Kingston, New York. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Ulster County Executive Mike Hein about the situation.

A sexual assault prevention program that Ulster County, New York, launched earlier this year is expanding.

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The Ulster County executive is calling on two state agencies to work on policy changes to prevent energy projects like one proposed in his county from ever taking shape. Meantime, a spokesman says the proposed project would reduce the region’s reliance on large fossil fuel power plants.

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