Hudson Valley News

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.

Courtesty of Glidepath

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.

House Appropriations Committee Ranking Democrat Nita Lowey of New York, along with ranking House Democrats on three subcommittees, have written to their Republican counterparts, regarding the Trump administration’s family separation policy at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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

One week from Tuesday, Democratic voters in New York’s 19th House district will send one of seven primary candidates to face Republican Congressman John Faso in November. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne checked in with all seven to find out their plans and sentiments in the final days.

NY-19 Democratic Primary Candidates Talk Endorsements

Jun 18, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic candidates in New York’s 19th congressional district are entering their final week of campaigning before the June 26 primary. The race is in the national spotlight. Sunday, The New York Times endorsed a candidate in the sprawling 11-county district.

Lyme Disease Panel Yields Updates

Jun 18, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

As the summer season sets in, the Northeast is on alert for ticks. The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies recently co-hosted a panel discussion on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

Courtesy of Christopher Radko

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the filming of “Hello, Dolly!” in communities of the Hudson Valley. And a devotee of the film has organized a Hello Again, Dolly! Festival that includes an exhibit, flash mob with Tommy Tune, and more. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the festival’s director Christopher Radko, who says you’ll want to put on your Sunday clothes.

Hudson Valley Crime Analysis Center Is Up And Running

Jun 13, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state Division of Criminal Justice Services official was in Orange County Wednesday to announce the formal opening of the state’s ninth Crime Analysis Center. The center serves Orange, Dutchess and Ulster Counties. Area police chiefs and officials from district attorney offices were on hand to talk about how the center has already helped them.

Senator Schumer To FEMA: Approve Grant For Newburgh FD

Jun 12, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says he has spoken directly with the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency about a grant application from Newburgh.

Newburgh Reconstitutes Two Commissions

Jun 12, 2018
Courtesy of the World Monuments Fund

The City of Newburgh is looking for members to serve on two reformulated commissions.

Some Lawmakers Aim To Amend NY Bridge Name

Jun 11, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Last-ditch efforts are under way to add “Tappan Zee” to the name of the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.  Bills in the Assembly and Senate are backed by nearly 110,000 petition signatures, though the measures are not very far along in the legislative process and the session ends next week.

United Way Thanks Community For Newburgh Donations

Jun 11, 2018
Courtesy of Central Hudson

United Way is thanking the community after receiving nearly $22,000 in donations to help Newburgh following a deadly tornado in May.

Courtesy of Noa Jones

A new pilot school is set to open in September where education is based on the Buddhist view of wisdom and compassion. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the Middle Way School’s Executive Director Noa Jones about the school in Saugerties, New York.

HHLT Partners With NYNJTC For Breakneck Ridge

Jun 8, 2018
Courtesy of NYNJTC

Two nonprofit groups have joined together to promote safety and protect a popular hiking trail and surroundings in the Hudson Valley. The partnership is for a Breakneck Ridge Trail Steward Program.

Republican New York state Senator Bill Larkin, who served in World War II and Korea, is being honored in Orange County Friday.

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney says he will run in the Democratic primary for state attorney general. This has left county Democratic committees in his 18th District scrambling to line up a prospective congressional candidate, not knowing whether Maloney ultimately will be in the race.

Democratic New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney says he is confident that he is on firm legal footing in running for state attorney general. The Hudson Valley lawmaker held a conference call with reporters Thursday and spoke about why he decided to jump into the primary with at least three other candidates.

NRC Issues Final EIS Supplement For Indian Point

Jun 5, 2018

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a final supplement to its Environmental Impact Statement regarding New York’s Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. Included are plans to monitor two species, one in the Hudson River.

Courtesy of the Office of the Sullivan County Manager

Two Nor’easters in March left portions of the Hudson Valley without power — in some cases, for nearly two weeks. And severe thunderstorms May 15 also knocked out power for days, including in Sullivan County.  WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Sullivan County Manager Josh Potosek about potential financial aid, improving responses with power companies and prepping-long term for increasingly brutal weather.

Boscobel Has A New Executive Director

Jun 2, 2018

Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, New York, has a new executive director.

Woodstock's Jay Wenk Dies At 91

Jun 1, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Woodstock Town Councilman and liberal activist Jay Wenk died this week at his Woodstock home at age 91. His grandson told “The Daily Freeman” that Wenk died from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Democratic state Assemblyman Kevin Cahill called Wenk a true hero and patriot, saying that he had a remarkable ability to work with the system as a town council member but also knew when it was necessary to undertake an act of civil disobedience to effect positive change. Wenk’s term would have been up at the end of 2019.  WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Wenk at a Veteran Arts Showcase in Dutchess County in November 2016 as part of piece on World War II veterans and art therapy.

School bus
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation requiring school buses to have over the shoulder seat belts. This comes in the wake of multiple deadly school bus accidents across the country.

Courtesy of Central Hudson

New York’s two U.S. Senators and a congressman are urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to stand ready to approve any request from the state for disaster declarations for Hudson Valley counties. The counties were impacted from severe storms and tornadoes in mid-May.

Sullivan County Land Bank Kicks Off Demolitions

May 29, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Sullivan County Land Bank is set to have a few blighted properties knocked down this week. On Monday, officials stood near two houses that will be the first demolitions of the land bank’s new initiative.

Clearwater Sails To Raise Money For Legal Battle

May 26, 2018
Courtesy of Clearwater

The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater is slated to set sail Saturday in the name of renewable energy.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County is set to construct a restorative justice center. On Thursday, county legislators unanimously approved the funding requested, but not before discussion about the cost. The center is part of the county’s response to New York’s Raise the Age law, which takes effect October 1.

Rex Roof, flickr

New York attorney general Barbara Underwood and Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe announced on Thursday the largest civil settlement in connection with Bottle Bill violations.

Seven Democrats, one seeking the Green Party nod and two unaffiliated candidates are hoping to unseat freshman New York Republican Congressman John Faso of the 19th District.  34-year-old Cooperstown resident Erin Collier was the latest Democrat to enter and the only woman. This is the seventh and final of WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne’s interviews with the Democratic candidates.