Hudson Valley News

A teen has been sent to jail following guilty pleas in February in a case involving the spray-painting of anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish cemetery in Warwick, Orange County.

Courtesy of #NewburghStrong

United Way is continuing its supply drive for Newburgh residents following last week’s tornado. Tonight, a local taproom is donating all of its proceeds to United Way to help the city get back on its feet.

Greene County

The in-progress Skywalk project connecting two New York historic sites is the subject of a public meeting tonight in Greene County. 

NY Dems Rally Behind State Senate Candidates

May 22, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Before New York Democrats gather on Long Island for their convention this week, many were in Orange County Monday to support a state Senate candidate. The newly reunited Senate Democrats are hoping to wrest control of the chamber from Republicans in November.

Assemblyman James Skoufis Will Run For NYS Senate

May 21, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic New York state Assemblyman James Skoufis of the 99th District kicked off his campaign for state Senate Monday in Orange County. State officials and a Hudson Valley Congressman were on hand to lend their support. Skoufis is running to replace Republican Bill Larkin, who announced earlier this month he would retire.

As the LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts Center in Catskill prepares to open its inaugural season, a study of its prospective economic impact has been completed. The paper examines impacts for Catskill, Greene County, and the larger Hudson Valley region.

Repair Cafes Grow In the Hudson Valley

May 19, 2018

Repair Cafés are taking off in the Hudson Valley. From Beacon to Woodstock and Rhinebeck to Warwick, they are free community events where residents bring broken items and volunteer experts fix them. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with John Wackman, who organizes Repair Cafés in the Hudson Valley. He says the first one in the region began in New Paltz five years ago.

Courtesy of Sabina Kurz

A plan to remove a dam and drain a lake in Ulster County continues to be controversial.

NWS Confirms Tornadoes Hit The Hudson Valley

May 17, 2018
Courtesy of the office of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

The National Weather Service has confirmed four tornadoes touched down during thunderstorms that pounded the Hudson Valley Tuesday, on both sides of the river.

Utility Companies Work To Restore Power In The HV

May 17, 2018
Courtesy of Central Hudson

Utility companies have been distributing dry ice and bottled water as they work to restore power to tens of thousands of customers in the Hudson Valley following Tuesday’s severe thunderstorms.

Storm Leaves Destruction In The Hudson Valley

May 16, 2018

Following Tuesday’s severe weather in the Hudson Valley, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo toured storm damage in Putnam County and delivered a recovery update Wednesday. And he spoke about two deaths in Orange County.

The ever-growing field of candidates looking to unseat freshman New York Congressman John Faso, a Republican from the 19th District, includes seven Democrats, two unaffiliated entrants and one person seeking the Green Party nomination. Woodstock resident Jeff Beals, a teacher and former U.S. diplomat, says his campaign focuses on people, not money. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne speaks with Beals in her latest candidate interview.

NYS Assembly Begins Interviews For Interim AG

May 15, 2018

New York state Assembly members are interviewing candidates Tuesday for interim attorney general, following the resignation of Eric Schneiderman last week amid sexual abuse allegations. The appointment would run until the end of the year.


The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that bans sports betting in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize such gambling. And a casino in Sullivan County stands ready to benefit.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein stood in front of nearly 6,000 solar panels Monday in the Town of Ulster. He was there to announce that the county’s new solar project that sits atop a capped landfill is now fully operational.

Course at CIA Introduces Bees On Campus

May 12, 2018
Courtesy of The Culinary Institute of America, Phil Mansfield

Some students at The Culinary Institute of America will soon be donning beekeeping suits for one of their classes.

Summer Writing Series Adds Advocacy Program For Teens

May 11, 2018
Courtesy of SUNY NP/Hudson Valley Writing Project

There is a new program in the lineup for the Hudson Valley Writing Project’s summer writing workshops. The aim is to support young people as they write about and advocate for issues that matter to them.

A review of Westchester County’s deal with Standard Amusements to operate Playland has county officials looking to renegotiate the contract. Saying the deal is unfair, county officials hope to meet with Standard Amusements to hammer out a contract that is beneficial to Westchester taxpayers.

DA Suggests Procedures To Respond To School Violence

May 11, 2018
A picture of a school classroom
Wikimedia Commons/Malate269

The Orange County district attorney has released suggested procedures for school districts in responding to incidents of violence or potential violence.

NY Archbishop Visits Bypass Tunnel Workers In Newburgh

May 10, 2018
Courtesy of NYC Department of Environmental Protection

The archbishop of New York visited workers at a bypass tunnel construction project in the Hudson Valley this week.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The 62-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge was officially retired in October. And there was a milestone reached this week in its dismantling. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo led a boat tour with reporters Tuesday to talk about that milestone and how the pieces from the old bridge will be put to use.

Orange County To Use TZB Panels For Its Bridges

May 9, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Orange County will receive panels that were salvaged from the Tappan Zee Bridge. The bridge is being dismantled, and the New York State Thruway Authority has been offering counties the panels for $1 each. 

NY Governor Cuomo: No Rush To Appoint An Interim AG

May 8, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has laid out various paths to selecting the next state attorney general following the resignation of Democrat Eric Schneiderman amid allegations of abuse from four women. The allegations were revealed in a New Yorker magazine article Monday.

Courtesy of NYC DEP

The recreation path atop New Croton dam will be closed Tuesday as the New York City Department of Environmental Protection finishes installing security cameras.

Courtesy of the Senate Garage

A New York City-based tech incubator will establish a summer outpost in Ulster County. The project will introduce entrepreneurs from New York City’s tech scene to the Kingston area, helping to boost the region’s tech sector.

Courtesy of Torrance Harvey Enterprises

The recent death of Newburgh’s Judy Kennedy left her mayoral seat to go one of two ways. Either it could remain open until a special election in November or city council members could appoint an interim mayor, which they did. They unanimously appointed councilmember Torrance Harvey. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne caught up with Harvey at Republican New York state Senator Bill Larkin’s retirement announcement last week in Newburgh.

A Kingston-based National Guard battalion is getting a new commander. The change of command ceremony takes place at Camp Smith in Cortlandt Manor Saturday.

Residents Aim To Save An Ulster County Lake

May 4, 2018
Courtesy of Sabina Kurz

Area residents are trying to stop a plan to pull the plug on an Ulster County lake. The commission set to drain the lake says a dam it wants to remove does not meet safety requirements and restoration work would be too costly.

Annual Riverkeeper Sweep Is Saturday

May 4, 2018
Courtesy of Riverkeeper

The seventh annual Riverkeeper Sweep takes place Saturday. There will be a focus on reducing plastic waste.

The Dyson Foundation has awarded $500,000 to the State University of New York at New Paltz to expand advanced manufacturing capabilities.