Hudson Valley News

Longtime NYS Senator Bill Larkin Will Retire

May 3, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

It is the end of an era in New York politics. Republican New York state Senator Bill Larkin announced Thursday he will retire. The 90-year-old Hudson Valley senator became the fifth Republican in recent days to announce he will not seek re-election. But Larkin says he had made up his mind four months ago.

Coyote That Bit Girl In Westchester Was Rabid

May 1, 2018
Courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The coyote that lunged at and bit a 5-year-old girl at a playground in Westchester County has tested positive for rabies.

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The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a case from Constitution Pipeline over New York’s denial of a key permit. Opponents are claiming victory, but the pipeline company remains committed to seeing the project through.

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As the sight of trucks and plows on icy roads becomes a winter memory, a study from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies reveals the impact of road salt on private drinking water wells. The report focused on a town in Dutchess County.

Seven Democrats, two unaffiliated candidates and one seeking the Green Party nod are looking to unseat freshman New York Republican Congressman John Faso of the 19th District.  65-year-old Woodstock resident Dave Clegg, who has a law practice in Kingston, says he is a progressive Democrat running a grassroots campaign. This is the fifth of WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne’s interviews with the candidates.

HV Assemblyman Eyes NYS Senate Seat

Apr 27, 2018

New York state Senator John Bonacic on Friday announced he would not seek re-election. And now a fellow Republican says he is seriously considering a run.

Democratic New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a telephone town hall Thursday night. Callers asked about topics ranging from the federal tax law to immigration to the CPV power plant in Orange County.

NYS Senator Bonacic Announces His Retirement

Apr 27, 2018

New York state Senator John Bonacic says he will not seek re-election.

Conference Focuses On Mass Violence

Apr 26, 2018

The Institute for Disaster Mental Health at the State University of New York at New Paltz is holding its 15th annual conference Friday. The theme is “Psychosocial Response to Mass Violence,” a topic selected before such recent tragedies as the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with two of the presenters.

Jerry Seinfeld To Perform At Sullivan County Casino

Apr 26, 2018

The casino in the Catskills that has been open since February is bringing a big-name comedian to town.

Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has selected a county legislator who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan to head the county’s Division of Veterans Services.

Democrat Shelley Mayer Wins NYS Senate Race

Apr 25, 2018
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In a race that drew statewide attention, Democratic Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer defeated Republican Julie Killian for a New York Senate seat in lower Westchester County on Tuesday. Though Democrats have a numerical advantage, it appears the Republicans still have control of the chamber.

Few Problems Cited During NY's Special Elections

Apr 24, 2018
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Few problems have been reported during special elections today. Voters are deciding who will fill nine state Assembly and two Senate seats. A few of the races have garnered widespread attention.

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Voters head to the polls today to elect nine New York state Assemblymembers and two state Senators. The special election in the 37th Senate District in Westchester County could tip the balance in the chamber. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on the contentious race.

Central Hudson Proposal Would Lower Charges

Apr 23, 2018
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Central Hudson is proposing a new rate plan that includes the company’s first ever reduction of fixed charges. Advocates who pushed for changes to the gas and electric company’s initial proposal are calling the agreement an important victory.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A medical marijuana dispensary is open in Newburgh, New York — the first in Orange County. There was a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, but the dispensary has been open for a few weeks and has already served many clients.

The Catskill Center and New York City Department of Environmental Protection have preserved their first parcel of land under a new program.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Visitation continued Friday at the DiDonato Funeral Home in Ulster County for New York state Assemblyman Frank Skartados. Several assemblymembers, including Speaker Carl Heastie, were expected. Skartados died Sunday at age 62 from pancreatic cancer. People attending viewing hours Thursday remembered the Hudson Valley Democrat as a most honorable public servant.

Newburgh Community Honors Mayor Judy Kennedy

Apr 20, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Hundreds of people attended a transition service Thursday for Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy. She died Sunday at age 73 after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer. It was a service the mayor herself planned, and there were speeches, songs and poems.

Communities Pay Respects To Kennedy, Skartados

Apr 19, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The public had a chance today to honor two Hudson Valley lawmakers who died on Sunday. There was a service for Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy, who died at age 73 from ovarian cancer. And there were visitation hours for her fellow Democrat, New York state Assemblyman Frank Skartados, who died at 62 from pancreatic cancer. 

There are special elections in New York on Tuesday to fill nine vacant state Assembly seats and two vacant Senate seats. One closely contested race heating up in the final days is in the 37th Senate District, where Democrat George Latimer vacated his seat after being elected Westchester County Executive. Money has been pouring in on both sides. Democratic Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer is running against Republican Julie Killian. Wednesday, we heard from Killian. Today, WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison speaks with Mayer about a race that could decide which party rules the chamber.

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The chair of the New York Assembly Task Force on People with Disabilities is asking the state attorney general to investigate an alleged incident of employment discrimination.

There are special elections in New York on Tuesday to fill nine vacant state Assembly seats and two vacant Senate seats. One closely contested race is in the 37th Senate District, where Democrat George Latimer vacated his seat after being elected Westchester County Executive. Money has been pouring in on both sides. Republican Julie Killian is running against Democratic Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison spoke with Killian about a race that could decide which party rules the chamber.

Services Planned For NYS Assemblyman, Newburgh Mayor

Apr 17, 2018

Arrangements are in place for services for two Hudson Valley lawmakers who died Sunday after battles with cancer.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Poughkeepsie Monday to announce legislation to ensure low-income tenants have alternate housing in the event of an emergency. Maloney and the city’s mayor say a recent occurrence at an affordable housing complex in Poughkeepsie is an example of why such a bill is needed.

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The New York state Department of Public Service will hold public hearings over the next two weeks about the response of the state’s seven major utility companies to winter storms in March.

With the deaths of two elected officials in the Hudson Valley Sunday, a number of local leaders have been offering their sentiments. New York state Assemblyman Frank Skartados died at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer, while Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy died from ovarian cancer after a diagnosis two years ago.

Bill O'Reilly Leads A Different Political Party

Apr 15, 2018

Bill O’Reilly is a founding partner at the New York-based political and corporate communications firm, The November Team. But he has added a new job. He is pro-tem Chairman of The Federalist Party of America. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne recently spoke with O’Reilly about the move.

A memorial wall to remember the more than 300 New York servicemen and women killed while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan since the 9/11 attacks, is on display at the Orange County Government Center.

NRC, NYS Discuss A Repair At Indian Point

Apr 13, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Safety at the soon-to-be shuttered Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County was the subject of a public conference call Thursday with officials from New York state and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. At issue was a repair at one of the reactors. The NRC had approved the method of repair and says there is no safety significance. But the state wants a written safety evaluation after raising questions about the method and longevity of the repair.

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