Hudson Valley News

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.

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.