Hudson Valley News

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.

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

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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.

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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
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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
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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.

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
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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
Courtesy of Shelley Mayer, from a rally pre-Election night

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.