Hudson Valley News

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Negotiations continue between utility workers and the owner of Indian Point nuclear plant in Westchester County. Union members voted to strike Thursday unless an agreement is reached. Meantime, plant management and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have a plan should the strike occur.

Westchester-Long Island Tunnel Idea Re-Emerges

Jan 15, 2018
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The idea of building a tunnel from Long Island to Westchester is not new.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during his State of the State address in early January said it’s worth revisiting in the name of alleviating traffic congestion. But some state Assemblymembers from Westchester doubt the concept will gain traction.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address earlier this month proposed a “No Student Goes Hungry” program. The five-point plan aims to combat hunger for students in kindergarten through college. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports anti-hunger advocates are praising the governor’s effort.

Marist College Takes Over Sprout Creek Farm Operations

Jan 12, 2018

A nonprofit farm and education center in Dutchess County has transferred control of its operations to a nearby college.

FERC Denies Constitution Pipeline Petition

Jan 12, 2018
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dealt a blow to Constitution Pipeline Thursday, rejecting the company’s petition that asked FERC to find that New York state wrongly denied the project a key permit. The pipeline company plans to fight the decision.

NYCLU Lawsuit In Dutchess Aims To Effect Bail Reform

Jan 11, 2018
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The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit alleging a Dutchess County man was put behind bars unfairly because he could not afford the cash bail. The man was accused of misdemeanor shoplifting. The NYCLU hopes the suit makes a case for bail reform at the same time Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for reform.

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A New York congressman has introduced bipartisan legislation to bring more accountability to federal conservation programs.

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Two New York state assemblymembers from Westchester County are fighting back against the new federal tax law with legislation of their own. As for tax reforms Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed in his State of the State address earlier this month, the lawmakers say they’re awaiting details but generally like the concepts.

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Two New York Congress members have introduced a bipartisan bill to restore the SALT, or state and local tax deduction. The federal tax legislation President Trump signed last month curtails the deduction that many depend on in high-tax states like New York.

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A Hudson Valley-based environmental group will hold a panel discussion Wednesday in Manhattan about the impending closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County. Speakers include some well-known names.

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Officials say the City of Newburgh should be able to connect its main drinking water source to a new, state-funded carbon filtration system in February. That source is Washington Lake, where PFOS was found in 2016. The city now draws water from the Catskill Aqueduct. State environmental and health officials delivered an update during a Newburgh City Council meeting Monday night.

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is sponsoring legislation to combat sexual harassment in state government. The bill also would end the use of tax dollars for secret settlements.

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Officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health will be on hand in Newburgh this evening to talk about a new state-funded water filtration system that is ready to go. The system was built following PFOS water contamination found in the city’s main drinking water source in 2016.

EPA Delays Decision On GE's Hudson River PCB Cleanup

Jan 8, 2018
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has informed General Electric that its decision about whether to formally determine that the Upper Hudson River PCB cleanup is complete is delayed. Meantime, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sent a letter to the EPA, saying additional cleanup would accelerate recovery of the river and its resources.

Yonkers Mayor Bows Out Of Race For NYS Senate Seat

Jan 5, 2018
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A potential Democratic candidate for an open New York state Senate seat in the Hudson Valley said Thursday he is no longer seeking his party’s nomination.

NY Lawmaker Proposes Tax On Vapor Products In E-Cigs

Jan 4, 2018

A New York state Senator from the Hudson Valley is proposing to tax vapor products that are used in e-cigarettes and the like.

Dutchess County Executive Will Not Run For Governor

Jan 4, 2018
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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said Thursday that he will not run for New York governor. WAMC’s Allison Dunne has more on the latest Republican to back away from the race.

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The Ulster County executive has signed legislation that permanently extends real property tax exemptions available to the county’s Cold War Veterans.

Some NY First Day Hikes Are Cancelled, Modified

Dec 31, 2017
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Several First Day hikes in New York have been cancelled or changed because of bitter cold weather. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is advising anyone who was planning to participate in one of the hikes January 1 to contact the park or site directly.

New Dutchess Comptroller To Be Sworn In

Dec 30, 2017

There are a number of swearing-in ceremonies taking place throughout New York beginning this weekend. WAMC’s Allison Dunne tells us about a few in the Hudson Valley.

A Year In Review In The Hudson Valley

Dec 29, 2017
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As we bid farewell to 2017, WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne takes a look at some of the bigger stories of the year—and some that are sure to continue in 2018.

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A state lawmaker from Westchester County is planning to introduce legislation to help mitigate the harm she says the new federal tax laws will cause to many New York residents.

Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino lost his bid for a third term in November. He hands over the keys in White Plains to Democrat George Latimer, who is leaving the state Senate to run the county. Astorino had won the previous two terms handily, in a county where Democratic voters outnumber Republicans 2-to-1.  Astorino spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about his time in office, his run for governor in 2014 and more.

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Two congressional representatives from New York introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday to rename a post office after former Congressman Maurice Hinchey, who died in November after a battle with a rare, neurological disease.

NYS Assembymember Urges Residents To #GetTickedOff

Dec 21, 2017

A New York state assemblymember from the Hudson Valley has launched a public education campaign on Lyme and tick-borne diseases. The initiative is aimed at raising awareness about ticks and their infections and boosting advocacy efforts.

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Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove the chemicals found in pharmaceuticals and personal care products. Instead, such chemicals enter waterways where their effects on aquatic ecosystems are largely unknown. A new study looks at how these compounds disrupt such ecosystems. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. She is co-author of the new study on the topic.

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection says 2017 was a record year for kayak and canoe rentals in its watershed in the Catskills. DEP officials say businesses in the Catskills rented 6 percent more boats on four of the city’s upstate reservoirs.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been unveiling proposals from his State of the State address set for January 3. His second proposal is about protecting the Hudson River. He and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman vow to sue the federal Environmental Protection Agency if it deems PCB dredging to be complete.

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Westchester County Executive-elect George Latimer, who defeated Republican Rob Astorino in the November election, has announced the nomination of the core leadership team for his upcoming administration.

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Federal agencies are weighing in on how a new designation recently issued for the sturgeon habitat near Indian Point impacts the Westchester nuclear power plant that is set to close by 2021. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has declared its findings while another agency is still reviewing the matter.

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