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Hank Gross

Hudson Valley Correspondent

A man who pulled a gun on Newburgh City Police late Friday afternoon was shot and killed by officers.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
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Republican congressional candidate James O’Donnell and a group of residents in the 18th Congressional District have filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Albany seeking to prevent Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney from running for both re-election and state attorney general simultaneously.

Marcus Molinaro
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Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro’s run for governor may become reality.

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A package of state legislation aimed at fighting Lyme and tick-borne diseases is being introduced ahead of the 2018 session by Senator Susan Serino (R, Hyde Park), chairwoman of the Senate’s Lyme Task Force.

She teamed up with Senator Kemp Hannon (R, Garden City), chairman of the Senate’s Health Committee, to introduce four bills that they hope will better address the diseases.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Friday unveiled two pieces of legislation meant to promote veteran employment in the public workforce, as well as protect the working rights of veterans who have come back from reserve duties.


By an overwhelming majority, voters in the Town of Monroe approved a proposition to allow creation of a new Hasidic Town of Palm Tree. The town will include all of the Village of Kiryas Joel as well as 56 acres from Monroe.

“Today is a truly historic day that will usher in a new era of peace and stability for all residents of Monroe,” said KJ Village Administrator Gedalye Szegedin. Monroe voters “chose a better path forward, one of diplomacy instead of angry rhetoric and litigation.”


The president of MTA Metro-North Railroad, Joseph Giulietti, will retire at the end of August. The formal announcement came at Monday’s Metro-North Committee meeting.

Replica of the 1614 Onrust docks at the Maritime Museum.

Dutch dignitaries got a taste of Kingston Wednesday, when New York State officials hosted a delegation from the Netherlands, in a joint effort promoting local tourism from Europe.

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The New York State Senate passed legislation that would outlaw the use of elephants in circuses, fairs, TV, movies and any other form of entertainment. 

The bill was written by students at Pace University. They were in Albany on Wednesday with their faculty members, John Cronin and Michelle Land.


Local officials are cautiously optimistic about plans by a “paper airline” to reorganize and offer nonstop flights between Stewart Airport and Eastern Europe.

The New York State Parole Board Friday denied parole for Judith Clark, the getaway driver in the failed 1981 Rockland County Brinks armored car robbery that left three law enforcement officers dead.

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The Federal Railroad Administration should review current standards for the time between the activation of train warning signals and the distance of an oncoming train, US Senator Charles Schumer said Friday.

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The first 20 cars, including all three locomotives, of a 77-car CSX freight train derailed around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday as it traveled south along the Hudson River at the Newburgh - New Windsor line.

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For the second time in four weeks, corrections officers were attacked and injured by prisoners at Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville.


Rockland County is the first in the state to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies.

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US Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney have called on the Defense Department to immediately order the Air National Guard to install carbon filtration units at the site of PFOS contamination at the Stewart Airport Air Guard base.

Divers spent all day Friday searching the Hudson River near the Bear Mountain Bridge for any sign of a man who was seen on New York State Bridge Authority surveillance video jumping off the bridge at mid-span at about 4 a.m.

Two men were found dead inside a vehicle submerged in a partially frozen pond off Weil Road in Dover Plains. State Police were called to the scene at 7:20 a.m. on Friday and saw the vehicle some five feet off the roadway submerged in the water.

Former Hudson Valley Congressman Benjamin Gilman died Saturday morning. He was 94. For the last number of years, he was living at the Castle Point veterans’ hospital near Beacon. He had been in declining health following surgery to repair a damaged hip. Hank Gross has the story....

Christmas came a week early for Ulster County as the New York State Attorney General’s Office delivered a check for $12,845.27 representing the collection of additional restitution from its prosecution of the Lower Esopus Riverwatch Corporation and its board members. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports...

A group of Legoland opponents has filed a court challenge to the Town of Goshen’s proceedings dealing with Merlin Entertainment’s proposed Legoland theme park. They will ask the court to cancel the town’s public hearing on the project order another lead agency in the environmental process.

Tabitha Cruz, left, and Omani Free are the latest victims of gun violence in Newburgh. They were shot to death and five others were wounded at a Halloween party on Broadway early Sunday morning.


City Police in Newburgh have identified the victims of the early morning shootings as Tabitha Cruz, 20, and Omani Free, 18, both residents of the City of Newburgh. Cruz was said to be a cheerleading coach and Free was a senior at Newburgh Free Academy.

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The testing of Washington Lake and Silver Stream near the Stewart Airport Air National Guard base has given the state Department of Environmental Conservation enough proof to declare the area a Superfund site because of PFOS contamination, believed to have originated from the Guard base.

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City officials are glad to know that 120 leaks in its water system have been identified and can be repaired, reducing the amount of water being lost as Newburgh continues to face its contamination crisis.


Three people are dead in a Town of Wallkill residence and signs point to a murder-suicide by a man who apparently shot and killed his two children before taking his own life.

NEWBURGH – Newburgh City Comptroller John Aber resigned and was arrested Tuesday, City Manager Michael Ciaravino announced.

State Senator George Amedore (R-Rotterdam) announced on Friday that he will seek re-election in November.

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Saying that since Stewart Airport, specifically the Air National Guard Base, is “the most likely source” of contamination of the City of Newburgh’s water supply, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney called on the Defense Department to investigate the situation.

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Former Newburgh City Fire Chief Michael Vatter pled guilty to wire fraud for fraudulently obtaining retirement benefits. His plea came Friday in federal district court in White Plains. He could be sentenced to up to 20 years in federal prison.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand brought her campaign to fight the scourge of opioid addiction and death to the City of Newburgh on Friday where she announced new legislation that will target the epidemic at one of its key sources: opioid pain medication prescriptions.