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Hank Gross

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted Entergy, the owner/operator of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan permission to extend the frequency of the containment integrated leak rate test from once every 10 years to once every 15 years on a permanent basis.


State Senator David Carlucci (D, New City) has called on the state education commissioner and attorney general to investigate how culturally insensitive and historically inaccurate information was included in educational videos regarding Judaism and members of the Jewish faith.

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The East Ramapo Central School District is the only one in the Mid-Hudson classified by the state comptroller’s office as being in “significant fiscal stress” and the state senator representing the area said something must be done about it.

Courtesy of Didi Barrett

Assemblywoman Didi Barrett (D-Hudson), who had toyed with running for the 19th District congressional seat in the fall election, announced Friday she will instead seek another term in the state legislature.

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Dutchess County has a new Community Development Coordinator and his first focus will be revitalization efforts in the City of Poughkeepsie.

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Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul Friday announced a new $1 billion public-private partnership to bring high-speed broadband Internet service with at least 100 megabytes per second of service by 2018.

City Hall in Kingston was filled to capacity Friday, as well-wishers flocked to greet incoming Mayor Steve Noble, who took the oath of office on the first day of the year.

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The ridesharing company Uber would like to set up shop in Dutchess County. At present, the state has no provision for the service – the New York City model is actually a livery service.

Despite all of the speculation that Ulster County Executive Michael Hein would run for Congress next fall, he announced Friday that he will not be a candidate.

CPV protestor and actor James Cromwell

Six people were arrested by New York State Police for disorderly conduct Friday morning when they blocked the construction entrance site to the Competitive Power Ventures in Orange County.

Opposition to the state plan for the Thruway Authority to be lead agency in the environmental review of the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline along the superhighway is mounting as the Newburgh City Council is against it.

Some of the nearly 100 students who joined the protest.


Students and supporters of the Black Studies Department at SUNY New Paltz gathered in front of the Administration Building on campus yesterday to advocate for the rejuvenation of the department. 


Mayor Shayne Gallo vetoed the Kingston city 2016 budget as approved by the common council.

Seche, attending final meeting, voted "no"


The Kingston Common Council approved the 2016 budget Tuesday night, but only after amending the mayor’s original proposal, which contained deep cuts from several key staff positions. The final changes recently authorized by the Finance and Audit Committee, included restoration of the city clerk and corporation counsel’s employee salary lines.


Hunter Mountain ski resort in Greene County is being sold to Peak Resorts, Inc. headquartered in Missouri for $36.8 million. Hunter Mountain generates approximately $27 million in annual revenue.


The issuance of casino licenses is weeks, if not days away, and two hotel operators have expressed interest in building facilities in the Village of Monticello in hopes of capitalizing on some of the spillover.

Several volunteers took part in HONOR – Helping Others Needing Our Resources – which served Thanksgiving dinner to the needy in Middletown.


Black Friday is gradually turning into Black Thursday as more and more retail establishments are jumping the gun to capture more of the holiday shoppers.


Pillow fights at the US Military Academy are illegal effective immediately following such an event on August 20 in which 30 people were injured.

New York Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey is calling on the House to pass legislation prohibiting suspects on the terror watch list from purchasing firearms.


Officials of the soon-to-be constructed Montreign Casino-Resort in Sullivan County expect Stewart Airport in eastern Orange County, to play a key role in bringing visitors to their Kiamesha Lake facility.

The Indian Point Nuclear power pant, owned and operated by Entergy, arecurrently under review by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel pending the renewal of its operating license for the next 20 years. The hearing, held Monday afternoon in Tarrytown, was the second regarding contentions to Indian Point’s continued operation.

New York City Subways.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has increased its patrols and surveillance across its agencies including the Metro-North Railroad in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks on Friday.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The New York State Department of Public Service will investigate disruptions in the 911 emergency telephone systems that affected more than 400,000 Verizon and Frontier Communications customers in portions of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster and Sullivan counties.

Area public officials Friday evening expressed their sympathy and support for the people of France following the terror attacks there.

A 16-year-old City of Poughkeepsie youth has been arrested for sending two threatening tweets to Marist College in the Town of Poughkeepsie over a seven-hour period threatening to commit an offense that created fear resulting in the college cancelling classes and telling students to stay in your dormitories.

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A vote by property owners in the 164-acre section of the Town of Monroe to annex their land into the Village of Kiryas Joel may have passed earlier this week, but no transfer can take place until a State Supreme Court judge rules on the challenges to the environmental review.

Demolition of section two of the Orange County Government Center in Goshen began Friday morning with a giant crane ripping down chunks of the building.

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The Kiryas Joel School Board has created an advisory committee to study the impact of annexation and the alteration of school district boundaries.


The state Department of Health has approved the certificate of need for Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie to construct its new patient pavilion.

Ulster County Executive Michael Hein’s proposed 2016 county budget carries a 1.1 percent property tax cut, cuts county spending by $4.5 million over last year and includes no reduction in services or layoffs.