Assemblyman Frank Skartados

Hudson Valley Year In Review 2018

Dec 28, 2018
From left to right: Democrat Antonio Delgado, Republican Congressman John Faso, the Green Party's Steve Greenfield and independent Diane Neal

A mid-term election year with several key races in the Hudson Valley grabbed a lot of air time, while PCBs and PFOS continued to dominate environmental headlines in 2018. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne looks back at some significant stories in her region during the first half of the year.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

City of Poughkeepsie officials held a dedication ceremony Tuesday in honor of late New York state Assemblyman Frank Skartados. Skartados secured the funding for new fire apparatus and police vehicles, which were on display for the dedication.

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.

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. 

Services Planned For NYS Assemblyman, Newburgh Mayor

Apr 17, 2018

Arrangements are in place for services for two Hudson Valley lawmakers who died Sunday after battles with cancer.

With the deaths of two elected officials in the Hudson Valley Sunday, a number of local leaders have been offering their sentiments. New York state Assemblyman Frank Skartados died at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer, while Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy died from ovarian cancer after a diagnosis two years ago.

Assemblyman Frank Skartados of New York’s 104th district has died. He died Sunday at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

Hudson Valley Assemblyman Is Hospitalized

Apr 12, 2018

Democratic New York state Assemblyman Frank Skartados has been hospitalized with an unspecified grave illness.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Local groups and citizens held a rally over the weekend to call on the U.S. Department of Defense to halt PFOS discharges from Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh, New York, which drain into the city’s main drinking water source and the Hudson River. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Monday announced next steps regarding the suspended U.S. Coast Guard proposal for anchorage sites along the Hudson River. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports from the Newburgh waterfront.

NYS Assemblyman Says To Focus On Ethics Reform

Jul 8, 2017

With the New York state legislative session wrapped up in Albany, an assemblyman from the Hudson Valley says there is at least one big piece of unfinished business.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state lawmaker is among the latest to call on the U.S. Department of Defense to take responsibility for the PFOS drinking water contamination in Newburgh.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Three state lawmakers from New York’s Hudson Valley gathered in the City of Poughkeepsie earlier this week to call on the Assembly to pass a so-called “punishment fit the crime” bill when it is re-introduced next session. They met at an intersection where a Poughkeepsie couple lost their lives four years ago.

Newburgh Town Board Supports Casino Proposal

Apr 25, 2014
Saratoga Casino and Raceway

A town board in Orange County is backing the concept of locating a casino minutes from the New York State Thruway. This came during a special board meeting Thursday evening to hear a presentation from the developer.

HV Officials Comment On Tax Relief Recommendations

Dec 11, 2013
Donkey Hotey/Flickr

Some officials in the Hudson Valley are weighing in on the recommendations released this week by the New York State Tax Relief Commission appointed earlier this year by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

NY Secretary Of State Walks The Walkway

Aug 27, 2013
WAMC/Allison Dunne

Plans are in the works to better link Walkway Over the Hudson to surrounding communities and to tourism dollars. New York’s Secretary of State toured the pedestrian bridge in the mid-Hudson Valley Monday, seeing projects and hearing pitches about how the bridge can span a larger vision of tourism in the state.

Those are officials speaking with Secretary of State Cesar Perales about the need to keep Walkway visitors in the region, directing them to other sites and attractions – as Walkway Over the Hudson Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart puts it: