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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

Parents across the Hudson Valley have been chiming in on virtual forums held by elected officials in recent weeks with their back-to-school concerns. They wonder why school reopening varies from district to district, or even within the same district. And there’s anxiety about how parents will address overseeing their children’s education virtually if they have to go to work in-person. Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro tells WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne that he’s been hearing from parents and others grappling with these issues.

Group of young children
Courtesy of Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc.

With so many K-12 school districts set to open after Labor Day, some county executives are trying to help figure out the childcare conundrum. Dutchess County has come up with a childcare scholarship.

Storm over Montgomery, NY August 27, 2020
Courtesy of the Town of Montgomery

National Weather Service teams are headed out to parts of the WAMC listening area to determine if any tornadoes touched down Thursday. Though power outages and damage were not as widespread as from Tropical Storm Isaias in early August, there were intense pockets.

Courtesy of Dutchess County government

A grant from New York state will help a county in the Hudson Valley bolster its public health team in the fight against COVID-19.

Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and others hosted “A Listening Town Hall: People of Color Sharing their Experiences in Dutchess County” Tuesday night. About a dozen residents shared their stories about police encounters, racism and lack of opportunities.

Dutchess Will Roll Out Memorial Day Convoy

May 24, 2020
Courtesy of Dutchess County government

Most traditional Memorial Day celebrations have been cancelled or are not open to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In New York’s Hudson Valley, Dutchess County has organized a vehicle convoy to recognize fallen heroes.

Dutchess Launches Donation Drive For Childcare Centers

Apr 25, 2020
Courtesy of Dutchess County government

A New York state Senator and the Dutchess County executive have launched a donation drive to support those caring for the children of first responders, healthcare workers and other essential employees.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro delivering his State of the County address, Feb. 20, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says he supports a regional, incremental restart of the economy in New York state. Meantime, the county continues its focus on COVID-19 testing as it stares down hefty revenue losses from the statewide closure of non-essential businesses. Molinaro spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Dutchess, Orange Report Additional COVID-19 Deaths

Mar 26, 2020
COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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Dutchess and Orange Counties on Thursday reported more COVID-related deaths.

Dutchess County Exec Updates Residents On COVID-19

Mar 19, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of the Dutchess County Executive

The Dutchess County executive and his health department leader updated residents Wednesday on the coronavirus pandemic and how Dutchess is responding. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne tuned in to the virtual town hall that drew some 12,000 people.

Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Thursday in Orange and Dutchess Counties, New York. These come after Ulster County confirmed two additional cases today.

Dutchess County Exec's Address Focuses On 'Home'

Feb 21, 2020
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro delivering his State of the County address, Feb. 20, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro delivered his state-of-the-county address Thursday. He proposed a number of initiatives across several areas, with a theme of “Home.”

WAMC File Photo

Standard & Poor’s Rating Services has reaffirmed Dutchess County government’s bond rating, citing strong county management and budgetary performance.

Democratic Dutchess County legislators want to expand certain protections to probation officers. This comes after a probation officer suffered a near-fatal dog attack in 2018 while checking on a probationer.


With cybersecurity attacks on the rise nationwide, Dutchess County wants community leaders to be better prepared. To this end, the county is hosting its inaugural Hudson Valley Cyber Security Summit Wednesday.

Courtesy of the office of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

A major storm added a snow day to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, closing schools and state and local government offices from Albany to the Hudson Valley and beyond. And now New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for several counties.

A number of local legislators want Dutchess County to reduce its use of fossil fuels. To this end, they have submitted a resolution setting specific targets, and are using a county across the river as an example.

Courtesy of Dutchess County government

Independent redistricting is another step closer to reality in Dutchess County. The county legislature this week unanimously passed a law amending the county charter. Now, it’s up to the voters.

Courtesy of LaGrange Fire Department via New York State Police

A small plane crashed into a house near Poughkeepsie over the weekend, causing a massive fire and leaving the pilot and one of the residents dead. Now, there is a fundraiser for the displaced family, and Dutchess County officials are helping a number of those involved address trauma.

Congressman Delgado To Hold Town Halls In Two Counties

Jul 20, 2019

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado is holding two town halls. One is Saturday; the other is Monday.

Cooling Centers Are Open Throughout The Hudson Valley

Jul 20, 2019
Courtesy of Westchester County government

Cooling centers are open around the region with today’s excessive heat warning. There are many places to find relief from the heat in the Hudson Valley.

Special Olympics Are In Dutchess Saturday

Jun 15, 2019
Courtesy of Special Olympics New York

The Special Olympics New York Summer Games run all day Saturday in Dutchess County.

Courtesy of the East Clinton Volunteer Fire Department

The pilot who was killed when his helicopter crashed on the roof of a midtown Manhattan skyscraper amid heavy clouds and rain Monday has been identified. He was from Dutchess County.

Dutchess Closes On Park Property

May 22, 2019

In New York, Dutchess County has acquired land from Scenic Hudson to create an accessible park for people of all abilities.

Dutchess County Bridge Closes After NYS Inspection

Mar 27, 2019
Courtesy of Dutchess County government

A bridge in Dutchess County, New York has been closed following a state inspection.

Dutchess County officials have announced the formation of a Climate Smart Communities Task Force.

Dutchess Legislature Passes Plastic Bag Ban

Dec 10, 2018
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The Dutchess County, New York legislature has approved a ban on plastic shopping bags. Despite the near unanimous vote, there was controversy over one aspect that did not make it into the measure.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

In a likely blow to New York’s Capital Region, GlobalFoundries has announced a new round of layoffs.

Cultural Humility Presentation Is On Tap In Dutchess

Feb 27, 2018
Courtesy of Dr. Chris St. Germain/Dutchess County

A clinical psychologist for Dutchess County will deliver a presentation on cultural humility Tuesday evening. Dr. Christopher St. Germain is with the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about the topic.

S&P Reaffirms Dutchess County's Bond Rating

Feb 27, 2018
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Standard & Poor’s Global Rating Services has reaffirmed Dutchess County government’s bond rating.