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Ribbons of Remembrance Ceremony, Yonkers, NY, December 3, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County officials and spiritual leaders participated in a ceremony Thursday to honor residents lost to COVID-19. County Executive George Latimer hosted the ceremony at a Ribbons of Remembrance memorial in a county park in Yonkers.

Standing in front of three rows of purple ribbons fluttering in the breeze on a tree and rope structure at Lenoir Nature Preserve in Yonkers, Senior Pastor at the Mount Vernon Heights Congregational Church Reverend Troy Decohen offered prayers.

Billboards from NYADD in Albany, November 2020
Courtesy of the New York Alliance for Developmental Disabilities (NYADD)

A number of New York state assemblymembers recently called on the state to reverse funding cuts to the intellectual and developmental disability community. They say that even though funding is especially strained across the board because of COVID-19, the developmental disability community cannot afford the cuts.

Hudson Valley Democratic Assemblyman Tom Abinanti has long advocated for the developmental disability community.

“We have gone from benign neglect to active abandonment of people with disabilities,” Abinanti says. “And it’s all about money. It’s all about money.”

A nursing home
U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Gary Ward, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

With COVID-19 cases on the rise, a lawmaker from the Hudson Valley is urging New York state to develop a plan to more effectively protect residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison
Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

The mayor of Poughkeepsie, New York is recovering at home after testing positive for COVID-19. Republican Mayor Rob Rolison says he wasn’t feeling well last Monday, November 23, and stayed home. On Tuesday, he told WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne how he’s doing.

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.
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC / cdc.gov)

There have been possible COVID-19 exposures at two eateries in the Hudson Valley.

Riverkeeper's President Is Stepping Down In 2021

Dec 1, 2020
Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay
Courtesy of Riverkeeper

The president of Riverkeeper, an environmental group based in New York’s Hudson Valley, is stepping down next year. This comes as Riverkeeper has a new strategic plan in place, refocusing its mission. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay.

Dutchess BOE Certifies Votes

Dec 1, 2020
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The Dutchess County Board of Elections has announced that the county's votes have been certified and sent to the New York state Board of Elections.

Westchester County's active COVID-19 cases, as of November 30, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

The Westchester County executive says a sharp rise in the number of active COVID-19 cases continues, and there’s a good chance the state will designate additional areas as micro-clusters.

Proposed Amazon warehouse at former IBM site in East Fishkill, Dutchess County
East Fishkill Town Board meeting November 5, 2020/screenshot from youtube by WAMC, Allison Dunne

Dutchess County could be home to an Amazon warehouse. Officials say a former IBM site is a frontrunner as the retail giant considers locations across the country.

Poughkeepsie Mayor Tests Positive For COVID-19

Nov 30, 2020
Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison
Courtesy of the Office of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison

The mayor of Poughkeepsie, New York has tested positive for COVID-19.

From left: NYS Senator Pete Harckham; President of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers Samantha Rosado-Ciriello; NYS Senator Shelley Mayer; NYS Senator John Liu; and Immediate Past-President of the YCPTA Rob Rijos.
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator Shelley Mayer

A number of New York state senators have introduced a bill to provide free broadband to every student and school in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biofilm and debris collecting along the Hutchinson Riverbank
Courtesy of Save the Sound

Westchester County and a nonprofit environmental group have been awarded a federal grant to develop a water quality improvement plan for the Hutchinson River.

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.
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC / cdc.gov)

Health officials in New York are warning about potential COVID-19 exposures in two Hudson Valley counties.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro during Zoom press conference, November 23, 2020
Courtesy of NYSAC/screenshot by WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic and Republican county leaders across the U.S. are calling for unity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic intensifying again. The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) say it’s time to put partisanship aside, turn down the rhetoric and work together to defeat the resurgence of the coronavirus.

Martucci, Harckham Win Their NYS Senate Races

Nov 24, 2020
Mike Martucci
Courtesy of the campaign of Mike Martucci

Two tight and contentious New York state Senate races have been decided — one in favor of the incumbent Democrat; the other for the Republican challenger. The New York Civil Liberties Union was seeking intervenor status in the latter until the race was decided. Still, the NYCLU says the issue in the race is a broader one that needs attention.

NYS Senator Harckham Declares Victory

Nov 24, 2020
New York State Senator Pete Harckham
Courtesy of NYS Senator Pete Harckham

A first-term New York state senator in the Hudson Valley’s 40th District is declaring victory in what was a contentious race against a former Westchester County executive. The win assures a Democratic supermajority in the state Senate.

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A New York state assemblyman says two internet service providers are offering free connections for a limited time to help with remote learning.

Westchester County COVID-19 cases, November 23, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County Executive George Latimer relayed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement Monday that some areas in the county are headed to red zone status if COVID-19 numbers keep increasing. And he reminded the public that National Guard troops will be at the county airport to enforce COVID-19 rules ahead of a feared Thanksgiving spike.

 SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras Visits SUNY New Paltz, SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian (far right) November 20, 2020
Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras was at SUNY New Paltz Friday as mandatory COVID-19 testing for students continued. The so-called exit testing is required of all SUNY students before they leave for Thanksgiving and complete the rest of the semester remotely. Malatras spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about the testing and what to expect for the spring semester.

SUNY Chancellor Jim SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras Visits SUNY New Paltz, SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian (far right) November 20, 2020Maltras Visits SUNY New Paltz, SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian (far right) November 20, 2020
Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras was at SUNY New Paltz Friday to review mandatory COVID-19 testing for students. The so-called exit testing is required of students before they leave for Thanksgiving and complete the rest of the semester remotely.

NYS DEC Plans To Manage Use Of Catskill Park

Nov 20, 2020
Atop a Catskills Peak
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn more people outdoors, often into areas officials say were already overused. Now, the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has created a strategic planning initiative to manage the Catskill Park.

Ulster County seal
Courtesy of Ulster County government

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced that access to county buildings will be limited and more staffing will be remote as COVID-19 cases escalate.

O&R on scene after Tropical Storm Isaias damage, August 2020
Courtesy of Orange and Rockland Utilities

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced that a state commission completed its investigation into what he calls an apparent failure of electric utilities to adequately prepare for and respond to a recent tropical storm. Three of New York’s largest utilities face potential fines totaling millions of dollars. Two could see their licenses revoked.

Congressman-Elect Mondaire Jones at the Frederick Douglass statue in Emancipation Hall at the U.S. Capitol
Courtesy of NY-17 Congressman-Elect Mondaire Jones

A New York congressman-elect in the Hudson Valley will represent the freshman class as part of a U.S. House leadership team.

Hudson Valley County Executives, Deputy County Executive, Health Commissioners Hold Briefing On COVID And The Holidays
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday added COVID-19 micro-clusters in three Hudson Valley counties. Earlier in the day, four county leaders and their health commissioners held a briefing to implore the public not to get casual about the virus, especially with the holidays around the corner.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

An environmental group based in New York’s Hudson Valley is refocusing its mission. Plus, its president is stepping down next year.

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Because of increasing COVID-19 case numbers throughout the Hudson Valley, some county employees will be switching from in-person work to working remotely.

Dutchess Stadium
Courtesy of Dutchess Tourism

The Dutchess County comptroller has issued an audit report on Dutchess Stadium, home of the minor league baseball team the Hudson Valley Renegades. Earlier this month, the team was announced as an affiliate of the New York Yankees.

Dr. Amy Bass
Courtesy of Dr. Amy Bass

The 2020 election was historic on a number of fronts. Voting patterns changed in some states and on many levels. Dr. Amy Bass, professor of Sports Studies at Manhattanville College in Westchester County, says there’s a new voting bloc — athletes. She spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

City of Poughkeepsie seal
Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

City Hall in Poughkeepsie will be closed to the public starting Tuesday after a number of city employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

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