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FILE: Orange County DA David Hoovler
Karen DeWitt

Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said Wednesday Nicole Layman of Port Jervis has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of a newborn found in a vacant lot. 

Number Of Opioid Deaths Decreases In Ulster County

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Opioid overdose deaths are down in a county that had the second highest per-capita rate of opioid fatalities of any county in New York in 2018.

Rendering by Andrew Trodler courtesy of the Open Space Institute

The Open Space Institute plans to expand access to portions of a state park in Putnam County.

Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

The Common Council in Poughkeepsie is set to vote on a resolution Tuesday that would move the city toward establishing a land bank.

Courtesy of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

Clearwater’s annual music festival is being scaled down this year. The Beacon, New York-based nonprofit suffered a financial loss from last year’s festival and wants to set itself afloat before sinking more money into another big production. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Clearwater’s executive director about the decision and what lies ahead.

OSI Announces Plan to Expand Access To Fahnestock

Feb 16, 2020
Rendering by Andrew Trodler, courtesy of the Open Space Institute

The Open Space Institute has a plan to improve recreational access at a state park in the Hudson Valley.

Two Candidates Enter NY19 Race

Feb 15, 2020

With the Congressional primary less than five months away, the race for New York’s 19th district is slowly taking shape on the Republican side. And the 2018 Green Party candidate is running again. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on what has previously been a swing district contest.

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A New York congressman has authored a bill to reduce vaping on college campuses.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state-funded water filtration system intended to alleviate the PFOS water woes in Newburgh has been up and running for some time, but not for its originally intended purpose.

Courtesy of Stewart Air National Guard Base

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is urging the secretary of the Air Force to select Stewart Air National Guard base in Orange County as home for a new squadron.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Residents of a town in rural Dutchess County want answers about how a property-tax decrease went down another 50 percent in a town board budget process that left some councilmembers and community members in the dark. The decrease occurred under the previous administration in Stanford; and now the current one is investigating.

NRC Extends Comment Period Regarding Indian Point

Feb 14, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has agreed to extend the public comment period for the Indian Point nuclear power plant license transfer application another 30 days. The NRC is reviewing an application to transfer Entergy’s three Buchanan-based reactors to a Holtec International subsidiary for decommissioning.

Two New York state lawmakers from Rockland County and relatives of a victim of the Parkland, Florida school shooting will be in Albany today. They’ll be joined by other lawmakers and students in calling for passage of a law named for the victim.

Courtesy of Clearwater Festival

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has announced it will hold a smaller event this year instead of its larger, annual music festival. This comes after the Beacon-based nonprofit incurred a financial loss after last year’s festival.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

In his budget, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposes merging the state Thruway Authority with the Bridge Authority. Several Hudson Valley lawmakers oppose the idea, staying protective of the Bridge Authority.

Facebook: SUNY New Paltz

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says preliminary results indicate the Village of New Paltz’s water storage tanks have non-detectable levels of petroleum compounds. The Ulster County village issued a “do not drink advisory” earlier this week. 

SUNY New Paltz's Benjamin To Retire

Feb 11, 2020
Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

After more than 50 years with SUNY New Paltz, a distinguished political scientist and director of the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives will retire.

Courtesy of SUNY Ulster

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has helped introduce legislation to close the skills gap and support technical training in community college and technical education programs.

Rep. Delgado's Hyde Park Town Hall Draws A Full House

Feb 10, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado held his first town hall of the year over the weekend. The 19th District Democrat was in Hyde Park Saturday, talking about his recent work and goals and taking questions from the audience.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The owner of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York has donated what is considered to be among the largest and most important natural science collections in the country. The survey data of the Hudson River and its fish specimens were given to the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.

Lawmakers Press For NYS DOT Rail Crossing Study

Feb 6, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Five years after the deadliest crash in Metro-North Railroad history, New York state lawmakers are renewing calls for safety upgrades to rail grade crossings.

Courtesy of Cornell Cooperative Extension

A new partnership between Cornell Cooperative Extension and a center at SUNY New Paltz includes at least one project that hopes to help farmers respond to invasive species threats.

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Community and environmental advocates, along with some New York state lawmakers, are calling for the withdrawal of a proposed revision to recommended maximum contaminant levels for drinking water. Yet water suppliers welcome the revision that state health officials detailed Tuesday.

Catskill Park Advocates Press For More Funding

Feb 4, 2020
Allison Dunne

Catskill Park advocates are spending the day in Albany calling for increased funding in the proposed budget. And they’re bolstering their advocacy with an updated report on the impact of outdoor activities in the Catskills.

Courtesy of Rye Brook Police

There is progress in reducing the number of truck collisions with a bridge over a major parkway in Westchester County. The county executive says a state-funded project helped. Yet he hopes more can be done using GPS applications.

Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator James Skoufis

A health care facility in Orange County, New York has received a state grant to expand services at its Cornwall campus.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York congressional lawmakers are calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to hold a public hearing on a proposed license transfer for Indian Point for decommissioning.

Schumer Asks Official To Bring Aer Lingus To Stewart

Feb 1, 2020
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is urging an Irish airline to land at Stewart International Airport in Orange County.

Rep. Maloney To Hold Town Halls This Weekend

Feb 1, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney is holding four town halls this weekend.

Antonio Delgado declares victory.
Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado recently wrapped up his first in-district work week of the year. The Democrat from the 19th district has been working to get to the bottom of an issue concerning federal funding for rural broadband.