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CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York Brenda Episcopo
Courtesy of Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York

March 8 is International Women’s Day, and we’re highlighting the new CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York. Brenda Episcopo has been on board about a month now, having most recently served as CEO of the United Way of New York State, the state association of United Ways. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne recently spoke with Episcopo about her new role and direction of the Girl Scouts.

Orange County Nonprofit Changes Its Name

Mar 7, 2021
Vision Hudson Valley logo
Courtesy of Vision Hudson Valley

A non-profit organization in Orange County, New York is changing its name after 50 years.

Kingston Issues RFP For Tiny Homes Community

Mar 6, 2021
Second Wind cottage being built, Newfield, NY
Courtesy of Second Wind cottages, Newfield, NY

Officials in the City of Kingston, New York wants to create a tiny homes community to house homeless or low-income individuals.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Holds Anniversary COVID-19 Roundtable with county executives, March 5, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Democratic New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a virtual roundtable Friday with three county executives. The gathering marked one year since Maloney’s first COVID-19 roundtable when the first cases in his 18th District emerged.

The Town of Philipstown, in partnership with the Ecological Citizens Project, Inc. and ICLEI USA, Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory report
Courtesy of the Town of Philipstown

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced another round of Climate Smart Communities. These communities are taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build local climate resilience.

Colleen Laico, from Kingston, NY, a medical professional at the ER at Kingston Hospital, receives her COVID-19 vaccination at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, December 18, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

Several lawmakers in the Hudson Valley are urging New York state officials to set up joint COVID-19 vaccine distribution sites closer to home. Local leaders in the region have repeatedly said traveling to the closest state sites is too far for many mid-Hudson region residents. 

Imam Shaffieq Chace speaks during Westchester County COVID-19 Commemoration, March 3, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County Executive George Latimer hosted a COVID-19 commemoration Wednesday, marking one year since the county’s first confirmed case. New Rochelle became the epicenter of the virus in New York early in the pandemic.

Poster for Westchester COVID Commemoration, March 3, 2021
Courtesy of Westchester County government

Westchester County Executive George Latimer is hosting a COVID-19 commemoration Wednesday, marking one year since the county’s first confirmed case. It will be livestreamed on Facebook.

The New York State capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

On Monday, New York state Attorney General Letitia James received the necessary referral letter from the executive chamber to independently investigate allegations of sexual harassment against Governor Andrew Cuomo. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports on what lawmakers in her region think should happen next.

Broadway location where Rhinebeck Bank will open in Newburgh
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A brick and mortar bank will open in Newburgh. The city hasn’t had a full-operation bank in a few years, a hole that Rhinebeck Bank will soon fill. Local lawmakers say the void has been noticeable, and welcome the new branch as an integral part of revitalization.

Roosevelt High School, Yonkers, NY
Courtesy of Yonkers Public Schools

The mayor of the city with the fourth largest school district in New York is calling for public schools to reopen for in-person instruction four days a week.

Kingston Creates Resource Web Page For Businesses

Feb 27, 2021
Ram's Valley ribbon cutting
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

After year-long COVID-19 challenges, Kingston, New York is offering more support for local businesses.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, New Windsor, NY, January 11, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney wants a law on the books that would revoke benefits for presidents convicted of a crime.

Delaware River Basin, Mount Bethel, PA
Courtesy of NRDC

Fracking is now permanently banned in the Delaware River watershed. And the regional regulatory body that approved the ban will next propose regulations on the import and export of wastewater.

Moderna vaccine
Courtesy of Rockland County government

A New York state assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is introducing legislation to establish a process to prioritize COVID-19 vaccines for older residents.

Delaware River Basin, Mount Bethel, PA
Courtesy of NRDC

Fracking is now permanently banned in the Delaware River watershed.

Congressman Antonio Delgado
Antonio Delgado, official portrait, 116th Congress / public domain

The House is expected to pass the latest COVID relief package Friday or over the weekend. The American Rescue Plan includes $350 billion in funding for state and local governments, something for which Democratic New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has been advocating for some time. If the package is passed as is, his 19th District would see more than $400 million. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne Thursday afternoon.

A picture of a teacher's desk with books stacked on it
Adobe Stock

Democratic congressional representatives from New York and Connecticut touted the education component of the next COVID-19 funding package the House could pass this week. The package is called the American Rescue Plan, and the lawmakers say funding would help schools reopen safely.

Rising Ground site, Yonkers, NY
Courtesy of the City of Yonkers

The Yonkers mayor is calling on SUNY to establish a community college campus in the city.

Rep. Delgado Reintroduces Medicare-X Choice Act

Feb 24, 2021
NY-19 Congressman Antonio Delgado
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Antonio Delgado

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado is leading the reintroduction of legislation to create a public option health plan. It would be available for purchase on individual and small business exchanges.

Indian Point nuclear power plant, Buchanan, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state Public Service Commission held two virtual public hearings Tuesday on the proposed license transfer for the Indian Point nuclear power plant. The hearings are to help determine whether the PSC should exercise jurisdiction over the proposed transfer. The plant in Westchester County is slated to permanently shut down at the end of April.

Newburgh Mayor Calls For Set Vaccination Site

Feb 23, 2021
Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and Newburgh Mayor Torrance Harvey awaiting U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's press conference, Feb. 22, 2021
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Newburgh’s mayor wants the state to set up a COVID-19 vaccination site in the city. As the mid-Hudson Valley’s only area with state-imposed zone restrictions, he says it makes sense. Meantime, the Orange County executive says the state could set up a site where the county already is operating clinics, in a space that could accommodate more capacity.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announces PFAS Firefirefighter Protection Act at Newburgh Fire Department, Feb. 22, 2021
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney were in Newburgh Monday announcing legislation to protect firefighters from PFAS.

Kingston Sewer Work Will Shift Traffic Patterns

Feb 22, 2021
Greg L. / English Wikipedia

Sewer work is set to start in Kingston Monday. There will be changing traffic patterns during construction.

Orange County Resident Is Promoted To One-Star General

Feb 21, 2021
Brigadier General Isabel Rivera Smith, the director of joint staff for the New York National Guard, has her one-star rank pinned on by family members during promotion ceremonies at NYNG headquarters in Latham, NY, Thursday, Feb. 21
Courtesy of Major Jean Kratzer for the NYNG

An Orange County resident has been promoted to one-star general in the New York National Guard.

Dutchess County COVID-19 vaccination site
Courtesy of Dutchess County government

The Dutchess County executive wants New York state to open a joint vaccination site at one currently operated by the county. The nearest state sites are two far for many mid-Hudson residents.

Ulster County timeline for vaccine administration given current supply, as of Feb. 18, 2021
Courtesy of Ulster County government

The Ulster County executive is calling on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to activate a joint state- and county-run COVID-19 vaccination site in Kingston. He says the site has the capacity, and the closest state sites are not close at all. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, others are echoing the call.

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

Two New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley have introduced a bill to close a loophole that allows sex offenders to live near daycare facilities.

The New York State Capitol in Albany
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Criticism continues over New York Governor Andrew Cuomo administration’s handling of nursing home death data during the COVID-19 pandemic. Two state Senators from the Hudson Valley are dissatisfied with different aspects, and both want to see the governor’s emergency powers diminished.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan delivers his State of the County address via Facebook, February 16, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

Democratic Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan delivered his state-of-the-county address earlier this week. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about the start of a basic income pilot program as well as initiatives under his Green New Deal.

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