Hudson Valley News

Courtesy of Kim Snyder/Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane

A short film about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting massacre that took the lives of 20 students and six educators is told through the lens of two clergymen — one in Connecticut, the other in Scotland. “Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane” is being shown at the Woodstock Film Festival Saturday. Producer and Director Kim Snyder will also screen clips from her upcoming documentary about February’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Snyder spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Immigrants Vote! Campaign: Register NY Voters

Oct 11, 2018
Courtesy of New York Immigration Coalition

The New York Immigration Coalition is in the midst of its Immigrants Vote! campaign. Alliance organizations have been working throughout the state to register voters by Friday’s deadline for the November 6 general election. By registering more people to vote, the campaign strives to increase voter turnout.

Courtesy of "For the Birds" crew

The Woodstock Film Festival kicked off Thursday and runs through Sunday. One of the films with ties to the Hudson Valley is a documentary about an animal neglect case in Ulster County. It’s called “For the Birds” and follows the case before, during and after. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the film’s producers.

Courtesy of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Forest soils are absorbing less methane. And a recent study says this could, in part, explain rising atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gas. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Peter Groffman, co-author of the study and senior research fellow at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.

The Westchester County Board of Legislators passed a bill this week guaranteeing a minimum number of paid sick days for most local workers. Those who opposed the measure say it will hurt small businesses.

Courtesy of Riverkeeper

An environmental group in the Hudson Valley has released a study on the risks of oil spills in the Hudson River. Scenic Hudson commissioned the study that looks at threats at nine locations between Yonkers and Albany.

Courtesy of Mark Goff, Wikimedia Commons

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that renames a portion of a state highway system in Sullivan County to recognize the August 1969 Woodstock festival.

A tornado
Wikimedia Commons/Daphne Zaras

Several tornadoes touched down as storms rolled through the metropolitan New York City area this week.

AARP Releases Poll For NY-19, NY-22

Oct 2, 2018

AARP released a poll Tuesday showing Democratic congressional candidates with leads over their incumbent Republican opponents among older voters in two key swing districts. The survey in New York’s 19th and 22nd Districts also reveals what is important to voters 50 and older, issues such as health care and Medicare.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Hudson Valley residents had a chance to weigh in on the legalization of adult-use marijuana in New York. They did so in Newburgh Monday night at one of 17 listening sessions being held across the state.

2018 Eleanor Roosevelt Medalists Are Announced

Oct 2, 2018
Courtesy of The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill

The founder of #MeToo is one of six recipients of the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal.

Yonkers, New York, officials are renaming a street after an actor who resided in the city for many years.

A Democratic candidate for New York state senate who was defeated in the September primary is staying in politics a different way. The Westchester County resident is establishing a coalition to fight for a number of issues. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Robert Kesten about his new initiative.

Courtesy of NYCLU

The New York Civil Liberties Union has launched an online tool to help New Yorkers report discrimination and acts of bias. The idea is to connect individuals with agencies that can help.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has added two public sessions in Westchester County. This comes after local lawmakers and environmental groups pressed for having such sessions in the county for a plan to manage storm risk.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation held public hearings Wednesday on its denial of a key permit for Competitive Power Ventures’ Valley Energy Center in Orange County. The natural gas plant’s operators are contesting the DEC’s decision.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently extended the comment period a second time for plans to manage storm risk in New York and New Jersey. Still, some local officials say it’s not enough. And one state senator is renewing his call for the Army Corps to hold a public session in Westchester County.

Courtesy of NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

There’s a plan to improve an emergency communications network in Delaware County.

One of the defeated candidates in the seven-person Democratic primary for New York’s 19th Congressional District is involved in a new endeavor. Gareth Rhodes is executive director of Show Up 2018, whose motto is “Make America Yours Again.” WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Rhodes about his new role.

This is a picture of a stethoscope

A mid-Hudson Valley healthcare group is expanding once again. Health Quest plans to renovate a portion of an Ulster County mall to house a number of medical services.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department is striving to improve community relations. To this end, a few thousand residents are receiving surveys to fill out anonymously.

Crossroads Ventures, LLC

Opponents of a proposed large-scale Catskill Mountains resort have lost their legal challenge, but they say they'll continue to scrutinize the project. 

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The congressional candidates for New York’s spotlighted 19th District participated in a forum Thursday that allowed for sharing views with an audience rather than debating one another. Debate has been raging mainly among constituents, often on social media. Among the mainstream party candidates, though, it has been through ads.

WAMC, Allison Dunne


The Ulster County Chamber of Commerce hosted a congressional candidate debate Thursday morning in Kingston. Four candidates for New York’s 19th District took turns answering questions on issues ranging from health care to small business to climate change.

Westchester Accepts Textiles For Recycling

Sep 20, 2018

Westchester County is expanding its recycling efforts.

Public Meeting Being Held For Kingston Wayfinding Plan

Sep 20, 2018

There is a meeting Thursday night in Kingston for the public to see preliminary concepts for a city-wide signage project.

Newburgh City Manager Asks Residents To Conserve Water

Sep 20, 2018
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In preparation for a temporary shutdown of the city’s current water source, a Newburgh official is urging that residents and businesses to step up water conservation efforts.

Courtesy of Marist College, Health Quest

Marist College in Dutchess County, New York, is teaming up with a healthcare group in the Mid-Hudson Valley to create a school of medicine. The plan is to transform the traditional medical school model and health care delivery in the region.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the comment period a second time for plans to manage storm risk in New York and New Jersey. Still, some local officials say it’s not enough.

A box of mail-order munchies delivered to an upstate New York family contained something other than the usual nuts, seeds and sweets: vacuum-sealed packets of marijuana.