Hudson Valley News

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The parent company of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York is working towards selling the plant once it shuts down.

Courtesy of Sullivan County Legislature

There will be public hearings in Sullivan County, New York about potentially staggering legislators’ terms, an idea recommended by the county’s most recent Charter Review Commission.

NYS Awards Funding For Airport Improvements

Feb 21, 2019
Courtesy of Westchester County Airport

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that $23.6 million in infrastructure funding has been awarded to 31 airports across the state. The money is to support safety enhancements, modernization, operational improvements and local business development. Three airports in the Hudson Valley are on the receiving end.

DoD Says No To Reimbursing Newburgh For PFAS Expenses

Feb 21, 2019

The federal government has told Newburgh that it will not reimburse the city for expenses incurred from PFAS contamination emanating from Stewart Air National Guard base. The interim city manager says the response is unacceptable. Meantime, the area around the base is one of eight communities selected for a government PFAS study.

Courtesy of Clearwater

The Great Hudson River Revival, known as the Clearwater Festival, is returning for its usual June weekend this year. There was a question about whether it would be back this year as Clearwater was navigating choppy seas. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Clearwater Executive Director Greg Williams about the environmental group’s changes and two big anniversaries at this year’s festival.

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U.S. Democratic Senator Charles Schumer was in the Hudson Valley Tuesday. He was there telling local police departments and elected officials that he will try to secure funding for high-tech detection tools in the battle against opioid addiction.

Courtesy of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Sullivan County, New York, has named a few of the artists for its 50th Woodstock Anniversary week. This comes as one of the producers of its previously announced Woodstock anniversary festival says it would not be on board.

Vassar Professor Talks About Women And The Oscars

Feb 19, 2019
Courtesy of Vassar College

The Academy Awards are Sunday. A professor at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, says the Oscar nominations are an indication that the Academy and Hollywood are taking #MeToo and #OscarsSoWhite to heart. Dr. Mia Mask teaches African American cinema, feminist film theory, documentary history and seminars on special film topics.

The Westchester County executive is pushing a proposal to bring in new revenue. In a move to combat a limited SALT deduction and a winnowing fund reserve, the new funding stream would not raise property taxes.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler Thursday laid out the agency’s action plan to address PFAS chemicals. PFOA and PFOS have contaminated drinking water in such New York communities as Hoosick Falls and Newburgh. Environmentalists say the plan doesn’t go far enough, and it’s up to states to take the lead.

EPA Rolls Out PFAS Action Plan

Feb 14, 2019
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Earlier today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler laid out the agency’s action plan to address PFAS, a family of chemicals that includes PFOA and PFOS. PFOA and PFOS are toxic substances that have contaminated drinking water in a number of New York communities, including Hoosick Falls and Newburgh.

Courtesy of U.S. Census Bureau

A New York congressman says the U.S. Census Bureau intends to open an area office in Westchester County.

NYS Senator Sponsors Bill To Address Rural Suicides

Feb 13, 2019
Two farmers feeding cows
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Public Domain

A New York state Senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation to help stem suicides in rural areas, which have been increasing. Senator Jen Metzger wants to improve access to prevention tools and resources, and create a council that would come up with a plan to address the problem.

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Three members of Congress are cheering a decision concerning House policy on the use of official funds to purchase feminine hygiene products. It’s a policy that has allowed for the purchase of other types of hygienic products. 

A Yonkers Political Patriarch Will Be Laid To Rest

Feb 12, 2019
Leonard Spano
Leonard Spano

A prominent figure in public service in Westchester County died over the weekend. Leonard Spano, the father of the mayor of Yonkers, is being remembered as a gentleman and true bipartisan politician.

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Three Democratic members of Congress are asking for clarification on House policy concerning the use of official funds to purchase feminine hygiene products.

Ashokan Rainbow Trout Study Yields Unexpected Findings

Feb 11, 2019
Courtesy of Ed Ostapczuk via Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County

What’s to blame for a decline in rainbow trout in the Ashokan watershed in the Catskills? The researchers behind a new study say there are some surprising findings.

Courtesy of Bard College

A college in New York’s Hudson Valley has established a program that aims to develop solutions to local and regional environmental problems.

Rep. Maloney Honors Fallen USCG Officer

Feb 8, 2019
U.S. Coast Guard

Democratic New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney honored a fallen Coast Guard officer during a speech on the House floor earlier this week.

GlidePath Turns To Battery Only Project In Ulster

Feb 8, 2019
Courtesy of GlidePath Power

The company behind a proposed 20-megawatt hybrid energy system in Ulster County, New York, has revised its plans, ditching the fossil fuel portion. Area residents, who spoke out in opposition to the original plan, welcome the change.

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Environmental Advocates of New York says too many water infrastructure projects are waiting in the wings for funding, according to a report released Thursday. The group wants the state legislature to allocate a major increase in funding over previous years.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The first woman to be chief of the University Police Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz was sworn in this month. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Mary Ritayik about her new role.

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New York’s two U.S. Senators are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to deem General Electric’s Hudson River PCB cleanup incomplete. The EPA has said it would decide on GE’s request for a Certificate of Completion in early 2019.

Congressman Delgado Plans Green Jobs Legislation

Feb 5, 2019

Ahead of tonight’s State of the Union address, New York Congressman Antonio Delgado of the 19th district has some ideas about how to add to the conversation about addressing climate change. He plans to put forth legislation concerning green jobs in the name of lowering carbon emissions and increasing investment in renewable energy sources.

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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney is warning that if President Trump declares a national emergency to build a border wall, funding for projects at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point could be in jeopardy. There is talk of such a declaration coming during Tuesday night’s state of the union address.

Rep. Maloney Answers Questions At Student Town Hall

Feb 4, 2019
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a student town hall in his hometown Monday. Some 40 high school students packed a classroom on their lunch break and asked a variety of questions on topics ranging from current events to holding political office in general.

GlidePath Proposal For Ulster Ditches Fossil Fuels

Feb 2, 2019
Courtesy of GlidePath

The company behind a proposed 20 megawatt hybrid energy system in Ulster County, New York has revised the project in the name of renewable energy.

Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

A utility company in New York’s Hudson Valley has awarded the State University of New York at New Paltz a grant for the Advanced Manufacturing Center.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

In New York, Rockland County’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened Thursday.

Freshman New York Congressman Antonio Delgado is introducing his second bill. The 19th District Democrat says the legislation sheds light on dark money in politics.