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Activist Poughkeepsie MLK Event Is Held Virtually

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President Lyndon B. Johnson and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. meet at the White House, 1966
Public Domain / Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March for Social and Economic Justice in Poughkeepsie began in 1996 and became an annual activist event until a few years ago. This year, during COVID-19, it was held virtually, and hosted by one of the original organizers — former Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner. Tyner resigned in Janaury 2019 amid sexual harassment allegations and then moved across the country. Yet Zoom brought together some of the usual participants.

Vassar College President Elizabeth Bradley
Courtesy of the Office of Vassar College President Elizabeth Bradley

With the experience of the fall semester under their belts, college presidents have been rolling out their plans for the spring. At Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, President Dr. Elizabeth Bradley says the fall semester went well with relatively few COVID-19 cases. She spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne, whose bureau is based at Vassar, about spring plans. Bradley, a global health expert, also discusses how the country is responding to the pandemic.

The Falcon, Marlboro, NY
Courtesy of The Falcon, Marlboro, NY

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley wants to ensure smaller stages are part of the governor’s plan to revitalize the state’s arts industry.

Westchester County Department of Public Safety badge
Courtesy of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety

Counties in New York’s Hudson Valley are among those beefing up security this weekend. This is in case any rallies or protests get out of hand ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration January 20, and after the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol last week.

Dutchess County Caps Third-Party Food Delivery Fees

Jan 15, 2021
Dutchess County Caps Third-Party Delivery Fees
Courtesy of Dutchess County government

The Dutchess County executive has signed an executive order capping third-party food delivery fees.

Moderna vaccine
Courtesy of Rockland County government

With their residents expressing frustration and confusion, Hudson Valley county executives are directing them to go to the state with their issues about signing up for the COVID-19 vaccine. And one leader is imploring the state to send more vaccine as all the counties grapple with high demand and little-to-to-no supply.

Enviros Say Cuomo's Green Energy Plans Are Promising

Jan 14, 2021
PCBs Not Elevated after Floods
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas / WAMC

In part three of his four-part State of the State, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined plans to grow the green energy economy. Naturally, that’s welcome news for environmentalists, who want to see actions meet words.

NY-17 Congressman Mondaire Jones
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Mondaire Jones

House Democrats and a handful of Republicans on Wednesday voted to impeach President Trump for a second time, citing his incitement of the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has reaction from a few Hudson Valley House members.

Yonkers Opens New Precinct Annex

Jan 13, 2021
Yonkers Police 4th Precinct Annex at Newell Hall at 1 Hudson Street
Courtesy of Maurice Mercado/City of Yonkers

A Yonkers police precinct has a new annex to meet the needs of a burgeoning waterfront.

Moderna vaccine
Courtesy of Rockland County government

With the administering of the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible people under way, counties in New York have been running out of doses quickly. The process has been bumpy, and some county leaders hope it will be ironed out soon as they field numerous calls and remind residents that the program is run by the state.

Rep. Maloney Wants President Trump Out Now

Jan 12, 2021
NY-18 Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Last Wednesday, Democratic New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney spoke with WAMC just hours after the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol. At the time, he said waiting for the transfer of power rather than impeachment or any other approach to remove President Trump would suffice. Now, as more information has been revealed, Maloney wants to see President Trump out of office days before Joe Biden assumes the presidency.

Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Courtesy of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has published design guidelines to encourage local communities to protect a trail in Westchester County.

Rep. Maloney's Provision Banning Anchorages Is Now Law

Jan 11, 2021
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, New Windsor, NY, January 11, 2021
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney joined environmentalists and local lawmakers on the banks of the Hudson River Monday to celebrate his resolution that further protects the lower portion of the waterway.

New Patient Pavilion at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
Courtesy of Nuvance Health

A new patient pavilion at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie opens this weekend following a virtual ribbon-cutting event Thursday.

Congressman Jones Co-Leads Impeachment Resolution

Jan 8, 2021
NY-17 Congressman Mondaire Jones
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Mondaire Jones

A Democratic Congressman from the Hudson Valley has signed onto a resolution to impeach President Trump following the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. First-term Congressman Mondaire Jones spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne Thursday night.

Courtesy of Dutchess County government

The Dutchess County Legislature has a new member filling a vacated seat.

Gillibrand Calls For Trump's Removal From Office

Jan 7, 2021
New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand delivers Zoom media briefing January 7, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says every option to hold President Trump accountable for Wednesday’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol must be on the table. And a fellow Democratic Senator from Massachusetts is among those federal lawmakers calling for Trump’s removal from office before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in January 20.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, Newburgh waterfront
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney of the 18th District was on the House floor when a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday during a joint session of Congress that was meeting to certify November’s election results for President-elect Joe Biden. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Wednesday night about what he experienced and how Congress should proceed over the next two week in relation to the president.

NY-19 Congressman Antonio Delgado
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Antonio Delgado

Two New York congressman have introduced their first bill in the new Congress. It’s to secure direct COVID-19 relief funding for counties and local governments.

Promotion "Hudson Falls" poster from Vimeo
Courtesy of "Hudson Falls" producer/Vimeo

The COVID-19 pandemic changed practically every facet of life. For filmmakers, it prompted a different type of creativity. A Rockland County resident was one of the first to film when New York reopened, and decided to shoot a TV pilot entirely in Rockland. He and one of the show’s actors spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced her first bill for the new session of Congress, and it aims to speed up the country’s lagging vaccine distribution. Meantime, Rockland County received its first shipment of a COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday morning and began administering it to county healthcare workers Tuesday afternoon.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley plans to introduce legislation to help provide relief from certain fees placed on restaurants and taverns.

United Westchester press briefing January 4, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer/United Westchester

After Tropical Storm Isaias in early August left portions of the Hudson Valley without power for days, a group out of Westchester County has issued dozens of recommendations in a report released Monday. They want utility and telecommunications companies to improve storm response.

Mondaire Jones Makes History In Congress

Jan 4, 2021
NY-17 Congressman Mondaire Jones
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Mondaire Jones

The new Congress has been seated, and it includes history-making Mondaire Jones of New York’s 17th District. Jones succeeds fellow Democrat Nita Lowey, who did not seek re-election after 16 terms.

Hudson Valley Brief Year In Review, Minus COVID

Dec 31, 2020
Indian Point nuclear power plant, Buchanan, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Though the COVID-19 pandemic dominated the airwaves most of the year, there were some other significant developments in 2020. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne highlights a few of them in an abbreviated year in review.

Part of the current food shelf at the North Country Veterans Association
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill sponsored by Hudson Valley lawmakers to increase food donations to food pantries and similar nonprofits.

MTA Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi
Courtesy of MTA Metro-North Railroad

The $900 billion COVID-19 funding package President Trump signed Sunday contains some $4 billion for the MTA, which includes Metro-North Railroad. Proposed layoffs and drastic service cuts can be shelved, for now. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi about what the funding means and more.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shipment
Courtesy of ParCare Health & Medical Center

The New York state attorney general announced Monday that her office was opening an investigation into a Brooklyn-based healthcare provider with a location in Orange County. The investigation is focused on COVID vaccine distribution. The Orange County executive says the investigation should come from higher up.

Looking Back At COVID Beginning In New Rochelle

Dec 29, 2020
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and New York National Guard members, March 12, 2020
Courtesy of the City of New Rochelle

It was the first weekend March when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus, which took hold in New Rochelle. For a time, the Westchester County city became the epicenter of the virus in New York and the country.

Project Resilience efforts
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

The Ulster County executive has announced the next phase of an initiative that began in March as a community fund and local food distribution effort to support residents impacted by COVID-19.

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