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The New York State Drinking Water Quality Council met Tuesday and recommended maximum contaminant levels for three chemicals that turned up a few years ago in drinking water in Hoosick Falls, Newburgh and other communities.

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The New York State Drinking Water Quality Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon. The council is expected to recommend maximum contaminant levels for toxic substances that have turned up in drinking water in Hoosick Falls, Newburgh and other communities. The meeting begins at 3 in Albany, New York City and on Long Island.

NYS Senator Wants Voters To Have A Say On Pay Hikes

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill that would bring voters into the mix regarding any legislative pay raises.

Danskammer Holds Open Houses On Proposed Power Plant

Dec 17, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Danskammer Energy wants to construct a new gas-fired power plant in the Town of Newburgh. The owners and operators say the proposed plant would have economic and environmental benefits. Environmentalists, however, stand against the proposal, saying it flies in the face of renewable energy goals. Earlier Monday, Danskammer officials held the first of four open houses.

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Several police departments in the Hudson Valley are embarking on ways to improve community relations. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with police chiefs from two cities on each side of the Hudson River that have different approaches but the same goal.

Dutchess County officials have announced the formation of a Climate Smart Communities Task Force.

Gap Year Program To Launch In The Hudson Valley

Dec 13, 2018

There’s a new program kicking off next year in the Hudson Valley. Founders of the experiential gap year program for 18-25-year-olds say it is the first of its kind in the region and unlike any other gap program in existence. 

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The New York State Drinking Water Quality Council is scheduled to meet on December 18.

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Westchester officials are taking steps to establish the county’s first crisis stabilization center. The center will be in White Plains.

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A suspect has been arrested in connection with Nazi-themed posters found on a college campus in Westchester County, New York.

Dutchess Legislature Passes Plastic Bag Ban

Dec 10, 2018
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The Dutchess County, New York legislature has approved a ban on plastic shopping bags. Despite the near unanimous vote, there was controversy over one aspect that did not make it into the measure.

Family's Light Show Strengthens Bonds, Holiday Spirit

Dec 10, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

An Ulster County family is continuing its tradition of a holiday light show that attracts visitors from near and far. The Sussin Family Christmas Light Show in Saugerties is a father-son production that has both kids and adults wide-eyed and in a festive mood. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne walked through the display on a frigid December night, which did not freeze anyone’s spirits.

NYS Assemblyman-Elect Wagers On Army-Navy Game

Dec 8, 2018
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A New York state assemblyman-elect and member of the Army National Guard has entered into a wager with a Navy veteran over Saturday’s 3 p.m. Army-Navy football game.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on the Trump administration to implement a law to help end the use of PFAS chemicals at commercial airports. The junior senator from New York says it’s time to bring awareness that airports can switch to firefighting foam free of the toxic fluorinated chemicals.

NYS Assemblyman Urges Gov To Sign Library Bill

Dec 7, 2018
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A New York state assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign a library shared services bill.

NYS Assembly To Hold Hearing On Public Libraries

Dec 7, 2018
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The New York state Assembly is holding a hearing Friday in Albany on state libraries.

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Outgoing New York Republican Congressman John Faso held a conference call with reporters Thursday. He addressed a number of topics, from his defeat to President Trump to legislation he deems important. After one term, Faso lost the 19th District seat to Democrat Antonio Delgado in a bitter campaign.

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A coalition of various organizations has sent a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The groups want him to increase funding fivefold for lead service line replacements. This comes as more municipalities are finding lead in their drinking water.

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An endowed scholarship fund is being established at the State University of New York at New Paltz. It is in honor of the Smiley family, who has lived in New Paltz for almost 150 years as the owners and operators of the Mohonk Mountain House.

A study commissioned by environmental group Scenic Hudson shows PCBs have re-contaminated dredged areas of the upper Hudson River. A spokesman for the company responsible for the cleanup refutes the study’s results. This comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering whether to deem the PCB cleanup project complete.

Mid-Hudson Civic Center Will Be Revitalized

Dec 3, 2018
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The Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York, is getting a facelift and a name change.

Westchester County Exec Signs Anti-Wage Theft Bill

Dec 3, 2018

The Westchester County executive has signed a bill to help protect workers and consumers. He did so at the site of major grassroots support for the measure.

There is a widening income gap in the Hudson Valley despite growth in wages and employment. That’s according to a report released Monday by the Marist Bureau of Economic Research.

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is renewing his call to pass data security regulations following a security breach of the Marriott hotel empire. The breach compromised personal and sensitive information of some 500 million Marriott guests over four years.

The Ulster County executive is the latest taking action concerning a local heating oil company. Dutchess County-based Bottini Fuel pleaded guilty on Monday to falsifying business records after a whistleblower brought to light the company’s fraud spanning 12 years.

DEP Bypass Tunnel Reaches Midpoint

Nov 30, 2018
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Construction of a Hudson River tunnel has reached the halfway mark. The tunnel is part of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s largest repair project ever.

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As the Newburgh city manager prepares to leave his post at the end of the year, he is speaking out against the use of a state-funded granulated activated carbon filtration system. New York had the system built to filter PFOS and other contaminants from Newburgh’s drinking water supply.


The mayor of the city of Kingston, New York, has released a survey of projects proposed by community members.

HealthAlliance Submits Plans For Kingston Campus

Nov 29, 2018

HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley has submitted plans for its consolidated campus in Kingston. The state assemblyman who represents the city says the revision is disappointing.

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A heating company in the Hudson Valley pleaded guilty this week to defrauding customers, and will pay more than $3.2 million in restitution. The lawyer for the whistleblower says this is New York’s first whistleblower case leading to a criminal restitution recovery for individual consumer fraud victims. Meantime, the Dutchess County comptroller will audit all bills related to the company.