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Bard College Polling Site Issue Continues

Jun 11, 2021
A white sign that says VOTE with an American flag.
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Just before the November election in 2020 and after a long legal battle, a court agreed to allow Bard College in New York’s Hudson Valley to serve as a polling site. Now, advocates for voting on the campus are calling on Dutchess County elections commissioners to allocate a location there as an appropriate polling site going forward. They’ve written to the county executive as well.

Kaaterskill Falls
NYS DEC

As the weather warms and more COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed, tourism officials are preparing for the summer. In Greene County, officials are reminding potential visitors of parking and trail regulations meant to prevent overcrowding at a popular waterfall.

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

The New York State Public Service Commission has approved the sale of the Indian Point nuclear power facility to Holtec International. Entergy – the previous owner – shut down the Westchester County plant at the end of April.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo press conference, May 12, 2021 with a sign language interpreter
Courtesy of the Office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo/screenshot by Allison Dunne

There is no New York state office dedicated to serving the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Now, a few lawmakers from the Hudson Valley hope to change that.

Police body cameras
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The Orange County district attorney says his office is providing funding for body cameras for village police officers.

(Rye) Playland Park
Courtesy of Playland Park

The Westchester County Board of Legislators has approved a bankruptcy court settlement regarding the management of Playland. Legislators who support the revised agreement say it not only leaves the county amusement park in Westchester’s hands, but improves county controls and financial terms.

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

The owner of the Indian Point nuclear power plant, the prospective owner and several stakeholders, including New York state, have reached an agreement regarding the decommissioning of the Westchester County-based plant. This comes as the plant permanently shuts down by the end of the month. 

Fair Pay for Home Care press conference, April 14, 2021
Courtesy of the New York Caring Majority

Home care workers, their advocates and several New York state senators gathered virtually Wednesday to denounce Governor Andrew Cuomo for blocking the Fair Pay for Home Care Act in the new state budget. A New York congressman who joined the virtual press conference says federal help could be on the way.

Two House Reps Introduce PFAS Action Act, Again

Apr 14, 2021
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Two members of Congress from Michigan re-introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday to set national drinking water standards for two PFAS chemicals. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne says New Yorkers are watching closely.

NY Rep Jones Forms A PAC

Apr 14, 2021
NY-17 Congressman Mondaire Jones
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Mondaire Jones

A New York congressman has launched a political action committee to build what he calls progressive power.

Ashokan Reservoir
Courtesy of the NYC DEP

A company that sought to build a hydroelectric facility using the Ashokan Reservoir in the Catskills has withdrawn its proposal, citing strong opposition as one reason. While the company intends to propose a similar project elsewhere in the New York City watershed, opponents are celebrating news of the Ashokan project’s demise.

NYS Budget Includes Historic Funding For The Catskills

Apr 12, 2021
Atop a Catskills Peak
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state budget enacted last week includes a number of environmental investments, including record levels for the Catskills. Nonprofits in the Catskills and other parts of the Hudson Valley praise the legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo for funding a number of environmental initiatives.

Proposed Pumped Storage layout
Courtesy of Premium Energy Holdings

The company behind a proposed hydroelectric project using the Ashokan Reservoir in the Catskills is scrapping the proposal after strong opposition. Instead, the company will start anew, looking at other reservoirs in the New York City watershed to site its energy project. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the president of Power-Tech Engineers Monday afternoon, minutes after he submitted a formal letter of withdrawal.

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus with Stephanie Peng, Jennifer Song and Emily Wang
Courtesy of the Office of Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus

A few high school students in Orange County decided to give back to their community by performing at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

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

The City of Newburgh is offering free transportation to COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

Danskammer
Courtesy of Riverkeeper

The New York state Department of Public Service held two public hearings Wednesday on an application to repower the Danskammer power plant in Orange County’s Town of Newburgh, along the Hudson River. The virtual hearings drew hundreds of commenters, with many opposing the proposal. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has the second part of our story.

NYS Department of Public Service public hearing on proposed Danskammer repowering project
Courtesy of NYS Department of Public Service

The New York state Department of Public Service held two public hearings Wednesday on an application to repower the Danskammer power plant in the Town of Newburgh, along the Hudson River. The virtual hearings drew hundreds of commenters, with many opposing the proposal. 

farm produce
US Department of Agriculture

Poughkeepsie Farm Project is launching a new program to increase local food access.

Dutchess Stadium
Courtesy of the Hudson Valley Renegades

Four county executives in New York, including two from the Hudson Valley, are calling on the state to expand capacity at smaller baseball stadiums. They say current restrictions on the kinds of baseball parks in their counties would amount to a summer strikeout.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney holds virtual press conference with NY-18 city fire chiefs, police chief, March 29, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney met virtually with a few local city police and fire chiefs in the 18th District Monday. They talked about how funding from the American Rescue Plan will help their departments. The chiefs also raised issues about access to PPE, or personal protective equipment, and other concerns.

A police officer gets vaccinated
Norwell Police / Twitter

As New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, he says the state will establish a mass vaccination site in Rockland County.

Resident delivers comments during Sullivan County public hearing on draft police reform plan, March 26, 2021
Courtesy of Sullivan County government/screenshot by WAMC, Allison Dunne

A committee of the Sullivan County legislature held a public hearing Friday on the county’s draft police reform report. There is a second public hearing Tuesday morning, two days before plans are due to the state.

Newburgh Enlarged City School District Superintendent Dr. Roberto Padilla, with other superintendent and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, March 23, 2021
WAMC, Allison Dunne

School districts across New York are grappling with when to reopen schools in person, full time. In Orange County, the superintendents from three city school districts are talking about their plans and the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on their budgets.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC / cdc.gov)

Sullivan County’s health official is urging residents to continue to take precautions against COVID-19 — such as mask wearing and social distancing — whether they are vaccinated or not. This comes after a surge in local cases.

NY-17 Congressman Mondaire Jones holds Facebook Town Hall on For the People Act, March 24, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Rep. Mondaire Jones

Democrats and advocates are pushing the U.S. Senate to pass major voting rights and ethics reform legislation called the For the People Act. The House passed the legislation in early March. Lower Hudson Valley Congressman Mondaire Jones recently hosted a Facebook town hall with Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar on the legislation Jones has championed since taking office in January.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney at Newburgh Free Academy, March 23, 2021
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Newburgh Tuesday with superintendents from Orange County’s three city school districts. They spoke about how funding from the American Rescue Plan will help their schools.

Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman vaccinates Sophia Bott at her Greenwood Lake home on Sunday, March 21st. Seated behind Bott is one of her caregivers, Karen Eskholme.
Courtesy of the Orange County Department of Health

As part of a program to vaccinate homebound residents against COVID-19, the Orange County health commissioner vaccinated a 107-year-old woman on Sunday.

Chris Kear, Rockland County Director of Fire and Emergency Services, updates reporters on the fire at Evergreen Court Home for Adults
WAMC screen capture

A fire swept through a lower Hudson Valley assisted living home and caused a partial collapse early Tuesday, killing one resident and touching off a grim search for a firefighter last heard from when he was trapped in the flames, officials said.

Psychonaught/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

Ulster County has had its first ever manslaughter conviction resulting from an overdose death, in a case involving fentanyl-laced drugs. The county district attorney says this sends a strong message, yet such a conviction is just one part of the equation.

Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Courtesy of Marist College

Marist College in Poughkeepsie has extended its campus pause due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. College officials also have added new restrictions.

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