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Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Orange County Thursday to talk about his bill that was included in a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package the House passed last week. Maloney, an 18th District Democrat, stood with the Orange County executive near a bridge that would benefit from the legislation.

Courtesy of Metallica and Westchester Community College

A heavy metal band is partnering with Westchester Community College to support career and technical education programs.

Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and others hosted “A Listening Town Hall: People of Color Sharing their Experiences in Dutchess County” Tuesday night. About a dozen residents shared their stories about police encounters, racism and lack of opportunities.

SUNY Orange Unveils Fall Semester Plans

Jul 8, 2020
Courtesy of SUNY Orange

SUNY Orange is the latest college in the Hudson Valley to announce its plans for the fall semester.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer Delivers Final Daily COVID-19 briefing, July 6, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

With the Mid-Hudson region in Phase Four of reopening Tuesday, the Westchester County executive delivered his final daily coronavirus briefing Monday. Democrat George Latimer discussed the Chappaqua COVID cluster along with Phase Four questions for the state.

Courtesy of Scenic Hudson

Amtrak is back at the drawing board with plans for a fencing project along the Hudson River. Railroad officials say the project is to improve safety and will include preserving public access to the river. Elected officials and environmentalists are concerned about just how much access will be included, and what it will look like.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer proposes voluntary separation program, July 1, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

As county leaders grapple with large budget gaps from revenue shortfalls largely from COVID-19 shutdowns, some are proposing employee buyouts.

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Two New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley say they’ve introduced legislation to protect people whose personal information was leaked after applying for unemployment benefits.

A Fourth of July rally is slated to take place Saturday at an historic intersection in Kingston, New York.

Vassar College Lays Out Fall Semester Plans

Jul 3, 2020
Courtesy of Vassar College

A private college in Dutchess County, New York, is one of the latest schools to announce its blueprint for the fall semester amid COVID-19. 

Rockland County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert and Rockland County Executive Ed Day talk about the Clarkstown COVID-19 cluster, July 1, 2020
Courtesy of Rockland County government

Months after the lower Hudson Valley became the first epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., Rockland County officials say a new COVID-19 cluster has emerged after a person who was ill with the virus held a party in June. COVID has since spread, and the county health commissioner says partygoers have not been cooperating with contact tracing. And officials are promising enforcement July Fourth weekend as they find out about more parties.

A state park in Sullivan County will close for July Fourth weekend amid concerns about spreading COVID-19.

(Rye) Playland Park
Courtesy of Playland Park

A landmark amusement park in Westchester County will stay closed for the first time in history. The summer closure comes amid concerns about spreading COVID-19. Meantime, the number of positive cases from an outbreak at graduation events in Chappaqua is rising. 

Courtesy of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has come up with a solution to protect residents at a Superfund site in Putnam County, New York.

Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
Courtesy of Manhattanville College

A liberal arts college in the lower Hudson Valley is offering a new course this summer for incoming freshman on COVID-19. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with one of the professors who helped create the course.

Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

In New York, the Poughkeepsie Common Council will hold a special meeting and town hall Monday night on police reform and racial justice.

Mondaire Jones
Courtesy of the campaign of Mondaire Jones

In New York’s 17th Congressional District, Progressive Mondaire Jones is the leader among seven candidates after Tuesday’s Democratic primary election, according to unofficial results. Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey is not seeking re-election. And while several thousand absentee ballots have yet to be counted, Jones expects to be the Democratic nominee. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator David Carlucci

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley held a virtual rally Wednesday against proposed cuts to the New York state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities. Providers and other participants explained how funding cuts would negatively impact their organizations and the people they serve.

NYS, DEC Police Converge On Karolys Dumping Site, Saugerties, NY December 2019
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

The New York state attorney general filed a lawsuit Thursday, charging a couple with illegal dumping in Ulster County. The suit alleges the pair continually flouted environmental regulations at three sites in the Town of Saugerties.

Jamaal Bowman addresses supporters Tuesday night.
Jamaal Bowman

After Tuesday’s primary elections, the leader in New York’s 16th Congressional District has declared victory over longtime Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel. Mondaire Jones, though, is more circumspect about his lead in New York’s 17th Congressional District, where 16-term Congresswoman Nita Lowey did not seek re-election. There are thousands of absentee ballots to be counted.

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Consumer advocates and environmentalists are applauding a bill New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed that prevents utility shutoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic and in other cases.

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There are primary elections for both major parties today in New York’s Hudson Valley. Three Democrats are taking on longtime Congressman Eliot Engel while, next door, seven Democrats are vying for the chance to succeed Congresswoman Nita Lowey, who is not seeking re-election. 

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National eyes are on two New York Democratic congressional primary races Tuesday in the lower Hudson Valley.

Mayo Bartlett
Courtesy of the Office of Weschester County Executive George Latimer

The Westchester County executive has named the members of a Police Training Task Force, and reshaped the original intent to adhere to an executive order from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Washington DC
James DeMers

There is a seven-way Democratic primary race Tuesday in New York’s 17th Congressional District, where Democrat Nita Lowey is not seeking re-election after 16 terms. In public polling, the same names occupy the top four slots, though in differing orders. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Inside Elections Analyst and Reporter Jacob Rubashkin about the NY-17 primary.

Courtesy of the City of Kingston

In New York, City of Kingston officials are seeking public comment on two infrastructure projects.

A New York state assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to lift the limit on the number of people that may participate in a socially distanced, outdoor graduation.

Inside Elections Analyst and Reporter Jacob Rubashkin
Courtesy of Jacob Rubashkin

The Democratic primary race in New York’s 16th District has longtime Congressman Eliot Engel pitted against three contenders. Analysts say Progressive Jamaal Bowman poses the biggest threat in what they’re calling a possible AOC-type election, referring to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset of New York City Democratic Congressman Joe Crowley in 2018. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Inside Elections Analyst and Reporter Jacob Rubashkin about the NY-16 primary.

Chris Fink
Courtesy of the campaign of Chris Fink

With the primary election Tuesday in New York, candidates are making last-ditch efforts in what has been a virtual campaign for most of the year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. One primary race that has garnered national attention is in the 16th House District, where longtime Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel faces three opponents. Tax attorney, infrastructure finance professional and municipal power expert Chris Fink tells WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne why he’s running.

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A New York congressman wants U.S. Army officials to remove Confederate symbols at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.