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Metro-North President Discusses COVID-19 Response

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

Weekly ridership on Metro-North Railroad has plummeted in the last three weeks amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting state restrictions. Essential workers have plenty of room to spread out on any of Metro-North’s east and west of the Hudson River lines. MTA Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi says recent measures have included suspending cash on board and encouraging the use of e-tickets. She spoke with WAMC’s Allison Dunne.

Bard College Creates Option For Local Applicants

16 hours ago
Bard College campus
Courtesy of Bard College

Given the COVID-19 crisis, a college in New York’s Hudson Valley is adjusting its application window for local students.

Jessica Gulotta in Italy
Courtesy of Jessica Gulotta

The coronavirus pandemic spans oceans. And one state legislature employee in the Hudson Valley not only worries about her family and friends in the Northeast, but her much bigger family in Italy.

Access Launches Virtual Mental Health Care

Mar 31, 2020
Courtesy of Access: Supports for Living

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, a nonprofit organization that offers mental health and substance use urgent care in New York’s Hudson Valley has gone virtual.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan and President & CEO of Ellenville Regional Hospital Steve Kelley at Ellenville mobile testing site
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

A second COVID-19 mobile testing site has opened in Ulster County, New York. And the county executive is praising Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement about expanding hospital capacity in Kingston. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with County Executive Pat Ryan about these developments and more.

Farm in Dutchess County, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill to help connect job seekers with job opportunities on farms.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day
Courtesy of the Office of Rockland County Executive Ed Day

The White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator has singled out two counties in the New York City suburbs as having the fastest growing number of cases. And now the Rockland County executive is asking for immediate state assistance.

Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz is mobilized to help keep people safe as the 3D-printing industry focuses on fighting COVID-19.
Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

The Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz has its 3D printers up and running, turning out 3D-printed face shields for regional healthcare workers and others on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sloop Clearwater
Courtesy of Dorice Arden

The COVID-19 pandemic is sinking the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, founded by the late environmental activist and folk musician Pete Seeger.

Kingston Implements Food Security Hotline

Mar 29, 2020
Kingston Emergency Food Collaborative during COVID-19 pandemic
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

As part of a program launched in response to COVID-19, the City of Kingston has launched a food security hotline.

Orange County IDA Offers Economic Recovery Program

Mar 28, 2020
Courtesy of the Orange County Industrial Development Agency

The Orange County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) on Friday announced an economic recovery program to help revitalize local businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Scenic Hudson Closes Mount Beacon Park Amid Pandemic

Mar 28, 2020
Courtesy of Scenic Hudson

Scenic Hudson has closed one of its parks to protect public health and prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Two Hudson Valley Reps Assess Coronavirus Aid Package

Mar 27, 2020
Washington DC
James DeMers

President Donald Trump has signed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. Just hours after the House passed the legislation Friday, two New York congressmen from the Hudson Valley said the largest relief package in the country’s history was a necessity. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

Dutchess, Orange Report Additional COVID-19 Deaths

Mar 26, 2020
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)

Dutchess and Orange Counties on Thursday reported more COVID-related deaths.

Courtesy of the Office of the Weschester County Executive

The containment zone set up to control the spread of COVID-19 in New Rochelle has come to an end. Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivered an update Thursday. In addition to supplying statistics, the Democrat warned of closing county parks if residents don’t practice social distancing.

NYS Senator Pete Harckham
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator Pete Harckham

A New York state Senator has introduced legislation to address some of the financial concerns related to COVID-19. Democrat Pete Harckham spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about these bills and his views on the budget due April 1. NOTE: This interview from Wednesday precedes New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget-related announcements Thursday.

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill to allow voting by mail during a time of emergency.

A New York state Senator has launched a community initiative to give thanks to people working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 Collection Site at Tech City, Kingston
Courtesy of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

Two drive-through testing sites opened Monday in the mid-Hudson Valley. They were made possible through a local healthcare provider in partnership with Dutchess and Ulster Counties.

Courtesy of Westchester County government

Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivered an update this afternoon about his county’s COVID-19 response. Latimer says the county, one of the hardest hit nationwide, is prepping for a surge in patients.

A mobile COVID-19 testing site in Dutchess County was slated to open around noon today, while one in Ulster County opened this morning. Meantime, Dutchess officials announced the county’s first COVID-19-related death over the weekend.

Courtesy of the NYS Thruway Authority

The New York state Thruway Authority will be implementing emergency toll procedures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Courtesy of the Town of Fishkill Police Department

A burn ban went into effect this week across New York. In addition, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is advising residents to enjoy the outdoors, but continue to practice social distancing.

Sullivan County Opens COVID-19 Help Center

Mar 20, 2020
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 officials opened an Emergency Assistance Center Friday to help the most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Courtesy of the Office of the Orange County District Attorney

The Orange County district attorney will lead an investigation in Thursday’s police-involved shooting in Port Jervis.

SUNY New Paltz Postpones Commencement Ceremonies

Mar 20, 2020
SUNY New Paltz Campus Commons
Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

The president of SUNY New Paltz has postponed May commencement ceremonies because of COVID-19.

Congressman Antonio Delgado and  Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan hold a Facebook Town Hall on COVID-19, March 19, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan held a Facebook live town hall Thursday afternoon. The Democrats updated residents on the latest efforts from the House and county to address COVID-19.

Dutchess County Exec Updates Residents On COVID-19

Mar 19, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of the Dutchess County Executive

The Dutchess County executive and his health department leader updated residents Wednesday on the coronavirus pandemic and how Dutchess is responding. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne tuned in to the virtual town hall that drew some 12,000 people.

NYS Senator James Skoufis
Courtes of the Office of NYS Senator James Skoufis

The coronavirus pandemic is upending daily life across the country, but it’s still a presidential election year. State Senator James Skoufis wants New York’s April presidential primary moved to June. He spoke about this and his expectations for reaching a budget deal with WAMCs Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

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A New York state senator is calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to close outlet malls amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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