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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.

Kingston Mayor Steve Noble
Courtesy of the Office of Kingston Mayor Steve Noble

As part of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package known as the American Rescue Plan that President Biden signed earlier this month, more than $130 billion will directly fund state and local governments. In Ulster County, the City of Kingston is on tap to receive nearly $18.7 million. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Kingston Mayor Steve Noble about his plans for the funds.

NYS Senator Sponsors A Bill To Expand Certain Benefits

Mar 21, 2021
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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill to close a loophole when it comes to benefits for family members of the police and fire retirement system.

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

Ulster County is seeking more volunteers to help at a new vaccination site.

Three schools in the Hudson Valley have “Do Not Drink” advisories after two PFAS chemicals were found above New York state’s contamination limits. These are among the first schools with the higher levels since the state adopted new maximum contaminant levels for PFOA and PFOS over the summer.

Bard College Center for the Study of Land, Air and Water Director Dr. Eli Dueker installing the MetOne 212-2 particle profiler atop the Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center in Midtown Kingston.
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

A year ago, Kingston and Bard College began monitoring the city’s air quality. The first results are now in. The initiative continues into a second year, providing data on one particular pollutant.

A Movie Starring Brendan Fraser Is Filming In Newburgh

Mar 18, 2021
Actor Brendan Fraser
Courtesy of Andriy Makukha (Amakuha)

A movie starring Brendan Fraser is filming in Newburgh.

Ways to report bias/hate incidents in Westchester County
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County officials are launching a campaign to encourage more reporting of bias incidents, which are on the rise in local communities.

Poughkeepsie house formerly owned by the late Joe Mendillo (Joe Netherworld) destroyed by fire in January 2021
Courtesy of Falon Eduard Blutig

Back in mid-January, an arsonist set fire to a well-known house in Poughkeepsie’s so-called “Witchcraft District.” It’s an area where some Church of Satan members reside, as well as residents who have a penchant for the macabre. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with one of the residents who lives near the now ruined local landmark.

gun
Flickr/Smarter's Photos

City officials in Poughkeepsie are boosting funding to fight gun violence.

NYS Assemblymember Amy Paulin
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Assemblymember Amy Paulin

This is Sunshine Week, a nationwide celebration of free press and open government. As a way to shine the light brighter, a New York state assemblymember from the Hudson Valley has introduced two bills to amend the Open Meetings Law and the Freedom of Information Law.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro delivers his 2021 State of the County address, virtually, March 16
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is presenting his state of the county address Tuesday. The recorded virtual presentation focuses on the county’s COVID-19 response in the past year. Molinaro plans to expand housing options and enhance the parks system, among other initiatives. WAMC”s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Molinaro ahead of his online address.

Ulster County Is Moving Its Kingston Vaccination Site

Mar 16, 2021
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

Ulster County’s primary COVID-19 vaccination site is being moved to a former store location to expand daily doses and the number of parking spots.

Larry Schwartz
Courtesy of MTA

Published reports say a longtime adviser to Governor Andrew Cuomo who is leading New York’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been calling county executives to gauge their loyalty to the Democratic governor amid two sexual harassment investigations. There also are allegations the Cuomo administration mismanaged COVID nursing home data. The head of the state County Executives Association says a line was crossed.

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