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NYS Senator James Skoufis
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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.

The Ulster County executive has launched a community fund and local food distribution effort to support residents impacted by COVID-19.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day Declares a State of Emergency, March 16, 2020
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Following similar moves across the Northeast, the Rockland County Executive has declared a state of emergency. It includes four orders, which, if violated, carry penalties and fines. The last time he issued orders with such teeth was about a year ago during the measles outbreak.

Sullivan County Has Its First Case Of Coronavirus

Mar 16, 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, New York has its first confirmed case of COVID-19.

Ulster County Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan
Courtesy of the Ulster County government

The Ulster County executive hosted a telephone town hall Sunday with the county health commissioner on COVID-19. About 10 residents had the chance to ask questions during the hour. 

Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator David Carlucci

A New York state senator from the lower Hudson Valley held a teleconference town hall Thursday on the coronavirus with two health organizations. Constituent concerns ran the gamut. *This call preceded further guidance from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Trump's coronavirus address Friday.

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Healthb& Human Services Office of Head Start

Sullivan County Head Start is receiving federal funding to support services for low-income families in the area.

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson
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New Rochelle is the epicenter of the highest number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo implemented a containment zone with a one-mile radius in the Westchester County city, temporarily closing houses of worship and other large gathering facilities until March 25. And National Guard troops are on the ground to assist with cleaning and other activities. Cuomo was in New Rochelle earlier Friday to open the state's first drive-through COVID-19 mobile testing center, which he said would test up to 200 people today, growing to up to 500 people per day in the coming days. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson today about how the city is faring.

Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Thursday in Orange and Dutchess Counties, New York. These come after Ulster County confirmed two additional cases today.

Courtesy of the Rockland County Legislature

The Rockland County Legislature has cancelled committee meetings and is restructuring its full board sessions in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer
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New Rochelle has been deemed the epicenter of coronavirus in the U.S. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo implemented a containment zone with a one-mile radius in the Westchester County city, temporarily closing houses of worship and other large gathering facilities until March 25. And he deployed National Guard troops who have just arrived to assist with cleaning and other activities. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Westchester County Executive George Latimer about how the county is handling the situation.

NYS Senator To Host Telephone Town Hall On Coronavirus

Mar 11, 2020
The state Public Service Commission approved the 838 area code last September to ensure there will continue to be enough telephone numbers to meet demand in eastern New York.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A New York state senator is hosting an informational session Wednesday evening with two health organizations on the coronavirus. The session that was originally scheduled as an in-person forum has been changed to a teleconference town hall.

Toll plaza at the Mid-Hudon Bridge
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Public opposition did not appear to be intense Monday as the New York State Bridge Authority held a public hearing on proposed toll hikes for its Hudson River crossings. The hearing drew just a few speakers who focused more on a controversial proposed merger than any toll increases.

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Rockland County Health Department is alerting residents of potential coronavirus exposure in the East Ramapo School District. As of Tuesday afternoon, county officials say Rockland has six positive cases of COVID-19.

New York State School Boards Association Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel Jay Worona
Courtesy of the New York State School Boards Association

The New York state Departments of Health and Education issued updated guidance Monday requiring schools to immediately close for 24-hours if a student or staff member attended school before receiving a positive COVID-19 test result.  WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison spoke with New York State School Boards Association Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel Jay Worona about the guidance to school and community health officials.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer holds press conference calling for reopening of Kensico Dam Road
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The head of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection has turned down a request from the Westchester County executive to move toward opening a road that was closed after the 9/11 attacks.

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)

The number of COVID-19 cases in New York continues to climb, with the highest number in Westchester County. Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency over the weekend as Ulster County announced its first case of the novel coronavirus Sunday.

Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

UNICEF and SUNY New Paltz are partnering to train mental health professionals in Puerto Rico.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan
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Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced today that the U.S. EPA will begin an emergency cleanup of the Tech City industrial site next month. The first-term Democrat says the cleanup will include demolition and asbestos abatement.

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Westchester County legislators are considering whether to ban certain animals at shows.

Yonkers Provides Free, Reusable Bags To Residents

Feb 26, 2020
Courtesy of the City of Yonkers

In anticipation of the start of New York’s statewide ban on single-use plastic bags beginning March 1, Yonkers residents will be able to get a hold of free, reusable bags.

Poughkeepsie Farm Project Launches A New Program

Feb 26, 2020
Courtesy of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project

A member-supported farm in Dutchess County, New York, has a new program to put fresh produce into the kitchens of many students and their families.

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The director of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie has been on the job around seven months. Barton Thurber spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about his plans for the museum and its programs. And by way of disclosure, WAMC’s Hudson Valley bureau is based at Vassar.

EPA Inches Toward PFAS Drinking Water Regulation

Feb 24, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken the next step toward setting drinking water limits for two PFAS chemicals — PFOA and PFOS. Environmentalists say the step is small and they want to see quicker, bolder action.

Courtesy of the office of NYS Senator Sue Serino

Lawmakers from the Hudson Valley are among those calling for funding in the New York state budget for a veterans peer support program. They want to sustain the program in the counties where it already exists, and expand it elsewhere in the state.

Westchester Legislators To Consider Paper Bag Fee

Feb 24, 2020

With New York state’s ban on single-use plastic bags taking effect March 1, Westchester County legislators will consider whether to implement a fee on paper bags.

Nine of the Democrats who want to succeed longtime Democratic New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey will discuss environmental issues during a forum Sunday.

Dutchess County Exec's Address Focuses On 'Home'

Feb 21, 2020

Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro delivered his state-of-the-county address Thursday. He proposed a number of initiatives across several areas, with a theme of “Home.”

WAMC, Allison Dunne

State lawmakers and others stood outside the New York state Bridge Authority headquarters at the Mid-Hudson Bridge Thursday to speak out against a proposed merger with the state Thruway Authority. They say such a merger would negatively impact the five Bridge Authority crossings. Thruway Authority officials, however, see it differently.

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