Hudson Valley News

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Environmental groups are urging the New York state Department of Health to lower recommended levels for three drinking water contaminants. A public comment period on the recommendations for PFOA and PFOS is now open.

The Ulster County Fair gets underway Tuesday, July 30th,  and one of the bands slated to perform has been canceled amid controversy about the confederate flag. The band had also been recently cancelled at an Illinois state fair.

New Rochelle Puts On A Parade For Rivera

Jul 27, 2019

New Rochelle will celebrate a former resident’s major accomplishments. There’s a parade Saturday for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown earlier this month.

Michelle Hinchey, daughter of the late New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey, is exploring a run for a state Senate seat.

Rockland County Exec Ends Measles State Of Emergency

Jul 25, 2019
Courtesy of Rockland County Health Department

For the first time since he first declared one, the Rockland County executive is not renewing a measles state of emergency. Republican Ed Day allowed his fourth declaration to expire at midnight, saying the measles crisis has subsided but the outbreak hasn’t ended.


A New York congressman has introduced bipartisan legislation to provide tax relief for self-employed business owners.

Courtesy of the Gateway Program Development Corporation

A state senator whose district includes many commuters to New York City applauds legislation that creates a commission for the Gateway Project. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently signed a measure that establishes the Gateway Development Commission.

Michelle Hinchey Explores NYS Senate Run

Jul 24, 2019

Michelle Hinchey, daughter of the late New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey, announced Wednesday that she is exploring a run for a state Senate seat.

NYS Assemblymember Supports Gateway Project Measure

Jul 24, 2019
Courtesy of the Gateway Project Development Corporation

A New York state assemblymember from the Hudson Valley commends the signing of legislation that lays the groundwork for expanded rail service between New York City and New Jersey.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

About a dozen so-called anti-vaxxers and their children protested outside a public forum held by New York state Senator James Skoufis Tuesday. They were there in opposition to the Democratic senator’s vote in favor of repealing a religious exemption from vaccinations, which became law in June.

Courtesy of the NYC DEP

A scientist with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection recently spotted a rare dragonfly species in the Catskills on his way to perform some water quality sampling. It’s a species considered critically imperiled in New York.

Woodstock 50 Hits More Roadblocks

Jul 22, 2019

Woodstock 50 organizers have again been denied a permit to hold a three-day anniversary festival at an upstate New York horse track.

Courtesy of the office of Congressman Antonio Delgado

Congressional representatives from New York are back after visiting facilities on the U.S. southern border to see firsthand the conditions for processing and holding undocumented immigrants. Democratic Congressman Antonio Delgado joined a delegation to Texas and says the problem is complex.

Courtesy of Mondaire Jones

Earlier this month, a primary challenger to longtime New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey announced his candidacy for the lower Hudson Valley district. He’s hoping for an upset like the one Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pulled off in a 2018 primary, unseating New York City Democrat Joe Crowley. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Mondaire Jones about his campaign.

Congressman Delgado To Hold Town Halls In Two Counties

Jul 20, 2019

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado is holding two town halls. One is Saturday; the other is Monday.

Cooling Centers Are Open Throughout The Hudson Valley

Jul 20, 2019
Courtesy of Westchester County government

Cooling centers are open around the region with today’s excessive heat warning. There are many places to find relief from the heat in the Hudson Valley.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A newly formed Toll Advisory Panel that will review toll rates on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge held two listening sessions this week. The New York State Thruway Authority hosted the first session in Westchester Wednesday. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne attended the second session in Rockland County Thursday.

Rep. Delgado, Delegation Visit U.S. Border Facilities

Jul 19, 2019
U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Flickr

A New York congressman from the Hudson Valley is part of a delegation that is visiting facilities at the U.S. border Friday.

CPV Opponents Turn Out For NYS DEC Public Hearing

Jul 18, 2019
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation held two public hearings Wednesday in Middletown on draft air permits for the CPV plant in Orange County. Opponents urged DEC to reject the permits and shut down the plant.

Westchester County has a new online service map and directory for behavioral health services. The searchable database has services for mental health, substance use and developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Now that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the Westchester County Property Taxpayer Protection Act, the county executive is rolling out a plan to implement it. The measure allows for a sales-tax increase, bringing Westchester’s rate in line with nearby counties and cities within the county.

Orange County Land Trust Protects Property In Warwick

Jul 16, 2019
Courtesy of Orange County Land Trust

In New York, the Orange County Land Trust has announced the protection of more than 100 acres in the Town of Warwick.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Over the past three years, there have been numerous meetings regarding the ongoing PFOS water contamination issue in Newburgh. A state senator who represents the city says the meetings have not gathered all relevant stakeholders in one room, and wants to change that, especially with regard to the state’s water filtration system.

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado recently briefed reporters about his July in-district work week. The Democrat says he’s keeping close watch on testimony regarding two separate issues.

It was a busy first session for first-term New York state Senator James Skoufis, who represents the 39th district long held by Republican Bill Larkin. Skoufis, who formerly served in the Assembly, is chair of the Senate’s Investigations Committee and, true to his pledge, was proactive in this role. He recently spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about that and more.

HV Congressman To Hold Town Halls This Weekend

Jul 13, 2019

A New York congressman from the Hudson Valley is holding four town halls this weekend.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie was in the mid-Hudson Valley Thursday as part of his fourth annual statewide tour. He visited a center in Poughkeepsie that provides community services and programs before heading for lunch at a restaurant in the city.

Courtesy of the NYS Thruway Authority

The New York State Thruway Authority on Wednesday announced the formation of a toll advisory panel for the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, where rates are frozen through 2020.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa is seven months into his job. He recently spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about his biggest challenges, including how his department is tackling the opioid crisis.

Courtesy of Westchester County Executive's office

A property adjacent to Westchester Community College will be developed into affordable housing.