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Beacon Police Chief And Captain Are Retiring

Jun 18, 2020
Courtesy of Beacon PBA

In Dutchess County, New York, the Beacon police chief and police captain are retiring.

Sammy Ravelo
Courtesy of the campaign of Sammy Ravelo

Tuesday is Election Day in New York. In the 16th Congressional District, longtime Congressman Eliot Engel faces a Democratic primary against three others. And while it’s not the first time he has faced such a challenge, analysts say it’s the first time he’s in real danger of losing, and to Progressive Jamaal Bowman. Two other candidates are fighting for the chance, including retired NYPD lieutenant Sammy Ravelo. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

The Yonkers Democratic Committee chair is making a final push for endorsed candidates ahead of the June 23 primary election.

Sullivan County government

In New York, Sullivan County Legislature meetings are reopening to the public in person Thursday. And on the agenda is a proposed salary cut for county management that resulted in a heated debate among legislators two weeks ago.

Courtesy of Stewart Air National Guard Base

Three New York congressional lawmakers are advocating once again for Stewart Air National Guard base in Orange County to become the site of a new squadron.

Dr. Amy Bass
Courtesy of Dr. Amy Bass

The COVID-19 pandemic left the country without its sports teams. Fans have been watching highlights from past seasons on their couches instead of games from the stands. Dr. Amy Bass is a sports studies professor at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. She tells WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne that certain areas of sports will take bigger hits than others.

Courtesy of Orange County government

In Sullivan County, New York, officials say anyone who visited a certain barber shop may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Jamaal Bowman
Courtesy of Corey Torpie

The national spotlight is on a few U.S. House Democratic primary races in New York. One is in the 16th District, where longtime Congressman Eliot Engel faces a field of three. Analysts say his greatest threat is from Jamaal Bowman, and call the race an AOC-type election, referring to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset of New York City Democratic Congressman Joe Crowley in 2018. Her race started a wave of primary challenges from those to the left of entrenched congressional Democrats WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Bowman about the race.

Marist College Tuition To Remain Flat

Jun 16, 2020
Courtesy of Marist College

A college in Dutchess County, New York says there will be no tuition increase for the upcoming academic year.

Shared-Use Path On Mario Cuomo Bridge Is Open

Jun 15, 2020
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo (right) and NYS Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew Driscoll
Courtesy of the Office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

A shared-use path across the Hudson River that has been years in the making opened Monday. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the 2 p.m. opening on the bridge named for his late father.

Westchester County Executive at the podium; Peekskill Mayor Andre Rainey
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County Executive George Latimer was in the northernmost city in his county Friday to hold his daily COVID-19 briefing. While in Peekskill, he also reacted to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to reinvent police departments across the state.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan Delivers Virtual Briefing, April 28, 2020
Courtes of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

With the Mid-Hudson Region now in Phase Two of reopening from the coronavirus shutdown, local leaders have been rolling out phases of their economic recovery programs and hoping that businesses and others get back on their feet. Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan continues to push for direct federal aid to the state and local governments as he watches the county budget.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan during a Memorial Day candle-lighting ceremony, held virtually, May 21, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

The Ulster County executive took part in a peaceful protest recently against George Floyd’s death and systemic racism. He was surprised to encounter a military-grade armored vehicle standing at the ready. Democrat Pat Ryan says he had used equipment like this in combat when deployed to Iraq, and he does not want to ever see his community turned into a war zone. Ryan spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about this along with what kind of police reforms he wants to see locally.

Dutchess County Exec Wants Updated Guidance From OPWDD

Jun 11, 2020
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

The Dutchess County executive says it is time to restore visitation at residential group homes as New York recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. He is calling on state officials to issue guidance to allow family members of individuals with developmental disabilities to resume visits after nearly three months.

NY Congressman Eliot Engel
Courtesy of the Office of NY Congressman Eliot Engel

The Democratic primary in New York’s 16th Congressional District is being closely watched as veteran Congressman Eliot Engel faces a challenge from Jamaal Bowman and others. Observers say it could be a second AOC election, referring to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset of New York City Democratic Congressman Joe Crowley in 2018. Her race started a wave of primary challenges from those to the left of entrenched congressional Democrats. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports on Wednesday night’s debate, where a big focus was on the recent protests and institutional racism.

Courtesy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

A few New York congressmen are recipients of a new award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Mid-Hudson Region Begins Phase Two Reopening

Jun 9, 2020
Courtesy of the City of Newburgh

Phase Two of reopening began Tuesday in the Mid-Hudson region of New York. Hair salon and restaurant managers are among those who have been prepping for the day, while a number of residents have been waiting to occupy a barbershop chair or outdoor table at their favorite restaurants.

Following many calls to hold graduations outdoors, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday he will permit such ceremonies beginning at the end of the month.

A Family In A Small, Rural Town Protests Racism

Jun 8, 2020
Kate Bixby and her mother, Heather Myers, protesting in Bangall, NY, June 6, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

There have been several large protests in the Hudson Valley since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, including over the weekend. But a few protestors in Dutchess County have started one of their own, in their own backyard and, so far, solely within their family.

Courtesy of New Rochelle Police Department

As WAMC News first reported today, the New York state attorney general’s office will not investigate an officer-involved shooting in New Rochelle, New York. The city’s mayor had been calling for such an investigation. Meantime, the New Rochelle police union is standing by the unnamed officer who fatally shot the African-American man on Friday.

Westchester Is Growing Its Electric Vehicle Fleet

Jun 7, 2020
Courtesy of New Flyer

The electric vehicle fleet in Westchester County is expanding.

Children's Museum Initiates Peace Rock Project

Jun 6, 2020
Courtesy of Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

In New York, the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum has launched a community art project in response to both COVID-19 and nationwide protests against systemic racism.

Following an argument over communication, the Sullivan County Legislature Friday afternoon moved a resolution to cut the salaries of a number of county employees to an executive agenda in a few weeks. The cuts were proposed by the county manager to help stem the fiscal impacts of COVID-19.

Courtesy of Orange County, NY government

Staff from two Orange County, New York departments will be distributing free personal protective equipment to hair salon and barbershop owners on Saturday.

WAMC File Photo

In New York, Sullivan County employees could see their salaries cut temporarily because of fiscal impacts of COVID-19.

Courtesy of the City of Beacon government

City of Beacon, New York officials will talk about their police department’s training and best practices at a City Council meeting Monday. It follows the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week and resulting protests nationwide, including in Beacon.

Victoria Bennis, graduate student at Pace University's School of Education
Courtesy of Pace University's School of Education

When schools in New York went virtual as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, teachers-in-training had to switch gears as well. Officials at Pace University’s School of Education at the Pleasantville campus in Westchester County had to adapt just as students did. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a story about a new program that fills a need for both students in the Ossining School District and teachers-in-training at Pace.

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York President & CEO Laura McQuade
Courtesy of PPGNY/Laura McQuade

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, like other health services organizations, responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by relying more on telehealth. Planned Parenthood was deemed an essential service and has remained open throughout for in-person visits. President and CEO Laura McQuade spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about the pandemic, abortion access and more, including protests outside its centers. The interview was recorded before protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

A vote in New York on whether to adopt recommended maximum contaminant levels in drinking water for three chemicals has been postponed a second time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, clean water advocates say they are disappointed with another delay.

A protest is planned in Poughkeepsie Tuesday afternoon in the aftermath of the George Floyd death.

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