Hudson Valley News

SUNY New Paltz Hosts Climate Solutions Summit

Sep 21, 2019

A climate solutions summit takes place Saturday at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

As global climate strikes take place across the region today, another focus of climate change is an unaccounted-for source of greenhouse gas emissions. Hudson River sewage overflows are the culprit, and a new study suggests that stopping water pollution is an untapped strategy to mitigate climate change.

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A New York state assemblymember from the Hudson Valley wants the state comptroller’s office to audit broadband providers. She thinks some may be missing the mark.

Courtesy of NRDC

A new report says climate change is taking a toll on public health and related costs. The study looked at 10 climate-sensitive events in 2012, such as Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey, and came up with a dollar amount in the billions. The report comes ahead of a planned global climate strike Friday.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Village of Rhinebeck, New York, is an Autism Supportive Community, one of just a handful across the country. The effort that began less than a year ago is entering its second phase.

Courtesy of the Westchester County Board of Legislators

County legislators and union members are calling for the passage of changes to Westchester’s Displaced Service Employees Protection law ahead of a public hearing tonight on the measure. It aims to close loopholes and protect workers’ jobs when buildings change management or contracts.

Courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s emergency executive move Sunday to direct the state health department to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, health advocates say the move doesn’t go far enough, while the industry says the governor is overreaching.

Vassar College and Columbia University have established a partnership for a Master’s Degree in public health.

Some NYS Lawmakers Aim To Ban Flavored E-Cigs

Sep 14, 2019

Some New York state lawmakers hope to work on measures to ban flavored e-cigarettes and other related legislation when the next session begins in January. This comes amid concern over the recent rise in lung-related illnesses and, in some states, deaths related to vaping. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports the governor is also getting involved.

NY Rep. To Hold Town Hall On Gun Violence Prevention

Sep 14, 2019
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
WAMC/Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney is holding a town hall Saturday on gun violence prevention.

Independent redistricting is another step closer to reality in Dutchess County. The county legislature this week unanimously passed a law amending the county charter. Now, it’s up to the voters.

It was highly anticipated for months. Then it was finally released. Now comes the regional tour. Two Dutchess County residents are holding a nonpartisan reading of the Mueller Report in Poughkeepsie beginning Friday. The two-day reading of the Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Election comes after the document has been read aloud over the past few months in other parts of country. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with one of the organizers of the local reading.

Rep. Delgado Focuses On Affordable Housing

Sep 10, 2019

Lawmakers are back in Washington following the summer recess. Democratic New York Congressman Antonio Delgado held a conference call with reporters Tuesday to discuss his activities in the 19th District in recent weeks, including a focus on affordable housing.

Courtesy of NYS Assemblyman Colin Schmitt

A New York state assemblyman was at the U.S. southern border recently. He visited some of the same places as did congressional members earlier in the summer. Yet Republican Colin Schmitt came away with a different impression, and a final report.

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has started an online petition in opposition to a planned $25 fee to renew license plates.

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Three members of Congress from New York are urging leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees to prevent President Trump from redirecting funding for military projects to a wall at the southern border.

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on CSX to restore safety to a trestle in Ulster County, after rocks have fallen onto vehicles, damaging them and injuring passengers.

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has introduced legislation to boost financial aid and support for working and nontraditional students. The hope is to increase college access without saddling students with debt.

Courtesy of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

Former longtime New York state Senator Bill Larkin will be buried with full honors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Efforts also are under way to mint a coin in the name of a local veterans history museum that Larkin helped found.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A funeral service was held Thursday for former New York state Senator Bill Larkin, who died Saturday at age 91. He was the last World War II veteran in the state legislature.

Hudson Mayor Rick Rector will not seek a second term after losing June’s Democratic primary.

Visitation hours are Wednesday in Orange County for longtime former New York state Senator Bill Larkin. The decorated combat veteran died Saturday at age 91.

Former NYS Senator Bill Larkin Dies At 91

Sep 1, 2019
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Former New York State Senator Bill Larkin, a decorated combat veteran, has died at age 91.

First-term New York Congressman Antonio Delgado held a conference call with reporters Tuesday. He spoke about what did during his in-district work week, and weighed in on President Donald Trump’s pass on attending a G-7 climate meeting.

Courtesy of the Office of the Dutchess County Executive

Last week, New York state officials announced a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over General Electric’s PCB cleanup in the Hudson River. A county executive in the Hudson Valley is joining the effort.

When disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself in a jail cell earlier this month while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in New York, it was a stunning turn in a case about money, power and influence. A Vassar College history professor says the Epstein story is representative of systemic problems in American society and the justice system. Professor Dr. Mita Choudhury spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Duune about parallels she sees in other realms of society.

Retired General Tony German Launches Bid For NY-19

Aug 22, 2019
Tony German

A retired two-star General wants to run for the U.S. House against first-term Democratic Congressman Antonio Delgado of New York’s 19th Congressional district. Tony German is the Former Adjutant General of the New York National Guard and spent 36 years in the military. Fellow Republican John Faso, who spent one term representing the district, declined to seek a rematch against Delgado in 2020. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with German about why he decided to run.

Dutchess County Exec To Co-Host Ag Forum At The Fair

Aug 22, 2019
Courtesy of the Dutchess County Fair

The Dutchess County Fair is under way. And the county executive was already there when it kicked off Tuesday. He’s back again Thursday for an agricultural forum.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

An interim filtration system at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh was supposed to be up and running by the end of the summer. The remediation effort is intended to trap PFOS-laden water. The U.S. Department of Defense had committed to the measure in December but environmental groups and state officials have concerns.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is holding public meetings about best practices for community advisory boards associated with decommissioning nuclear power plants. One of the 11 meetings will take place near the Indian Point nuclear point plant in Westchester County, New York.