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Dr. Eli Dueker installing a MetOne 212-2 particle profiler at a field site atop the Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center in Midtown Kingston.
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

A city in New York’s Hudson Valley has teamed up with an area college for an air quality initiative.

Courtesy of We Rise Poughkeepsie

A collaboration of artists, activists and organizations is celebrating the centennial of women securing the right to vote with more than two weeks of events in the City of Poughkeepsie, kicking off Thursday.

(From left to right) Undersheriff Eric Benjamin, District Attorney David Clegg and County Executive Pat Ryan
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

In New York, the Ulster County executive has declared a public health emergency due to recent spikes in fentanyl-related deaths. Fentanyl is 50-times more potent than heroin.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer looks at shields installed in Bee-Line bus for COVID-19 prevention
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

The Westchester County executive delivered his weekly briefing Monday, and announced that the bus system will resume standard operation after Labor Day.

DEC Seeks Comments On Shandaken Wild Forest Plan

Aug 30, 2020
A view of the Lower Birch Creek Road Parcel and accessible fishing platform
Courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comments on a proposed recreation and management plan for a forest preserve in the Catskills.

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Local veterans in the Hudson Valley are setting off on a 55-mile walk beginning Sunday, rain or shine. Congressman Antonio Delgado and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan will be on hand at the start.

Storm over Montgomery, NY August 27, 2020
Courtesy of the Town of Montgomery

The National Weather Service has confirmed tornadoes hit in Orange County, New York and New Haven County, Connecticut on Thursday.

SUNY New Paltz Student Tests Positive For COVID-19

Aug 28, 2020
SUNY New Paltz campus
Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

A student at SUNY New Paltz has tested positive for COVID-19.

Storm over Montgomery, NY August 27, 2020
Courtesy of the Town of Montgomery

National Weather Service teams are headed out to parts of the WAMC listening area to determine if any tornadoes touched down Thursday. Though power outages and damage were not as widespread as from Tropical Storm Isaias in early August, there were intense pockets.

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)

In New York, Sullivan County health officials are advising of two separate instances of positive COVID-19 cases.

West-of-Hudson Metro-North line at Harriman
Courtesy of MTA/Metro-North Railroad

MTA executives say without $12 billion in federal funding to help the agency recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, they will have to make draconian cuts to service and payroll. Some of the proposed cuts are for Metro-North Railroad; and one proposal in particular has angered elected officials.

DEC Warns About An Invasive Fish In The Delaware River

Aug 27, 2020
Northern Snakehead vs. look-alike fish
Courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner is urging anglers in the Delaware River to look out for an invasive species.

Courtesy of Dutchess County government

A grant from New York state will help a county in the Hudson Valley bolster its public health team in the fight against COVID-19.

West Nile Virus Turns Up In Mosquitos In Westchester

Aug 27, 2020

Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus have been found in Westchester County, New York. County health officials are reminding residents to remove standing water and use repellents.

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)

In New York, Sullivan County health officials say two patrons who were at a bar over the weekend have tested positive for COVID-19.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Boscobel House and Gardens, 2019
Courtesy of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival will move from its longtime home to a nearby site gifted by a local philanthropist.

Putnam Area Rapid Transit (PART) buses
Courtesy of Putnam County government

New York’s U.S. Senators and a Hudson Valley Congressman say emergency federal funding they helped secure in a COVID-19 relief bill will help keep a county’s transit system in operation.

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Westchester County legislators are urging New York state lawmakers to allow an additional option for casting absentee ballots in the November election. They cite concerns about COVID-19 as the reason.

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras (forefront); SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian; and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan tour SUNY New Paltz campus August, 23 2020
Courtesy of the The State University of New York

Just-appointed SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras toured the SUNY New Paltz campus Sunday, the day before classes began. While there, he announced the launch of a statewide grant and internship program to accelerate personal protective equipment, or PPE, production across SUNY. SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian accompanied Malatras, and spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about the tour and initiative.

Westchester County Marine Unit
Courtesy of Westchester County Police Department

A county marine unit in New York’s Hudson Valley has increased enforcement on the Hudson River in response to unsafe activity by jet-ski operators and others.

Newburgh Works On Arts And Culture Study

Aug 24, 2020
Newburgh Illuminated Festival
Courtesy of the Newburgh Arts and Cultural Commission/City of Newburgh

Newburgh, New York has launched its first arts and cultural study. The idea is to use the study to better understand the city’s arts and cultural assets, and to understand the role they play in Newburgh.

NYS Senate Candidate Rob Astorino
Courtesy of Rob Astorino

Former Westchester County executive and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Republican Rob Astorino wants to add New York state Senator to his résumé. He’s challenging first-term Democrat Pete Harckham in the 40th District. Before Harckham, the seat had been in Republican hands for a very long time. 

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A Congressman whose district includes portions of the lower Hudson Valley led a New York delegation letter calling for more education funding for the state’s public schools.

Tropical Storm Isaias damage in NYS's 40th Senate District
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator Pete Harckham

A New York state senator whose district was slammed by Tropical Storm Isaias last week hopes to remedy one of the outage problems through legislation.

NYS 40th District Candidate Rob Astorino and NYS 40th Senator Pete Harckham
Courtesy of Rob Astorino's campaign and Pete Harckham's campaign (composite by WAMC News)

One New York state senate race in the Hudson Valley features a challenger who is no stranger to politics. Former Westchester County executive and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Republican Rob Astorino is challenging first-term Democrat Pete Harckham in the 40th District, which includes a large piece of Westchester.

Genesis Ramos
Courtesy of the City of Newburgh

In New York, the City of Newburgh has enlisted an equity and diversity consultant.

NYS DEC photo from July 2020
Courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Record numbers of visitors at hiking and waterfall destinations in the Catskills and sections of the Adirondacks have prompted the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner to remind the public about respecting nature. Unprepared hikers and trash left behind are a few of the issues DEC hopes to remedy.

Day Use Area of Kenneth L. Wilson Campground, Mount Tremper, NY
Courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has completed improvements at a campground in the Catskills, in Ulster County.

Scenic Hudson Acquires Large Property In Ulster County

Aug 11, 2020
Wetlands at Scenic Hudson’s 303-acre property in Lloyd, Ulster County
Courtesy of Carrie Sutton

A land deal in Ulster County will afford new recreational opportunities while protecting views and preserving wetlands. It’s one of Scenic Hudson’s larger acquisitions.

O&R on scene after Tropical Storm Isaias damage, August 2020
Courtesy of Orange and Rockland Utilities

With thousands of Hudson Valley customers still without power from last week’s storm, elected officials have been unleashing their frustration with utility companies. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo weighed Monday, calling out two companies, one that services most of Westchester County. Meantime, the Westchester County executive is calling for the creation of a Utility Reserve Corps.

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