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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro delivers his 2021 State of the County address, virtually, March 16
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is presenting his state of the county address Tuesday. The recorded virtual presentation focuses on the county’s COVID-19 response in the past year. Molinaro plans to expand housing options and enhance the parks system, among other initiatives. WAMC”s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Molinaro ahead of his online address.

Ulster County Is Moving Its Kingston Vaccination Site

Mar 16, 2021
Colleen Laico, from Kingston, NY, a medical professional at the ER at Kingston Hospital, receives her COVID-19 vaccination at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, December 18, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

Ulster County’s primary COVID-19 vaccination site is being moved to a former store location to expand daily doses and the number of parking spots.

Larry Schwartz
Courtesy of MTA

Published reports say a longtime adviser to Governor Andrew Cuomo who is leading New York’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been calling county executives to gauge their loyalty to the Democratic governor amid two sexual harassment investigations. There also are allegations the Cuomo administration mismanaged COVID nursing home data. The head of the state County Executives Association says a line was crossed.

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New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has introduced bipartisan legislation to allow school cafeterias to offer whole milk.

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Legislation pertaining to COVID-19 and election law was delivered Friday to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Opening of NYS-FEMA Mass Vaccination Sites in Yonkers, March 2021
Courtesy of the Office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

During a televised address to the nation Thursday night, President Joe Biden set a goal of having all adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1. In New York, efforts are ramping up to vaccinate more residents and set up more sites, including in the Hudson Valley.

Ulster County Exec Says Schools Will Soon Reopen

Mar 11, 2021
BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Charles Khoury (left) and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, March 11, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan/screenshot by WAMC, Allison Dunne

The nine school districts in Ulster County are preparing to reopen in person full-time. The Ulster County executive delivered the news during his COVID-19 update Thursday afternoon, alongside a district superintendent.

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and New York Congressman Mondaire Jones are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help get to the bottom of PFAS contamination in Rockland County’s drinking water. This comes after PFOA in drinking water exceeded the state’s new limits.

NYSEG Is Upgrading Circuits In Putnam County

Mar 11, 2021
NYSEG Begins Upgrades in Carmel, Putnam County, NY
Courtesy of NYSEG

A power company has begun electric system upgrades in one of the New York towns it serves. The project is part of NYSEG’s resiliency program to harden its system and guard against power outages from severe weather.

NY-18 Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney pays respect to Officer Brian Sicknick, who died in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and who laid in honor at the U.S. Capitol
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney of the 18th district has introduced resolutions tied to the January attack on the U.S. Capitol, hoping to preserve the history and support essential staff.

NY-19 Congressman Antonio Delgado holds Facebook Town Hall on American Rescue Plan, March 9, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Antonio Delgado

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado held a town hall Tuesday night on the American Rescue Plan, which was finalized in the House Wednesday. The COVID-19 relief package includes direct aid for state and local governments.

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Several New York state Senate Democrats are calling for the state Department of Labor to forgive unemployment overpayments.

New York State Senator Pete Harckham
Courtesy of NYS Senator Pete Harckham

A New York state senator has introduced legislation that would mandate the state to publicly publish data and analysis about environmental radiation.

Flyer for police civil service exam in Westchester County, March 2021
Courtesy of Westchester County government

For the first time in five years, Westchester County is offering a police officer civil service exam.

Courtesy of the NYS Department of Health

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is calling for the state budget to include funding for Lyme and tick-borne diseases research, education and prevention initiatives. It comes as other lawmakers and advocates share her hope that the COVID-19 pandemic is not distracting from other health issues, like Lyme.

CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York Brenda Episcopo
Courtesy of Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York

March 8 is International Women’s Day, and we’re highlighting the new CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York. Brenda Episcopo has been on board about a month now, having most recently served as CEO of the United Way of New York State, the state association of United Ways. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne recently spoke with Episcopo about her new role and direction of the Girl Scouts.

Orange County Nonprofit Changes Its Name

Mar 7, 2021
Vision Hudson Valley logo
Courtesy of Vision Hudson Valley

A non-profit organization in Orange County, New York is changing its name after 50 years.

Kingston Issues RFP For Tiny Homes Community

Mar 6, 2021
Second Wind cottage being built, Newfield, NY
Courtesy of Second Wind cottages, Newfield, NY

Officials in the City of Kingston, New York wants to create a tiny homes community to house homeless or low-income individuals.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Holds Anniversary COVID-19 Roundtable with county executives, March 5, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Democratic New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney held a virtual roundtable Friday with three county executives. The gathering marked one year since Maloney’s first COVID-19 roundtable when the first cases in his 18th District emerged.

The Town of Philipstown, in partnership with the Ecological Citizens Project, Inc. and ICLEI USA, Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory report
Courtesy of the Town of Philipstown

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced another round of Climate Smart Communities. These communities are taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build local climate resilience.

Colleen Laico, from Kingston, NY, a medical professional at the ER at Kingston Hospital, receives her COVID-19 vaccination at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, December 18, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

Several lawmakers in the Hudson Valley are urging New York state officials to set up joint COVID-19 vaccine distribution sites closer to home. Local leaders in the region have repeatedly said traveling to the closest state sites is too far for many mid-Hudson region residents. 

Imam Shaffieq Chace speaks during Westchester County COVID-19 Commemoration, March 3, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County Executive George Latimer hosted a COVID-19 commemoration Wednesday, marking one year since the county’s first confirmed case. New Rochelle became the epicenter of the virus in New York early in the pandemic.

Poster for Westchester COVID Commemoration, March 3, 2021
Courtesy of Westchester County government

Westchester County Executive George Latimer is hosting a COVID-19 commemoration Wednesday, marking one year since the county’s first confirmed case. It will be livestreamed on Facebook.

The New York State capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

On Monday, New York state Attorney General Letitia James received the necessary referral letter from the executive chamber to independently investigate allegations of sexual harassment against Governor Andrew Cuomo. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports on what lawmakers in her region think should happen next.

Broadway location where Rhinebeck Bank will open in Newburgh
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A brick and mortar bank will open in Newburgh. The city hasn’t had a full-operation bank in a few years, a hole that Rhinebeck Bank will soon fill. Local lawmakers say the void has been noticeable, and welcome the new branch as an integral part of revitalization.

Roosevelt High School, Yonkers, NY
Courtesy of Yonkers Public Schools

The mayor of the city with the fourth largest school district in New York is calling for public schools to reopen for in-person instruction four days a week.

Kingston Creates Resource Web Page For Businesses

Feb 27, 2021
Ram's Valley ribbon cutting
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

After year-long COVID-19 challenges, Kingston, New York is offering more support for local businesses.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, New Windsor, NY, January 11, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney wants a law on the books that would revoke benefits for presidents convicted of a crime.

Delaware River Basin, Mount Bethel, PA
Courtesy of NRDC

Fracking is now permanently banned in the Delaware River watershed. And the regional regulatory body that approved the ban will next propose regulations on the import and export of wastewater.

Moderna vaccine
Courtesy of Rockland County government

A New York state assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is introducing legislation to establish a process to prioritize COVID-19 vaccines for older residents.

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