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Greg Buzulencia
Courtesy of Greg Buzulencia

A Beacon, New York man is combining a trail-running goal with a cause. He will attempt to run a section of the Appalachian Trail in record time, while raising awareness about domestic violence and a case out of Poughkeepsie.

Cars lined up past arena entrance to baseball field
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation requiring zero emissions for new vehicles by 2035.

The U.S. House passed green jobs legislation that includes an amendment from a New York congressman.

Solar project
Courtesy of NYSERDA

Dozens of community and environmental advocates are calling on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to preserve climate and clean energy funding, despite COVID-19 related financial woes. This comes during Climate Week, during which the governor has unveiled a number of projects and initiatives.

Indian Point nuclear power plant, Buchanan, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission this week discussed its safety performance assessment for the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County. One reactor was shut down permanently in April while the remaining reactor is scheduled to permanently shut down next year. The plant will then be decommissioned, and NRC staff laid out a timeline for the process.

Peter Volkmann
Chatham Police Department

The mayor of Chatham is explaining his decision to put the village’s police chief on administrative leave.

County Execs Plead For Federal Coronavirus Aid

Sep 25, 2020
Orange, Suffolk and Onondaga County Executives hold Zoom press conference to call for federal coronavirus aid, September 25, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone

Three New York county executives, including one from the Hudson Valley, are reiterating their call for Congress to deliver coronavirus stimulus aid. With proposed budgets coming out in the next few weeks, county leaders say that without direct state and local aid, further layoffs and service cuts are unavoidable.

County Playgrounds Will Open In Westchester

Sep 25, 2020
Playground at Blue Mountain Reservation, Peekskill, NY
Courtesy of Westchester County Department of Parks

Playgrounds will reopen starting this weekend in a county in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Harriman train station, NY
Courtesy of Daniel Clase via Creative Commons

A New York state senator says he has secured a commitment to void parking fines for healthcare workers at a facility in Orange County.

Ulster County District Attorney Dave Clegg
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Ulster County district attorney joined the county sheriff and local police officers this morning to call for positive relationships between law enforcement and the community. It comes on the heels of recent incidents targeting off-duty police officers.

NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul (fourth from the left)scissors) announces completed community solar and energy storage project, Yorktown Heights, NY, Sept. 21, 2020
Courtesy of NYSERDA; NYS Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday the state’s first completed project that pairs community solar with energy storage.

EraserGirl/Wikimedia Commons

A New York congressional candidate who is considered likely to join the House next year says he and 15 other plaintiffs have won a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and the U.S. Postal Service. The suit sought to protect the right to a free and fair election. This comes as a number of lawsuits in recent weeks aim to protect voter rights and mail-in voting following the Trump Administration’s changes to the Postal Service.


Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang and Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson have launched a Universal Basic Income pilot program in the city.

Courtesy of Women and the Vote NYS

An effort is under way for local filmmakers to capture voters in New York visiting suffragists’ gravesites in their communities on Election Day. The project is from “Women and the Vote New York State.” Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Linda Moroney about the project.

Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law
Courtesy of Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law

A law school in Westchester County has reached an agreement with a university in India to collaborate in environmental and energy law.

Clearwater Steers Into NYC For Climate Week

Sep 19, 2020
The sloop Clearwater
Courtesy of Clearwater

The sloop Clearwater will sail into New York City this weekend to kick off climate week. 

LNG facility (not Gibbstown, NJ)
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

A decision on whether to approve permits for a Liquefied Natural Gas export facility at a southern New Jersey port has been postponed by a commission whose members are appointed by four governors, including from New York. Environmentalists oppose the proposed facility, saying it will threaten nearby communities and the Delaware River.

(from left to right) Westchester County Director of Economic Development Bridget Gibbons; Westchester County Executive George Latimer; President/CEO of the Business Council of Westchester Dr. Marsha Gordon
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

A number of counties have been announcing various programs using federal CARES Act funding to help soften the blow from the COVID-19 pandemic. One of Westchester County’s programs is to help small businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by coronavirus.

Picture of Heroin
Adobe Stock

In New York, Orange County officials announced on Thursday that 40 defendants were indicted for drug trafficking. The indictments stem from a mainly undercover operation.

NYS Senator Jen Metzger (third from right) stands with Huguenot Estates residents and Senior Staff Attorney for Legal Services of the Hudson Valley Jaime Samarel (far right) after Sept. 14, 2020 press conference in Deerpark, NY
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator Jen Metzger

A New York state senator is calling on the owner of a mobile home park in Orange County to hold off on a planned rent increase and tend to maintenance issues. One resident says she’s about ready to move after a nearly year-long septic issue that has forced one of her children to sleep elsewhere in the home.

Greyston President and CEO Joe Kenner sports a t-shirt
Courtesy of Greyston

A bakery in Yonkers has been using a so-called open hiring model for decades. Now it’s hoping that mainstream businesses warm up to the practice, especially during a time when diversity and inclusion are part of the national discussion. 

DCC Names Acting President Ahead Of A National Search

Sep 16, 2020
Acting DCC President Ellen Gambino
Courtesy of Dutchess Community College

In New York, an acting president has been appointed at Dutchess Community College following the retirement of the former president.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan and NYS Senator Jen Metzger
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

A New York state senator has secured a grant to help advance Ulster County’s electric bus initiative.

Tropical Storm Isais Damage in Dutchess County, Aug. 4, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A number of New York’s congressional representatives and the state’s two U.S. senators are calling on President Trump to grant New York’s major disaster declaration request. This comes after damage from Tropical Storm Isaias.

Bard College Center for the Study of Land, Air and Water Director Dr. Eli Dueker installing the MetOne 212-2 particle profiler atop the Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center in Midtown Kingston.
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

Kingston is partnering with Bard College to monitor the city’s air quality. The Kingston Air Quality Initiative is providing hard data on one particular pollutant. The hope is that the information will help drive policy, shape development and educate the public.

City of Poughkeepsie seal
Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

A city in the Hudson Valley has released its proposal to use federal COVID-19 funding.

WInged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, NY
Courtesy of the U.S. Open Championship

The Westchester County executive delivered his weekly COVID-19 briefing today. Democrat George Latimer addressed a positive case identified in a school district. He also talked about the U.S. Open golf tournament set to tee off later this week.

Service Dog Training Program Adapts During COVID-19

Sep 14, 2020
Animal Farm Foundation, Amenia NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Generally, there is a long waiting list to be matched with a service dog. And the cost of training a service dog can average around $20,000. A foundation in Dutchess County is focused on bringing dogs and people together to end discrimination, and COVID-19 has shifted some of how this happens. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne recently visited the nonprofit Animal Farm Foundation in Amenia to learn more.

Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

As mental health issues mount during the COVID-19 pandemic, college students are among those facing lots of stress. A new initiative at SUNY New Paltz aims to outfit students with coping skills, with the help of their peers.

Hudson Valley Counties Remember Lives Lost On 9/11

Sep 11, 2020
Rockland County 9/11 remembrance ceremony
Courtesy of Rockland County government

Remembrance ceremonies are taking place throughout New York and elsewhere today, honoring the lives of those who died in the September 11th terrorist attacks 19 years ago. And for the first time, some remembrances are virtual because of COVID-19 safety concerns. A few Hudson Valley counties held their ceremonies this morning, while others will host evening ceremonies on what is now called Patriot Day.