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Rockland County 9/11 memorial
Courtesy of Rockland County government

Several municipalities across New York are holding virtual or hybrid 9/11 commemoration ceremonies. It has been 19 years since the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Ulster County Launches Child Care Initiative

Sep 10, 2020

As kids return to school in Ulster County, albeit remotely, hundreds of eligible families could now turn to the county to help relieve the financial burden of child care.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

The Westchester County executive says there have been no coronavirus spikes so far after two priests at a Pleasantville church tested positive for COVID-19. And he says school reopening will be the biggest logistical challenge since the pandemic hit.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

Parents across the Hudson Valley have been chiming in on virtual forums held by elected officials in recent weeks with their back-to-school concerns. They wonder why school reopening varies from district to district, or even within the same district. And there’s anxiety about how parents will address overseeing their children’s education virtually if they have to go to work in-person. Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro tells WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne that he’s been hearing from parents and others grappling with these issues.

Scott Smith, SAM candidate in NY-18
Courtesy of Scott Smith

A congressional candidate in New York’s Hudson Valley is officially kicking off his campaign Tuesday. He has been on the ballot for the 18th District before. This time, though, he’s on a new party line.

Cary Institute Is Redoing Its Headquarters

Sep 6, 2020
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, rendering by Becker + Becker
Courtesy of Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

A center for environmental research in New York’s Hudson Valley will be renovating its headquarters.

Deer
Photo by John Hall / Vermont Fish and Wildlife

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed a certain disease in deer in Putnam and Orange Counties.

Group of young children
Courtesy of Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc.

With so many K-12 school districts set to open after Labor Day, some county executives are trying to help figure out the childcare conundrum. Dutchess County has come up with a childcare scholarship.

From left to right: Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman; Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus; Orange-Ulster BOCES District Superintendent William Hecht; Orange-Ulster BOCES Operations Director Mark Coleman
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Orange County health commissioner is requiring that masks be worn in all county schools as well as in the transportation to and from school. It comes as the county executive held a virtual Q&A on back-to-school safety Thursday evening.

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 there have been positive COVID-19 cases associated with a pizzeria.

Holy Innocents Church, Pleasantville, NY
Courtesy of Holy Innocents Church, Pleasantville, NY

Churchgoers in Westchester County, New York may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Groups Want NYS To Implement Drug Take Back Act

Sep 3, 2020
medication tablets
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A coalition of environmental, public health and other groups is calling on the New York state Department of Health to implement a drug take-back law signed two years ago. The groups say the lack of safe disposal options for unwanted or expired pharmaceutical drugs not only contributes to the drug abuse epidemic and accidental poisonings at home, but also to water pollution.

Matthew Junge, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Baruch College
Courtesy of Matthew Junge

And now, a follow-up to a story we brought you in May about professors at Bard College in Dutchess County, and others, who won a National Science Foundation grant to help develop forecasting models to better capture certain aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ve now completed modelling COVID-19 spread in small colleges and how safe reopening is. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the primary investigator on the study.

Newburgh-Beacon Bridge
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In New York, drivers who cross the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge will see new traffic patterns before the end of the year with the start of a major project.

Seized bags of heroin and fentanyl in Ulster County
Courtesy of the Ulster County Sheriff's Office

The Ulster County executive has declared a public health emergency due to recent spikes in fentanyl-related deaths. The declaration came the day before county officials arrested a Kingston man on narcotics charges and recovered 10,000 bags of fentanyl and heroin.

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.

Pat Bradley/WAMC

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.

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