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WAMC, Allison Dunne

Residents of a town in rural Dutchess County want answers about how a property-tax decrease went down another 50 percent in a town board budget process that left some councilmembers and community members in the dark. The decrease occurred under the previous administration in Stanford; and now the current one is investigating.

NRC Extends Comment Period Regarding Indian Point

Feb 14, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has agreed to extend the public comment period for the Indian Point nuclear power plant license transfer application another 30 days. The NRC is reviewing an application to transfer Entergy’s three Buchanan-based reactors to a Holtec International subsidiary for decommissioning.

Two New York state lawmakers from Rockland County and relatives of a victim of the Parkland, Florida school shooting will be in Albany today. They’ll be joined by other lawmakers and students in calling for passage of a law named for the victim.

Courtesy of Clearwater Festival

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has announced it will hold a smaller event this year instead of its larger, annual music festival. This comes after the Beacon-based nonprofit incurred a financial loss after last year’s festival.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

In his budget, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposes merging the state Thruway Authority with the Bridge Authority. Several Hudson Valley lawmakers oppose the idea, staying protective of the Bridge Authority.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says preliminary results indicate the Village of New Paltz’s water storage tanks have non-detectable levels of petroleum compounds. The Ulster County village issued a “do not drink advisory” earlier this week. 

SUNY New Paltz's Benjamin To Retire

Feb 11, 2020
Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

After more than 50 years with SUNY New Paltz, a distinguished political scientist and director of the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives will retire.

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New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has helped introduce legislation to close the skills gap and support technical training in community college and technical education programs.

Rep. Delgado's Hyde Park Town Hall Draws A Full House

Feb 10, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado held his first town hall of the year over the weekend. The 19th District Democrat was in Hyde Park Saturday, talking about his recent work and goals and taking questions from the audience.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The owner of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York has donated what is considered to be among the largest and most important natural science collections in the country. The survey data of the Hudson River and its fish specimens were given to the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.

Lawmakers Press For NYS DOT Rail Crossing Study

Feb 6, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Five years after the deadliest crash in Metro-North Railroad history, New York state lawmakers are renewing calls for safety upgrades to rail grade crossings.

Courtesy of Cornell Cooperative Extension

A new partnership between Cornell Cooperative Extension and a center at SUNY New Paltz includes at least one project that hopes to help farmers respond to invasive species threats.

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Community and environmental advocates, along with some New York state lawmakers, are calling for the withdrawal of a proposed revision to recommended maximum contaminant levels for drinking water. Yet water suppliers welcome the revision that state health officials detailed Tuesday.

Catskill Park Advocates Press For More Funding

Feb 4, 2020
Allison Dunne

Catskill Park advocates are spending the day in Albany calling for increased funding in the proposed budget. And they’re bolstering their advocacy with an updated report on the impact of outdoor activities in the Catskills.

Courtesy of Rye Brook Police

There is progress in reducing the number of truck collisions with a bridge over a major parkway in Westchester County. The county executive says a state-funded project helped. Yet he hopes more can be done using GPS applications.

Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator James Skoufis

A health care facility in Orange County, New York has received a state grant to expand services at its Cornwall campus.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York congressional lawmakers are calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to hold a public hearing on a proposed license transfer for Indian Point for decommissioning.

Schumer Asks Official To Bring Aer Lingus To Stewart

Feb 1, 2020
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is urging an Irish airline to land at Stewart International Airport in Orange County.

Rep. Maloney To Hold Town Halls This Weekend

Feb 1, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney is holding four town halls this weekend.

Antonio Delgado declares victory.
Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado recently wrapped up his first in-district work week of the year. The Democrat from the 19th district has been working to get to the bottom of an issue concerning federal funding for rural broadband.

Ulster County Exec's Address Concentrates On Youth

Jan 30, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan delivered his first state-of-the-county address Thursday at his alma mater — Kingston High School. He focused on reinvigorating opportunities for the next generation.

Rep. Delgado Announces His SOTU Guest

Jan 30, 2020
Rep. Antonio Delgado
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New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has announced who he will bring as his guest to the State of the Union address.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan will deliver his first state-of-the-county address Thursday at his alma mater — Kingston High School. His address will focus on providing opportunities for the next generation. Ryan previewed his speech with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

NYS Senator James Skoufis
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $178 billion spending plan seeks to close a $6.1 billion hole widened mainly by Medicaid costs. Now, lawmakers in Albany are weighing in, with budget hearings scheduled this week.  WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with state Senator James Skoufis about the governor’s proposal to remedy the shortfall, and more.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was at the site of a Newburgh lake where PFOS contamination was revealed in 2016 today, calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately take up PFAS legislation passed in the House this month.

The Westchester County Board of Legislators this week honored a student who discovered a planet.

Westchester Preps For Wuhan Coronavirus

Jan 24, 2020
Courtesy of the CDC

The Westchester County Health Department is preparing for any cases of coronavirus amid an outbreak in China. This comes as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined the state’s response to two confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S. — in Washington state and Chicago — while investigating four potential cases in New York.

Courtesy of Andy Hart

A land trust has protected property in New York’s Orange County. The property has ties to a Hudson River School artist and the Harlem Renaissance.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reviewing an application from Entergy Nuclear Operations to transfer Indian Point licenses to another company for decommissioning.  The application has kicked off a public comment period and the opportunity to request a hearing.

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Over the past few months, several New York state GOP senators have announced they would not seek re-election. The latest came this week: Republican James Seward.