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Delaware River Basin, Mount Bethel, PA
Courtesy of NRDC

Fracking is now permanently banned in the Delaware River watershed.

Congressman Antonio Delgado
Antonio Delgado, official portrait, 116th Congress / public domain

The House is expected to pass the latest COVID relief package Friday or over the weekend. The American Rescue Plan includes $350 billion in funding for state and local governments, something for which Democratic New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has been advocating for some time. If the package is passed as is, his 19th District would see more than $400 million. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne Thursday afternoon.

A picture of a teacher's desk with books stacked on it
Adobe Stock

Democratic congressional representatives from New York and Connecticut touted the education component of the next COVID-19 funding package the House could pass this week. The package is called the American Rescue Plan, and the lawmakers say funding would help schools reopen safely.

Rising Ground site, Yonkers, NY
Courtesy of the City of Yonkers

The Yonkers mayor is calling on SUNY to establish a community college campus in the city.

Rep. Delgado Reintroduces Medicare-X Choice Act

Feb 24, 2021
NY-19 Congressman Antonio Delgado
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Antonio Delgado

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado is leading the reintroduction of legislation to create a public option health plan. It would be available for purchase on individual and small business exchanges.

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

The New York state Public Service Commission held two virtual public hearings Tuesday on the proposed license transfer for the Indian Point nuclear power plant. The hearings are to help determine whether the PSC should exercise jurisdiction over the proposed transfer. The plant in Westchester County is slated to permanently shut down at the end of April.

Newburgh Mayor Calls For Set Vaccination Site

Feb 23, 2021
Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and Newburgh Mayor Torrance Harvey awaiting U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's press conference, Feb. 22, 2021
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Newburgh’s mayor wants the state to set up a COVID-19 vaccination site in the city. As the mid-Hudson Valley’s only area with state-imposed zone restrictions, he says it makes sense. Meantime, the Orange County executive says the state could set up a site where the county already is operating clinics, in a space that could accommodate more capacity.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announces PFAS Firefirefighter Protection Act at Newburgh Fire Department, Feb. 22, 2021
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney were in Newburgh Monday announcing legislation to protect firefighters from PFAS.

Kingston Sewer Work Will Shift Traffic Patterns

Feb 22, 2021
Greg L. / English Wikipedia

Sewer work is set to start in Kingston Monday. There will be changing traffic patterns during construction.

Orange County Resident Is Promoted To One-Star General

Feb 21, 2021
Brigadier General Isabel Rivera Smith, the director of joint staff for the New York National Guard, has her one-star rank pinned on by family members during promotion ceremonies at NYNG headquarters in Latham, NY, Thursday, Feb. 21
Courtesy of Major Jean Kratzer for the NYNG

An Orange County resident has been promoted to one-star general in the New York National Guard.

Dutchess County COVID-19 vaccination site
Courtesy of Dutchess County government

The Dutchess County executive wants New York state to open a joint vaccination site at one currently operated by the county. The nearest state sites are two far for many mid-Hudson residents.

Ulster County timeline for vaccine administration given current supply, as of Feb. 18, 2021
Courtesy of Ulster County government

The Ulster County executive is calling on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to activate a joint state- and county-run COVID-19 vaccination site in Kingston. He says the site has the capacity, and the closest state sites are not close at all. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, others are echoing the call.

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

Two New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley have introduced a bill to close a loophole that allows sex offenders to live near daycare facilities.

The New York State Capitol in Albany
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Criticism continues over New York Governor Andrew Cuomo administration’s handling of nursing home death data during the COVID-19 pandemic. Two state Senators from the Hudson Valley are dissatisfied with different aspects, and both want to see the governor’s emergency powers diminished.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan delivers his State of the County address via Facebook, February 16, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

Democratic Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan delivered his state-of-the-county address earlier this week. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about the start of a basic income pilot program as well as initiatives under his Green New Deal.

A COVID-19 vaccination site at the University at Albany
Jesse King / WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says 13 pop-up vaccination sites are coming online this week; two are in the lower Hudson Valley.

City of Poughkeepsie virtual public meeting on draft police reforms, February 10, 2021
Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

Poughkeepsie officials have been gathering public feedback on the city’s draft report on police reforms. The report is in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York state Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative, and is due by April 1st. 

Ulster County Executive Unveils Income Pilot Program

Feb 17, 2021
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan delivers his State of the County address via Facebook, February 16, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

In New York, the Ulster County executive delivered his state of the county address Tuesday.

Newburgh Hires New Fire Chief

Feb 16, 2021
City of Newburgh Fire Department
WAMC, Allison Dunne

There’s a new fire chief for the City of Newburgh, New York.

Jessica Bugbee, Army veteran, during virtual press conference on Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Support Program funding, Feb. 12, 2021
Courtesy of the Hudson Valley National Center for Veteran Reintegration

State and local lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are calling for New York to release funding to veterans organizations for a peer support program. Every year, they press for the funding, and every year, the funding is released. This year’s plea comes with a request that the funding become a permanent part of the budget.

Ramy Youssef, "Ramy" on Hulu
Courtesy of Craig Blankenhorn

Nominees for the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards were announced earlier this month. And some of the nominees were in productions filmed in Westchester County.

County executives from around New York held a media call Thursday to talk about impacts from the proposed state budget; federal COVID-19 relief bill negotiations; vaccine distribution and more.

NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services training
Courtesy of NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services

Two counties in the Hudson Valley are receiving New York state grant funding to improve emergency communications.

NYS Park Preserve
Courtesy of NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says more than 260 acres of open space in the Hudson Valley have been added to three state parks.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer et al. discuss Police Reform and Reimagining Task Force Report & Recommendations
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

A task force in Westchester County has issued its draft police reform report and recommendations. A few of the task force members are discussing some of the recommendations in the 179-page report.

Fair Pay for Home Care campaign in NYS
Courtesy of The Action Network

Planning to introduce legislation on the issue, a New York congressman, state legislators and advocates launched a Fair Pay for Home Care campaign Tuesday. And there’s a report on the impact of raising wages for home-care workers, who are in high demand but deterred by low wages.

Moderna vaccine
Courtesy of Rockland County government

New York state and local elected officials say a certain area of Rockland County needs more COVID-19 vaccination opportunities.

Upstate Films Has New Leadership

Feb 9, 2021
Paul Sturtz and Jason Silverman
Courtesy of Paul Sturtz and Jason Silverman

A nonprofit film organization in the Hudson Valley has new leaders.

American Robin
Courtesy of Fyn Kynd via the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Birds play an under-recognized role in spreading tick-borne diseases. They can travel long-distances and tend to split their time in different parts of the world, patterns that are shifting due to climate change. Now, a new study identifies which bird species could spread ticks and Lyme disease. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the lead author of the study.

Two Democratic New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley have introduced a bill to help state and local governments save money. It would be by offering early retirement to public employees.

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