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In New York’s Ulster County, free bus service will continue in Kingston.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Rockland County Monday, to announce funding for security infrastructure following the December machete attack at a rabbi’s home in Monsey. And he reiterated proposals from last week’s state-of-the-state address.

U.S. House Passes PFAS Action Legislation

Jan 13, 2020
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The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed the PFAS Action Act. The legislation package includes 11 bills, two that were authored by New York Congressmen in the Hudson Valley whose districts include communities battling PFOA and PFOS.

Rockland Leaders Lay Out Human Rights Strategy

Jan 10, 2020
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Rockland County leaders have come up with a human rights strategy following the Monsey machete attack at a rabbi’s home in late December.

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New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be in the Hudson Valley Friday to announce legislation to support families struggling with substance abuse.

Several U.S. Reps Urge Passage Of PFAS Action Act

Jan 9, 2020
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Several Democratic U.S. House representatives are calling on their colleagues to pass a bill Friday concerning PFAS chemicals. It’s a bill that President Trump’s senior advisors will recommend he veto.

Town Supervisors Form Coalition After Monsey Attack

Jan 9, 2020

There is a coalition forming in New York’s Rockland County on the heels of an attack at a rabbi’s Monsey home.

HV Lawmakers Urge Changes To Bail Reform

Jan 8, 2020
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Some New York state lawmakers in the Hudson Valley are calling for changes to criminal justice reforms that took effect January 1. There is bipartisan support to pass legislation that would allow judges to consider how dangerous a defendant is when determining pre-trial detention.

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Westchester County has been awarded a $100,000 grant to help address climate change.

NY Gov Proposes Mid-Hudson Valley Land Preservation

Jan 7, 2020
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As part of the State of the State address he’ll deliver Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo aims to preserve 4,000 acres in the mid-Hudson Valley.

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As the Ramapo, New York community tries to heal after a machete attack at a rabbi’s home during a Hanukkah celebration, residents and lawmakers in Rockland County strive to find a path forward. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports that path includes smoothing relations between the Orthodox Jewish community and other groups and lawmakers.

NYS Law About Salary History Is In Effect

Jan 6, 2020

A law concerning salary history that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed over the summer became effective Monday.

Hudson Valley Headlining Issues Continue Into 2020

Jan 6, 2020
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A number of issues that garnered headlines in the Hudson Valley in 2019 continue this year. There will be a number of closely watched political contests, environmental issues and, most recently, attacks on religious institutions. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a look at a few of the stories from 2019 that are carrying into 2020.

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Authorities in the Rockland County Town of Ramapo are taking measures to increase security following the stabbings during a Hanukkah celebration nearly one week ago in the hamlet of Monsey. The town police chief also spoke to reporters about the suspect’s possible connection to another stabbing in Monsey in November.

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Swearing-in ceremonies continue for local elected officials. In New York, two county executives in the Hudson Valley are taking their oaths of office Friday.

Ramapo Town Supervisor Michael Specht holding “Gabriel”
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In New York, Ramapo Town officials updated reporters Thursday following Saturday’s stabbings during a Hanukkah celebration at rabbi’s house in Monsey. Officials say they have and will continue to take security measures in the wake of the violence that came after other similar attacks on the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn. 

Lawmakers Consider Legislation Following Monsey Attack

Dec 31, 2019
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Federal and state lawmakers are considering ways to help combat anti-Semitic violence. This comes following the Saturday stabbings during a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, in Rockland County, and after similar attacks in New York City and New Jersey. New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a roundtable Monday, where participants discussed needed laws and education.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand hosted a roundtable Monday to speak out against anti-Semitism following the weekend stabbing during a Hanukkah celebration at a Rabbi’s house in Monsey. She held the forum at nearby Ramapo Town Hall in Rockland County.

NY Rep Engel Visits With Monsey Community After Attack

Dec 31, 2019
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A number of elected officials and community leaders gathered Monday at Ramapo Town Hall for a roundtable with Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. She wanted to hear from the community following the weekend stabbings during a Hanukkah celebration at a Rabbi’s house in Monsey in Rockland County. Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel, of New York’s 16th District, took part. First, he spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about the community he represented before redistricting.

Kingston Food Co-op Finds A Space

Dec 28, 2019
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In New York, a community grocery store in the planning stages has found a home in a former car dealership in Kingston.

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A state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill to codify New York’s fracking ban. The legislation would also ban a form of waterless fracking. A number of environmental advocates are supporting the bill.

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s recreational boating program in the Catskills finished its eighth year.

State lawmakers in the Hudson Valley have presented a pen certificate to a teenager who inspired legislation that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed this month. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more about the health-care measure that could be amended in the legislative session that begins in a few weeks.

NYS Senator Carlucci Previews 2020 Session

Dec 26, 2019
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New York state Senator David Carlucci says much will be accomplished in the legislative session that begins in two weeks. The Democrat from Rockland County spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about topics from legalizing recreational marijuana to revamping the state’s numerous authorities.

A candidate who was seeking the Democratic nomination in a New York state Senate race has ended his campaign. He is throwing his support behind fellow Democrat Michelle Hinchey.

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The New York State Thruway Authority Board of Directors has approved a toll proposal for the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. And Monday, the Thruway Authority announced the creation of the Offices of the Toll Payer Advocate.

Report Examines Hudson Valley Commuter Trends

Dec 23, 2019
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Hudson Valley residents generally still rely on commuting to New York City for their jobs. A new report from the Marist Bureau of Economic Research shows Manhattan continues to be a magnet for Hudson Valley workers.

NY Gov Signs Bill To Address New Tick Threat

Dec 21, 2019
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A type of tick that could threaten New York’s livestock industry will appear on an invasive species list. The bill mandating the listing was signed into law this week.

NYS Senator Wants Background Checks On Mall Santas

Dec 20, 2019
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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill to ensure that employees who work as Santa and the Easter bunny are not sex offenders.

WAMC Housing Series Part 5: Veteran Homelessness

Dec 20, 2019
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WAMC News has been looking into the state of housing in the Northeast. In the fifth part of our series, WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne takes a look at how one nonprofit organization in Dutchess County is working to help veterans get off the street and back on their feet.

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