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City of Poughkeepsie Fire Chief Mark Johnson

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to ensure qualified individuals perform school fire inspections.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey says she has secured federal funding to help the lower Hudson Valley cope with the economic burden of the impending closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant.

Courtesy of the U.S. Navy

President Donald Trump has signed New York Congressman Antonio Delgado’s bill to rename a post office in Dutchess County after a fallen soldier.

Courtesy of Hillary and Chelsea Clinton via Pace University

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton will be at Pace University in Westchester County Wednesday evening for the final stop of their book tour.

Hitsuji Kinno via Wikimedia Commons

Members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators are urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reject a proposed rule change. The change would allow foster care and adoption agencies to deny services to same-sex couples.

Clegg Leads In Ulster County DA Race

Dec 13, 2019

The Ulster County Board of Elections completed its tally of absentee and affidavit ballots this week in the race for district attorney, but there is still no certified DA-elect. Democrat Dave Clegg leads Republican Michael Kavanagh, who could appeal a judge’s ruling on a number of ballots.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado is holding a town hall Friday night in Ulster County, wrapping up a year of town halls across the 19th District.

Scenic Hudson, Dutchess County Secure Rail Corridor

Dec 12, 2019
Courtesy of Scenic Hudson

Scenic Hudson and Dutchess County have acquired a rail corridor that will enable the creation of a trail in Poughkeepsie, linking the city and town.

A child victim’s advocate says he’s exploring a run for the New York state Senate seat held by Republican George Amedore. Amedore recently announced he is not seeking reelection.

The Pleasantville Clergy Association says houses of worship will open their doors Sunday in memory of the Liu family. The vigil is to help the community cope with a December 6th murder-suicide in their village.

Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz/Megan Sperry

A SUNY New Paltz professor is working on a documentary about formerly incarcerated mothers in New York and their challenges in reentry and finding affordable housing. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with filmmaker Megan Sperry about “Beyond Shelter.”

And now an update about a story we brought you in November… The owner of a mobile home park in Orange County has answered cries from a New York state senator and the park’s tenants about a rent increase.

Opioids seized by authorities in the Capital Region.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A state assemblyman and the Orange County district attorney are holding a roundtable Tuesday evening about the opioid epidemic.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

The annual federal defense bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act, does not include certain provisions that would address PFAS water contamination. A Washington-based nonprofit group accuses Congress of caving on cleaning up the toxic substances.

Courtesy of Open Space Institute

A new visitor center is under construction at Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Ulster County.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that the project is a public-private partnership with the Open Space Institute. 

Democratic New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has introduced legislation to raise funds for Lyme disease research. He did so with fellow members of the congressional Lyme Disease Caucus.

Crime Scene Tape
Alan Cleaver/Flickr

Two children and two adults were found dead Thursday inside a house in Westchester County.

Stewart ANG Base Is A Finalist For A New Squadron

Dec 5, 2019
Courtesy of Stewart Air National Guard Base

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says Stewart Air National Guard base is one of seven bases being considered across the nation for a new mission.

A Dutchess County resident who is an advocate for policy reform around military sexual trauma says new legislation in New York concerning veterans is trailblazing. Her work and her story helped inspire the legislation that Democrat Didi Barrett sponsored in the Assembly.

Courtesy of RUPCO

A Kingston-based non-profit organization has a new tool to help provide quality, affordable housing. RUPCO is bringing the program to two Hudson Valley cities and their surrounding communities to help stabilize and upgrade landlords’ properties.

New York State Senate

New York state Senator George Amedore announced over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend that he will not seek re-election in 2020. Two Democratic candidates already running for the 46th District seat say their own campaigns are advancing unchanged.

Courtesy of the office of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

A major storm added a snow day to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, closing schools and state and local government offices from Albany to the Hudson Valley and beyond. And now New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for several counties.

Vote Here sign
WAMC photo by Patrick Garrett

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that allows for email communication to voters. Emails would be in addition to postal mail.

Inside Elections Analyst Dissects Some NY House Races

Nov 27, 2019
Political party logos
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Less than a year before the 2020 elections, there are some changes in the most recent U.S. House and Senate ratings from Congressional Quarterly Roll Call and Inside Elections. In part two of their interview, WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the Inside Elections publisher about how the 2020 election is shaping up in a few New York districts.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a bill protecting an Orange County school district’s employee health insurance program.

Washington DC
James DeMers

U.S. House and Senate ratings from Congressional Quarterly Roll Call and Inside Elections show some changes since last election cycle. In New York, one of the most closely watched House districts – the 19th — has been newly assessed. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the Inside Elections publisher about the 2020 race in the sprawling 11-county district in the first part of a two-part interview.

Courtesy of MTA Metro-North Railroad

It’s a familiar experience for thousands of people in the WAMC listening area: you drive to a Metro-North station, park, and catch a train. Now, parking costs could be going up. But as WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, a vote on the proposal has been postponed.

Westchester County has a new gas leak emergency training facility. Local fire departments will now receive hands-on training for handling gas and transformer emergencies.

Documentary On Bard Prison Initiative To Air On PBS

Nov 25, 2019

A documentary about the Bard Prison Initiative airs Monday and Tuesday nights on PBS stations. “College Behind Bars” explores the lives of a dozen incarcerated men and women as they struggle to earn degrees in the Bard Prison Initiative, one of the most rigorous prison education programs in the country.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

A bill that eliminates an administrative burden for farmers in New York is now law.

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