Hudson Valley News

Former NYS Senator Bill Larkin Dies At 91

Sep 1, 2019
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Former New York State Senator Bill Larkin, a decorated combat veteran, has died at age 91.

First-term New York Congressman Antonio Delgado held a conference call with reporters Tuesday. He spoke about what did during his in-district work week, and weighed in on President Donald Trump’s pass on attending a G-7 climate meeting.

Courtesy of the Office of the Dutchess County Executive

Last week, New York state officials announced a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over General Electric’s PCB cleanup in the Hudson River. A county executive in the Hudson Valley is joining the effort.

When disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself in a jail cell earlier this month while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in New York, it was a stunning turn in a case about money, power and influence. A Vassar College history professor says the Epstein story is representative of systemic problems in American society and the justice system. Professor Dr. Mita Choudhury spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Duune about parallels she sees in other realms of society.

Retired General Tony German Launches Bid For NY-19

Aug 22, 2019
Tony German

A retired two-star General wants to run for the U.S. House against first-term Democratic Congressman Antonio Delgado of New York’s 19th Congressional district. Tony German is the Former Adjutant General of the New York National Guard and spent 36 years in the military. Fellow Republican John Faso, who spent one term representing the district, declined to seek a rematch against Delgado in 2020. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with German about why he decided to run.

Dutchess County Exec To Co-Host Ag Forum At The Fair

Aug 22, 2019
Courtesy of the Dutchess County Fair

The Dutchess County Fair is under way. And the county executive was already there when it kicked off Tuesday. He’s back again Thursday for an agricultural forum.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

An interim filtration system at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh was supposed to be up and running by the end of the summer. The remediation effort is intended to trap PFOS-laden water. The U.S. Department of Defense had committed to the measure in December but environmental groups and state officials have concerns.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is holding public meetings about best practices for community advisory boards associated with decommissioning nuclear power plants. One of the 11 meetings will take place near the Indian Point nuclear point plant in Westchester County, New York.

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A New York state assemblymember will be introducing two measures to close loopholes pertaining to ammunition purchases. She is doing so prompted by details that have emerged from the August 4 mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio.

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A small plane crashed into a house near Poughkeepsie over the weekend, causing a massive fire and leaving the pilot and one of the residents dead. Now, there is a fundraiser for the displaced family, and Dutchess County officials are helping a number of those involved address trauma.

Tillson Lake
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Area residents who have been pushing to save a lake in Ulster County are encouraged by a new engineering report. They hope the report’s findings will convince state officials to repair rather than remove a dam at the lake. And a New York state Senator supports the group’s efforts.

NYC DEP Bypass Tunnel Connects To Dutchess

Aug 17, 2019
Courtesy of the NYC DEP

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has reached a milestone in its $1 billion effort to repair leaks in the longest tunnel in the world.

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Ulster County legislators are considering a measure to include additional single-use plastic items in a law pertaining to plastic straws. The county executive supports the proposed law while the legislature’s minority leader has concerns.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state Senator was in Millbrook today to present a check to the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in support of a project aimed at Lyme disease prevention.

Courtesy of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

The 50th Anniversary of Woodstock is here. Thursday evening, at the site of the original festival, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is showing Academy Award-winning documentary “Woodstock: The Director's Cut.”

Kingston Changes To LED Lights

Aug 14, 2019
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

In New York, the City of Kingston has completed conversion to LED lights at a dozen municipal buildings.

Ulster County Exec Signs Term Limits Bill

Aug 14, 2019
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County has a new law setting term limits for elected county officials and legislators.

Former County Legislator For Beacon Dies

Aug 13, 2019
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A former Dutchess County legislator who once lived in Beacon, has died at the age of 87.

Courtesy of the Office of Congresswoman Nita Lowey

New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey held a roundtable discussion Monday on gun violence. She says she will be thinking about all the input and what can be done in the House. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the chair of the House Appropriations Committee about this and more.

Courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority

The Rockland County Legislature has voted unanimously on a resolution to urge a New York state panel to provide discounted tolls for Rockland residents on the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

A portion of a Sullivan County village could soon be on the National Register of Historic Places, and that, say county officials, could help with downtown revitalization.

Ulster County Starts New Tick Awareness Campaign

Aug 10, 2019
Courtesy of the NYS Department of Health

In New York, the Ulster County executive has announced a plan to help combat tick-borne illnesses.

Two Democratic New York state senators have released a report on code enforcement following a six-month investigation. There are a number of findings and more than 10 legislative recommendations. The report singles out a town in Rockland County for alleged persistent noncompliance.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Department of Defense is establishing a PFAS Task Force to address contamination at more than 400 military installations and surrounding communities across the nation. Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh is one of those places.

A Woodstock Democrat is once again running for New York’s 46th Senate District seat – held by Republican George Amedore.

Legislation introduced by New York’s two U.S. Senators to rename a post office in honor of a former Hudson Valley congressman has passed in their chamber.

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill aimed at preventing the deaths of kids left in hot cars. It follows the deaths of 1-year-old twins from his district.


Following mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, vigils have since been held across the nation. A New York congressman spoke during one held Monday evening in Westchester County.

Courtesy of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

National Purple Heart Day is Wednesday, and events in the Hudson Valley region of New York begin Tuesday.

Courtesy of the Westchester County District Attorney's office

In January, Westchester County implemented a new marijuana prosecution policy. The possession of two ounces or less of marijuana no longer results in a criminal conviction. On July 29, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation further decriminalizing marijuana use in the state. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino about whether the new state law affects county policy.