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Courtesy of Westchester County Airport

There is an open house Wednesday night in Westchester County with the Federal Aviation Administration. The aim is to discuss Westchester County Airport noise and air traffic procedures.

A New York state senator has introduced legislation to combat hate speech on social media.

WAMC file photo

School nurses from two lower Hudson Valley counties are participating in a training session Wednesday to respond to the growing number of students with substance abuse problems.

PSC Institutes Rate Hike Plan For Con Edison

Jan 21, 2020
Courtesy of Con Edison

The New York state Public Service Commission has approved a rate hike for Con Edison. The three-year plan approval is for an amount far less than what the utility proposed, but there is still opposition among Westchester customers.

Ulster County Exec Announces Youth Volunteer Effort

Jan 21, 2020

In New York, the Ulster County executive unveiled another initiative ahead of his January 30th state-of-the-county address.

This year, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region is offering a broader array of volunteer services to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy.

The children’s hospital at Westchester Medical Center has a first-of-its-kind facility to process pre-term human milk for extreme low birthweight babies. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the head of the new donor milk bank at the hospital in Valhalla.

Adam Schleifer is one of more than a dozen Democrats who want to succeed longtime Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey, who is not seeking re-election. Schleifer left his job as a federal prosecutor to join the crowded primary field for New York’s 17th House District. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Schleifer about why he’s in the race.

Women's Marches Set For D.C., NYC And Beyond

Jan 18, 2020

The Women’s March on Washington takes place Saturday, and there are sister marches and events throughout the U.S. as well as across the globe. As WAMC’s Allison Dunne tells us, there are some scheduled in the Hudson Valley.

NYS DEC Commissioner Discusses Bond Act And More

Jan 17, 2020
NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos discusses 2018 State of the State while in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, as part of his efforts to combat climate change, proposed the creation of a $3 billion ‘Restore Mother Nature’ Bond Act in his State of the State address. He calls it the nation's most aggressive program for habitat restoration and flood reduction. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos about this and more.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

In New York, the Ulster County executive Thursday unveiled one of his green initiatives ahead of his state-of-the county address.

Democratic Dutchess County legislators want to expand certain protections to probation officers. This comes after a probation officer suffered a near-fatal dog attack in 2018 while checking on a probationer.

The candidate field in the race for New York’s 17th Congressional District seat has swelled into the double digits, at least on the Democratic side. They want the chance to succeed Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey, who is not seeking re-election after 16 terms. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison spoke with a candidate on the other side of the aisle, businessman Josh Eisen.

Beacon Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Jan 15, 2020
Courtesy of BQ Energy LLC

Officials from a city in Dutchess County, New York have released greenhouse gas inventories.

Yonkers Mayor Directs City To Transition To EVs

Jan 15, 2020
Courtesy of the City of Yonkers

In a move to reduce vehicle emissions and fossil fuel dependence, the mayor of Yonkers, New York signed an executive order Tuesday.

With cybersecurity attacks on the rise nationwide, Dutchess County wants community leaders to be better prepared. To this end, the county is hosting its inaugural Hudson Valley Cyber Security Summit Wednesday.

Work Is Under Way At A Busy Kingston Intersection

Jan 14, 2020

New York state Department of Transportation officials say work has begun on a roundabout at a busy entrance to the City of Kingston.

Courtesy of Pace University

Since changes to criminal justice laws took effect in New York January 1, there have been heated discussions, especially about the elimination of cash bail for most nonviolent offenses. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Pace University Law School Professor David Dorfman, a criminal law expert.

Courtesy of UCAT

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

Courtesy of the Office of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

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

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
Courtesy of Rockland County government and Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council

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

Kaushik Narasimhan/Flickr

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
Jail cell

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.


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
Courtesy of Hudson Highlands Land Trust/NYS

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.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

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.