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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney fielded questions related to COVID-19 during an AARP telephone town hall Thursday, a day before a House vote on the next coronavirus relief package.

Kingston Mayor Announces Furloughs

May 15, 2020

The City of Kingston will enter the second phase of its economy recovery plan, instituting temporary layoffs. It’s one of several municipalities across the region responding as such given the fiscal impacts of COVID-19.

Bard College professors Matthew Junge and Felicia Keesing.
Courtesy of Bard College

Professors at Bard College in Dutchess County have been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to fund a six-month study to develop forecasting models to better capture certain aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Omega CEO Discusses Charting A Course After COVID-19

May 14, 2020
Omega Institute for Holistic Studies CEO Robert "Skip" Backus
Courtesy of Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

The Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York is postponing programs on its campus until 2021. And it has already implemented furloughs and other cost-cutting measures because of the COVID-19 pandemic. WAMC’S Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Omega's CEO Robert "Skip" Backus about how he’s finding a way forward.

This is a picture of a teacher's classroom desk
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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill to protect public schools and higher education from budget cuts due to COVID-19 financial impacts.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC / cdc.gov)

Two county executives in New York’s Hudson Valley have delivered updates about nursing home COVID-19 testing. Dutchess County has completed testing at two facilities.

U.S. House Appropriations Chair Nita Lowey
Courtesy of NY Congresswoman Nita Lowey

The next federal coronavirus relief package is taking shape, and it includes much-sought aid for state and local governments that are warning of imminent cuts.

Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan kayaking
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Environmental Policy Act. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan about how the nonprofit played a role then and what it’s doing today.

Poughkeepsie Is Getting Tough On Reckless Driving

May 12, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The City of Poughkeepsie’s police department is cracking down on reckless driving.

Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

The mayor of Poughkeepsie, New York and the superintendent of the city’s school district are pleading for direct federal aid to help plug large budget deficits and continue services. The area’s Congressional representatives say they are pushing for such aid in the next COVID-19 relief package.

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado is pushing bipartisan legislation that would directly assist local governments in their responses to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The local relief would complement aid to states that congressional representatives are also urging. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Delgado about this bill and more.

Courtesy of Rite-Aid

Rite-Aid is expanding its COVID-19 testing by adding 46 no-charge testing sites. As WAMC’s Allison Dunne tells us, three of these are in the Hudson Valley.

Courtesy of the FDA

A New York state senator has introduced legislation to allow businesses to scan the temperatures of employees, customers and vendors.

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Westchester County officials on Friday said a boy with an inflammatory syndrome potentially related to COVID-19 has died. This comes after the state’s first such death in New York City on Thursday and more than 70 cases statewide.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan delivers COVID-19 briefing, May 7, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

During his latest briefing, the Ulster County executive delivered what he called very good news about the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, another testing site is opening in Kingston while a separate facility is offering antibody testing to first responders. Yet despite positive news in many areas, opioid overdoses have increased.

Poughkeepsie Creates A COVID-19 Parks Response Team

May 8, 2020
Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

In New York, City of Poughkeepsie officials are reminding the public about park policies along with social distancing and mask-wearing rules during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kingston Mayor Steve Noble
Courtesy of Steve Noble

Kingston, New York officials say their city could lose up to $5 million in revenues because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They expect to collect significantly less sales and property tax revenue than estimated, and they expect a decline in other revenue sources.

Kingston Mayor Discusses Reopening, Recovery

May 7, 2020
Kingston Mayor Steve Noble
Courtesy of Kingston Mayor Steve Noble

The mayor of Kingston, New York is trying to keep his residents safe while looking toward a gradual reopening. Meantime, he’s posing an economic recovery plan to address the city’s impending budget deficit, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Steve Noble spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Courtesy of Orange County, NY government

A New York congressman is sponsoring a bill to support healthcare and other essential workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

SUNY Orange President Dr. Kristine Young
Courtesy of SUNY Orange

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently named the New York Forward Re-Opening Advisory Board to help guide the state's re-opening strategy. The advisory board includes more than 100 business, community and civic leaders from across the state. SUNY Orange President Dr. Kristine Young is serving on the board. She spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Rockland County Exec Institutes Hiring Freeze

May 6, 2020
Courtesy of Rockland County government

The Rockland County executive has taken another step to mitigate the fiscal damage from the COVID-19 pandemic. Municipalities around New York hard-hit by the virus have been taking similar measures.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivers COVID-19 update March 26, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County has begun COVID-19 testing in its nursing homes as New York is reporting more than 1,700 previously undisclosed deaths at nursing homes and adult care facilities. Meantime, the Westchester County Center, which the state had set up as an overflow hospital, is being used in another capacity — antibody testing for the county’s first responders.

Courtesy of the Orange County Health Department

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Orange County’s Health Department has released a mobile app.

Kingston, New York officials say their city could lose up to $5 million in revenues because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They expect to collect significantly less sales and property tax revenues than estimated, and they expect a decline in other revenue sources.

NYS Senator Jen Metzger, 42nd District
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator Jen Metzger

A New York state senator has introduced a bill to put an end to including non-budgetary legislation in the state budget.

NYS Senator Pete Harckham, 40th District,  gives a thumb's up to a donor at the food drive in Sleepy Hollow, May 2, 2020
Senator Harckham

In a typical year, New York state lawmakers would be entering the last few weeks of the legislative session — with the state budget already finished but the so-called “big ugly” still looming. This year has been anything but typical. But one New York state senator said he expects to be back in Albany in the next week or two, though there has been no formal announcement. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with first-term state Senator Pete Harckham about this and other COVID impacts.

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson
Courtesy of the Office of the New Rochelle mayor

New Rochelle, New York was once the epicenter of the highest number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. In March, there was a containment zone set up for two weeks before the implementation of statewide orders. That same month, New Rochelle became the site of New York’s first drive-through COVID-19 mobile testing. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Mayor Noam Bramson about how the city has been faring since.

Hudson Valley COVID-19 Response, at the Orange County Emergency Operations Center, March 6, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Malonoey

The Orange County executive and county health commissioner joined New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Thursday for a Facebook live town hall. They answered questions ranging from when nonessential businesses may open to the viability of summer events.

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With residents facing economic hardship from the COVID-19 crisis, a New York state senator from the lower Hudson Valley has introduced legislation to delay the property tax deadline.

Courtesy of the Office of Assemblyman Ron Kim

New York state lawmakers are pushing legislation to better protect nursing home residents. They say they’re hearing reports of residents not receiving proper care during the COVID-19 pandemic and poor communication with family members.

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