Hudson Valley News | WAMC

Hudson Valley News

NY Gov Signs Outdoor Rx Act For Veterans

Nov 14, 2020
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this week signed legislation that requires the state Division of Veterans’ Services to review issues relating to veterans' ability to access state parks, and facilities. A Hudson Valley assemblymember was a bill sponsor.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day delivers COVID-19 briefing November 10, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Rockland County Executive Ed Day/screenshot by WAMC, Allison Dunne

As the number of COVID-19 cases rises nationally and in New York, counties in the Hudson Valley are also seeing their numbers increase. One leader says his county is at the beginning of a second wave, while another is hopeful as a drug company with offices in his county is developing a COVID-19 vaccine.

Poughkeepsie DPW Workers Test Positive For COVID-19

Nov 12, 2020
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)

Seven Department of Public Works employees in Poughkeepsie have tested positive for COVID-19.

NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

New York state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who made history in 2019 as the first woman to lead the chamber, is celebrating fellow Democrat Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s history-making victory. Stewart-Cousins spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about the presidential race and local elections and more.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Yonkers Police Launch Anti-Group Violence Initiative at Ashburton and Nepperhan Avenues, November 5, 2020
Courtesy of Maurice Mercado/City of Yonkers

A city in Westchester County, New York has unveiled an initiative to target gang-related activity.

Bard College President Leon Botstein and senior Sadia Saba enter the new voting site at the Bertelsmann Campus Center on Election Day 2020
Courtesy of Karl Rabe

A New York state Supreme Court judge allowed Bard College to set up a polling site on Election Day after a long legal battle. So, how did it turn out? Here’s an update on a story we’ve been following since Bard and other petitioners sued to move the polling site on campus.

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)

In New York, Dutchess County officials say a poll worker who staffed a polling site on Election Day has tested positive for COVID-19.

Rendering of planned neighborhood at former jail site in Kingston
Courtesy of Ulster County government

A housing project in Ulster County, New York is moving forward with the selection of a development team and release of preliminary designs. Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan talked about the project during his COVID-19 briefing Thursday.

Professor Dan McCarthy, Manhattanville College
Courtesy of Dan McCarthy/Manhattanville College

A number of New York state Senate races, especially in the Hudson Valley, hang in the balance, awaiting absentee ballot counting to see if Democrats gain ground. Two congressional races that are closer than expected expose a rift in the Democratic Party and the strength of Republicans regardless of President Trump’s actions. So says Dr. Dan McCarthy, an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College in Westchester County who specializes in American government. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

The New York State Capitol
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A number of New York state Senate races in the Hudson Valley have not been decided. It could be weeks before constituents know who will represent them next year.

Two U.S. House Races In The Hudson Valley Are Close

Nov 4, 2020
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
WAMC/Allison Dunne

Some congressional races in New York’s Hudson Valley ended up closer than predicted and while the incumbents have declared victory, their opponents have not conceded. 

Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivers weekly COVID-19 briefing November 2, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

The Westchester County executive says a pattern of a higher number of COVID-19 cases continues but has not neared crisis status. Separately, he says the county is prepared for any issues regarding election security and rallies.

Susie Ibarra next to her sound installation "Water Rhythms: Listening to Climate Change” at Innisfree Garden, Millbrook, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

On a quintessential Hudson Valley fall morning, a world premiere took place at a garden tucked away in Dutchess County. The sound installation was commissioned for the TED Climate Countdown and was live-streamed for a virtual kick-off event in October. Visitors to Innisfree Garden that day heard meditative music and sounds, played continuously while people’s interactions and reactions to the sounds were part of the live-stream. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was there.

Walk-in tub
Courtesy of Flickr via Wikimedia Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en

A New York congressman has introduced a bill to help senior citizens age in place by providing a tax credit.

NYS Senator Jen Metzger
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator Jen Metzger

A New York state senator has introduced legislation to require judges and court clerks to undergo training related to domestic violence.

Karen Smythe, NYS Senate District 41 candidate
Courtesy of Karen Smythe

One of the Hudson Valley’s New York state Senate races is a rematch from 2018. Democrat Karen Smythe is running against incumbent Republican Sue Serino in the 41st district. Smythe spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about her campaign approach and platform.

RIver herring
Courtesy of Riverkeeper

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Thursday announced that more than $855,000 has been awarded to help communities in the Hudson River Estuary watershed.

Vote Buttons
WikiMedia Commons

The Republican candidate in New York’s 18th House District says she is disappointed by a Thursday ruling that lets a ballot mistake stand.

Orange County Exec Questions Changes In COVID Zone

Oct 29, 2020
Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus delivers daily COVID-19 briefing, Octboer 28, 2020
Courtesy of Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus

The Orange County executive has informed residents that the COVID-19 cluster New York Governor Andrew Cuomo deemed a red zone earlier in October has been downgraded to orange. Meantime, the county executive is hoping to have indoor dining capacity increased as cold weather approaches.

Rep. Delgado Discusses His Race In NY-19

Oct 29, 2020
Congressman Antonio Delgado early voting, Rhinebeck, October24, 2020
Courtesy of the campaign of Antonio Delgado

After a contentious and close election in 2018, first-term Democratic Congressman Antonio Delgado is seeking re-election in New York’s 19th House District. The Cook Political Report rates the 11-county district as “likely Democratic” this year, after a “Republican tossup” designation two years ago. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Delgado about the race.

Peekskill Station
Courtesy of the Peekskill Downtown Business Improvement DIstrict

Federal funding will help improve safety at one of the busiest grade crossings along Metro-North Railroad’s routes in New York’s Hudson Valley.

vote-here-sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

With large turnouts for early voting in parts of New York, a county executive in the Hudson Valley wants polling site hours expanded and sites added.

Dutchess County Exec Previews Proposed 2021 Budget

Oct 27, 2020
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
Courtesy of Dutchess County government

County and municipal leaders are grappling with budget proposals amid cuts in state aid and no additional coronavirus funding relief from Washington. Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is unveiling his budget proposal Wednesday and spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne for a preview.

Scott Smith Talks About His Race In NY-18

Oct 27, 2020
Scott Smith, candidate for NY-18
Courtesy of Scott Smith

Scott Smith wants voters in New York’s 18th U.S. House District to consider third-party candidates more seriously. He’s been on the ballot in the district before, and says this year is especially a good time for voters to explore their options beyond the mainstream. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Smith about his campaign.

Pace University Social Justice Week
Courtesy of Pace University

A university in New York is honoring the memory of a black student who was fatally shot by a white police officer 10 years ago with its inaugural social justice week.

vote-here-sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A New York state Supreme Court judge has amended her decision from nearly two weeks ago, and ruled that a polling site in Dutchess County can move to the Bard College campus.

NYS Senator James Skoufis; Moderator Dr. Larry Force, Director of The Center on Aging and Policy at Mount Saint Mary College; Steve Brescia during October 22 debate
Courtesy of Orange County Citizens Foundation

A first-term New York state Senator and his Republican opponent recently took part in an Orange County Citizens Foundation debate. Democrat James Skoufis is seeking re-election in the 39th District, which had been held by longtime Republican Senator Bill Larkin, who did not seek re-election in 2018 and died at age 91 a year later. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on the contentious debate.

Rep. Maloney Discusses His Race For Re-Election

Oct 26, 2020
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, NY-18
Courtesy of the campaign of Sean Patrick Maloney

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney is seeking a fifth term in New York’s 18th House district. The Democrat is running against Republican Chele Farley and third-party candidate Scott Smith. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Maloney about the race.

Masks to help protect from COVID-19
Courtesy of the Town of Ramapo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that eight additional companies in the state have received support to produce needed supplies to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The companies will increase New York’s manufacturing capacity while creating jobs. Three are in the Hudson Valley.

RCC President Michael Baston and SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras on the Rockland campus, October 23, 2
Courtesy of the Office of the SUNY Chancellor

On Friday, SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras traveled to Suffern to meet with Rockland Community College President Michael Baston. It’s one of the SUNY colleges that recently expanded its weekly COVID-19 pooled surveillance testing program as the 64-campus system proceeds through a fall semester marked by local coronavirus spikes and shutdowns. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s color-coded COVID zones have raised new questions about transmission for college towns and commuting students.

Just before arriving on campus, Malatras spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about pooled testing, the abrupt leadership change at SUNY Oneonta, and plans for the Spring 2021 semester.

Pages