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Moderna vaccine
Courtesy of Rockland County government

A building at Westchester Community College is now a temporary vaccination facility.

Civil Rights Attorney Michael Sussman
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Civil rights attorneys have sent a letter with more than 300 signatures to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, asking to push back the April 1st deadline for communities to complete their police reforms. They say municipalities have not addressed the underlying issues of systemic racism and police misconduct.

Hand sanitizer
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says five companies in the state have received a combined nearly $2 million in incentives to help produce COVID-19-related supplies. In this latest round, one company is in the Hudson Valley.

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Orange County Health Department in New York warns of potential COVID-19 exposure at a DMV.

Vassar College
Courtesy of Vassar College

A college in New York’s Hudson Valley has extended its policy waiving the standardized test requirement for admission.

NY-19 Congressman Antonio Delgado during Facebook Town Hall, Feb. 3, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Antonio Delgado/screenshot by WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado held a virtual town hall Wednesday. The Democrat from the 19th District answered a variety of questions, with some focused on frustration with getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

A picture of a teacher's desk with books stacked on it
Adobe Stock

New York Congressman Mondaire Jones has recently introduced a bill he says would tackle racial inequity in education.

COVID Vaccination Sites Are Popping Up Around NYS

Feb 3, 2021
A police officer gets vaccinated
Norwell Police / Twitter

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced that 35 community-based pop-up COVID-19 vaccination sites are coming online this week, and six are in the Hudson Valley.

Orange and Rockland Utilities at work during Feb. 1, 2021 snowstorm
Courtesy of Orange and Rockland Utilities

Orange and Rockland Utilities has filed a rate increase request with the New York state Public Service Commission to take on a number of projects. The company wants to invest in improvements for its electric, gas and clean energy delivery.

NYS Senator James Skoufis, EMS personnel and other lawmakers talk about needed cell towers in "dead zone"
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator James Skoufis

Verizon has completed two cell phone towers in a dead zone in part of New York’s Hudson Valley. The towers are fully active and expand E911 coverage.

Feb. 1, 2021 snowstorm, Clarkstown, Rockland County, NY
Courtesy of the Town of Clarkstown

Much of the WAMC listening area spent today digging out from Monday’s massive snowstorm. The Hudson Valley was among the areas with the greatest snowfall, and municipalities will be cleaning up for at least a few days.

Feb. 1, 2021 snowstorm, Dutchess County, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

With the region in the midst of a blizzard, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency. The Hudson Valley is forecast to be hit with some of the highest measurable snowfall in the region, and county leaders only want to hear the sound of snowplows and DPW trucks on the roads.

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary Rescues 53 Animals

Feb 1, 2021
January 26, 2021 rescue of farm animals
Courtesy of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

The Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in Ulster County recently rescued more than 50 animals from a location in Rensselaer County — many more than planned. 

Newburgh Is Awarded A Grant To Help Green The City

Jan 31, 2021
Portion of Broadway in the City of Newburgh
Courtesy of the City of Newburgh

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has awarded a grant to Newburgh to improve the city’s urban forest.

Rep. Mondaire Jones holds press conference on SALT bill, January 29, 2021
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Mondaire Jones

Federal lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate are behind a bill to remove the cap on state and local tax deductions.

Hastings High School football team plays Yonkers Montessori Academy at Reynolds Field, 2017
Courtesy of Daniel Penfield via Wikimedia Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en

At least one New York county is saying no to resuming high-risk sports during the pandemic.

Bald Eagle
Courtesy of Teatown

An annual eagle-viewing festival in the Hudson Valley is going virtual, for the most part, this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the head of a nonprofit nature preserve and environmental education center that organizes the event.

Buttercup Farm Audubon Sanctuary. Stanfordville, Dutchess County
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two New York federal lawmakers are reintroducing legislation to deliver resources to rural communities.

At Westchester County Airport, from left to right: County Legislator Nancy Barr; Westchester County Executive George Latimer; Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins; Harrison Supervisor/Mayor Ron Belmont
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

In a terminal at the Westchester County Airport in White Plains Wednesday, County Executive George Latimer announced upgrades to noise monitors and stormwater treatment. Surrounding communities have complained about noise from flight paths and the airport for years. The county has been addressing PFAS contamination as well.

Metro-North Harlem Line train in Wassaic, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York’s two U.S. senators say a rail line in the Hudson Valley is on track for improvements.

City of Newburgh, NY seal
Courtesy of the City of Newburgh

The City of Newburgh held a public hearing Monday night to present its draft report on police reform. It’s part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order requiring local police agencies to modernize their strategies and programs based on community input. After listening to public input, councilmembers weighed in with their thoughts.

Seal of the Newburgh Police Department
City of Newburgh, NY

The City of Newburgh held a public hearing Monday night on its draft report on police reform. It’s part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order requiring local police agencies to modernize their strategies and programs based on community input. One of the related laws the city adopted over the summer faced a lot of backlash, and the city manager announced at the start of the hearing that the law was now tabled.

Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County member Roz DiNardo administers a COVID-19 vaccination to one of 60 local residents, January 25, 2021
Courtesy of Dutchess County government

In New York, Dutchess County health workers on Monday vaccinated residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities at a pop-up site.

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras Visits SUNY New Paltz; SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian (left) January 26, 2021
Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras was in Ulster County today, stopping at two colleges. He was checking in on how SUNY New Paltz was doing with its COVID-19 testing ahead of the start of in-person classes February 1st. Then he headed to SUNY Ulster. He spoke Monday afternoon with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Snow Will Not Delay Sullivan County Vaccinations

Jan 26, 2021
Moderna vaccine
Courtesy of Rockland County government

Despite the snowy forecast, Sullivan County will continue its COVID-19 vaccination clinics Tuesday and Wednesday at its Public Health Services building in Liberty.

Indian Point nuclear power plant, Buchanan, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state Attorney General Letitia James on Friday filed a lawsuit against the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The suit comes after the NRC denied the state’s petition for a public hearing on the decommissioning of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County.

USPHS seal
Courtesy of USPHS Commissioned Corps

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is introducing legislation to ensure the military’s public health service members have proper benefits.

Metro-North Harlem Line train in Wassaic, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Federal lawmakers from New York say funding they helped secure for an MTA study could result in improved public confidence in mass transit.

Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Attorney General Letitia James is suing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission over the decommissioning of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County.

NYS Assemblyman Kevin Byrne
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Assemblyman Kevin Byrne

Two New York state assemblymen have written to President Biden, asking for his help in accessing data on nursing home deaths during the pandemic. They say previous attempts to obtain this information, both from federal and state agencies, were ignored.

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