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The first of two functioning reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York’s Westchester County is permanently shutting down tonight. It's something that might have garnered some in-person fanfare, but the COVID-19 pandemic has squelched any such recognition. Meantime, two area state lawmakers are promoting a few bills pertaining to the shutdown.

Indian Point Unit 2 Permanently Shuts Down Today

Apr 30, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The first of two functioning reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York’s Westchester County will be permanently shut down Thursday.

WAMC File Photo

Mid-Hudson Valley nonprofit organizations are reeling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in widespread shutdowns. A recent survey shows income is plummeting while many see an increased need for services.

Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY-19)
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Antonio Delgado

AARP members in New York’s 19th congressional district had the opportunity to ask their representative questions about the federal response to COVID-19. The nonpartisan AARP held a telephone town hall with Democratic Congressman Antonio Delgado Monday about the concerns of older Americans.

Omega Postpones On-Campus Programs

Apr 28, 2020
The Gardens at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
Courtesy of Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York is postponing programs on its campus until 2021. And it has already implemented furloughs and other cost-cutting measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

NY Rep Opens Inquiry Into Withholding WHO Funding

Apr 28, 2020
Congressman Eliot Engel
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Eliot Engel

A New York congressman has launched an inquiry into the Trump Administration’s decision to withhold funding from the World Health Organization.

Courtesy of Westchester County government

The Westchester County executive signed a property tax relief bill Monday. The aim is to help taxpayers alleviate financial difficulties brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The county executive also delivered a COVID-19 update. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, a slow reopening is expected.

Courtesy of Orange Packaging Vice President Michael Esposito

A Newburgh, New York-based company has avoided layoffs and possibly going out of business by changing gears during the COVID-19 pandemic. It all started with a Facebook post that connected one of the company’s executives with a friend who works for a nonprofit organization that was in need of personal protective equipment.

Kingston Receives CDBG Money For COVID Recovery

Apr 26, 2020

In New York, the City of Kingston has been awarded funding to aid in COVID-19 recovery.

Dutchess Launches Donation Drive For Childcare Centers

Apr 25, 2020
Courtesy of Dutchess County government

A New York state Senator and the Dutchess County executive have launched a donation drive to support those caring for the children of first responders, healthcare workers and other essential employees.

View south from Breakneck Ridge
Courtesy of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

It’s been called one of the most popular day hikes in America, and has become an overrun destination during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, Breakneck Ridge and surrounding trails have been closed ahead of a weekend that could have seen thousands more descend upon Putnam County’s Cold Spring area. WAMC”S Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.

The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday passed an emergency coronavirus relief package to support small business relief programs. New York Congressman Antonio Delgado voted in support of the measure that also includes funding for hospitals and a national COVID-19 testing strategy.

After getting the package from the Senate Tuesday, U.S. House members voted this afternoon on a fourth COVID relief measure that replenishes a Small Business Administration relief programs. New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney voted in support of the package but says it’s not nearly enough.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro delivering his State of the County address, Feb. 20, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says he supports a regional, incremental restart of the economy in New York state. Meantime, the county continues its focus on COVID-19 testing as it stares down hefty revenue losses from the statewide closure of non-essential businesses. Molinaro spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

NRC Delivers Briefing On Indian Point Decommissioning

Apr 22, 2020
Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, Buchanan, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a briefing with reporters Tuesday about the upcoming decommissioning of the Indian Point nuclear power plant. The Westchester County-based plant is scheduled to permanently shut down Unit 2 next week, and Unit 3, one year later.

Dr. Michele Tugade, Psychological Science professor and director of the Affective Science Laboratory at Vassar College
Courtesy of Dr. Michele Tugade/Vassar College

Dr. Michele Tugade’s research focuses on the function of positive emotions in the coping process. She says humans are well equipped with internal tools, readily available to help us be resilient and overcome the stresses and anxieties caused by the global COVID-19 crisis. Tugade is a professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, where she directs the Affective Science Laboratory, investigating the science of emotions, coping and resilience. She spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, SUNY New Paltz has rescheduled its in-person May commencement ceremonies for May 2021.

NY-17 Democratic Primary Candidate Mondaire Jones
Courtesy of Mondaire Jones

One of the Democratic primary candidates in a New York congressional district says his recent virtual town hall to discuss COVID-19 relief efforts was attacked by cyberterrorists.

NRDC, Others Sue EPA Over Temporary Policy

Apr 20, 2020

The Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s temporary guidance policy that tables enforcement of pollution monitoring because of the coronavirus. EPA, in its policy, says it expects regulated facilities to comply with regulatory requirements and to return to compliance as quickly as possible.

Vassar College President Elizabeth Bradley (left) and Professor of Chinese and Japanese Peipei Qiu inspect some of the packages of PPE that arrived from China.
Courtesy of Rosaleen Cardillo and Jim Kelly, Vassar College

A number of families in China banded together and donated personal protective equipment to Vassar College during the COVID-19 pandemic. The PPE has gone to students on the Poughkeepsie campus who could not go home, as well as employees. The majority of the PPE, though, has been donated to local hospitals and first responders. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with a Vassar professor who worked with the families in China.

NYC DEP Postpones Recreational Boating Season

Apr 19, 2020
Recreational boating on the Schoharie Reservoir
Courtesy of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection will postpone the opening of its recreational boating season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market To Open Early

Apr 18, 2020
Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market
Courtesy of the Mid-Hudson Chidren's Museum

In New York, the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market plans an early opening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator David Carlucci

A New York state Senator from the Hudson Valley plans to introduce legislation to prevent debt collectors from garnishing federal stimulus checks.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Antonio Delgado are urging Congress to include funding for rural communities in the next coronavirus relief package. They say the bureaucratic maze to apply for grants leaves these communities struggling during the COVID-19 crisis.

NYS Senator James Skoufis
Courtes of the Office of NYS Senator James Skoufis

The chair of the New York state Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee says an investigation launched earlier this year into the live event ticketing industry has taken on urgency amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Bethel Woods Launches Project For Students

Apr 16, 2020
Courtesy of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Sullivan County, New York, is starting a project to help students be creative and feel connected.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan and NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Holds Small Business Town Hall, April 16, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul joined the Ulster County executive Thursday afternoon for a small business town hall. They took questions as several small business owners wondered if they’ll ever be able to recover from the pandemic.

Riverkeeper Water Quality Program Director Dan Shapley
Courtesy of Riverkeeper/Dan Shapley

Although other aspects of the pandemic have gotten more attention, there are questions about how COVID-19 relates to water and sewage. Environmental group Riverkeeper has been looking into whether the virus survives in either and poses a transmission risk. Riverkeeper’s Water Quality Program Director Dan Shapley has been researching the subject. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Courtesy of the MTA

A coalition of transportation agencies will join in solidarity to honor transportation workers across the tristate region Thursday.

Power Outage Repairs From A Wind Storm Continue

Apr 14, 2020
Utility repair crews for Central Hudson clear a fallen tree on Sodando Road, Hopewell Junction on April 13, 2020
Courtesy of Central Hudson

Power restoration efforts are continuing into Wednesday for portions of the Hudson Valley following Monday’s storm that brought high winds and heavy rains. It caused more than 1.3 million power outages from Texas to Maine Sunday and Monday.