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OSI Protects Properties Adjacent To A Catskills Forest

Nov 22, 2019
Courtesy of Greg Miller via the Open Space Institute

The Open Space Institute has acquired properties in Ulster County next to a Catskills forest.

By Daniel Case - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

New York state lawmakers from Westchester County are letting the governor of Connecticut know they oppose his proposed toll increase on an interstate highway.

NYS Senator, Mobile Home Residents Fight Rent Increase

Nov 21, 2019

A New York state senator is urging the owner of a mobile home park in Orange County to withdraw a rent increase that he says is unlawful.

Former Obama Defense Official Joins NY-17 Race

Nov 21, 2019

Another candidate wants to succeed retiring Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey in New York’s 17th District. Chappaqua resident Evelyn Farkas served under President Obama in the Department of Defense and says she sounded the alarm about Russian election interference. She said as much in a tweet Monday, announcing her candidacy. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison spoke with Farkas about why she’s running.

Opioids seized by authorities in the Capital Region.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado on Wednesday introduced legislation to halt political contributions from opioid manufacturers.

Westchester Presents A Vaping Prevention Campaign

Nov 20, 2019
WAMC file photo

Westchester County has launched a Vaping Prevention and Awareness campaign.

The Westchester County executive has proposed stricter term limits for his post. He just submitted legislation to the Board of Legislators.

SUNY New Paltz Student Dies After Falling From A Cliff

Nov 19, 2019

A student at the State University of New York at New Paltz died after accidentally falling from a cliff.

Ballot Counting Begins In Ulster County DA Race

Nov 18, 2019
Courtesy of Ulster County government

Absentee-ballot counting began Monday in Ulster County in a race where three votes separated the candidates following Election Day.

NY Gov Says Woodbury Transit Hub Is Complete

Nov 18, 2019
Courtesy of the office of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

One of the biggest traffic headaches in the Hudson Valley has been alleviated. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Orange County recently to announce the completion of a major transportation hub.

Rep. Lowey Reintroduces Bill To Ban Traps In Refuges

Nov 17, 2019
Courtesy of Mary Katherine Ray, a volunteer for Trap Free New Mexico

New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey has reintroduced a bill that would prohibit body-gripping traps in the National Wildlife Refuge system.

Courtesy of Allison Fine

A fourth Democrat has entered the race for a congressional seat in New York’s lower Hudson Valley. Westchester County resident Allison Fine announced Thursday she will run for the 17th District seat held by Democrat Nita Lowey, who is not seeking re-election after 16 terms.  WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Fine about why she’s entering the race.

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Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York has a new law that pertains to veterans who have received a “less than honorable” discharge. A state assemblymember from the Hudson Valley authored the bill that extends eligibility for state benefits to these veterans.

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A New York state Senator has introduced a bill to provide lifetime health insurance to kidney donors.

Rep. Delgado Focuses On Veterans' Issues

Nov 8, 2019
Courtesy of Congressman Antonio Delgado's Facebook page

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has been focusing on veterans’ issues in recent days. The Democrat tells WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne he has introduced a bipartisan bill pertaining to local veteran cemeteries.

Clearwater Appeals Decision On Nuclear Subsidies

Nov 7, 2019
Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and other plaintiffs are appealing a court decision against them. They say they have a case against the New York state Public Service Commission that challenges subsidies for upstate nuclear plants.

Newburgh Will Switch Water Supply Temporarily

Nov 7, 2019
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The City of Newburgh will be switching to one of its other sources of drinking water for a few months.

In Ulster County, Three Votes Separate DA Candidates

Nov 6, 2019
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District attorney races in two Hudson Valley counties are too close to call. In Ulster County, the candidates are in a dead heat. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on the contests that Republicans previously dominated.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan easily won Tuesday’s election. And there’s an apparent winner in the county comptroller race, but the contest for district attorney hangs in the balance.

Mount Vernon Has Its First Woman Elected Mayor

Nov 6, 2019
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Facebook: Shawyn Patterson-Howard for Mayor

The City of Mount Vernon in Westchester County has its first woman elected mayor.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan scored a decisive win in Tuesday’s election. Voters selected a new comptroller but another race is too close to call.

NYS Senator Wants To End Daylight Savings Time

Nov 5, 2019

A New York state senator says it’s time to stop the clock on Daylight Savings Time.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County voters return to the polls Tuesday after a special election for county executive six months ago. They’ll also select a county comptroller and district attorney.

Voters To Elect Dutchess County Exec, DA, Clerk

Nov 4, 2019

Voters will decide on top Dutchess County offices and several local posts on Tuesday. There are races for county executive along with two mayoral contests. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief takes a look at who’s on the ballot.

Courtesy of Rob Rolison

Republican Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison is running for a second four-year term. He faces Democrat Joash Ward, who is new to running for elected office. Rolison spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about the state of the city.

Scenic Hudson Acquires Large Property In Kingston

Oct 31, 2019
Courtesy of Pierce Johnston

Scenic Hudson has acquired more than 500 acres along the Hudson River, mainly in Kingston. It’s the first step toward providing a public park for urban residents. More than a mile of the land will become part of the Empire State Trail.

The Poughkeepsie mayoral race pits first-term Republican incumbent Rob Rolison against Democrat Joash Ward. Ward, a political newcomer, has been knocking on doors for a year, on a mission to educate residents about the function of local government. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne sat down with Ward and talked about the race.

SUNY Delhi, WCC Sign Transfer Agreement

Oct 30, 2019

There’s a new transfer agreement that includes a community college in the Hudson Valley.

Rep. Delgado Urges More Action On Rural Broadband

Oct 30, 2019

One of New York Congressman Antonio Delgado’s major areas of focus is improving rural broadband. He recently hosted a field hearing on the subject with the FCC commissioner, and has introduced various pieces of legislation.

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Members of the New York state Assembly Minority Conference are hosting a forum in Orange County Wednesday night on water quality.