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Hudson Valley Headlining Issues Continue Into 2020

Jan 6, 2020
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A number of issues that garnered headlines in the Hudson Valley in 2019 continue this year. There will be a number of closely watched political contests, environmental issues and, most recently, attacks on religious institutions. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a look at a few of the stories from 2019 that are carrying into 2020.

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Authorities in the Rockland County Town of Ramapo are taking measures to increase security following the stabbings during a Hanukkah celebration nearly one week ago in the hamlet of Monsey. The town police chief also spoke to reporters about the suspect’s possible connection to another stabbing in Monsey in November.

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Swearing-in ceremonies continue for local elected officials. In New York, two county executives in the Hudson Valley are taking their oaths of office Friday.

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In New York, Ramapo Town officials updated reporters Thursday following Saturday’s stabbings during a Hanukkah celebration at rabbi’s house in Monsey. Officials say they have and will continue to take security measures in the wake of the violence that came after other similar attacks on the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn. 

Lawmakers Consider Legislation Following Monsey Attack

Dec 31, 2019
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Federal and state lawmakers are considering ways to help combat anti-Semitic violence. This comes following the Saturday stabbings during a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, in Rockland County, and after similar attacks in New York City and New Jersey. New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a roundtable Monday, where participants discussed needed laws and education.

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New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand hosted a roundtable Monday to speak out against anti-Semitism following the weekend stabbing during a Hanukkah celebration at a Rabbi’s house in Monsey. She held the forum at nearby Ramapo Town Hall in Rockland County.

NY Rep Engel Visits With Monsey Community After Attack

Dec 31, 2019
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A number of elected officials and community leaders gathered Monday at Ramapo Town Hall for a roundtable with Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. She wanted to hear from the community following the weekend stabbings during a Hanukkah celebration at a Rabbi’s house in Monsey in Rockland County. Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel, of New York’s 16th District, took part. First, he spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about the community he represented before redistricting.

Kingston Food Co-op Finds A Space

Dec 28, 2019
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In New York, a community grocery store in the planning stages has found a home in a former car dealership in Kingston.

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A state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill to codify New York’s fracking ban. The legislation would also ban a form of waterless fracking. A number of environmental advocates are supporting the bill.

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s recreational boating program in the Catskills finished its eighth year.

State lawmakers in the Hudson Valley have presented a pen certificate to a teenager who inspired legislation that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed this month. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more about the health-care measure that could be amended in the legislative session that begins in a few weeks.

NYS Senator Carlucci Previews 2020 Session

Dec 26, 2019
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New York state Senator David Carlucci says much will be accomplished in the legislative session that begins in two weeks. The Democrat from Rockland County spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about topics from legalizing recreational marijuana to revamping the state’s numerous authorities.

A candidate who was seeking the Democratic nomination in a New York state Senate race has ended his campaign. He is throwing his support behind fellow Democrat Michelle Hinchey.

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The New York State Thruway Authority Board of Directors has approved a toll proposal for the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. And Monday, the Thruway Authority announced the creation of the Offices of the Toll Payer Advocate.

Report Examines Hudson Valley Commuter Trends

Dec 23, 2019
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Hudson Valley residents generally still rely on commuting to New York City for their jobs. A new report from the Marist Bureau of Economic Research shows Manhattan continues to be a magnet for Hudson Valley workers.

NY Gov Signs Bill To Address New Tick Threat

Dec 21, 2019
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A type of tick that could threaten New York’s livestock industry will appear on an invasive species list. The bill mandating the listing was signed into law this week.

NYS Senator Wants Background Checks On Mall Santas

Dec 20, 2019
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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill to ensure that employees who work as Santa and the Easter bunny are not sex offenders.

WAMC Housing Series Part 5: Veteran Homelessness

Dec 20, 2019
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WAMC News has been looking into the state of housing in the Northeast. In the fifth part of our series, WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne takes a look at how one nonprofit organization in Dutchess County is working to help veterans get off the street and back on their feet.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to ensure qualified individuals perform school fire inspections.

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New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey says she has secured federal funding to help the lower Hudson Valley cope with the economic burden of the impending closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant.

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President Donald Trump has signed New York Congressman Antonio Delgado’s bill to rename a post office in Dutchess County after a fallen soldier.

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Hillary and Chelsea Clinton will be at Pace University in Westchester County Wednesday evening for the final stop of their book tour.

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Members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators are urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reject a proposed rule change. The change would allow foster care and adoption agencies to deny services to same-sex couples.

Clegg Leads In Ulster County DA Race

Dec 13, 2019

The Ulster County Board of Elections completed its tally of absentee and affidavit ballots this week in the race for district attorney, but there is still no certified DA-elect. Democrat Dave Clegg leads Republican Michael Kavanagh, who could appeal a judge’s ruling on a number of ballots.

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New York Congressman Antonio Delgado is holding a town hall Friday night in Ulster County, wrapping up a year of town halls across the 19th District.

Scenic Hudson, Dutchess County Secure Rail Corridor

Dec 12, 2019
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Scenic Hudson and Dutchess County have acquired a rail corridor that will enable the creation of a trail in Poughkeepsie, linking the city and town.

A child victim’s advocate says he’s exploring a run for the New York state Senate seat held by Republican George Amedore. Amedore recently announced he is not seeking reelection.

The Pleasantville Clergy Association says houses of worship will open their doors Sunday in memory of the Liu family. The vigil is to help the community cope with a December 6th murder-suicide in their village.

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A SUNY New Paltz professor is working on a documentary about formerly incarcerated mothers in New York and their challenges in reentry and finding affordable housing. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with filmmaker Megan Sperry about “Beyond Shelter.”

And now an update about a story we brought you in November… The owner of a mobile home park in Orange County has answered cries from a New York state senator and the park’s tenants about a rent increase.