Hudson Valley News

"A statewide bill has passed in the Senate numerous times in the past, which I have supported and it has always been held up in the New York State Assembly." ~ Republican state Senator George Amedore
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Time appears to be running out for some residents in Greene County, New York who had hoped to stop construction of a new jail.

NYS DEC Releases CPV Draft Air Permits

May 30, 2019
Courtesy of CPV Valley Energy Center

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has deemed an Orange County power plant’s air permit applications complete, and a public comment period has begun. Plant opponents say the CPV plant should never have been allowed to operate in the first place.

Courtesy of Riverkeeper

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has received validated results from April’s accidental release of firefighting foam from New York Stewart International Airport in Orange County. DEC says more testing is required by the company that operates the hangar where the spill occurred.

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WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The New York Public Interest Research Group has a new report showing the prevalence of emerging contaminants detected in the state’s public drinking water supplies. With a focus the past few years on PFOA and PFOS from Hoosick Falls to Newburgh, NYPIRG highlights other emerging contaminants.

Courtesy of Rockland County Health Department

In the wake of a measles outbreak in parts of New York City and Rockland County, the Sullivan County Legislature on Tuesday approved measles vaccination requirements for summer camps.

Courtesy of Rockland County Department of Health

In another largely symbolic move, the Rockland County executive has renewed his measles state of emergency for a third time.

Less than a year from now, one of two reactors at New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant will be permanently shut down. The second is slated for closure by April 30, 2021. Indian Point is in Buchanan, where Theresa Knickerbocker is mayor. She spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about plans to replace revenue from the plant and more.

Courtesy of Walkway Over the Hudson

As part of ceremonies commemorating Memorial Day throughout New York’s Hudson Valley, one is being held on Walkway Over the Hudson.

Courtesy of the Catskill Center

The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development will mark its 50th anniversary Saturday.

Cameron Melville

Some residents in Greene County, New York are still trying to halt construction of a new jail.

With the New York state legislative session ending in June, two state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley are pushing bills related to the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County.

Congressman Offers Veterans Resource Fair In NY-19

May 24, 2019

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado is offering his first veterans resource fair Friday for the 19th District.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer has signed two executive orders aimed at safeguarding the public from PFAS chemicals. He wants to prevent the kind of drinking water contamination that has occurred in Newburgh and elsewhere in the state and country.

Dutchess Jail Project To Be Smaller In Size And Cost

May 23, 2019

A controversial jail complex project will be reduced in both size and cost. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro made the announcement Wednesday, following his meeting with the New York state Commission of Correction Tuesday.

Two Democratic New York state senators are holding a public hearing on code enforcement Thursday in Newburgh.

The Dutchess County Comptroller has issued an audit of a program that provides alternatives to incarceration. The audit shows the programming is successful and a good investment for the county.

Courtesy of Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress

A nonprofit planning and research organization in New York’s Hudson Valley is launching a regional initiative to promote young professionals.

Dutchess Closes On Park Property

May 22, 2019

In New York, Dutchess County has acquired land from Scenic Hudson to create an accessible park for people of all abilities.

Westchester Medical Center has established what it’s calling a first-of-its-kind TeleCourt program in New York.

Planned Parenthood NYC CEO Discusses Proposed Merger

May 21, 2019

Rallies are under way around the country today as abortion rights advocates speak out against recent state bans, like a restrictive new law in Alabama. In New York, five Planned Parenthood affiliates plan to merge into one entity called Planned Parenthood of Greater New York. And the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood New York City would assume leadership of the new entity.

Courtesy of Rockland County Department of Health

Amid a measles outbreak in Rockland, County Executive Ed Day has written to President Trump requesting federal government intervention.

Westchester County lawmakers are working to advance legislation to help law enforcement fight crime. The bill seeks to better monitor precious metals and gems sold at pawn shops.

New York will soon begin the next steps for improving Route 17 to accommodate increased traffic through Orange and Sullivan Counties. The state Department of Transportation is moving toward a preliminary review process. Advocates who support the widening of Route 17 welcome the state’s next step.

An April panel discussion included Judith Enck, the former EPA Regional Administrator, Richard Webster, Riverkeeper’s Legal Director, and Dr. David Walker, a geologist and Catskill resident.
Riverkeeper

Environmental groups may have sidelined a New Hampshire-based company's proposal to create an incinerator ash dump at a quarry in Catskill, New York.

Mayor Rick Rector and challenger 1st Ward Alderman Kamal Johnson are running in the June 25th Democratic primary.
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Candidates for mayor in Hudson, New York debated Thursday night.

College Graduations Under Way This Weekend And Next

May 18, 2019

There are a number of college graduations taking place over the next few weeks. In the Hudson Valley, one features the vice president of the United States; another; a first-term New York congressman.

As discussions continue in the New York state legislature on whether to legalize recreational marijuana, a health department in the Hudson Valley is asking its county leaders to consider opting out of sales.

Westchester Day Laborers Win Wage Theft Case

May 17, 2019

Three day laborers from Westchester County have won their case in federal court against wage theft. Their attorney calls it a milestone case.

Courtesy of the National Park Service

Friday is Thurgood Marshall Day in New York. And a number of state and local officials will be on hand in Rockland County to talk about legislation to name a section of a road in honor of Justice Marshall’s legacy.

Courtesy of Wallkill River Watershed Alliance

The Wallkill River Watershed Alliance is holding its fifth annual Wallkill River Summit Thursday night at SUNY New Paltz.

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