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(Rye) Playland Park
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A landmark amusement park in Westchester County will stay closed for the first time in history. The summer closure comes amid concerns about spreading COVID-19. Meantime, the number of positive cases from an outbreak at graduation events in Chappaqua is rising. 

Courtesy of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has come up with a solution to protect residents at a Superfund site in Putnam County, New York.

Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
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A liberal arts college in the lower Hudson Valley is offering a new course this summer for incoming freshman on COVID-19. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with one of the professors who helped create the course.

Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

In New York, the Poughkeepsie Common Council will hold a special meeting and town hall Monday night on police reform and racial justice.

Mondaire Jones
Courtesy of the campaign of Mondaire Jones

In New York’s 17th Congressional District, Progressive Mondaire Jones is the leader among seven candidates after Tuesday’s Democratic primary election, according to unofficial results. Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey is not seeking re-election. And while several thousand absentee ballots have yet to be counted, Jones expects to be the Democratic nominee. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator David Carlucci

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley held a virtual rally Wednesday against proposed cuts to the New York state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities. Providers and other participants explained how funding cuts would negatively impact their organizations and the people they serve.

NYS, DEC Police Converge On Karolys Dumping Site, Saugerties, NY December 2019
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

The New York state attorney general filed a lawsuit Thursday, charging a couple with illegal dumping in Ulster County. The suit alleges the pair continually flouted environmental regulations at three sites in the Town of Saugerties.

Jamaal Bowman addresses supporters on June 24, 2020.
Jamaal Bowman

After Tuesday’s primary elections, the leader in New York’s 16th Congressional District has declared victory over longtime Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel. Mondaire Jones, though, is more circumspect about his lead in New York’s 17th Congressional District, where 16-term Congresswoman Nita Lowey did not seek re-election. There are thousands of absentee ballots to be counted.

WikiMedia Commons

Consumer advocates and environmentalists are applauding a bill New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed that prevents utility shutoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic and in other cases.

Vote Buttons
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There are primary elections for both major parties today in New York’s Hudson Valley. Three Democrats are taking on longtime Congressman Eliot Engel while, next door, seven Democrats are vying for the chance to succeed Congresswoman Nita Lowey, who is not seeking re-election. 

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National eyes are on two New York Democratic congressional primary races Tuesday in the lower Hudson Valley.

Mayo Bartlett
Courtesy of the Office of Weschester County Executive George Latimer

The Westchester County executive has named the members of a Police Training Task Force, and reshaped the original intent to adhere to an executive order from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Washington DC
James DeMers

There is a seven-way Democratic primary race Tuesday in New York’s 17th Congressional District, where Democrat Nita Lowey is not seeking re-election after 16 terms. In public polling, the same names occupy the top four slots, though in differing orders. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Inside Elections Analyst and Reporter Jacob Rubashkin about the NY-17 primary.

Courtesy of the City of Kingston

In New York, City of Kingston officials are seeking public comment on two infrastructure projects.

A New York state assemblyman from the Hudson Valley is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to lift the limit on the number of people that may participate in a socially distanced, outdoor graduation.

Inside Elections Analyst and Reporter Jacob Rubashkin
Courtesy of Jacob Rubashkin

The Democratic primary race in New York’s 16th District has longtime Congressman Eliot Engel pitted against three contenders. Analysts say Progressive Jamaal Bowman poses the biggest threat in what they’re calling a possible AOC-type election, referring to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset of New York City Democratic Congressman Joe Crowley in 2018. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Inside Elections Analyst and Reporter Jacob Rubashkin about the NY-16 primary.

Chris Fink
Courtesy of the campaign of Chris Fink

With the primary election Tuesday in New York, candidates are making last-ditch efforts in what has been a virtual campaign for most of the year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. One primary race that has garnered national attention is in the 16th House District, where longtime Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel faces three opponents. Tax attorney, infrastructure finance professional and municipal power expert Chris Fink tells WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne why he’s running.

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A New York congressman wants U.S. Army officials to remove Confederate symbols at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Beacon Police Chief And Captain Are Retiring

Jun 18, 2020
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In Dutchess County, New York, the Beacon police chief and police captain are retiring.

Sammy Ravelo
Courtesy of the campaign of Sammy Ravelo

Tuesday is Election Day in New York. In the 16th Congressional District, longtime Congressman Eliot Engel faces a Democratic primary against three others. And while it’s not the first time he has faced such a challenge, analysts say it’s the first time he’s in real danger of losing, and to Progressive Jamaal Bowman. Two other candidates are fighting for the chance, including retired NYPD lieutenant Sammy Ravelo. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

The Yonkers Democratic Committee chair is making a final push for endorsed candidates ahead of the June 23 primary election.

Sullivan County government

In New York, Sullivan County Legislature meetings are reopening to the public in person Thursday. And on the agenda is a proposed salary cut for county management that resulted in a heated debate among legislators two weeks ago.

Courtesy of Stewart Air National Guard Base

Three New York congressional lawmakers are advocating once again for Stewart Air National Guard base in Orange County to become the site of a new squadron.

Dr. Amy Bass
Courtesy of Dr. Amy Bass

The COVID-19 pandemic left the country without its sports teams. Fans have been watching highlights from past seasons on their couches instead of games from the stands. Dr. Amy Bass is a sports studies professor at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. She tells WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne that certain areas of sports will take bigger hits than others.

Courtesy of Orange County government

In Sullivan County, New York, officials say anyone who visited a certain barber shop may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Jamaal Bowman
Courtesy of Corey Torpie

The national spotlight is on a few U.S. House Democratic primary races in New York. One is in the 16th District, where longtime Congressman Eliot Engel faces a field of three. Analysts say his greatest threat is from Jamaal Bowman, and call the race an AOC-type election, referring to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset of New York City Democratic Congressman Joe Crowley in 2018. Her race started a wave of primary challenges from those to the left of entrenched congressional Democrats WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Bowman about the race.

Marist College Tuition To Remain Flat

Jun 16, 2020
Courtesy of Marist College

A college in Dutchess County, New York says there will be no tuition increase for the upcoming academic year.

Shared-Use Path On Mario Cuomo Bridge Is Open

Jun 15, 2020
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo (right) and NYS Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew Driscoll
Courtesy of the Office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

A shared-use path across the Hudson River that has been years in the making opened Monday. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the 2 p.m. opening on the bridge named for his late father.

Westchester County Executive at the podium; Peekskill Mayor Andre Rainey
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County Executive George Latimer was in the northernmost city in his county Friday to hold his daily COVID-19 briefing. While in Peekskill, he also reacted to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to reinvent police departments across the state.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan Delivers Virtual Briefing, April 28, 2020
Courtes of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

With the Mid-Hudson Region now in Phase Two of reopening from the coronavirus shutdown, local leaders have been rolling out phases of their economic recovery programs and hoping that businesses and others get back on their feet. Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan continues to push for direct federal aid to the state and local governments as he watches the county budget.

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