Hudson Valley News

Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Antonio Delgado

Congress is away from Washington for the month of August, and New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has visited a number of craft breweries as well as family farms so far.

Former special counsel Robert Mueller answers questions from Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney at July's hearing.

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently testified before the U.S. House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. And two Democratic New York Congressmen from the Hudson Valley are providing their takes on whether to move forward with an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. 

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney stood on the banks of the Hudson River in Orange County Thursday touting the passage of a bill banning oil barges from anchoring on the Hudson River. He was flanked by local and state lawmakers and environmentalists.

Courtesy of Black Maria Film Festival

A festival of short films returns to Upstate Films in Rhinebeck Friday. One of the films being screened is by a local filmmaker. It’s based on a one-woman show about a woman who cares for a brother with cerebral palsy.

Hudson Valley Resident Dies From Powassan Virus

Aug 1, 2019

In New York, Ulster County officials says a resident has died from a rare virus spread by infected ticks.

Vassar Urban Education Initiative Receives A Donation

Jul 31, 2019
Courtesy of Vassar College

Family and friends of a late Vassar College alumnus say they will donate $2.25 million to the Poughkeepsie college.

By Montanasuffragettes - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

New York has become the 12th state that allows child care to qualify as a campaign expense. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation Tuesday, saying it is another step toward gender equality and will empower more parents, especially mothers, to seek public office.

Courtesy of the National Weather Service, Albany

Another heat wave is gripping much of the WAMC listening area today, including the Hudson Valley and Capital Region. There is a heat advisory and the potential for another few rounds of severe pop-up thunderstorms.

A judge says the owners of the Woodstock music festival name can license it to create a marijuana brand marking the 50th anniversary of the famed gathering.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Last year, the city of Poughkeepsie Police Department sent out a survey on police-community relations. Now, the results are in.

The Ulster County Fair kicks off tomorrow, but controversy has already started. The performance of a band initially scheduled for Thursday was cancelled last week, following outcry over the group’s name and logo.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Environmental groups are urging the New York state Department of Health to lower recommended levels for three drinking water contaminants. A public comment period on the recommendations for PFOA and PFOS is now open.

The Ulster County Fair gets underway Tuesday, July 30th,  and one of the bands slated to perform has been canceled amid controversy about the confederate flag. The band had also been recently cancelled at an Illinois state fair.

New Rochelle Puts On A Parade For Rivera

Jul 27, 2019

New Rochelle will celebrate a former resident’s major accomplishments. There’s a parade Saturday for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown earlier this month.

Michelle Hinchey, daughter of the late New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey, is exploring a run for a state Senate seat.

Rockland County Exec Ends Measles State Of Emergency

Jul 25, 2019
Courtesy of Rockland County Health Department

For the first time since he first declared one, the Rockland County executive is not renewing a measles state of emergency. Republican Ed Day allowed his fourth declaration to expire at midnight, saying the measles crisis has subsided but the outbreak hasn’t ended.


A New York congressman has introduced bipartisan legislation to provide tax relief for self-employed business owners.

Courtesy of the Gateway Program Development Corporation

A state senator whose district includes many commuters to New York City applauds legislation that creates a commission for the Gateway Project. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently signed a measure that establishes the Gateway Development Commission.

Michelle Hinchey Explores NYS Senate Run

Jul 24, 2019

Michelle Hinchey, daughter of the late New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey, announced Wednesday that she is exploring a run for a state Senate seat.

NYS Assemblymember Supports Gateway Project Measure

Jul 24, 2019
Courtesy of the Gateway Project Development Corporation

A New York state assemblymember from the Hudson Valley commends the signing of legislation that lays the groundwork for expanded rail service between New York City and New Jersey.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

About a dozen so-called anti-vaxxers and their children protested outside a public forum held by New York state Senator James Skoufis Tuesday. They were there in opposition to the Democratic senator’s vote in favor of repealing a religious exemption from vaccinations, which became law in June.

Courtesy of the NYC DEP

A scientist with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection recently spotted a rare dragonfly species in the Catskills on his way to perform some water quality sampling. It’s a species considered critically imperiled in New York.

Woodstock 50 Hits More Roadblocks

Jul 22, 2019

Woodstock 50 organizers have again been denied a permit to hold a three-day anniversary festival at an upstate New York horse track.

Courtesy of the office of Congressman Antonio Delgado

Congressional representatives from New York are back after visiting facilities on the U.S. southern border to see firsthand the conditions for processing and holding undocumented immigrants. Democratic Congressman Antonio Delgado joined a delegation to Texas and says the problem is complex.

Courtesy of Mondaire Jones

Earlier this month, a primary challenger to longtime New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey announced his candidacy for the lower Hudson Valley district. He’s hoping for an upset like the one Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pulled off in a 2018 primary, unseating New York City Democrat Joe Crowley. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Mondaire Jones about his campaign.

Congressman Delgado To Hold Town Halls In Two Counties

Jul 20, 2019

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado is holding two town halls. One is Saturday; the other is Monday.

Cooling Centers Are Open Throughout The Hudson Valley

Jul 20, 2019
Courtesy of Westchester County government

Cooling centers are open around the region with today’s excessive heat warning. There are many places to find relief from the heat in the Hudson Valley.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A newly formed Toll Advisory Panel that will review toll rates on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge held two listening sessions this week. The New York State Thruway Authority hosted the first session in Westchester Wednesday. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne attended the second session in Rockland County Thursday.

Rep. Delgado, Delegation Visit U.S. Border Facilities

Jul 19, 2019
U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Flickr

A New York congressman from the Hudson Valley is part of a delegation that is visiting facilities at the U.S. border Friday.

CPV Opponents Turn Out For NYS DEC Public Hearing

Jul 18, 2019
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation held two public hearings Wednesday in Middletown on draft air permits for the CPV plant in Orange County. Opponents urged DEC to reject the permits and shut down the plant.