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Indian Point nuclear power plant, Buchanan, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Some of New York’s congressional lawmakers are renewing their call for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission chair to hold a public hearing before approving a license transfer for the decommissioning of the Indian Point nuclear power plant.

Libertarian NY-19 Candidate Discusses Her Campaign

Oct 23, 2020
Victoria Alexander
Courtesy of Victoria Alexander

The race in New York’s 19th Congressional District includes a Libertarian candidate. Dutchess County resident Victoria Alexander says she running to show voters the power they could have as constituents with a decentralized government. She spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

A nursing home
U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Gary Ward, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Three New York congressmen have introduced bipartisan legislation to direct a study on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC / cdc.gov)

In New York, officials are warning of two separate potential COVID-19 exposures in the Hudson Valley.

NYS Senator Harckham, Astorino Debate On A Few Issues

Oct 22, 2020
NYS Senator Pete Harckham and Rob Astorino during News 12 debate October 20, 2020
Courtesy of News 12/screenshot by WAMC, Allison Dunne

A virtual debate between the candidates in New York’s 40th state Senate District covered just a few topics – the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice and cash bail reform. The latter prompted the candidates to raise their voices and refute one another.

Voting booths
Pat Bradley / WAMC

And now an update to a story we’ve been bringing you over the past several weeks…After a judge last week denied a petition from Bard College to move an off-campus polling site to its Annandale-on-Hudson campus, petitioners have renewed their claim. They point to an instance where two other polling sites in Dutchess County were moved within a few days of the judge’s decision.

NYS 42nd Senate District Debate (Republican Mike Martucci; Moderator Dr. Larry Force, Director of The Center on Aging and Policy at Mount Saint Mary College; Democratic NYS Senator Jen Metzger)
Courtesy of the Orange County Citizens Foundation (screenshot by WAMC, Allison Dunne)

A first-term New York state Senator and her Republican opponent took part in an Orange County Citizens Foundation debate Monday. Democrat Jen Metzger is seeking re-election in the 42nd District, which had been in Republican hands for years before John Bonacic did not seek re-election in 2018.

Stewart Air National Guard base entrance
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the Air Force to prioritize PFAS cleanup at Stewart Air National Guard base in Orange County.

COVID-19 impacts businesses
Courtesy of the Westchester County Office of Economic Development

In New York, Westchester County has a new program to help residents develop a home-based income stream.

New 12/USA Today Network New York NY18 Congressional Candidate Debate, October 19, 2020 (From left to right, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney; Chele Farely; Scott Smith)
Courtesy of News 12/screenshot by WAMC, Allison Dunne

In a virtual debate Monday, the three candidates in New York’s 18th Congressional district agreed on little. Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, Republican Chele Farley and Serve America Movement candidate Scott Smith answered questions ranging from mask mandates to justice in policing to money in politics.

Sloop Brewer Mariquita Reese
Courtesy of Sloop Brewing

A brewery in Dutchess County is starting a paid internship program to promote diversity and inclusion in the craft beverage industry.

Westchester County COVID-19 cases, October 19, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County officials will be taking steps to curb a recent increase in COVID-19 cases. There will be a mask mandate for students, and the county executive is looking at other options should the uptick continue.

Kingston Mayor Steve Noble, proposed 2021 budget address, October 16, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Kingston Mayor Steve Noble/Screenshot by WAMC, Allison Dunne

Kingston residents would see their tax rate stay the same under the mayor’s proposed 2021 budget. Mayor Steve Noble says that despite tough fiscal impacts from the coronavirus pandemic, the city is able to make do.

Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Courtesy of Marist College

A college in New York’s Hudson Valley was scheduled to return to in-person classes Saturday. Marist College had gone all virtual for a week following a number of positive COVID-19 cases.

Justice Scales
Adobe Stock

In New York, an Orange County grand jury has cleared Newburgh police officers who were involved in the shooting death of a city resident. The county’s district attorney also says an independent investigation by his office found that the police were justified in using deadly physical force.

Bard College Center For Civic Engagement
Courtesy of Bard College

A New York state Supreme Court judge has denied a petition from Bard College to move an off-campus polling site to its Annandale-on-Hudson campus. Bard had filed suit against the Dutchess County Board of Elections in September, alleging unsafe conditions at the current polling site and voter suppression.

Westchester County map of COVID-19 cases as of October 13, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

While not calling it a second wave, the Westchester County executive says a recent increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases is concerning. Part of the climb is attributed to an outbreak among students at Iona College in New Rochelle, a city that was once the epicenter of the pandemic.

East Ramapo Central School District Facebook message October 12, 2020
Courtesy of the East Ramapo Central School District

Following criticism about leaving certain schools within a Rockland County district open for in-person classes, the acting superintendent of the East Ramapo Central School District has put all schools on remote learning. This came with guidance from New York state officials after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his Cluster Action Initiative for COVID hot spots.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan and Ulster County District Attorney Dave Clegg announce expansion of Restorative Justice Program
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

A restorative justice program in Ulster County is being expanded to young adults. The county executive and district attorney say the new initiative builds upon the success of the county’s restorative justice program.

NY19 GOP Candidate Van De Water Talks About The Race

Oct 12, 2020
Kyle Van De Water
Courtesy of Kyle Van De Water for Congress campaign

Two years ago, New York’s 19th Congressional District was one of the nation’s most closely-watched races as first-term Republican John Faso was unseated by Democrat Antonio Delgado. Now, Republican Kyle Van De Water is challenging Delgado in November. Van De Water spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

NYS Has Two Newly Enacted Bills To Help Farmers

Oct 11, 2020
New York grown fruits and vegetables
Courtesy of NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed two bills to help farmers. The bills were sponsored by Hudson Valley lawmakers.

Sandra Wilson
Courtesy of Hannemann Funeral Home via Tribute Archive

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week signed a bill honoring a slain library security guard in Rockland County.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer
Courtesy of the Office of Weschester County Executive George Latimer

The Westchester County executive postponed his State of the County address Thursday after a Board of Legislators member tested positive for COVID-19.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day delivers COVID briefing October 6, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Rockland County Executive Ed Day/screenshot WAMC, Allison Dunne

In New York, the Rockland County executive is recuperating after shoulder surgery.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies President Josh Ginsburg (upper right); Drs. Rick Ostfeld and Felicia Keesing
Courtesy of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies/Screenshot WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is examining the role of biodiversity in preventing pandemics. On a recent virtual discussion, two disease ecologists addressed the topic of infectious disease spillovers, and spoke about the pathogens that cause diseases like COVID-19.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC / cdc.gov)

In New York, the Westchester County executive has postponed his State of the County address after a Board of Legislators member tested positive for COVID-19. 

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

The Dutchess County executive has been elected to serve as president of a New York State Association of Counties affiliate.

Slide portraying zone regulations for COVID-19 clusters
Courtesy of the Office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo via the Office of Rockland County Executive Ed Day

Hoping to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in certain New York City, Broome County and lower Hudson Valley hot spots, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced an initiative that implements zones. The color-coded system essentially amounts to containment zones with new rules and restrictions in each. The Orange and Rockland county executives say they fully support the new effort.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivers briefing October 5, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the epicenter in New York was in New Rochelle, in Westchester County. Yet new hotspots more than six months later are in two Hudson Valley counties across the Hudson River and have not impacted Westchester. During his weekly COVID-19 briefing, Westchester County Executive George Latimer says there has been an uptick in active cases, but no spikes landing any Westchester zip codes on what has become a top-20 statewide list.

Impact of Creek wildfire in Fresno, CA
Courtesy of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz

The director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz is in California assisting the American Red Cross with wildfire recovery efforts. According to the Red Cross, wildfires in California have burned more than 4 million acres this year, destroying over 8,400 homes and other structures. Dr. Amy Nitza is in Fresno for a two-week deployment and spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about what she’s experiencing.

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