Hudson Valley News

Courtesy of Community Voices Heard Power!

A multiracial, member-led organization that works to build power and social equality in New York state has launched a survey for black women, seeing them as drivers for public policy and governance. Community Voices Heard Power! has chapters in New York City and four counties in the Hudson Valley.

Juanita Lewis is Community Voices Heard Hudson Valley Organizing Director:

Kingston Releases Draft Policy On Public Art

May 15, 2019
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

City of Kingston officials have released a draft policy on protocol for publicly displayed works of art.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Three groups are seeking to put an end to what they say is a growing dumping operation in Saugerties, New York. They updated community residents Tuesday night, urging them to put pressure on lawmakers and the state Department of Environmental Conversation to take action.

NY Rep Is Part Of House Task Force On Rural Broadband

May 14, 2019
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A New York congressman joined his colleagues Monday in moving toward achieving rural broadband for all.

Hunter Mountain Film Festival Debuts This Week

May 14, 2019

The first annual Hunter Mountain Film Festival in Greene County gets underway Thursday. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with co-director Michele Peacock about what’s in store.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Monday that it is adding seven sites to the Superfund National Priorities List. The only one in the Northeast is a former metals plant in northern Westchester County, New York.

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Woodstock 50 festival organizers and their onetime financial partner traded accusations of broken promises as they argued Monday over whether the anniversary show can go on. The court hearing is set to continue Tuesday.

Access Opens Mental Health, Substance Use Urgent Care

May 13, 2019
Courtesy of Access: Supports for Living

An agency that offers disability and mental health services in New York’s Hudson Valley has opened two urgent care centers in Orange County. The agency’s president believes they are the first of their kind in the region, if not the state.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A rescued goat at a farm sanctuary in Ulster County, New York, is the first goat to receive a 3-D printed valve for her abdomen. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne visited Woodstock Farm Sanctuary over the weekend.

The Westchester County Health Department learned on Monday that an employee with Hepatitis A worked at a restaurant while infectious.

Ulster County's Pat Ryan Announces Transition Team

May 10, 2019
Courtesy of Pat Ryan

Ulster County Executive-Elect Pat Ryan has announced the formation of his transition team.

Pattern Housing Official Talks HV Real Estate Trends

May 10, 2019

Ten years after a major stock market crash, the real estate market is coming back with rising prices and low interest rates. That’s according to the housing arm of a Hudson Valley nonprofit, which points to a number of trends in the regional housing market to watch in 2019.

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New York state legislators are considering legalizing recreational marijuana, but there is opposition to the idea. Smart Approaches to Marijuana officials have visited a number of county legislatures in the state, highlighting what they view as dangers of legalization.

NY Reps Introduce PFAS Bills

May 10, 2019
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Two New York congressmen on Thursday introduced separate pieces of legislation around the manmade group of chemicals known as PFAS.

Two Democrats have thrown their hats into the ring for Ulster County comptroller. The position is open after four-term Democrat Elliot Auerbach announced last week he is leaving mid-month for a job with New York state.

Lisa Cutten
Lisa Cutten

Another person has jumped into the race for Ulster County Comptroller after fourth-term Democrat Elliot Auerbach said earlier this month that he will join the New York state comptroller’s office. On Wednesday, certified public accountant Lisa Cutten said she will run for the county post as a Democrat. 

Westchester County officials have terminated a deal with a private company to operate Playland. The company’s principal says he is stunned by the turn of events but continues to seek positive discussions about the future of the Rye amusement park.

Ulster County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach is leaving his post in less than two weeks. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Auerbach about his new role in New York state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office.

The Westchester County executive has signed a law that grants victims of domestic violence or human trafficking paid leave from their jobs to address their situations.

One day after the announcement that Ulster County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach would leave for a position with New York state, a fellow Democrat announced she would run for the post.

Quiet Village Event Takes Place In New Paltz Sunday

May 3, 2019

A day-long “anti-festival” of ambient electronic music is taking place Sunday in New Paltz, New York.  WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the organizer of Quiet Village.

Ulster County Comptroller Is Leaving For NYS Job

May 2, 2019

Another Ulster County official will be working in Albany. New York state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has appointed fellow Democrat Elliott Auerbach as deputy comptroller for the Division of Local Government and School Accountability.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York is a year away from permanently closing one of its two operating reactors. After the plant shuts down, it will be sold.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democrat Pat Ryan sailed to victory in the special election for Ulster County executive Tuesday. The runner-up in the 19th Congressional District primary last year says he’s ready to hit the ground running and put his vision to work.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York state and local lawmakers held a rally Sunday outside Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County. They were promoting a state bill that would change how private golf courses are assessed.

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Polls are open until 9 tonight  in a special election for Ulster County executive.

First-term New York Congressman Antonio Delgado held a conference call with reporters today. He spoke about his latest work in the 19th district and addressed recent headlines.

There is a special election Tuesday in New York for Ulster County executive. The post is open for the first time since it was created 10 years ago. It’s open because Democrat Mike Hein joined the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance in February. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Republican candidate Jack Hayes about what he’d like to accomplish if elected.

Kingston's New Truck Set To Pave And Fill Potholes

Apr 27, 2019

City workers are set to begin patching and paving streets in Kingston, New York.

Rockland County Exec Renews Measles State Of Emergency

Apr 26, 2019

The number of confirmed measles cases in Rockland County, New York, continues to rise. The county executive is highlighting his health department’s recent orders, while a state senator is introducing a bill to counter misleading vaccination information.

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