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Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino says his office is up and running while adhering to New York PAUSE — the state-ordered shutdown of schools and most businesses through at least April 29th.  Many employees are working remotely and participating in videoconferencing. Scarpino spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about how this is working out, and more.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is urging the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to deliver relief to dairy farms impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Courtesy of the City of Kingston

In New York, the City of Kingston has contributed additional money to two organizations that provide emergency food assistance, counseling and more.

Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY-19) with his family saluting healthcare workers at Northern Dutchess Hospital, April 8, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Antonio Delgado

Following the signing of the third coronavirus stimulus package at the end of March, New York Congressman Antonio Delgado is turning his attention to what’s being called COVID Four. Delgado has been focusing on small businesses and family farms in his 19th District, and also, rural broadband.

Kingston City School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Padalino and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan virtual town hall, April 7, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

It has been some three weeks since schools across New York closed. In that time, it’s been a steep learning curve to carry on remotely. We get one view of how it’s been to run a school district during the COVID-19 pandemic from a superintendent in Ulster County.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day
Courtesy of the Office of Rockland County Executive Ed Day

The Rockland County executive is trying to curb the COVID-19 pandemic as residents in certain pockets of the county ignore social distancing rules. Following last week’s uncertainty about enforcing the rules, and a back-and-forth with the governor’s office, Republican Ed Day says there is now clarity as confirmed cases in his county continue to rise.

Kingston City School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Padalino and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan during Facebook Live Town Hall, April 7, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

There are plans to add a COVID-19 treatment bed facility in Ulster County, New York. County Executive Pat Ryan made the announcement during a Facebook Live Town Hall Tuesday with the superintendent of the Kingston City School District.

WAMC file photo

Hudson, New York Mayor Kamal Johnson has rolled out a program to help students affected by COVID-19.

(from left to right) Dr. Karla Vermeulen, Deputy Director; Dr. Amy Nitza, Director; and Cassandre Surinon, Special Programs Manager, the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz.
Courtesy of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz

The Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz has put out a Psychological First Aid & Stress Management toolkit. The strategies are to help faculty, staff, students and others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan holds a virtual town hall
Courtesy of the Office of the Ulster County Executive

The Ulster County executive has a warning about capacity for COVID-19 patients in his county.

Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY-19)
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Antonio Delgado

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado held a telephone town hall Friday. The Democrat from the 19th District was joined by a few others to help address questions and concerns about the pandemic.

NYS Senator James Skoufis
Courtes of the Office of NYS Senator James Skoufis

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to marshal coordination with local law enforcement to ensure residents in Orange and Rockland counties are adhering to the state directives for the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rockland County executive has been pressing the state to allocate more resources to his county.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan holds a virtual town hall
Courtesy of the Office of the Ulster County Executive

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced a new policy resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.

In New York, as a result of the COVID-19 response, a meeting at which recommended maximum contaminant levels for three chemicals were to come up for a vote has been postponed.

Metro-North President Discusses COVID-19 Response

Apr 3, 2020
MTA Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi
Courtesy of MTA Metro-North Railroad

Weekly ridership on Metro-North Railroad has plummeted in the last three weeks amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting state restrictions. Essential workers have plenty of room to spread out on any of Metro-North’s east and west of the Hudson River lines. MTA Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi says recent measures have included suspending cash on board and encouraging the use of e-tickets. She spoke with WAMC’s Allison Dunne.

Bard College Creates Option For Local Applicants

Apr 2, 2020
Bard College campus
Courtesy of Bard College

Given the COVID-19 crisis, a college in New York’s Hudson Valley is adjusting its application window for local students.

Jessica Gulotta in Italy
Courtesy of Jessica Gulotta

The coronavirus pandemic spans oceans. And one state legislature employee in the Hudson Valley not only worries about her family and friends in the Northeast, but her much bigger family in Italy.

Access Launches Virtual Mental Health Care

Mar 31, 2020
Courtesy of Access: Supports for Living

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, a nonprofit organization that offers mental health and substance use urgent care in New York’s Hudson Valley has gone virtual.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan and President & CEO of Ellenville Regional Hospital Steve Kelley at Ellenville mobile testing site
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

A second COVID-19 mobile testing site has opened in Ulster County, New York. And the county executive is praising Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement about expanding hospital capacity in Kingston. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with County Executive Pat Ryan about these developments and more.

Farm in Dutchess County, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill to help connect job seekers with job opportunities on farms.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day
Courtesy of the Office of Rockland County Executive Ed Day

The White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator has singled out two counties in the New York City suburbs as having the fastest growing number of cases. And now the Rockland County executive is asking for immediate state assistance.

Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz is mobilized to help keep people safe as the 3D-printing industry focuses on fighting COVID-19.
Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

The Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz has its 3D printers up and running, turning out 3D-printed face shields for regional healthcare workers and others on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sloop Clearwater
Courtesy of Dorice Arden

The COVID-19 pandemic is sinking the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, founded by the late environmental activist and folk musician Pete Seeger.

Kingston Implements Food Security Hotline

Mar 29, 2020
Kingston Emergency Food Collaborative during COVID-19 pandemic
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

As part of a program launched in response to COVID-19, the City of Kingston has launched a food security hotline.

Orange County IDA Offers Economic Recovery Program

Mar 28, 2020
Courtesy of the Orange County Industrial Development Agency

The Orange County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) on Friday announced an economic recovery program to help revitalize local businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Scenic Hudson Closes Mount Beacon Park Amid Pandemic

Mar 28, 2020
Courtesy of Scenic Hudson

Scenic Hudson has closed one of its parks to protect public health and prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Two Hudson Valley Reps Assess Coronavirus Aid Package

Mar 27, 2020
Washington DC
James DeMers

President Donald Trump has signed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. Just hours after the House passed the legislation Friday, two New York congressmen from the Hudson Valley said the largest relief package in the country’s history was a necessity. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.

Dutchess, Orange Report Additional COVID-19 Deaths

Mar 26, 2020
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)

Dutchess and Orange Counties on Thursday reported more COVID-related deaths.

Courtesy of the Office of the Weschester County Executive

The containment zone set up to control the spread of COVID-19 in New Rochelle has come to an end. Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivered an update Thursday. In addition to supplying statistics, the Democrat warned of closing county parks if residents don’t practice social distancing.

NYS Senator Pete Harckham
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator Pete Harckham

A New York state Senator has introduced legislation to address some of the financial concerns related to COVID-19. Democrat Pete Harckham spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about these bills and his views on the budget due April 1. NOTE: This interview from Wednesday precedes New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget-related announcements Thursday.

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