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In New York, Orange County officials announced on Thursday that 40 defendants were indicted for drug trafficking. The indictments stem from a mainly undercover operation.

NYS Senator Jen Metzger (third from right) stands with Huguenot Estates residents and Senior Staff Attorney for Legal Services of the Hudson Valley Jaime Samarel (far right) after Sept. 14, 2020 press conference in Deerpark, NY
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator Jen Metzger

A New York state senator is calling on the owner of a mobile home park in Orange County to hold off on a planned rent increase and tend to maintenance issues. One resident says she’s about ready to move after a nearly year-long septic issue that has forced one of her children to sleep elsewhere in the home.

Greyston President and CEO Joe Kenner sports a t-shirt
Courtesy of Greyston

A bakery in Yonkers has been using a so-called open hiring model for decades. Now it’s hoping that mainstream businesses warm up to the practice, especially during a time when diversity and inclusion are part of the national discussion. 

DCC Names Acting President Ahead Of A National Search

Sep 16, 2020
Acting DCC President Ellen Gambino
Courtesy of Dutchess Community College

In New York, an acting president has been appointed at Dutchess Community College following the retirement of the former president.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan and NYS Senator Jen Metzger
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

A New York state senator has secured a grant to help advance Ulster County’s electric bus initiative.

Tropical Storm Isais Damage in Dutchess County, Aug. 4, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A number of New York’s congressional representatives and the state’s two U.S. senators are calling on President Trump to grant New York’s major disaster declaration request. This comes after damage from Tropical Storm Isaias.

Bard College Center for the Study of Land, Air and Water Director Dr. Eli Dueker installing the MetOne 212-2 particle profiler atop the Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center in Midtown Kingston.
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

Kingston is partnering with Bard College to monitor the city’s air quality. The Kingston Air Quality Initiative is providing hard data on one particular pollutant. The hope is that the information will help drive policy, shape development and educate the public.

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A city in the Hudson Valley has released its proposal to use federal COVID-19 funding.

WInged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, NY
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The Westchester County executive delivered his weekly COVID-19 briefing today. Democrat George Latimer addressed a positive case identified in a school district. He also talked about the U.S. Open golf tournament set to tee off later this week.

Service Dog Training Program Adapts During COVID-19

Sep 14, 2020
Animal Farm Foundation, Amenia NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Generally, there is a long waiting list to be matched with a service dog. And the cost of training a service dog can average around $20,000. A foundation in Dutchess County is focused on bringing dogs and people together to end discrimination, and COVID-19 has shifted some of how this happens. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne recently visited the nonprofit Animal Farm Foundation in Amenia to learn more.

Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

As mental health issues mount during the COVID-19 pandemic, college students are among those facing lots of stress. A new initiative at SUNY New Paltz aims to outfit students with coping skills, with the help of their peers.

Hudson Valley Counties Remember Lives Lost On 9/11

Sep 11, 2020
Rockland County 9/11 remembrance ceremony
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Remembrance ceremonies are taking place throughout New York and elsewhere today, honoring the lives of those who died in the September 11th terrorist attacks 19 years ago. And for the first time, some remembrances are virtual because of COVID-19 safety concerns. A few Hudson Valley counties held their ceremonies this morning, while others will host evening ceremonies on what is now called Patriot Day.

Rockland County 9/11 memorial
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Several municipalities across New York are holding virtual or hybrid 9/11 commemoration ceremonies. It has been 19 years since the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Ulster County Launches Child Care Initiative

Sep 10, 2020

As kids return to school in Ulster County, albeit remotely, hundreds of eligible families could now turn to the county to help relieve the financial burden of child care.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer
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The Westchester County executive says there have been no coronavirus spikes so far after two priests at a Pleasantville church tested positive for COVID-19. And he says school reopening will be the biggest logistical challenge since the pandemic hit.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
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Parents across the Hudson Valley have been chiming in on virtual forums held by elected officials in recent weeks with their back-to-school concerns. They wonder why school reopening varies from district to district, or even within the same district. And there’s anxiety about how parents will address overseeing their children’s education virtually if they have to go to work in-person. Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro tells WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne that he’s been hearing from parents and others grappling with these issues.

Scott Smith, SAM candidate in NY-18
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A congressional candidate in New York’s Hudson Valley is officially kicking off his campaign Tuesday. He has been on the ballot for the 18th District before. This time, though, he’s on a new party line.

Cary Institute Is Redoing Its Headquarters

Sep 6, 2020
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A center for environmental research in New York’s Hudson Valley will be renovating its headquarters.

Photo by John Hall / Vermont Fish and Wildlife

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed a certain disease in deer in Putnam and Orange Counties.

Group of young children
Courtesy of Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc.

With so many K-12 school districts set to open after Labor Day, some county executives are trying to help figure out the childcare conundrum. Dutchess County has come up with a childcare scholarship.

From left to right: Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman; Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus; Orange-Ulster BOCES District Superintendent William Hecht; Orange-Ulster BOCES Operations Director Mark Coleman
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Orange County health commissioner is requiring that masks be worn in all county schools as well as in the transportation to and from school. It comes as the county executive held a virtual Q&A on back-to-school safety Thursday evening.

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.
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In New York, Sullivan County health officials say there have been positive COVID-19 cases associated with a pizzeria.

Holy Innocents Church, Pleasantville, NY
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Churchgoers in Westchester County, New York may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Groups Want NYS To Implement Drug Take Back Act

Sep 3, 2020
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A coalition of environmental, public health and other groups is calling on the New York state Department of Health to implement a drug take-back law signed two years ago. The groups say the lack of safe disposal options for unwanted or expired pharmaceutical drugs not only contributes to the drug abuse epidemic and accidental poisonings at home, but also to water pollution.

Matthew Junge, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Baruch College
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And now, a follow-up to a story we brought you in May about professors at Bard College in Dutchess County, and others, who won a National Science Foundation grant to help develop forecasting models to better capture certain aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ve now completed modelling COVID-19 spread in small colleges and how safe reopening is. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the primary investigator on the study.

Newburgh-Beacon Bridge
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In New York, drivers who cross the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge will see new traffic patterns before the end of the year with the start of a major project.

Seized bags of heroin and fentanyl in Ulster County
Courtesy of the Ulster County Sheriff's Office

The Ulster County executive has declared a public health emergency due to recent spikes in fentanyl-related deaths. The declaration came the day before county officials arrested a Kingston man on narcotics charges and recovered 10,000 bags of fentanyl and heroin.

Dr. Eli Dueker installing a MetOne 212-2 particle profiler at a field site atop the Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center in Midtown Kingston.
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

A city in New York’s Hudson Valley has teamed up with an area college for an air quality initiative.

Courtesy of We Rise Poughkeepsie

A collaboration of artists, activists and organizations is celebrating the centennial of women securing the right to vote with more than two weeks of events in the City of Poughkeepsie, kicking off Thursday.

(From left to right) Undersheriff Eric Benjamin, District Attorney David Clegg and County Executive Pat Ryan
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

In New York, the Ulster County executive has declared a public health emergency due to recent spikes in fentanyl-related deaths. Fentanyl is 50-times more potent than heroin.