Hudson Valley News

Courtesy of Rockland County Department of Health

As the number of confirmed measles cases continues to rise in Rockland, the county executive has renewed his state of emergency. The move is symbolic and contains no new restrictions.

Courtesy of Riverkeeper

A recent accidental release of firefighting foam from a hangar at New York Stewart International Airport in Orange County is the subject of debate. The foam made its way into a stream, and testing on behalf of the City of Newburgh shows high levels of PFOA and PFOS. But the company that operates the hangar says the foam does not contain PFOA or PFOS. The state is awaiting separate results.

Woodstock Implements New Rules For Single-Use Plastics

Apr 25, 2019
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A town board in New York’s Hudson Valley recently passed a resolution to reduce multiple single-use plastic items, and a few other disposables. And phase one of implementation began earlier this week, on Earth Day.

Woodstock 50 Ticket Sales Delayed

Apr 25, 2019
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The much-anticipated sale of tickets for this summer's Woodstock 50 anniversary concerts has been put on hold for now.

The panel (L to R): Judith Enck, Richard Webster, David Walker.
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Locals packed a meeting in Catskill, New York this week to discuss an incinerator toxic ash dump proposed for an abandoned quarry on U.S. Route 9W.

Courtesy of SUNY Chancellor Dr. Kristina Johnson

State University of New York Chancellor Kristina Johnson is nearing the end of her tour of all 64 SUNY campuses. Today, two Hudson Valley campuses were on her agenda — SUNY Sullivan and SUNY Orange. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Chancellor Johnson about her tour… and much more.

Courtesy of Pat Ryan

There is a special election April 30 in New York for Ulster County executive. The post is open for the first time since it was created 10 years ago. Pat Ryan, runner-up in the 19th Congressional District 2018 Democratic primary, was the first to announce. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Ryan about what he has in mind if elected.

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On Earth Day, there were a number of events and new commitments throughout the Hudson Valley, including a visit from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. He was at the Kingston waterfront Monday to sign a plastic bag ban. Plus, a state Senator is introducing a bill she says will improve the environment.

DEC Adds To State Forest In Columbia County

Apr 23, 2019
Courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has acquired two properties in Columbia County.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two senior level Department of Defense officials were in Newburgh Thursday to update the public about their efforts to address PFOS water contamination emanating from Stewart Air National Guard base. One was Assistant Secretary of the Air Force John Henderson, who had also stopped in the city during the DoD’s first public visit to Newburgh in November on the issue. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

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More than 50 environmental and community groups have joined forces in opposition to a proposed incinerator ash dump in Catskill.

NY Rep Leads Bill To Help Farmers In Debt

Apr 20, 2019
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York congressman says he is leading a bipartisan bill to ease bankruptcy rules for farmers.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Two senior level Department of Defense officials were in Newburgh Thursday to update the public about their efforts to address PFOS water contamination emanating from Stewart Air National Guard base. The forum followed the DoD’s visit to Newburgh in November, when it first addressed the community about the PFOS contamination uncovered in May 2016.

DCC To Offer New Degree Program

Apr 18, 2019
Courtesy of Dutchess Community College

Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York, will offer a new degree program in the fall.

Rockland Puts New Measles Order Into Effect

Apr 18, 2019

Rockland County, New York officials have issued a new order banning people exposed to measles from going to public places. This comes after a judge halted the county executive’s state of emergency April 5th.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The two candidates in a special election for Ulster County executive addressed the business community Wednesday morning during an Ulster County Chamber of Commerce forum.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the start of construction on an affordable housing development in Rockland County.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Wikimedia Commons

With ongoing measles outbreaks in Rockland County and New York City, Sullivan County is preparing for the summer months when there is a large influx of visitors and second homeowners.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Entergy has agreed to a post-shutdown sale of its Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York. With this agreement to sell Indian Point, Entergy has now announced that the sale would be the last of its remaining merchant nuclear fleet slated for decommissioning.

The other big issue is the huge trucks that go up these narrow residential streets.
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Environmental groups are mounting opposition to a New Hampshire-based company's proposal to create an incinerator ash dump at a Hudson Valley quarry.

A Marist College professor is starting a 3,000-mile journey today. His solo walk begins in Portland, Oregon and he aims to wind up back on the Poughkeepsie college campus in late August. The Navy veteran is walking to raise awareness about veteran suicide and homelessness.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Officials from the Department of Defense will be in Newburgh next week. They will visit Stewart Air National Guard base and then hold a public forum about the PFOS water contamination emanating from the base.

NY Reps Ask FBI To Investigate Deaths Of Vacationers

Apr 12, 2019
Courtesy of the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism

Two New York congressmen are calling on the FBI to investigate the deaths of two Westchester County residents in the Dominican Republic.

NY Rep Sponsors A Bill To Help Small Businesses

Apr 11, 2019

A New York congressman has introduced a bill that would ease regulatory compliance for small businesses.

Courtesy of Rockland County Health Department

Westchester officials have confirmed the first eight cases of measles in their county. It comes as the number of confirmed measles cases continues to rise in Rockland County, and health officials on Tuesday ordered nearly everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish New York City neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles or face fines.

Demonstrators outside Orange County Jail in Goshen, New York, Sunday, March 24.
Michael Frank

The story of Luis Martinez is being chronicled by freelance reporter Michael Frank, whose stories have been featured in The River, an online news source of Chronogram. Martinez was detained by immigration officials on January 16 in New Paltz, New York and since then Frank has been following the story

Westchester Has Its First Confirmed Cases Of Measles

Apr 10, 2019
Courtesy of Rockland County Health Department

Westchester officials say eight cases of measles have been confirmed in their county. This comes as the number of confirmed measles cases continues to rise in Rockland County, and health officials on Tuesday ordered nearly everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish New York City neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles or face fines.

The Republican candidate who challenged Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York in 2018 has her eye on a House seat in the Hudson Valley.

MTA, Metro-North Reforms Included In State Budget

Apr 9, 2019
New York City Subways.
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The recently adopted New York state budget includes reforms to the MTA that will impact riders in the Hudson Valley. A few area lawmakers are speaking to this as well as to congestion pricing.

Judge Pauses Rockland's Measles Emergency Order

Apr 8, 2019
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Wikimedia Commons

A judge has halted the Rockland County executive’s emergency declaration aimed at curbing a measles outbreak. Friday’s decision put an immediate pause on the county’s 30-day emergency order that began at the end of March.

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