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The Dutchess and Ulster County executives say they will take legal action in support of New York state’s lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision on General Electric’s Hudson River PCB cleanup. Some cities, towns and villages in the two counties are lending their support as well.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh today. She was briefed on a few issues including the installation of a temporary filtration system at the base to address water contamination.

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Democratic New York Congressman Antonio Delgado held a town hall last Tuesday night in Dutchess County, at the Clinton Town Hall. A number of questions focused on the impeachment inquiry of President Trump that Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced September 24. Delgado, of New York’s 19th District, came out in favor of impeachment proceedings hours before Pelosi’s announcement.

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Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan will deliver his 2020 budget presentation this afternoon in Kingston. He’s already announced one initiative in the budget, and spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about some others.

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Some Orange County residents should expect traffic delays Thursday and Friday during services for the New York Police Department officer who was killed Sunday in the Bronx.

Opioids seized by authorities in the Capital Region.
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There is a New York state roundtable discussion and public hearing Thursday on tackling the opioid epidemic. And it’s being held in Putnam County.

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New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has his own ideas for addressing climate change. He does not support wide-ranging Green New Deal legislation introduced in February by fellow Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And that had a few who attended his town hall Tuesday night in Dutchess County wondering why.

RCC Receives Its Largest Grant Award

Oct 2, 2019
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A community college in Rockland County, New York has received the largest grant award in its 60-year history.

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will be in Westchester County Wednesday night. They want public feedback concerning an aspect of decommissioning; in this case, of the Indian Point nuclear power plant.

A movie premiering this weekend at the Woodstock Film Festival focuses on topics society grapples with daily: addiction and mental health.

A number of local legislators want Dutchess County to reduce its use of fossil fuels. To this end, they have submitted a resolution setting specific targets, and are using a county across the river as an example.

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A New York state senator has introduced legislation to compel e-cigarette manufacturers to disclose ingredients on their packaging.

Dozens of Hudson Valley lawmakers and gun violence prevention advocates gathered Thursday to sign a panel from the original 1969 Woodstock stage. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, the signing was in support of federal gun reform laws, and the panel will be headed on the road.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer looks out on the Catskill Creek on the Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts Center site.
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A Catskill resident has a vision for the future of arts in the Greene County village.

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A New York Congressman and Illinois Senator have introduced a bill to increase access to broadband service for low-income residents.

A now biennial Women and Power conference takes place this weekend at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. Keynote talks, panel conversations, breakout workshops and entertainment feature women leaders from a number of fields. This year, the Omega Women’s Leadership Center is presenting “Women & Power: Gathering Our Strength.” Omega Institute president Carla Goldstein is cofounder of the Omega Women's Leadership Center.

The Westchester County executive has signed a bill to strengthen the county Health Department’s ability to prevent the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases. The legislation was prompted by a measles outbreak in Rockland County and New York City. It comes as Rockland County officials have declared the measles outbreak in their county over.

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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America along with dozens of state, county and local Hudson Valley lawmakers are gathering in Westchester County this afternoon to sign a panel from the original 1969 Woodstock stage.

Rockland Officials Say Measles Outbreak Has Ended

Sep 25, 2019
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The Rockland County executive is declaring an end to the measles outbreak in his county.

Westchester D.A. Discusses School Safety Report

Sep 24, 2019

The Westchester County School Safety Commission has released its recommendations in a report aimed at preventing, planning and responding to school violence. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, who co-chairs the county’s School Safety Commission.

Michelle Hinchey Launches Bid For NYS Senate Seat

Sep 23, 2019
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Michelle Hinchey, daughter of the late New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey, kicked off her bid Monday for New York state Senate. A number of elected officials were on hand, including one current and one former New York congressman.

SUNY New Paltz Hosts Climate Solutions Summit

Sep 21, 2019

A climate solutions summit takes place Saturday at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

As global climate strikes take place across the region today, another focus of climate change is an unaccounted-for source of greenhouse gas emissions. Hudson River sewage overflows are the culprit, and a new study suggests that stopping water pollution is an untapped strategy to mitigate climate change.

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A New York state assemblymember from the Hudson Valley wants the state comptroller’s office to audit broadband providers. She thinks some may be missing the mark.

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A new report says climate change is taking a toll on public health and related costs. The study looked at 10 climate-sensitive events in 2012, such as Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey, and came up with a dollar amount in the billions. The report comes ahead of a planned global climate strike Friday.

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The Village of Rhinebeck, New York, is an Autism Supportive Community, one of just a handful across the country. The effort that began less than a year ago is entering its second phase.

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County legislators and union members are calling for the passage of changes to Westchester’s Displaced Service Employees Protection law ahead of a public hearing tonight on the measure. It aims to close loopholes and protect workers’ jobs when buildings change management or contracts.

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Following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s emergency executive move Sunday to direct the state health department to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, health advocates say the move doesn’t go far enough, while the industry says the governor is overreaching.

Vassar College and Columbia University have established a partnership for a Master’s Degree in public health.

Some NYS Lawmakers Aim To Ban Flavored E-Cigs

Sep 14, 2019
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Some New York state lawmakers hope to work on measures to ban flavored e-cigarettes and other related legislation when the next session begins in January. This comes amid concern over the recent rise in lung-related illnesses and, in some states, deaths related to vaping. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports the governor is also getting involved.