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A New York state senator is renewing his call to establish a three-digit suicide hotline number.

New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Marc Lindemann, left, commander of the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, conducts a promotion ceremony advancing Pfc. Ervin Chance to the rank of specialist
Photo courtesy of Command Sgt. Major Russel Gallo

Two New York Congressmen want to ensure National Guard service members receive benefits, and are asking President Trump to extend deployment authorization.

Sullivan County Legislature Chairman Robert Doherty, left, and District Attorney Meagan Galligan display just a few of the items they donated on May 18 to the Shepherd’s Pantry at the White Lake Reformed Presbyterian Church
Courtesy of Sullivan County government

Sullivan County officials are encouraging residents to donate food and funds as the COVID-19 pandemic leaves many struggling to meet basic needs.

Croton Point Park Beach
Courtesy of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson

Two Westchester County-owned beaches will open to residents only for Memorial Day weekend.

NY Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (bottom right); Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (bottom left); Westchester County Executive George Latimer (upper left); Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus (upper right)
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Three Hudson Valley county executives joined New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Thursday to urge Congress to deliver a coronavirus relief package that includes direct state and local funding. County leaders say they’re looking at steep revenue losses and layoffs unless the federal government throws them a lifeline.

Westchester County Airport
Courtesy of Westchester County government

A refurbished runway at the Westchester County Airport opened Thursday morning. The main runway was closed at the end of April for repaving. The project was moved up from the fall given little flight activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on the coronavirus response in Westchester and Dutchess.

A Sign By The Hudson River Lights Up Again

May 21, 2020
Yonkers City PIer sign
Courtesy of Joe Panella/City of Yonkers

A waterfront sign at an historic pier in the lower Hudson Valley has gotten a facelift.

Ulster County Exec Unveils Housing Initiatives

May 19, 2020
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan delivers COVID-19 update May 19, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

The Ulster County executive delivered a COVID-19 update Tuesday, announcing a series of initiatives to meet a growing need heightened by the pandemic — housing.

Sullivan County Manager Talks About COVID-19 Impacts

May 19, 2020
Sullivan County COVID-19 dashboard, May 19, 2020
Courtesy of Sullivan County government

Sullivan County, New York is part of the Mid-Hudson reopening plan. The region has not yet reached the seven metrics required by the state to begin Phase 1 of reopening. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the Sullivan County manager about how his county is faring during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a number of attractions temporarily closed as the summer season is upon us.

Congressman Antonio Delgado on the House Floor speaking about rural broadband in October 2019
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Antonio Delgado

A New York congressman has introduced legislation to boost funding for rural public transportation.

NYS Considers Whether To Open Summer Camps

May 18, 2020
YMCA summer camp
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As portions of New York begin the first of a four-phase reopening plan, the question of whether the state will allow summer camps to open remains. Initially a concern about large gatherings, the decision has been complicated by a number of cases where children are becoming ill with a rare inflammatory syndrome believed to be related to COVID-19.

Although states and the federal government are getting most of the attention — and criticism — during the coronavirus response, local leaders are facing tough decisions by the day. The Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz has published a report on findings from a survey of local leaders on COVID-19. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Benjamin Center Director KT Tobin.

NYS Senator Pete Harckham on the phone with the governor's office coordinating local assistance, March 23, 2020
Courtesy of the NYS Senator Pete Harckham's office

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley says the House coronavirus aid package fails to address the pandemic’s behavioral health crisis.

Petition Urges NYS To Fix Unemployment System

May 16, 2020
Courtesy of NYS Senator Sue Serino

With New York’s backlog of claims from the COVID-19 pandemic, a state senator from the Hudson Valley has joined six of her Republican colleagues in launching a petition urging New York to fix its unemployment system.

NYC DEP Reaches Another Delaware Aqueduct Milestone

May 15, 2020
NYC DEP staff say goodbye to the final steel liner before it was lowered into the Delaware Aqueduct Bypass Tunnel, May 12, 2020.
Courtesy of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has reached another milestone in its $1 billion project to repair the longest tunnel in the world.

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney fielded questions related to COVID-19 during an AARP telephone town hall Thursday, a day before a House vote on the next coronavirus relief package.

Kingston Mayor Announces Furloughs

May 15, 2020

The City of Kingston will enter the second phase of its economy recovery plan, instituting temporary layoffs. It’s one of several municipalities across the region responding as such given the fiscal impacts of COVID-19.

Bard College professors Matthew Junge and Felicia Keesing.
Courtesy of Bard College

Professors at Bard College in Dutchess County have been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to fund a six-month study to develop forecasting models to better capture certain aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Omega CEO Discusses Charting A Course After COVID-19

May 14, 2020
Omega Institute for Holistic Studies CEO Robert "Skip" Backus
Courtesy of Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

The Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York is postponing programs on its campus until 2021. And it has already implemented furloughs and other cost-cutting measures because of the COVID-19 pandemic. WAMC’S Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Omega's CEO Robert "Skip" Backus about how he’s finding a way forward.

This is a picture of a teacher's classroom desk
Adobe Stock

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill to protect public schools and higher education from budget cuts due to COVID-19 financial impacts.

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 /

Two county executives in New York’s Hudson Valley have delivered updates about nursing home COVID-19 testing. Dutchess County has completed testing at two facilities.

U.S. House Appropriations Chair Nita Lowey
Courtesy of NY Congresswoman Nita Lowey

The next federal coronavirus relief package is taking shape, and it includes much-sought aid for state and local governments that are warning of imminent cuts.

Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan kayaking
Courtesy of Scenic Hudson/Ned Sullivan

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Environmental Policy Act. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan about how the nonprofit played a role then and what it’s doing today.

Poughkeepsie Is Getting Tough On Reckless Driving

May 12, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The City of Poughkeepsie’s police department is cracking down on reckless driving.

Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

The mayor of Poughkeepsie, New York and the superintendent of the city’s school district are pleading for direct federal aid to help plug large budget deficits and continue services. The area’s Congressional representatives say they are pushing for such aid in the next COVID-19 relief package.

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado is pushing bipartisan legislation that would directly assist local governments in their responses to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The local relief would complement aid to states that congressional representatives are also urging. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Delgado about this bill and more.

Courtesy of Rite-Aid

Rite-Aid is expanding its COVID-19 testing by adding 46 no-charge testing sites. As WAMC’s Allison Dunne tells us, three of these are in the Hudson Valley.

Courtesy of the FDA

A New York state senator has introduced legislation to allow businesses to scan the temperatures of employees, customers and vendors.

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Westchester County officials on Friday said a boy with an inflammatory syndrome potentially related to COVID-19 has died. This comes after the state’s first such death in New York City on Thursday and more than 70 cases statewide.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan delivers COVID-19 briefing, May 7, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

During his latest briefing, the Ulster County executive delivered what he called very good news about the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, another testing site is opening in Kingston while a separate facility is offering antibody testing to first responders. Yet despite positive news in many areas, opioid overdoses have increased.