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Candidates for four Ulster County offices running in November’s general election met for a forum this morning in Kingston. One of the key races is for comptroller.

NYS Senator Carlucci Enters Congressional Race

Oct 21, 2019

New York state Senator David Carlucci made it official Monday morning: he will run to replace fellow Democrat Nita Lowey, who is not seeking re-election to the U.S. House after 16 terms. He joins a few other Democrats already in the field. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Carlucci this morning shortly after he made the announcement via video.

A town board in Westchester County is asking voters to consider converting three elected offices to appointed positions.

Courtesy of New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to lend assistance after a forest fire devastated land at a popular hiking destination in the Hudson Highlands.

Courtesy of Mount Vernon City School District

A school district in the lower Hudson Valley is dedicating an auditorium to an award-winning actor, who will be on hand for the event.

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney is holding four town halls this weekend.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The candidates for Dutchess County executive agreed on little during a League of Women Voters forum this week. The two have different ideas about what has been happening in the county and how the county should move forward.

Dutchess Becomes First Autism Supportive County In NY

Oct 17, 2019
Courtesy of Anderson Center for Autism

The Anderson Center for Autism in Dutchess County, New York has designated Dutchess an Autism Supportive County. This makes Dutchess the first county in the state to achieve such recognition.

A political newcomer is taking on a longtime incumbent district attorney in Dutchess County. The two candidates answered questions during a League of Women Voters forum Wednesday night at the FDR site in Hyde Park.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The City of Poughkeepsie Police Department will be a using a federal grant to hire new officers. New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was outside the police department Tuesday to announce the grant that’s been waiting in the wings since 2015.

Westchester is creating an advisory council on people with disabilities. County Executive George Latimer signed the bill that enables the council, marking disability awareness month.

The Marist Poll Creates An Academy

Oct 14, 2019
Courtesy of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion

At a time when polls permeate the national dialogue, The Marist Poll in Poughkeepsie has created an online educational platform. The aim is to address some of the most misunderstood and misreported aspects of polling.

Clearwater Hosts Indigenous Peoples' Day Sail

Oct 14, 2019
Courtesy of Clearwater

The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater is hosting an Indigenous Peoples’ History sail Monday.

Activists Plan Climate Rally In Poughkeepsie

Oct 13, 2019

Climate activists and organizations from across New York will gather in Poughkeepsie Sunday afternoon.

In a move that surprised the political class from Washington to New York, Hudson Valley Congresswoman Nita Lowey said Thursday she will not seek re-election. The Democrat from the 17th District that includes all of Rockland County and part of Westchester has been in Congress since 1989. Lowey spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about her decision.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Central Hudson is cleaning up the site of a former manufactured gas plant in the City of Poughkeepsie. The remediation is taking place on the shoreline and in the Hudson River. But until there is agreement about plans to protect the river and a drinking water source nearby, the river portion of the cleanup has been delayed.

After anti-Semitic materials were found at a Westchester County memorial for Holocaust victims, there will be a vigil at the site. Plus, a state lawmaker is calling for passage of his legislation.


Two New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley say Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed their bill to help establish a distillery in Putnam County.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

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.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

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.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

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.

Courtesy of the NYPD

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.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

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.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

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
Courtesy of Rockland Community College

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

WAMC, Allison Dunne

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.

Courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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