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Ulster County seal
Courtesy of Ulster County government

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced that access to county buildings will be limited and more staffing will be remote as COVID-19 cases escalate.

O&R on scene after Tropical Storm Isaias damage, August 2020
Courtesy of Orange and Rockland Utilities

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced that a state commission completed its investigation into what he calls an apparent failure of electric utilities to adequately prepare for and respond to a recent tropical storm. Three of New York’s largest utilities face potential fines totaling millions of dollars. Two could see their licenses revoked.

Congressman-Elect Mondaire Jones at the Frederick Douglass statue in Emancipation Hall at the U.S. Capitol
Courtesy of NY-17 Congressman-Elect Mondaire Jones

A New York congressman-elect in the Hudson Valley will represent the freshman class as part of a U.S. House leadership team.

Hudson Valley County Executives, Deputy County Executive, Health Commissioners Hold Briefing On COVID And The Holidays
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Thursday added COVID-19 micro-clusters in three Hudson Valley counties. Earlier in the day, four county leaders and their health commissioners held a briefing to implore the public not to get casual about the virus, especially with the holidays around the corner.

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An environmental group based in New York’s Hudson Valley is refocusing its mission. Plus, its president is stepping down next year.

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Because of increasing COVID-19 case numbers throughout the Hudson Valley, some county employees will be switching from in-person work to working remotely.

Dutchess Stadium
Courtesy of Dutchess Tourism

The Dutchess County comptroller has issued an audit report on Dutchess Stadium, home of the minor league baseball team the Hudson Valley Renegades. Earlier this month, the team was announced as an affiliate of the New York Yankees.

Dr. Amy Bass
Courtesy of Dr. Amy Bass

The 2020 election was historic on a number of fronts. Voting patterns changed in some states and on many levels. Dr. Amy Bass, professor of Sports Studies at Manhattanville College in Westchester County, says there’s a new voting bloc — athletes. She spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

City of Poughkeepsie seal
Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

City Hall in Poughkeepsie will be closed to the public starting Tuesday after a number of city employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivers COVID-19 briefing, with Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins, November 16, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

As COVID-19 cases increase across New York and the nation, Westchester County is no exception. In fact, the sharp uptick has the county executive and his team very concerned and working to keep any part of the county from facing the most severe of state-imposed restrictions.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announces a new mobile rapid response team including a rapid mobile testing vehicle, November 16, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

The Ulster County executive held a rare weekend call with county and local leaders on Saturday. Democrat Pat Ryan says it’s time to collaborate even further to let residents know how important it is to stop the spread of COVID-19 as a second wave emerges.

Kingston Officials Adopt An Open Space Plan

Nov 15, 2020
Kingston Open Space Vision Map
Courtesy of the City of Kingston

Kingston officials have adopted an open space plan for the city that includes several recommendations for taking into account natural resources.

NY Gov Signs Outdoor Rx Act For Veterans

Nov 14, 2020
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this week signed legislation that requires the state Division of Veterans’ Services to review issues relating to veterans' ability to access state parks, and facilities. A Hudson Valley assemblymember was a bill sponsor.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day delivers COVID-19 briefing November 10, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Rockland County Executive Ed Day/screenshot by WAMC, Allison Dunne

As the number of COVID-19 cases rises nationally and in New York, counties in the Hudson Valley are also seeing their numbers increase. One leader says his county is at the beginning of a second wave, while another is hopeful as a drug company with offices in his county is developing a COVID-19 vaccine.

Poughkeepsie DPW Workers Test Positive For COVID-19

Nov 12, 2020
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 / cdc.gov)

Seven Department of Public Works employees in Poughkeepsie have tested positive for COVID-19.

NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

New York state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who made history in 2019 as the first woman to lead the chamber, is celebrating fellow Democrat Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s history-making victory. Stewart-Cousins spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about the presidential race and local elections and more.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Yonkers Police Launch Anti-Group Violence Initiative at Ashburton and Nepperhan Avenues, November 5, 2020
Courtesy of Maurice Mercado/City of Yonkers

A city in Westchester County, New York has unveiled an initiative to target gang-related activity.

Bard College President Leon Botstein and senior Sadia Saba enter the new voting site at the Bertelsmann Campus Center on Election Day 2020
Courtesy of Karl Rabe

A New York state Supreme Court judge allowed Bard College to set up a polling site on Election Day after a long legal battle. So, how did it turn out? Here’s an update on a story we’ve been following since Bard and other petitioners sued to move the polling site on campus.

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 / cdc.gov)

In New York, Dutchess County officials say a poll worker who staffed a polling site on Election Day has tested positive for COVID-19.

Rendering of planned neighborhood at former jail site in Kingston
Courtesy of Ulster County government

A housing project in Ulster County, New York is moving forward with the selection of a development team and release of preliminary designs. Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan talked about the project during his COVID-19 briefing Thursday.

Professor Dan McCarthy, Manhattanville College
Courtesy of Dan McCarthy/Manhattanville College

A number of New York state Senate races, especially in the Hudson Valley, hang in the balance, awaiting absentee ballot counting to see if Democrats gain ground. Two congressional races that are closer than expected expose a rift in the Democratic Party and the strength of Republicans regardless of President Trump’s actions. So says Dr. Dan McCarthy, an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College in Westchester County who specializes in American government. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

The New York State Capitol
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A number of New York state Senate races in the Hudson Valley have not been decided. It could be weeks before constituents know who will represent them next year.

Two U.S. House Races In The Hudson Valley Are Close

Nov 4, 2020
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
WAMC/Allison Dunne

Some congressional races in New York’s Hudson Valley ended up closer than predicted and while the incumbents have declared victory, their opponents have not conceded. 

Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivers weekly COVID-19 briefing November 2, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

The Westchester County executive says a pattern of a higher number of COVID-19 cases continues but has not neared crisis status. Separately, he says the county is prepared for any issues regarding election security and rallies.

Susie Ibarra next to her sound installation "Water Rhythms: Listening to Climate Change” at Innisfree Garden, Millbrook, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

On a quintessential Hudson Valley fall morning, a world premiere took place at a garden tucked away in Dutchess County. The sound installation was commissioned for the TED Climate Countdown and was live-streamed for a virtual kick-off event in October. Visitors to Innisfree Garden that day heard meditative music and sounds, played continuously while people’s interactions and reactions to the sounds were part of the live-stream. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was there.

Walk-in tub
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A New York congressman has introduced a bill to help senior citizens age in place by providing a tax credit.

NYS Senator Jen Metzger
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator Jen Metzger

A New York state senator has introduced legislation to require judges and court clerks to undergo training related to domestic violence.

Karen Smythe, NYS Senate District 41 candidate
Courtesy of Karen Smythe

One of the Hudson Valley’s New York state Senate races is a rematch from 2018. Democrat Karen Smythe is running against incumbent Republican Sue Serino in the 41st district. Smythe spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about her campaign approach and platform.

RIver herring
Courtesy of Riverkeeper

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Thursday announced that more than $855,000 has been awarded to help communities in the Hudson River Estuary watershed.

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The Republican candidate in New York’s 18th House District says she is disappointed by a Thursday ruling that lets a ballot mistake stand.

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