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UNICEF and SUNY New Paltz are partnering to train mental health professionals in Puerto Rico.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan
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Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced today that the U.S. EPA will begin an emergency cleanup of the Tech City industrial site next month. The first-term Democrat says the cleanup will include demolition and asbestos abatement.

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Westchester County legislators are considering whether to ban certain animals at shows.

Yonkers Provides Free, Reusable Bags To Residents

Feb 26, 2020
Courtesy of the City of Yonkers

In anticipation of the start of New York’s statewide ban on single-use plastic bags beginning March 1, Yonkers residents will be able to get a hold of free, reusable bags.

Poughkeepsie Farm Project Launches A New Program

Feb 26, 2020
Courtesy of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project

A member-supported farm in Dutchess County, New York, has a new program to put fresh produce into the kitchens of many students and their families.

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The director of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie has been on the job around seven months. Barton Thurber spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about his plans for the museum and its programs. And by way of disclosure, WAMC’s Hudson Valley bureau is based at Vassar.

EPA Inches Toward PFAS Drinking Water Regulation

Feb 24, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken the next step toward setting drinking water limits for two PFAS chemicals — PFOA and PFOS. Environmentalists say the step is small and they want to see quicker, bolder action.

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Lawmakers from the Hudson Valley are among those calling for funding in the New York state budget for a veterans peer support program. They want to sustain the program in the counties where it already exists, and expand it elsewhere in the state.

Westchester Legislators To Consider Paper Bag Fee

Feb 24, 2020

With New York state’s ban on single-use plastic bags taking effect March 1, Westchester County legislators will consider whether to implement a fee on paper bags.

Nine of the Democrats who want to succeed longtime Democratic New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey will discuss environmental issues during a forum Sunday.

Dutchess County Exec's Address Focuses On 'Home'

Feb 21, 2020
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro delivering his State of the County address, Feb. 20, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro delivered his state-of-the-county address Thursday. He proposed a number of initiatives across several areas, with a theme of “Home.”

WAMC, Allison Dunne

State lawmakers and others stood outside the New York state Bridge Authority headquarters at the Mid-Hudson Bridge Thursday to speak out against a proposed merger with the state Thruway Authority. They say such a merger would negatively impact the five Bridge Authority crossings. Thruway Authority officials, however, see it differently.

The film distributor for “Parasite” will receive the 2020 Honorary Trailblazer Award at the Woodstock Film Festival in October.

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Standard & Poor’s Rating Services has reaffirmed Dutchess County government’s bond rating, citing strong county management and budgetary performance.

FILE: Orange County DA David Hoovler
Karen DeWitt

Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said Wednesday Nicole Layman of Port Jervis has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of a newborn found in a vacant lot. 

Number Of Opioid Deaths Decreases In Ulster County

Feb 19, 2020

Opioid overdose deaths are down in a county that had the second highest per-capita rate of opioid fatalities of any county in New York in 2018.

Rendering by Andrew Trodler courtesy of the Open Space Institute

The Open Space Institute plans to expand access to portions of a state park in Putnam County.

Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

The Common Council in Poughkeepsie is set to vote on a resolution Tuesday that would move the city toward establishing a land bank.

Courtesy of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

Clearwater’s annual music festival is being scaled down this year. The Beacon, New York-based nonprofit suffered a financial loss from last year’s festival and wants to set itself afloat before sinking more money into another big production. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Clearwater’s executive director about the decision and what lies ahead.

OSI Announces Plan to Expand Access To Fahnestock

Feb 16, 2020
Rendering by Andrew Trodler, courtesy of the Open Space Institute

The Open Space Institute has a plan to improve recreational access at a state park in the Hudson Valley.

Two Candidates Enter NY19 Race

Feb 15, 2020

With the Congressional primary less than five months away, the race for New York’s 19th district is slowly taking shape on the Republican side. And the 2018 Green Party candidate is running again. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on what has previously been a swing district contest.

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A New York congressman has authored a bill to reduce vaping on college campuses.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state-funded water filtration system intended to alleviate the PFOS water woes in Newburgh has been up and running for some time, but not for its originally intended purpose.

Courtesy of Stewart Air National Guard Base

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is urging the secretary of the Air Force to select Stewart Air National Guard base in Orange County as home for a new squadron.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Residents of a town in rural Dutchess County want answers about how a property-tax decrease went down another 50 percent in a town board budget process that left some councilmembers and community members in the dark. The decrease occurred under the previous administration in Stanford; and now the current one is investigating.

NRC Extends Comment Period Regarding Indian Point

Feb 14, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has agreed to extend the public comment period for the Indian Point nuclear power plant license transfer application another 30 days. The NRC is reviewing an application to transfer Entergy’s three Buchanan-based reactors to a Holtec International subsidiary for decommissioning.

Two New York state lawmakers from Rockland County and relatives of a victim of the Parkland, Florida school shooting will be in Albany today. They’ll be joined by other lawmakers and students in calling for passage of a law named for the victim.

Courtesy of Clearwater Festival

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has announced it will hold a smaller event this year instead of its larger, annual music festival. This comes after the Beacon-based nonprofit incurred a financial loss after last year’s festival.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

In his budget, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposes merging the state Thruway Authority with the Bridge Authority. Several Hudson Valley lawmakers oppose the idea, staying protective of the Bridge Authority.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says preliminary results indicate the Village of New Paltz’s water storage tanks have non-detectable levels of petroleum compounds. The Ulster County village issued a “do not drink advisory” earlier this week.