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Poughkeepsie Creates A COVID-19 Parks Response Team

May 8, 2020
Courtesy of the City of Poughkeepsie

In New York, City of Poughkeepsie officials are reminding the public about park policies along with social distancing and mask-wearing rules during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kingston Mayor Steve Noble
Courtesy of Steve Noble

Kingston, New York officials say their city could lose up to $5 million in revenues because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They expect to collect significantly less sales and property tax revenue than estimated, and they expect a decline in other revenue sources.

Kingston Mayor Discusses Reopening, Recovery

May 7, 2020
Kingston Mayor Steve Noble
Courtesy of Kingston Mayor Steve Noble

The mayor of Kingston, New York is trying to keep his residents safe while looking toward a gradual reopening. Meantime, he’s posing an economic recovery plan to address the city’s impending budget deficit, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Steve Noble spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Courtesy of Orange County, NY government

A New York congressman is sponsoring a bill to support healthcare and other essential workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

SUNY Orange President Dr. Kristine Young
Courtesy of SUNY Orange

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently named the New York Forward Re-Opening Advisory Board to help guide the state's re-opening strategy. The advisory board includes more than 100 business, community and civic leaders from across the state. SUNY Orange President Dr. Kristine Young is serving on the board. She spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Rockland County Exec Institutes Hiring Freeze

May 6, 2020
Courtesy of Rockland County government

The Rockland County executive has taken another step to mitigate the fiscal damage from the COVID-19 pandemic. Municipalities around New York hard-hit by the virus have been taking similar measures.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer delivers COVID-19 update March 26, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

Westchester County has begun COVID-19 testing in its nursing homes as New York is reporting more than 1,700 previously undisclosed deaths at nursing homes and adult care facilities. Meantime, the Westchester County Center, which the state had set up as an overflow hospital, is being used in another capacity — antibody testing for the county’s first responders.

Courtesy of the Orange County Health Department

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Orange County’s Health Department has released a mobile app.

Kingston, New York officials say their city could lose up to $5 million in revenues because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They expect to collect significantly less sales and property tax revenues than estimated, and they expect a decline in other revenue sources.

NYS Senator Jen Metzger, 42nd District
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator Jen Metzger

A New York state senator has introduced a bill to put an end to including non-budgetary legislation in the state budget.

NYS Senator Pete Harckham, 40th District,  gives a thumb's up to a donor at the food drive in Sleepy Hollow, May 2, 2020
Senator Harckham

In a typical year, New York state lawmakers would be entering the last few weeks of the legislative session — with the state budget already finished but the so-called “big ugly” still looming. This year has been anything but typical. But one New York state senator said he expects to be back in Albany in the next week or two, though there has been no formal announcement. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with first-term state Senator Pete Harckham about this and other COVID impacts.

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson
Courtesy of the Office of the New Rochelle mayor

New Rochelle, New York was once the epicenter of the highest number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. In March, there was a containment zone set up for two weeks before the implementation of statewide orders. That same month, New Rochelle became the site of New York’s first drive-through COVID-19 mobile testing. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Mayor Noam Bramson about how the city has been faring since.

Hudson Valley COVID-19 Response, at the Orange County Emergency Operations Center, March 6, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Malonoey

The Orange County executive and county health commissioner joined New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Thursday for a Facebook live town hall. They answered questions ranging from when nonessential businesses may open to the viability of summer events.

Donkey Hotey/Flickr

With residents facing economic hardship from the COVID-19 crisis, a New York state senator from the lower Hudson Valley has introduced legislation to delay the property tax deadline.

Courtesy of the Office of Assemblyman Ron Kim

New York state lawmakers are pushing legislation to better protect nursing home residents. They say they’re hearing reports of residents not receiving proper care during the COVID-19 pandemic and poor communication with family members.

The first of two functioning reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York’s Westchester County is permanently shutting down tonight. It's something that might have garnered some in-person fanfare, but the COVID-19 pandemic has squelched any such recognition. Meantime, two area state lawmakers are promoting a few bills pertaining to the shutdown.

Indian Point Unit 2 Permanently Shuts Down Today

Apr 30, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The first of two functioning reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York’s Westchester County will be permanently shut down Thursday.

WAMC File Photo

Mid-Hudson Valley nonprofit organizations are reeling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in widespread shutdowns. A recent survey shows income is plummeting while many see an increased need for services.

Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY-19)
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Antonio Delgado

AARP members in New York’s 19th congressional district had the opportunity to ask their representative questions about the federal response to COVID-19. The nonpartisan AARP held a telephone town hall with Democratic Congressman Antonio Delgado Monday about the concerns of older Americans.

Omega Postpones On-Campus Programs

Apr 28, 2020
The Gardens at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
Courtesy of Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York is postponing programs on its campus until 2021. And it has already implemented furloughs and other cost-cutting measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

NY Rep Opens Inquiry Into Withholding WHO Funding

Apr 28, 2020
Congressman Eliot Engel
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Eliot Engel

A New York congressman has launched an inquiry into the Trump Administration’s decision to withhold funding from the World Health Organization.

Courtesy of Westchester County government

The Westchester County executive signed a property tax relief bill Monday. The aim is to help taxpayers alleviate financial difficulties brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The county executive also delivered a COVID-19 update. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, a slow reopening is expected.

Courtesy of Orange Packaging Vice President Michael Esposito

A Newburgh, New York-based company has avoided layoffs and possibly going out of business by changing gears during the COVID-19 pandemic. It all started with a Facebook post that connected one of the company’s executives with a friend who works for a nonprofit organization that was in need of personal protective equipment.

Kingston Receives CDBG Money For COVID Recovery

Apr 26, 2020

In New York, the City of Kingston has been awarded funding to aid in COVID-19 recovery.

Dutchess Launches Donation Drive For Childcare Centers

Apr 25, 2020
Courtesy of Dutchess County government

A New York state Senator and the Dutchess County executive have launched a donation drive to support those caring for the children of first responders, healthcare workers and other essential employees.

View south from Breakneck Ridge
Courtesy of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

It’s been called one of the most popular day hikes in America, and has become an overrun destination during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, Breakneck Ridge and surrounding trails have been closed ahead of a weekend that could have seen thousands more descend upon Putnam County’s Cold Spring area. WAMC”S Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.

The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday passed an emergency coronavirus relief package to support small business relief programs. New York Congressman Antonio Delgado voted in support of the measure that also includes funding for hospitals and a national COVID-19 testing strategy.

After getting the package from the Senate Tuesday, U.S. House members voted this afternoon on a fourth COVID relief measure that replenishes a Small Business Administration relief programs. New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney voted in support of the package but says it’s not nearly enough.

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 says he supports a regional, incremental restart of the economy in New York state. Meantime, the county continues its focus on COVID-19 testing as it stares down hefty revenue losses from the statewide closure of non-essential businesses. Molinaro spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

NRC Delivers Briefing On Indian Point Decommissioning

Apr 22, 2020
Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, Buchanan, NY
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a briefing with reporters Tuesday about the upcoming decommissioning of the Indian Point nuclear power plant. The Westchester County-based plant is scheduled to permanently shut down Unit 2 next week, and Unit 3, one year later.

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