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Dozens of Hudson Valley lawmakers and gun violence prevention advocates gathered Thursday to sign a panel from the original 1969 Woodstock stage. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, the signing was in support of federal gun reform laws, and the panel will be headed on the road.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer looks out on the Catskill Creek on the Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts Center site.
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A Catskill resident has a vision for the future of arts in the Greene County village.

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A New York Congressman and Illinois Senator have introduced a bill to increase access to broadband service for low-income residents.

A now biennial Women and Power conference takes place this weekend at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. Keynote talks, panel conversations, breakout workshops and entertainment feature women leaders from a number of fields. This year, the Omega Women’s Leadership Center is presenting “Women & Power: Gathering Our Strength.” Omega Institute president Carla Goldstein is cofounder of the Omega Women's Leadership Center.

The Westchester County executive has signed a bill to strengthen the county Health Department’s ability to prevent the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases. The legislation was prompted by a measles outbreak in Rockland County and New York City. It comes as Rockland County officials have declared the measles outbreak in their county over.

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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America along with dozens of state, county and local Hudson Valley lawmakers are gathering in Westchester County this afternoon to sign a panel from the original 1969 Woodstock stage.

Rockland Officials Say Measles Outbreak Has Ended

Sep 25, 2019
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The Rockland County executive is declaring an end to the measles outbreak in his county.

Westchester D.A. Discusses School Safety Report

Sep 24, 2019

The Westchester County School Safety Commission has released its recommendations in a report aimed at preventing, planning and responding to school violence. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, who co-chairs the county’s School Safety Commission.

Michelle Hinchey Launches Bid For NYS Senate Seat

Sep 23, 2019
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Michelle Hinchey, daughter of the late New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey, kicked off her bid Monday for New York state Senate. A number of elected officials were on hand, including one current and one former New York congressman.

SUNY New Paltz Hosts Climate Solutions Summit

Sep 21, 2019

A climate solutions summit takes place Saturday at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

As global climate strikes take place across the region today, another focus of climate change is an unaccounted-for source of greenhouse gas emissions. Hudson River sewage overflows are the culprit, and a new study suggests that stopping water pollution is an untapped strategy to mitigate climate change.

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A New York state assemblymember from the Hudson Valley wants the state comptroller’s office to audit broadband providers. She thinks some may be missing the mark.

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A new report says climate change is taking a toll on public health and related costs. The study looked at 10 climate-sensitive events in 2012, such as Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey, and came up with a dollar amount in the billions. The report comes ahead of a planned global climate strike Friday.

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The Village of Rhinebeck, New York, is an Autism Supportive Community, one of just a handful across the country. The effort that began less than a year ago is entering its second phase.

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County legislators and union members are calling for the passage of changes to Westchester’s Displaced Service Employees Protection law ahead of a public hearing tonight on the measure. It aims to close loopholes and protect workers’ jobs when buildings change management or contracts.

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Following New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s emergency executive move Sunday to direct the state health department to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, health advocates say the move doesn’t go far enough, while the industry says the governor is overreaching.

Vassar College and Columbia University have established a partnership for a Master’s Degree in public health.

Some NYS Lawmakers Aim To Ban Flavored E-Cigs

Sep 14, 2019
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Some New York state lawmakers hope to work on measures to ban flavored e-cigarettes and other related legislation when the next session begins in January. This comes amid concern over the recent rise in lung-related illnesses and, in some states, deaths related to vaping. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports the governor is also getting involved.

NY Rep. To Hold Town Hall On Gun Violence Prevention

Sep 14, 2019
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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney is holding a town hall Saturday on gun violence prevention.

Independent redistricting is another step closer to reality in Dutchess County. The county legislature this week unanimously passed a law amending the county charter. Now, it’s up to the voters.

It was highly anticipated for months. Then it was finally released. Now comes the regional tour. Two Dutchess County residents are holding a nonpartisan reading of the Mueller Report in Poughkeepsie beginning Friday. The two-day reading of the Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Election comes after the document has been read aloud over the past few months in other parts of country. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with one of the organizers of the local reading.

Rep. Delgado Focuses On Affordable Housing

Sep 10, 2019

Lawmakers are back in Washington following the summer recess. Democratic New York Congressman Antonio Delgado held a conference call with reporters Tuesday to discuss his activities in the 19th District in recent weeks, including a focus on affordable housing.

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A New York state assemblyman was at the U.S. southern border recently. He visited some of the same places as did congressional members earlier in the summer. Yet Republican Colin Schmitt came away with a different impression, and a final report.

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has started an online petition in opposition to a planned $25 fee to renew license plates.

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Three members of Congress from New York are urging leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees to prevent President Trump from redirecting funding for military projects to a wall at the southern border.

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on CSX to restore safety to a trestle in Ulster County, after rocks have fallen onto vehicles, damaging them and injuring passengers.

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has introduced legislation to boost financial aid and support for working and nontraditional students. The hope is to increase college access without saddling students with debt.

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Former longtime New York state Senator Bill Larkin will be buried with full honors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Efforts also are under way to mint a coin in the name of a local veterans history museum that Larkin helped found.

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A funeral service was held Thursday for former New York state Senator Bill Larkin, who died Saturday at age 91. He was the last World War II veteran in the state legislature.

Hudson Mayor Rick Rector will not seek a second term after losing June’s Democratic primary.