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SUNY New Paltz's Benjamin To Retire

Feb 11, 2020
Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

After more than 50 years with SUNY New Paltz, a distinguished political scientist and director of the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives will retire.

Courtesy of SUNY Ulster

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has helped introduce legislation to close the skills gap and support technical training in community college and technical education programs.

Rep. Delgado's Hyde Park Town Hall Draws A Full House

Feb 10, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado held his first town hall of the year over the weekend. The 19th District Democrat was in Hyde Park Saturday, talking about his recent work and goals and taking questions from the audience.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The owner of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York has donated what is considered to be among the largest and most important natural science collections in the country. The survey data of the Hudson River and its fish specimens were given to the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.

Lawmakers Press For NYS DOT Rail Crossing Study

Feb 6, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Five years after the deadliest crash in Metro-North Railroad history, New York state lawmakers are renewing calls for safety upgrades to rail grade crossings.

Courtesy of Cornell Cooperative Extension

A new partnership between Cornell Cooperative Extension and a center at SUNY New Paltz includes at least one project that hopes to help farmers respond to invasive species threats.

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Community and environmental advocates, along with some New York state lawmakers, are calling for the withdrawal of a proposed revision to recommended maximum contaminant levels for drinking water. Yet water suppliers welcome the revision that state health officials detailed Tuesday.

Catskill Park Advocates Press For More Funding

Feb 4, 2020
Allison Dunne

Catskill Park advocates are spending the day in Albany calling for increased funding in the proposed budget. And they’re bolstering their advocacy with an updated report on the impact of outdoor activities in the Catskills.

Courtesy of Rye Brook Police

There is progress in reducing the number of truck collisions with a bridge over a major parkway in Westchester County. The county executive says a state-funded project helped. Yet he hopes more can be done using GPS applications.

Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator James Skoufis

A health care facility in Orange County, New York has received a state grant to expand services at its Cornwall campus.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York congressional lawmakers are calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to hold a public hearing on a proposed license transfer for Indian Point for decommissioning.

Schumer Asks Official To Bring Aer Lingus To Stewart

Feb 1, 2020
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is urging an Irish airline to land at Stewart International Airport in Orange County.

Rep. Maloney To Hold Town Halls This Weekend

Feb 1, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

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

Antonio Delgado declares victory.
Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado recently wrapped up his first in-district work week of the year. The Democrat from the 19th district has been working to get to the bottom of an issue concerning federal funding for rural broadband.

Ulster County Exec's Address Concentrates On Youth

Jan 30, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan delivered his first state-of-the-county address Thursday at his alma mater — Kingston High School. He focused on reinvigorating opportunities for the next generation.

Rep. Delgado Announces His SOTU Guest

Jan 30, 2020
Rep. Antonio Delgado
Michael Apollo / WAMC

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has announced who he will bring as his guest to the State of the Union address.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan will deliver his first state-of-the-county address Thursday at his alma mater — Kingston High School. His address will focus on providing opportunities for the next generation. Ryan previewed his speech with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

NYS Senator James Skoufis
Courtes of the Office of NYS Senator James Skoufis

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $178 billion spending plan seeks to close a $6.1 billion hole widened mainly by Medicaid costs. Now, lawmakers in Albany are weighing in, with budget hearings scheduled this week.  WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with state Senator James Skoufis about the governor’s proposal to remedy the shortfall, and more.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was at the site of a Newburgh lake where PFOS contamination was revealed in 2016 today, calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately take up PFAS legislation passed in the House this month.

The Westchester County Board of Legislators this week honored a student who discovered a planet.

Westchester Preps For Wuhan Coronavirus

Jan 24, 2020
Courtesy of the CDC

The Westchester County Health Department is preparing for any cases of coronavirus amid an outbreak in China. This comes as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined the state’s response to two confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S. — in Washington state and Chicago — while investigating four potential cases in New York.

Courtesy of Andy Hart

A land trust has protected property in New York’s Orange County. The property has ties to a Hudson River School artist and the Harlem Renaissance.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reviewing an application from Entergy Nuclear Operations to transfer Indian Point licenses to another company for decommissioning.  The application has kicked off a public comment period and the opportunity to request a hearing.

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Over the past few months, several New York state GOP senators have announced they would not seek re-election. The latest came this week: Republican James Seward.

Courtesy of Westchester County Airport

There is an open house Wednesday night in Westchester County with the Federal Aviation Administration. The aim is to discuss Westchester County Airport noise and air traffic procedures.

A New York state senator has introduced legislation to combat hate speech on social media.

WAMC file photo

School nurses from two lower Hudson Valley counties are participating in a training session Wednesday to respond to the growing number of students with substance abuse problems.

PSC Institutes Rate Hike Plan For Con Edison

Jan 21, 2020
Courtesy of Con Edison

The New York state Public Service Commission has approved a rate hike for Con Edison. The three-year plan approval is for an amount far less than what the utility proposed, but there is still opposition among Westchester customers.

Ulster County Exec Announces Youth Volunteer Effort

Jan 21, 2020

In New York, the Ulster County executive unveiled another initiative ahead of his January 30th state-of-the-county address.

This year, United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region is offering a broader array of volunteer services to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy.