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Former County Legislator For Beacon Dies

Aug 13, 2019
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A former Dutchess County legislator who once lived in Beacon, has died at the age of 87.

Courtesy of the Office of Congresswoman Nita Lowey

New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey held a roundtable discussion Monday on gun violence. She says she will be thinking about all the input and what can be done in the House. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the chair of the House Appropriations Committee about this and more.

Courtesy of the New York State Thruway Authority

The Rockland County Legislature has voted unanimously on a resolution to urge a New York state panel to provide discounted tolls for Rockland residents on the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

A portion of a Sullivan County village could soon be on the National Register of Historic Places, and that, say county officials, could help with downtown revitalization.

Ulster County Starts New Tick Awareness Campaign

Aug 10, 2019
Courtesy of the NYS Department of Health

In New York, the Ulster County executive has announced a plan to help combat tick-borne illnesses.

Two Democratic New York state senators have released a report on code enforcement following a six-month investigation. There are a number of findings and more than 10 legislative recommendations. The report singles out a town in Rockland County for alleged persistent noncompliance.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Department of Defense is establishing a PFAS Task Force to address contamination at more than 400 military installations and surrounding communities across the nation. Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh is one of those places.

A Woodstock Democrat is once again running for New York’s 46th Senate District seat – held by Republican George Amedore.

Legislation introduced by New York’s two U.S. Senators to rename a post office in honor of a former Hudson Valley congressman has passed in their chamber.

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill aimed at preventing the deaths of kids left in hot cars. It follows the deaths of 1-year-old twins from his district.


Following mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, vigils have since been held across the nation. A New York congressman spoke during one held Monday evening in Westchester County.

Courtesy of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

National Purple Heart Day is Wednesday, and events in the Hudson Valley region of New York begin Tuesday.

Courtesy of the Westchester County District Attorney's office

In January, Westchester County implemented a new marijuana prosecution policy. The possession of two ounces or less of marijuana no longer results in a criminal conviction. On July 29, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation further decriminalizing marijuana use in the state. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino about whether the new state law affects county policy.

Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Antonio Delgado

Congress is away from Washington for the month of August, and New York Congressman Antonio Delgado has visited a number of craft breweries as well as family farms so far.

Former special counsel Robert Mueller answers questions from Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney at July's hearing.

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently testified before the U.S. House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. And two Democratic New York Congressmen from the Hudson Valley are providing their takes on whether to move forward with an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. 

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney stood on the banks of the Hudson River in Orange County Thursday touting the passage of a bill banning oil barges from anchoring on the Hudson River. He was flanked by local and state lawmakers and environmentalists.

Courtesy of Black Maria Film Festival

A festival of short films returns to Upstate Films in Rhinebeck Friday. One of the films being screened is by a local filmmaker. It’s based on a one-woman show about a woman who cares for a brother with cerebral palsy.

Hudson Valley Resident Dies From Powassan Virus

Aug 1, 2019

In New York, Ulster County officials says a resident has died from a rare virus spread by infected ticks.

Vassar Urban Education Initiative Receives A Donation

Jul 31, 2019
Courtesy of Vassar College

Family and friends of a late Vassar College alumnus say they will donate $2.25 million to the Poughkeepsie college.

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New York has become the 12th state that allows child care to qualify as a campaign expense. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation Tuesday, saying it is another step toward gender equality and will empower more parents, especially mothers, to seek public office.

Courtesy of the National Weather Service, Albany

Another heat wave is gripping much of the WAMC listening area today, including the Hudson Valley and Capital Region. There is a heat advisory and the potential for another few rounds of severe pop-up thunderstorms.

A judge says the owners of the Woodstock music festival name can license it to create a marijuana brand marking the 50th anniversary of the famed gathering.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Last year, the city of Poughkeepsie Police Department sent out a survey on police-community relations. Now, the results are in.

The Ulster County Fair kicks off tomorrow, but controversy has already started. The performance of a band initially scheduled for Thursday was cancelled last week, following outcry over the group’s name and logo.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Environmental groups are urging the New York state Department of Health to lower recommended levels for three drinking water contaminants. A public comment period on the recommendations for PFOA and PFOS is now open.

The Ulster County Fair gets underway Tuesday, July 30th,  and one of the bands slated to perform has been canceled amid controversy about the confederate flag. The band had also been recently cancelled at an Illinois state fair.

New Rochelle Puts On A Parade For Rivera

Jul 27, 2019

New Rochelle will celebrate a former resident’s major accomplishments. There’s a parade Saturday for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown earlier this month.

Michelle Hinchey, daughter of the late New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey, is exploring a run for a state Senate seat.

Rockland County Exec Ends Measles State Of Emergency

Jul 25, 2019
Courtesy of Rockland County Health Department

For the first time since he first declared one, the Rockland County executive is not renewing a measles state of emergency. Republican Ed Day allowed his fourth declaration to expire at midnight, saying the measles crisis has subsided but the outbreak hasn’t ended.


A New York congressman has introduced bipartisan legislation to provide tax relief for self-employed business owners.