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Dr. Michele Tugade, Psychological Science professor and director of the Affective Science Laboratory at Vassar College
Courtesy of Dr. Michele Tugade/Vassar College

Dr. Michele Tugade’s research focuses on the function of positive emotions in the coping process. She says humans are well equipped with internal tools, readily available to help us be resilient and overcome the stresses and anxieties caused by the global COVID-19 crisis. Tugade is a professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, where she directs the Affective Science Laboratory, investigating the science of emotions, coping and resilience. She spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, SUNY New Paltz has rescheduled its in-person May commencement ceremonies for May 2021.

NY-17 Democratic Primary Candidate Mondaire Jones
Courtesy of Mondaire Jones

One of the Democratic primary candidates in a New York congressional district says his recent virtual town hall to discuss COVID-19 relief efforts was attacked by cyberterrorists.

NRDC, Others Sue EPA Over Temporary Policy

Apr 20, 2020
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The Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s temporary guidance policy that tables enforcement of pollution monitoring because of the coronavirus. EPA, in its policy, says it expects regulated facilities to comply with regulatory requirements and to return to compliance as quickly as possible.

Vassar College President Elizabeth Bradley (left) and Professor of Chinese and Japanese Peipei Qiu inspect some of the packages of PPE that arrived from China.
Courtesy of Rosaleen Cardillo and Jim Kelly, Vassar College

A number of families in China banded together and donated personal protective equipment to Vassar College during the COVID-19 pandemic. The PPE has gone to students on the Poughkeepsie campus who could not go home, as well as employees. The majority of the PPE, though, has been donated to local hospitals and first responders. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with a Vassar professor who worked with the families in China.

NYC DEP Postpones Recreational Boating Season

Apr 19, 2020
Recreational boating on the Schoharie Reservoir
Courtesy of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection will postpone the opening of its recreational boating season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market To Open Early

Apr 18, 2020
Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market
Courtesy of the Mid-Hudson Chidren's Museum

In New York, the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market plans an early opening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Courtesy of the Office of NYS Senator David Carlucci

A New York state Senator from the Hudson Valley plans to introduce legislation to prevent debt collectors from garnishing federal stimulus checks.

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New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Antonio Delgado are urging Congress to include funding for rural communities in the next coronavirus relief package. They say the bureaucratic maze to apply for grants leaves these communities struggling during the COVID-19 crisis.

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

The chair of the New York state Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee says an investigation launched earlier this year into the live event ticketing industry has taken on urgency amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Bethel Woods Launches Project For Students

Apr 16, 2020
Courtesy of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Sullivan County, New York, is starting a project to help students be creative and feel connected.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan and NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Holds Small Business Town Hall, April 16, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul joined the Ulster County executive Thursday afternoon for a small business town hall. They took questions as several small business owners wondered if they’ll ever be able to recover from the pandemic.

Riverkeeper Water Quality Program Director Dan Shapley
Courtesy of Riverkeeper/Dan Shapley

Although other aspects of the pandemic have gotten more attention, there are questions about how COVID-19 relates to water and sewage. Environmental group Riverkeeper has been looking into whether the virus survives in either and poses a transmission risk. Riverkeeper’s Water Quality Program Director Dan Shapley has been researching the subject. He spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Courtesy of the MTA

A coalition of transportation agencies will join in solidarity to honor transportation workers across the tristate region Thursday.

Power Outage Repairs From A Wind Storm Continue

Apr 14, 2020
Utility repair crews for Central Hudson clear a fallen tree on Sodando Road, Hopewell Junction on April 13, 2020
Courtesy of Central Hudson

Power restoration efforts are continuing into Wednesday for portions of the Hudson Valley following Monday’s storm that brought high winds and heavy rains. It caused more than 1.3 million power outages from Texas to Maine Sunday and Monday.

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino says his office is up and running while adhering to New York PAUSE — the state-ordered shutdown of schools and most businesses through at least April 29th.  Many employees are working remotely and participating in videoconferencing. Scarpino spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about how this is working out, and more.

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A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is urging the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to deliver relief to dairy farms impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Courtesy of the City of Kingston

In New York, the City of Kingston has contributed additional money to two organizations that provide emergency food assistance, counseling and more.

Congressman Antonio Delgado (NY-19) with his family saluting healthcare workers at Northern Dutchess Hospital, April 8, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Antonio Delgado

Following the signing of the third coronavirus stimulus package at the end of March, New York Congressman Antonio Delgado is turning his attention to what’s being called COVID Four. Delgado has been focusing on small businesses and family farms in his 19th District, and also, rural broadband.

Kingston City School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Padalino and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan virtual town hall, April 7, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

It has been some three weeks since schools across New York closed. In that time, it’s been a steep learning curve to carry on remotely. We get one view of how it’s been to run a school district during the COVID-19 pandemic from a superintendent in Ulster County.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day
Courtesy of the Office of Rockland County Executive Ed Day

The Rockland County executive is trying to curb the COVID-19 pandemic as residents in certain pockets of the county ignore social distancing rules. Following last week’s uncertainty about enforcing the rules, and a back-and-forth with the governor’s office, Republican Ed Day says there is now clarity as confirmed cases in his county continue to rise.

Kingston City School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Padalino and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan during Facebook Live Town Hall, April 7, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

There are plans to add a COVID-19 treatment bed facility in Ulster County, New York. County Executive Pat Ryan made the announcement during a Facebook Live Town Hall Tuesday with the superintendent of the Kingston City School District.

WAMC file photo

Hudson, New York Mayor Kamal Johnson has rolled out a program to help students affected by COVID-19.

(from left to right) Dr. Karla Vermeulen, Deputy Director; Dr. Amy Nitza, Director; and Cassandre Surinon, Special Programs Manager, the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz.
Courtesy of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz

The Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz has put out a Psychological First Aid & Stress Management toolkit. The strategies are to help faculty, staff, students and others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan holds a virtual town hall
Courtesy of the Office of the Ulster County Executive

The Ulster County executive has a warning about capacity for COVID-19 patients in his county.

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

New York Congressman Antonio Delgado held a telephone town hall Friday. The Democrat from the 19th District was joined by a few others to help address questions and concerns about the pandemic.

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

A New York state senator from the Hudson Valley is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to marshal coordination with local law enforcement to ensure residents in Orange and Rockland counties are adhering to the state directives for the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rockland County executive has been pressing the state to allocate more resources to his county.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan holds a virtual town hall
Courtesy of the Office of the Ulster County Executive

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced a new policy resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.

In New York, as a result of the COVID-19 response, a meeting at which recommended maximum contaminant levels for three chemicals were to come up for a vote has been postponed.

Metro-North President Discusses COVID-19 Response

Apr 3, 2020
MTA Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi
Courtesy of MTA Metro-North Railroad

Weekly ridership on Metro-North Railroad has plummeted in the last three weeks amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting state restrictions. Essential workers have plenty of room to spread out on any of Metro-North’s east and west of the Hudson River lines. MTA Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi says recent measures have included suspending cash on board and encouraging the use of e-tickets. She spoke with WAMC’s Allison Dunne.

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