Hudson Valley News

Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

The SUNY Board of Trustees on Wednesday voted unanimously in favor of a resolution to remove and replace the names of six buildings at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Courtesy of Rockland County government

Republican Rockland County Executive Ed Day is warning against a New York state budget that dumps costs onto counties, towns and villages.

An interfaith symposium Wednesday in Rockland County was planned prior to the mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand last week. But organizers say the shootings make it more important than ever to confront hatred and intolerance.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

One of the reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York is offline. The unexpected shutdown comes as the other unit is also offline for a scheduled refueling outage.

NYS DOT Starts Project At A Putnam Interchange

Mar 19, 2019
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The New York state Department of Transportation has begun a project in Putnam County to improve an interchange.

Pat Bradley/WAMC

A New York congressman is encouraging Americans around the world to send cards to a World War II veteran in the Hudson Valley who will be celebrating his 100th birthday. 

NYS Senator Discusses Budget Issues

Mar 18, 2019

With the New York state budget due April 1, it’s time to reconcile the legislature’s proposals with the governor’s spending plan. On Monday, one of the Hudson Valley’s Democratic state senators discussed aspects of the Senate’s budget, and weighed in on such topics as legalizing recreational marijuana and sports betting.

Singer/Songwriter Urges Unity In Congress

Mar 18, 2019
Courtesy of Annie Dinerman

A New York City-based singer/songwriter is making a plea for unity in Congress. Annie Dinerman has written Adult R&B and Old School R&B with a contemporary touch, but her latest song enters the realm of politics. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Dinerman about her newest work.

Kingston, New York residents have a new way to contact city officials with issues and concerns.

Ground Source Heat Pump, courtesy of NYSERDA

New York state is moving forward with a Clean Energy Action Plan for Westchester County. It’s meant provide immediate relief to the county’s businesses and residents impacted by Con Edison’s moratorium on natural gas hookups.

Courtesy of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

A New York congressman has reintroduced legislation to honor the Purple Heart Hall of Honor with a commemorative coin.

Westchester Will Set Up A War Dog Memorial

Mar 14, 2019

Westchester County plans to establish a war dog memorial at one of its parks. The announcement came Wednesday, on National K-9 Veterans Day.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Wikimedia Commons

Two measles cases have been confirmed in residents of Sullivan County, New York. This comes amid a measles outbreak in Rockland County.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A district judge in White Plains federal court on Tuesday denied a request to allow unvaccinated children to return to a school in Rockland County. The lawsuit is moving forward during what the judge terms an “unprecedented measles outbreak.”

Indian Point Unit 3 Undergoes Its Final Refueling

Mar 11, 2019
WAMC, Allison Dunne

One of the units at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County has begun its final refueling and maintenance outage before being permanently shut down in 2021.

A New York state assemblyman from the Hudson Valley says the current process to create new villages is too simple.

Courtesy of SUNY Ulster

SUNY Ulster has received a grant to help women in the county who are living in poverty get an education, skills and more for gainful employment. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with SUNY Ulster’s Mindy Kole about the program set to kick off in the fall.

A New York state assemblymember has released a booklet celebrating Hudson Valley women.

Congressman Maloney Will Hold Town Halls In Dutchess

Mar 9, 2019

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney will hold two town halls in Dutchess County Saturday.

Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

Following more than a year-and-a-half of discussion, the State University of New York at New Paltz is poised to rename buildings in one of its complexes. The College Council voted unanimously this week to assign new names to six buildings whose names are connected with slave owners. The college’s president supports the move.

New York state Senator James Skoufis was in Newburgh Friday to announce an ongoing statewide investigation into housing conditions and code enforcement outside New York City. Newburgh is one of four municipalities, all in the listening area, at the heart of the investigation.

" A lot of the flowers and plants that are in her watercolors and on the china, are things that would have grown in her garden here and are part of the local landscape."
Composite photo Dave Lucas / WAMC & Thomas Cole National Historic Site

An artist with deep roots in upstate New York is being celebrated this month with the first exhibition of her work in over a century.

Two Colleges Announce An Agreement As One Is Closing

Mar 7, 2019

With The College of New Rochelle in Westchester County, New York closing its doors, an agreement is in the works to send the students to a new campus in the Hudson Valley.

Courtesy of Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Using less road salt would help mitigate damaging effects on the environment, and on municipal and state budgets. So says a new report from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, which recommends strategies for reining in the overuse of road salt. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the report’s lead author.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The parent company of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York is working towards selling the plant once it shuts down.

Courtesy of Sullivan County Legislature

There will be public hearings in Sullivan County, New York about potentially staggering legislators’ terms, an idea recommended by the county’s most recent Charter Review Commission.

NYS Awards Funding For Airport Improvements

Feb 21, 2019
Courtesy of Westchester County Airport

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that $23.6 million in infrastructure funding has been awarded to 31 airports across the state. The money is to support safety enhancements, modernization, operational improvements and local business development. Three airports in the Hudson Valley are on the receiving end.

DoD Says No To Reimbursing Newburgh For PFAS Expenses

Feb 21, 2019

The federal government has told Newburgh that it will not reimburse the city for expenses incurred from PFAS contamination emanating from Stewart Air National Guard base. The interim city manager says the response is unacceptable. Meantime, the area around the base is one of eight communities selected for a government PFAS study.

Courtesy of Clearwater

The Great Hudson River Revival, known as the Clearwater Festival, is returning for its usual June weekend this year. There was a question about whether it would be back this year as Clearwater was navigating choppy seas. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Clearwater Executive Director Greg Williams about the environmental group’s changes and two big anniversaries at this year’s festival.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Democratic Senator Charles Schumer was in the Hudson Valley Tuesday. He was there telling local police departments and elected officials that he will try to secure funding for high-tech detection tools in the battle against opioid addiction.