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Members of the New York state Assembly Minority Conference are hosting a forum in Orange County Wednesday night on water quality.

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Tuesday in Orange County, New York state and local authorities were trying to determine what triggered explosions and a fire at a cosmetics factory Monday morning in New Windsor. One employee was found dead and some 125 others were injured, including nine firefighters, at the plant that was cited for safety violations earlier this year.

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State and local authorities are trying to determine what triggered explosions and a fire at a cosmetics factory Monday morning in Orange County that left one employee dead and injured some 125 others, including nine firefighters.

UPDATE:

Authorities say two explosions and a fire at a cosmetics factory in Orange County left 30 to 35 people injured, including seven firefighters caught in the second blast. New Windsor police say the first explosion occurred around 10:15 a.m. Monday at the Verla International cosmetics factory. Firefighters who responded were inside when the second explosion occurred around 10:40 a.m. New Windsor Town Supervisor George Green said up to 35 people were being treated for injuries, including seven firefighters, most of them from the nearby city of Newburgh. He said two of the firefighters were taken to the burn unit at Westchester Medical Center. Officials said none of the injuries appear to be life threatening, officials said. Green said one employee remains unaccounted for. Crews battled the blaze into late Monday afternoon. State emergency response teams had been dispatched.

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New York state health officials have been notifying New Windsor residents of the results of private well testing in the vicinity of Stewart Air National Guard base. The state declared the base a Superfund site in August after identifying it as a source of PFOS contamination in the City of Newburgh’s drinking water supply.

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The New York state Department of Health has begun sampling private wells in the vicinity of Stewart Air National Guard base, which the state Department of Environmental Conservation declared a superfund site in August.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Orange County Monday, urging a federal agency to green-light funding to upgrade water and sewage infrastructure at Stewart International Airport. He says such an overhaul will result in job creation and airport expansion projects.

Reconstruction To Begin On A Hurricane-Damaged Bridge

Aug 21, 2014
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Elected officials gathered in Orange County this morning to announce the start of reconstruction of a bridge damaged by Hurricane Irene in August 2011. They say the lengthy process of securing funding to get construction off the ground needs to be streamlined.

Three years after Hurricane Irene hit the Hudson Valley and destroyed the Forge Hill Bridge over Moodna Creek in New Windsor, elected officials stood in front of the site, announcing that bridge construction begins next week. Here’s Republican state Senator Bill Larkin.

Greenetrack Presents New Windsor Casino Proposal

May 7, 2014
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Details on another of the five proposed casino developments for Orange County were unveiled during a public forum Tuesday night. This proposal comes with a goal of revitalizing an airport.

Representatives of Alabama-based Greenetrack revealed some of the details of a proposed casino development next to Stewart International Airport in New Windsor.

“I feel right at home here, and that’s why I want to operate here.”

That’s Greenetrack President and CEO Luther Winn: