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Slide portraying zone regulations for COVID-19 clusters
Courtesy of the Office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo via the Office of Rockland County Executive Ed Day

Hoping to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in certain New York City, Broome County and lower Hudson Valley hot spots, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced an initiative that implements zones. The color-coded system essentially amounts to containment zones with new rules and restrictions in each. The Orange and Rockland county executives say they fully support the new effort.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo gives COVID press briefing (NY Health Commission Dr. Howard Zucker, right) October 5, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

COVID-19 clusters in parts of New York City and Orange and Rockland Counties are raising alarm. After announcing some schools in clusters in Brooklyn and Queens would close starting tomorrow, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says schools in the Orange and Rockland hotspots are under consideration for closure.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day delivers 2021 budget proposal outside county office building, Oct. 1, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Rockland County Executive Ed Day/screenshot by WAMC, Allison Dunne

It’s budget proposal time across New York as COVID-19 has wreaked fiscal havoc on both state and local governments. Rockland and Orange Counties are seeing some sales-tax recovery and hope for a continued upswing. The proposals don’t include layoffs, but there are property tax increases.

County Execs Plead For Federal Coronavirus Aid

Sep 25, 2020
Orange, Suffolk and Onondaga County Executives hold Zoom press conference to call for federal coronavirus aid, September 25, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone

Three New York county executives, including one from the Hudson Valley, are reiterating their call for Congress to deliver coronavirus stimulus aid. With proposed budgets coming out in the next few weeks, county leaders say that without direct state and local aid, further layoffs and service cuts are unavoidable.

From left to right: Orange County Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman; Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus; Orange-Ulster BOCES District Superintendent William Hecht; Orange-Ulster BOCES Operations Director Mark Coleman
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Orange County health commissioner is requiring that masks be worn in all county schools as well as in the transportation to and from school. It comes as the county executive held a virtual Q&A on back-to-school safety Thursday evening.

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus at the podium; Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney of the 18th District
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus spent Thursday in several places for different reasons.  WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne caught up with him in New Windsor to talk about vandalism in a nearby village, mall re-openings and more.

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Orange County Thursday to talk about his bill that was included in a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package the House passed last week. Maloney, an 18th District Democrat, stood with the Orange County executive near a bridge that would benefit from the legislation.

NY Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (bottom right); Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (bottom left); Westchester County Executive George Latimer (upper left); Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus (upper right)
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Three Hudson Valley county executives joined New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Thursday to urge Congress to deliver a coronavirus relief package that includes direct state and local funding. County leaders say they’re looking at steep revenue losses and layoffs unless the federal government throws them a lifeline.

Hudson Valley COVID-19 Response, at the Orange County Emergency Operations Center, March 6, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Malonoey

The Orange County executive and county health commissioner joined New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Thursday for a Facebook live town hall. They answered questions ranging from when nonessential businesses may open to the viability of summer events.

NY Gov Says Woodbury Transit Hub Is Complete

Nov 18, 2019
Courtesy of the office of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

One of the biggest traffic headaches in the Hudson Valley has been alleviated. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Orange County recently to announce the completion of a major transportation hub.

Courtesy of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

Former longtime New York state Senator Bill Larkin will be buried with full honors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Efforts also are under way to mint a coin in the name of a local veterans history museum that Larkin helped found.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A funeral service was held Thursday for former New York state Senator Bill Larkin, who died Saturday at age 91. He was the last World War II veteran in the state legislature.

Orange County To Use TZB Panels For Its Bridges

May 9, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Orange County will receive panels that were salvaged from the Tappan Zee Bridge. The bridge is being dismantled, and the New York State Thruway Authority has been offering counties the panels for $1 each. 

Longtime NYS Senator Bill Larkin Will Retire

May 3, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

It is the end of an era in New York politics. Republican New York state Senator Bill Larkin announced Thursday he will retire. The 90-year-old Hudson Valley senator became the fifth Republican in recent days to announce he will not seek re-election. But Larkin says he had made up his mind four months ago.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Three elected officials joined an environmental group Monday in calling on the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation to revoke or suspend an essential permit for a natural gas power plant in Orange County. At the same time, they voiced concern about the health and safety of area residents during the testing phase of the plant.

Letter Asks DEC To Revoke Or Suspend CPV Permit

Apr 9, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Three elected officials and environmental group Riverkeeper have asked the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation to suspend or revoke an essential permit for a power plant nearing its final stages before operation. The call comes following the March conviction of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide Joseph Percoco on bribery charges that involved state business with two companies, including the power plant.

Calls Mount For NYS To Revoke CPV's Permits

Mar 14, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Tuesday’s conviction of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide Joseph Percoco on bribery charges involved state business with two companies. One is a power plant in Orange County that is nearing completion. WAMC’s Allison Dunne reports some lawmakers are calling on the state to revoke the plant’s permits.

New Dutchess Comptroller To Be Sworn In

Dec 30, 2017

There are a number of swearing-in ceremonies taking place throughout New York beginning this weekend. WAMC’s Allison Dunne tells us about a few in the Hudson Valley.

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There are a number of local and county races today throughout the Hudson Valley. Orange, Rockland and Westchester Counties are picking county executives. And there is a comptroller race in Dutchess County. Plus, some local ballot questions pepper the region, including one in Orange County involving the Hasidic Village of Kiryas Joel.

Candidates For Orange County Executive Debate

Oct 26, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The candidates for Orange County executive debated last night in Middletown. Incumbent Republican Steve Neuhaus and Democratic challenger Patrick Davis delivered their views on a number of topics before an audience of hundreds. Neuhaus is seeking a second four-year term while Davis is a political newcomer.

Incumbent Republican Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus is running for a second term. He faces political newcomer Patrick Davis, a Democrat. The two will face off in a debate Wednesday night in Middletown. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Neuhaus about his first term and his vision for another four years.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney stood with local leaders in Newburgh Thursday, announcing legislation to help turn so-called zombie homes into housing for homeless veterans.

Courtesy of the office of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered the third of his six regional State of the State addresses today in the Hudson Valley. One of his proposals got positive feedback while another is facing some criticism, as he predicted.

Orange County is rolling out free holiday bus service for the greater Newburgh area.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer stood on a train platform in Orange County Thursday. He was in Tuxedo calling on New Jersey Transit and Metro-North to improve emergency communications with passengers following last week’s train crash in Hoboken, New Jersey. A Metro-North spokesman is responding.

A number of elected officials in the Hudson Valley plan to draw attention to national Hunger Action Month by lending a hand Wednesday at local supermarkets.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Democratic New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Orange County Thursday, urging the passage of nearly $2 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus. County officials joined him at Orange County Community College in Newburgh, supporting his call. 

Lucas Willard / WAMC

With statements coming in Friday from local elected officials in the Hudson Valley about the fatal shooting of five Dallas police officers Thursday night, one of the officials has announced his county will hold a vigil next week.

Legoland Proposal For Goshen Is Unveiled Publicly

Jun 15, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The public has gotten its first taste of what a planned Legoland New York would look like. The English company behind the proposed theme park for Orange County delivered a presentation Tuesday night to the Goshen Town Board and an overflow audience.

A Hudson Valley county plans to sue over a proposal to allow a fast-growing Hasidic Jewish village to annex 164 acres of adjacent land.

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