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More than 80 organizations are urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to protect Rockland County drinking water from PFAS contamination. It comes some seven months after residents learned the county’s drinking water, in several locations, was contaminated with PFOA and PFOS.

Alyssa Arcaya, acting chief of Drinking Water and Municipal in the infrastructure branch of the EPA.
Screenshot by Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The Rockland County legislature and a representative of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a virtual panel Wednesday amid concerns over the level of PFAS contamination in the county’s drinking water.

A police officer gets vaccinated
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As New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, he says the state will establish a mass vaccination site in Rockland County.

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and New York Congressman Mondaire Jones are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help get to the bottom of PFAS contamination in Rockland County’s drinking water. This comes after PFOA in drinking water exceeded the state’s new limits.

Colleen Laico, from Kingston, NY, a medical professional at the ER at Kingston Hospital, receives her COVID-19 vaccination at MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie, December 18, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

Several lawmakers in the Hudson Valley are urging New York state officials to set up joint COVID-19 vaccine distribution sites closer to home. Local leaders in the region have repeatedly said traveling to the closest state sites is too far for many mid-Hudson region residents. 

A COVID-19 vaccination site at the University at Albany
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says 13 pop-up vaccination sites are coming online this week; two are in the lower Hudson Valley.

Hand sanitizer
WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says five companies in the state have received a combined nearly $2 million in incentives to help produce COVID-19-related supplies. In this latest round, one company is in the Hudson Valley.

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Counties in New York’s Hudson Valley are among those beefing up security this weekend. This is in case any rallies or protests get out of hand ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration January 20, and after the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol last week.

Promotion "Hudson Falls" poster from Vimeo
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The COVID-19 pandemic changed practically every facet of life. For filmmakers, it prompted a different type of creativity. A Rockland County resident was one of the first to film when New York reopened, and decided to shoot a TV pilot entirely in Rockland. He and one of the show’s actors spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Because of increasing COVID-19 case numbers throughout the Hudson Valley, some county employees will be switching from in-person work to working remotely.

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

Hudson Valley Counties Remember Lives Lost On 9/11

Sep 11, 2020
Rockland County 9/11 remembrance ceremony
Courtesy of Rockland County government

Remembrance ceremonies are taking place throughout New York and elsewhere today, honoring the lives of those who died in the September 11th terrorist attacks 19 years ago. And for the first time, some remembrances are virtual because of COVID-19 safety concerns. A few Hudson Valley counties held their ceremonies this morning, while others will host evening ceremonies on what is now called Patriot Day.

Rockland County 9/11 memorial
Courtesy of Rockland County government

Several municipalities across New York are holding virtual or hybrid 9/11 commemoration ceremonies. It has been 19 years since the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Rockland County workers clean up after storm damage, August 2020
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As outages persist throughout New York’s Hudson Valley following Tropical Storm Isaias, some elected officials are pointing fingers at the response of their utility companies. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for an investigation and some power restoration estimates are still pending.

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Rockland County, New York has a new program to help small businesses and nonprofits reopen safely emerging from the COVID-19 crisis.

NYS Senator James Skoufis
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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.

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

The White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator has singled out two counties in the New York City suburbs as having the fastest growing number of cases. And now the Rockland County executive is asking for immediate state assistance.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day Declares a State of Emergency, March 16, 2020
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Following similar moves across the Northeast, the Rockland County Executive has declared a state of emergency. It includes four orders, which, if violated, carry penalties and fines. The last time he issued orders with such teeth was about a year ago during the measles outbreak.

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Rockland County Health Department is alerting residents of potential coronavirus exposure in the East Ramapo School District. As of Tuesday afternoon, county officials say Rockland has six positive cases of COVID-19.

Following a stabbing incident during a Hanukkah celebration Saturday in the New York City suburb of Monsey, a suspect is in custody.

Courtesy of Rockland County Department of Health

Amid a measles outbreak in Rockland, County Executive Ed Day has written to President Trump requesting federal government intervention.

Rockland Puts New Measles Order Into Effect

Apr 18, 2019

Rockland County, New York officials have issued a new order banning people exposed to measles from going to public places. This comes after a judge halted the county executive’s state of emergency April 5th.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the start of construction on an affordable housing development in Rockland County.

Courtesy of Rockland County Health Department

An acting state Supreme Court justice in Rockland County Friday halted the county executive’s emergency declaration aimed at curbing a measles outbreak. The 30-day emergency order that began March 27 barred from public places those under 18 years of age who are unvaccinated against measles.

Officials in Rockland County, New York have provided an update on the emergency declaration announced earlier this week due to a measles outbreak. 

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Backers of a bill in the New York state legislature say the measles outbreak in Rockland County could give their legislation momentum. The bill would repeal exemptions from vaccination requirements for children due to religious beliefs. The renewed focus comes after the Rockland County executive declared a state of emergency Tuesday.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses a Justice Department motion to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, and the department's plans to release the Mueller report in "weeks, not months." He also comments on President Trump's declaration of a national emergency, which still stands after a House vote failed to overturn the president's veto. 

An ongoing measles outbreak in New York’s Rockland County has prompted the county executive to declare a state of emergency. The countywide declaration starts at midnight and lasts for a month.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day has declared a state of emergency due to a measles outbreak in the area. Effective at midnight, officials say anyone under 18 years of age who is unvaccinated against the measles will be barred from public places until the declaration expires in 30 days or until they get the vaccination.