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In New York, Ulster County health officials say an employee at a health food store in Kingston has tested positive for COVID-19.

Congressman Antonio Delgado and  Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan hold a Facebook Town Hall on COVID-19, March 19, 2020
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New York Congressman Antonio Delgado and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan held a Facebook live town hall Thursday afternoon. The Democrats updated residents on the latest efforts from the House and county to address COVID-19.

The Ulster County executive has launched a community fund and local food distribution effort to support residents impacted by COVID-19.

Ulster County Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan
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The Ulster County executive hosted a telephone town hall Sunday with the county health commissioner on COVID-19. About 10 residents had the chance to ask questions during the hour. 

Number Of Opioid Deaths Decreases In Ulster County

Feb 19, 2020

Opioid overdose deaths are down in a county that had the second highest per-capita rate of opioid fatalities of any county in New York in 2018.

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A major storm added a snow day to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, closing schools and state and local government offices from Albany to the Hudson Valley and beyond. And now New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for several counties.

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Ulster County legislators are considering a measure to include additional single-use plastic items in a law pertaining to plastic straws. The county executive supports the proposed law while the legislature’s minority leader has concerns.

Hudson Valley Resident Dies From Powassan Virus

Aug 1, 2019

In New York, Ulster County officials says a resident has died from a rare virus spread by infected ticks.

Cooling Centers Are Open Throughout The Hudson Valley

Jul 20, 2019
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Cooling centers are open around the region with today’s excessive heat warning. There are many places to find relief from the heat in the Hudson Valley.

Ulster County Exec Forms Innovation Team

Jul 8, 2019
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In New York, the Ulster County executive has created an Innovation Team.

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Monday was the new Ulster County executive’s first day on the job. Pat Ryan won a special election April 30 following the departure of the county’s first executive, fellow Democrat Mike Hein, who joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration.

Musician Michael Hollis joins us to tell us about his Arts Mid-Hudson grant-funded symphonic composition that is being performed at this year's O+ Festival on Friday, October 5 at 10 p.m. and Saturday, October 6 at 1 p.m. in Kingston, New York at the Old Dutch Church.

The piece is entitled "The Edge of the Hill" and is a four movement piece centered around the beautiful environment of Ulster County and what its different community members do to preserve and protect it. Hollis interviewed people that are being used both concretely and abstractly in the music itself. 

A sexual assault prevention program that Ulster County, New York, launched earlier this year is expanding.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County is set to construct a restorative justice center. On Thursday, county legislators unanimously approved the funding requested, but not before discussion about the cost. The center is part of the county’s response to New York’s Raise the Age law, which takes effect October 1.

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A plan to remove a dam and drain a lake in Ulster County continues to be controversial.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein stood in front of nearly 6,000 solar panels Monday in the Town of Ulster. He was there to announce that the county’s new solar project that sits atop a capped landfill is now fully operational.

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An Ulster County legislator has proposed a countywide ban on conversion therapy for minors. If the bill is enacted, Ulster would become the second county outside New York City with such a ban. The effort comes as several states and municipalities consider the prohibition.

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A federal board has determined a date by which Ulster County must respond to a petition calling for the county to stop removal of track near the Ashokan Reservoir for a recreational trail.

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There’s a new development in the controversial plan to develop a recreational trail near the Ashokan Reservoir.

Sexual Assault Prevention Program Debuts In New Paltz

Jan 24, 2018

There’s a new program in Ulster County, New York, to help prevent sexual assault. The Ulster County executive says the program that provides bystander training for bar and tavern staff is the first such program in the state.

Ulster County Exec Issues Order Regarding Health Care

Mar 17, 2017
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The Ulster County executive has issued an executive order calling for a report on the public health impacts repealing the Affordable Care Act would have on the county’s residents. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports a public hearing on the topic has already been scheduled.

Christmas came a week early for Ulster County as the New York State Attorney General’s Office delivered a check for $12,845.27 representing the collection of additional restitution from its prosecution of the Lower Esopus Riverwatch Corporation and its board members. Hudson Valley Correspondent Hank Gross reports...

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced the completion of a bridge replacement in Ulster County.

Trash Fest Comes To An Ulster County Town

Jun 3, 2016
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An Ulster County town will host its first Trash Fest beginning this weekend. And part of the month-long festival includes discussion about cutting down on plastic bags.

A Catskills swimming hole has gotten so popular that the state has enacted emergency regulations to protect the area.

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The day after results from water samples at Ulster County facilities showed elevated levels of lead, Kingston city officials released their most recent water testing results. The tests show the problem is not at the source.

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One day after results from a test of drinking water at Ulster County facilities showed elevated levels of lead, Kingston officials released their own results.

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A report issued by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows sales-tax collections for 2015 dropped in 30 of New York’s 57 counties outside New York City. While two Hudson Valley counties fit this profile, one bucked the trend well beyond its neighbors.

Ulster County had the third highest increase in sales-tax collections outside New York City last year. Brian Butry is a spokesman for the state comptroller.

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Ulster County has a new designation that will allow it to receive federal assistance in the fight against drug trafficking and the heroin epidemic.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer Thursday announced that the President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy has designated Ulster County a federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or HIDTA.

“So this is great news for Ulster County. I pushed hard for it,” said Schumer. “They applied the first time; they didn’t get it. They came to me. We worked with them on their application and praise God they got it.”

Ulster County Legislator Christopher Allen was arrested on Friday on an assault charge in connection with an alleged incident that occurred on Friday, September 18.

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