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Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

Wetlands at Scenic Hudson’s 303-acre property in Lloyd, Ulster County
Courtesy of Carrie Sutton

A land deal in Ulster County will afford new recreational opportunities while protecting views and preserving wetlands. It’s one of Scenic Hudson’s larger acquisitions.

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The House of Representatives recently passed the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act. Two New York congressmen from the Hudson Valley are behind a number of the measures that were included.

Officials from the Biden for President campaign have tapped a group of New York veterans to launch an organizing group aimed at engaging the more than 830,000 veterans and their families in the state to support Joe Biden for President. A Hudson Valley county executive is one who helped with the launch.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (top); Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan (bottom left); and NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

Four county executives participated in a New York State Association of Counties video press conference Thursday to urge Congress to pass a coronavirus stimulus package with direct state and local aid. A House bill passed in May contains billions of dollars’ worth, but Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump reportedly agreed Thursday on a package with no such aid.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan Delivers Virtual Briefing, April 28, 2020
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With the Mid-Hudson Region now in Phase Two of reopening from the coronavirus shutdown, local leaders have been rolling out phases of their economic recovery programs and hoping that businesses and others get back on their feet. Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan continues to push for direct federal aid to the state and local governments as he watches the county budget.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan during a Memorial Day candle-lighting ceremony, held virtually, May 21, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

The Ulster County executive took part in a peaceful protest recently against George Floyd’s death and systemic racism. He was surprised to encounter a military-grade armored vehicle standing at the ready. Democrat Pat Ryan says he had used equipment like this in combat when deployed to Iraq, and he does not want to ever see his community turned into a war zone. Ryan spoke with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne about this along with what kind of police reforms he wants to see locally.

Mid-Hudson Region Begins Phase Two Reopening

Jun 9, 2020
Courtesy of the City of Newburgh

Phase Two of reopening began Tuesday in the Mid-Hudson region of New York. Hair salon and restaurant managers are among those who have been prepping for the day, while a number of residents have been waiting to occupy a barbershop chair or outdoor table at their favorite restaurants.

Ulster County Exec Unveils Housing Initiatives

May 19, 2020
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan delivers COVID-19 update May 19, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

The Ulster County executive delivered a COVID-19 update Tuesday, announcing a series of initiatives to meet a growing need heightened by the pandemic — housing.

COVID-19 was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in 37 locations across the globe, including in the U.S., according to the CDC.
Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC / cdc.gov)

Two county executives in New York’s Hudson Valley have delivered updates about nursing home COVID-19 testing. Dutchess County has completed testing at two facilities.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan delivers COVID-19 briefing, May 7, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

During his latest briefing, the Ulster County executive delivered what he called very good news about the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, another testing site is opening in Kingston while a separate facility is offering antibody testing to first responders. Yet despite positive news in many areas, opioid overdoses have increased.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan and NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Holds Small Business Town Hall, April 16, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul joined the Ulster County executive Thursday afternoon for a small business town hall. They took questions as several small business owners wondered if they’ll ever be able to recover from the pandemic.

Kingston City School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Padalino and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan virtual town hall, April 7, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

It has been some three weeks since schools across New York closed. In that time, it’s been a steep learning curve to carry on remotely. We get one view of how it’s been to run a school district during the COVID-19 pandemic from a superintendent in Ulster County.

Kingston City School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Padalino and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan during Facebook Live Town Hall, April 7, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

There are plans to add a COVID-19 treatment bed facility in Ulster County, New York. County Executive Pat Ryan made the announcement during a Facebook Live Town Hall Tuesday with the superintendent of the Kingston City School District.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan holds a virtual town hall
Courtesy of the Office of the Ulster County Executive

The Ulster County executive has a warning about capacity for COVID-19 patients in his county.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan holds a virtual town hall
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Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced a new policy resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan and President & CEO of Ellenville Regional Hospital Steve Kelley at Ellenville mobile testing site
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

A second COVID-19 mobile testing site has opened in Ulster County, New York. And the county executive is praising Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement about expanding hospital capacity in Kingston. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with County Executive Pat Ryan about these developments and more.

COVID-19 Collection Site at Tech City, Kingston
Courtesy of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

Two drive-through testing sites opened Monday in the mid-Hudson Valley. They were made possible through a local healthcare provider in partnership with Dutchess and Ulster Counties.

Congressman Antonio Delgado and  Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan hold a Facebook Town Hall on COVID-19, March 19, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

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
Courtesy of the Ulster County government

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. 

Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Thursday in Orange and Dutchess Counties, New York. These come after Ulster County confirmed two additional cases today.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan
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Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan announced today that the U.S. EPA will begin an emergency cleanup of the Tech City industrial site next month. The first-term Democrat says the cleanup will include demolition and asbestos abatement.

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.

Catskill Park Advocates Press For More Funding

Feb 4, 2020
Allison Dunne

Catskill Park advocates are spending the day in Albany calling for increased funding in the proposed budget. And they’re bolstering their advocacy with an updated report on the impact of outdoor activities in the Catskills.

Ulster County Exec's Address Concentrates On Youth

Jan 30, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan delivered his first state-of-the-county address Thursday at his alma mater — Kingston High School. He focused on reinvigorating opportunities for the next generation.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan will deliver his first state-of-the-county address Thursday at his alma mater — Kingston High School. His address will focus on providing opportunities for the next generation. Ryan previewed his speech with WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Ulster County Exec Announces Youth Volunteer Effort

Jan 21, 2020

In New York, the Ulster County executive unveiled another initiative ahead of his January 30th state-of-the-county address.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

In New York, the Ulster County executive Thursday unveiled one of his green initiatives ahead of his state-of-the county address.

Courtesy of UCAT

In New York’s Ulster County, free bus service will continue in Kingston.

Hudson Valley Headlining Issues Continue Into 2020

Jan 6, 2020
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A number of issues that garnered headlines in the Hudson Valley in 2019 continue this year. There will be a number of closely watched political contests, environmental issues and, most recently, attacks on religious institutions. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a look at a few of the stories from 2019 that are carrying into 2020.

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