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New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on top officials to rename Confederate monuments, including at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. This comes after the Senate and House recently passed their respective versions of the National Defense Authorization Act. Both include provisions that Trump opposes to remove Confederate names at military bases. 

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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.

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A New York congressman wants U.S. Army officials to remove Confederate symbols at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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President Donald Trump delivered the commencement address for the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2020 Saturday morning.

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Three members of Congress from New York are urging leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees to prevent President Trump from redirecting funding for military projects to a wall at the southern border.

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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.

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West Point officials say one cadet was killed and 22 people were injured when a vehicle they were riding in for summer training overturned this morning. An Assemblyman who represents the West Point area says his office has been inundated with messages from around the country.

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West Point officials say one cadet was killed and 22 people were injured when a vehicle they were riding in for summer training overturned this morning.

College Graduations Under Way This Weekend And Next

May 18, 2019

There are a number of college graduations taking place over the next few weeks. In the Hudson Valley, one features the vice president of the United States; another; a first-term New York congressman.

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A New York congressman is asking the Army surgeon general to authorize an agreement involving the Keller Army Community Hospital at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has written to the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense, urging him to steer clear of using West Point project funding for a border wall.

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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney is warning that if President Trump declares a national emergency to build a border wall, funding for projects at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point could be in jeopardy. There is talk of such a declaration coming during Tuesday night’s state of the union address.

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Four U.S. military sites will be splitting nearly $200 million in federal defense funds for improvement projects.

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Hoping to keep almost a decade of success going, the University at Albany has introduced its 12th women’s basketball coach.

A New York federal appeals court says it's the job of Congress and the president, not the courts, to confront claims that female cadets face a sexually oppressive culture at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

West Point Cadets Start Annual Summer Training Exercises

May 17, 2017

 

West Point cadets are starting their annual summer training exercises.

The U.S. Military Academy says residents near the Hudson Valley installation can expect to occasionally hear the likes of helicopters and artillery fire now through mid-August.

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The often-closed scenic highway traversing a mountain near the U.S. Military Academy has been shut down for the winter because of hazardous road conditions.

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Officials from a village in New York’s Orange County are proposing joint operation of a wastewater facility with their neighbor — the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Highland Falls officials say a shared-service approach would save millions of dollars and protect the environment, namely the Hudson River.

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In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock it’s much ado about nothing. 

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A West Point cadet candidate at the U.S. Military Preparatory School has pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

West Point Cadet Is Acquitted Of Sexual Assault

Jan 23, 2016
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A West Point cadet has been acquitted of sexually assaulting a fellow cadet he was dating.

An annual pillow fight by freshmen cadets at the U.S. Military Academy turned bloody this year when cadets swung pillowcases packed with hard objects, injuring 30 cadets.

West Point Announces Commencement Speaker

Apr 18, 2015
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West Point officials say the top U.S. military officer will speak at its commencement ceremony next month.

The U.S. Military Academy announced Friday that General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the commencement speaker for the Class of 2015 on May 23. Dempsey is a member of the Class of 1974. President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at West Point last year, during which he laid out his foreign policy vision. Obama this May will deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

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Money for new barracks at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in Orange County is included in a federal omnibus spending bill.

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Bard College and U.S. Military Academy at West Point are teaming up for a panel Monday on challenges in the Middle East.

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President Barack Obama today delivered the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He took the opportunity not only to bestow words of wisdom, but to lay out his foreign policy vision. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was at the president’s third visit to New York in as many weeks.

1,064 cadets received diplomas after listening to President Obama deliver the graduation speech.

“You are the first class to graduate since 9/11 who may not be sent into combat in Iraq or Afghanistan,” President Obama said.

5/28/14 Panel

May 28, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and University at Albany Journalism Professor and investigative reporter Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
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President Obama’s West Point address
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NY Assembly Backs Use of Marijuana for Illnesses
Joe Bruno returns to public life

Congressional Reps Decry Defense Furloughs

Jul 8, 2013
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U.S. Department of Defense furloughs of civilian employees took effect Monday and are scheduled to run through the end of September. In New York, a few thousand of these employees are affected at West Point and elsewhere in the Hudson Valley. Two of the region’s congressional representatives slammed the furloughs as they headed back to Washington to try and balance the budget.

Federal Union Members Picket Furlough At West Point

May 15, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Tuesday announced a plan to furlough some 750,000 Department of Defense civilian employees because of across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. In the Hudson Valley, more than a dozen civilian employees at West Point picketed today, saying the impending furlough is already hurting local families and businesses.

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The New York Yankees are set to open their season against rival Boston today. But before turning their attention to a high-stakes season of adversity, the Bronx Bombers spent Saturday touring the facilities at West Point and holding an exhibition game against the Army cadets. The game rekindled an old tradition for the two storied programs.

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