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Governor Cuomo Takes Decisive Action to Ensure Insurance Coverage for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Individuals

  Health Insurers Cannot Deny Claims for Medical Services Because the Insured Does Not Present as the Gender to Whom the Service Is Typically Provided Circular Letter Available Here Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced health insurers cannot discriminate or deny coverage based on gender identity. This action will ensure that transgender or gender nonconforming…

Governor Signs Legislation Cracking Down on Unauthorized Private Property Surveillance

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation to crack down on the unauthorized invasion of privacy by video surveillance. Following reports of cameras being installed to unlawfully videotape neighboring private property, this bill (S.870A/A.861A) establishes a private right of action for damages for an unlawful invasion of privacy in an individual’s backyard. “Everyone should be able to…

Dutchess County’s 5th Annual Special Needs Picnic

  Dutchess County’s 5th Annual Special Needs Picnic Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro welcomed more than 250 residents to Freedom Park in the Town of LaGrange yesterday for the County’s fifth annual Special Needs Picnic, another great #ThinkDIFFERENTLY event. An annual favorite for local children and their families, the picnic offers a day of free food and…

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley receives two United Way grants

  Legal Services of the Hudson Valley receives two United Way grants   Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV), the only provider of comprehensive civil legal services to those that cannot afford it in the seven counties of the lower and mid-Hudson Valley, was recently awarded grants by the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange…

CLIMATE TALKS are coming to Millerton, New York next week

  CLIMATE TALKS are coming to Millerton, New York next week. We’ll be hosting 3 post screening audience discussions facilitated by regional experts after AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL shows on 8/21 – 4:20pm; 8/23 – 4:20pm and 8/24 – 7:20pm. Guests include author, historian Jeremy Brecher, Housatonic Valley Association Director, Tim Abbot and Scenic Hudson‘s Vice President, Steve Rosenberg & Acting Director of…

Governor Directs Flags to Half-Staff In Honor of U.S. Army Sergeant Brooks

  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, August 16 in honor of U.S. Army Sgt. Roshain Euvince Brooks, a resident of Brooklyn, who died on August 13. “On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to Sgt. Brooks’ family, friends…

DEC Accepting Applications for Sponsored Pheasant Hunt Program

  DEC Accepting Applications for Sponsored Pheasant Hunt Program Applications for Cooperative Program due by September 1 The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the start of the application period to hold a DEC-Sponsored Pheasant Hunts. This program enables experienced hunters and others to obtain state-reared pheasants for use in sponsored hunts…

Pets of The Week: Valentine & Kittens & Cats

  Valentine is a very sweet girl who is eager to please and has a truly loving personality. Valentine will brighten the heart and home of the lucky family who adopts her!  You can meet this beautiful girl daily from 10-3. Kittens & Cats:  We have the most wonderfully cute cats and kittens who are looking for loving homes….

Sign the Petition to Denounce White Supremacy

    After the deadly and ugly events in Charlottesville I am calling on President Trump to clearly and unequivocally condemn and denounce the violent protest organized by the white supremacists and neo-Nazis, including Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler, with support from David Duke. President Trump must immediately call this for what it is –…

Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s AGING NEWS For the week of August 14

  Dutchess County Office for the Aging’s AGING NEWS For the week of August 14 Golden Living . . . News for Senior Citizens Todd N. Tancredi, Director Dutchess County Office for the Aging     STOP US IF YOU’VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE…   The phone rings, you pick up, and the person on…

Be-a-Better-Gardener Fall-Blooming Bulbs

  Be-a-Better-Gardener Fall-Blooming Bulbs By Thomas Christopher   We think of spring as the season for flowering bulbs, but in fact there is a choice selection — too often overlooked by gardeners — that bloom in the fall.  The fall bloomers are just as reliable as the spring-blooming bulbs and share a crucial characteristic:  they provide…

State Police continue to investigating bank robbery in the Town of Stanford

State Police continue to investigating bank robbery in the Town of Stanford NEW YORK STATE POLICE  Major Robert C. Gregory Troop K Commander   **UPDATE**  New York State Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the bank robbery suspect. To be eligible from the…

Canines and their handlers graduate from the New York State Police Canine Handler Basic School

Canines and their handlers graduate from the New York State Police Canine Handler Basic School NEW YORK STATE POLICE George P. Beach II Superintendent Beau Duffy Director of Public Information  PRESS RELEASE The New York State Police held a graduation ceremony Friday, August 11, for the 2017 Canine Handler Basic School. The ceremony was held at the…

Troop “K” is pleased to announce that the New York State Police recruitment campaign is currently underway

  Troop “K” is pleased to announce that the New York State Police recruitment campaign is currently underway NEW YORK STATE POLICE  Major Robert C. Gregory Troop K Commander PRESS RELEASE The New York State Police continues to look for qualified applicants who are interested in becoming New York State Troopers.  The New York State Police is…

DAVALOIS FEARON DANCE  TO PERFORM AS PART OF THE  WASSAIC PROJECT’S AUGUST FESTIVAL

  DAVALOIS FEARON DANCE  TO PERFORM AS PART OF THE  WASSAIC PROJECT’S AUGUST FESTIVAL (Wassaic, NY) – Davalois Fearon Dance, under the artistic direction of critically acclaimed dance artist Davalois Fearon, will perform excerpts of the artistic director’s work in progress Lift Up as part of the Wassaic Project’s August Festival. The performance will take place on Friday, August…

The Truants To Play At Pawling’s “Music By The Lake” On August 12

  The Truants To Play At Pawling’s “Music By The Lake” On August 12   On Saturday, August 12, the Pawling Music By The Lake Summer Concert Series will present a free concert featuring “The Truants”. 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the 1967 “Summer Of Love”, and “The Truants” are the perfect band to…

Ancient Documents Collection Online – Expanded Scholars, Genealogists, and History Enthusiasts Explore 18th Century Records

  OFFICE OF THE DUTCHESS COUNTY CLERK Bradford H. Kendall   Ancient Documents Collection Online Expanded Scholars, Genealogists, and History Enthusiasts Explore 18th Century Records POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK- Dutchess County Clerk Brad Kendall and Dutchess County Historian William P. Tatum III announced today that an additional  25,000 pages of 18th Century documents are now available through the…

DEC Announces State Hunting and Trapping Education Courses are Gearing up

  DEC Announces State Hunting and Trapping Education Courses are Gearing up Training in Safe Handling of Firearms and Hunting Required before Purchasing a Hunting License New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today reminded all new hunters and trappers planning to go afield this season must first complete a mandatory…

**UPDATED** Union Vale man dies following accident

  **UPDATED** Union Vale man dies following accident NEW YORK STATE POLICE  Major Robert C. Gregory Troop K Commander     PRESS RELEASE   Union Vale, New York – On August 8, 2017 at approximately 11:22 a.m., Troopers were dispatched by Dutchess County 911 to assist EMS with a subject reported to be pinned underneath a fallen…

Union Vale man dies following tree felling accident

  Union Vale man dies following tree felling accident NEW YORK STATE POLICE  Major Robert C. Gregory Troop K Commander         PRESS RELEASE   Union Vale, New York – On August 8, 2017 at approximately 11:22 a.m., Troopers were dispatched by Dutchess County 911 to assist EMS with a subject reported to be pinned…

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Guilty Plea Of Heroin Distributor Who Funneled Drugs Into Dutchess County

  A.G. Schneiderman Announces Guilty Plea Of Heroin Distributor Who Funneled Drugs Into Dutchess County Jason Brewster Will Face 10 Years In State Prison NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the guilty plea of Jason Brewster, a major heroin distributor who sold drugs in Dutchess County. Brewster, of Poughkeepsie, pled guilty today…

Dutchess County Partners with State, Land Trusts to Preserve Working Sheep Farm in Town of North East

  Dutchess County Partners with State, Land Trusts to Preserve Working Sheep Farm in Town of North East Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro announced Dutchess County has contributed $69,300, through the Partnership for Manageable Growth, for the purchase of an agricultural conservation easement on the 78.5-acre Caora Farm in the Town of North East….

**UPDATED TO INCLUDE SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE** State Police investigate bank robbery in the Town of Stanford

  **UPDATED TO INCLUDE SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE** State Police investigate bank robbery in the Town of Stanford NEW YORK STATE POLICE Major Robert C. Gregory Troop K Commander PRESS RELEASE The State Police are seeking the public’s assistance to help identify the suspect associated with the Bank of Millbrook bank robbery.  Click on the following YouTube link to preview…