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DOT Says to Expect Lane Closures on I-84 in Hudson Valley

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Multiple lane closures are planned for I-84 in the Hudson Valley. Including one that will close all lanes for one hour.

On Monday, the New York State Department of Transportation announced that all lanes are expected to close along eastbound and westbound Interstate 84, between Exit 44 (Route 52) and Exit 46B (Route 9) in the town of Fishkill, on Friday, Nov. 13, between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Drivers should anticipate delays and utilize the posted detour of Route 9 and Route 52, the DOT advises.

The planned closure is to accommodate utility wire removal and installation, weather permitting, officials say. The alternate weather date will be Tuesday, November 17.

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Local election results to wait on mail-in vote count

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The fate of several Hudson Valley elections depends on mail-in ballots that still need to be counted.
Tens of thousands of paper ballots still need to be counted and many more may be coming in within the next week.
Processing and counting the ballots in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties won’t begin until next week. In Rockland County, they start counting tomorrow.
The outcome of a number of close local races will depend upon those paper ballots including the 38th and 40th District state Senate seats. Westchester County Board of Elections Commissioners say they’ve already received two court challenges for those races.
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Voters Face Long Lines

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Nearly 80,000 votes already cast in Dutchess, Putnam

Voters in the Highlands braved long lines at early voting sites in Carmel and Fishkill last week, with many waiting as long as four hours to cast ballots ahead of the Nov. 3 general election.

More than 76,000 people had voted by the end of the day on Sunday (Nov. 1) in Dutchess and Putnam counties, either in person or by returning an absentee ballot, according to election officials.

State law requires counties to have one early voting site for every segment of 50,000 voters, although election commissioners can choose to have more. Putnam was required to have one site, which was located at the Board of Elections office in Carmel. The Dutchess commissioners, who needed at least three, set up five, including one at Fishkill Town Hall on Route 52 near Beacon.

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As early voting surges past 15,000, Dems file suit to expand hours, open new polling site

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KINGSTON, N.Y. — As Ulster County’s early voters continue to increase in numbers at the polls, Ulster County Democrats say a lawsuit has been filed in an effort to open an extra polling site and extend voting hours.

According to a press release from the Ulster County Democratic Committee, the lawsuit has been was filed in state Supreme Court.

The Ulster County Democratic Committee says lawsuit seeks a court order to increase the hours and locations of early voting.

The complaint cites the long wait times that voters have experienced at all five early voting sites, the committee said. A hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.
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34,000 flags in front of Dutchess school memorialize NY COVID deaths

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Little blue flags and gold flags — some 34,000 in all — blanket a grassy expanse at Trinity-Pawling School. It’s in remembrance of the New Yorkers who’ve died from COVID-19, and it’s the project of two of the school’s seniors.

Peter Carlo, of Somers, and Stuart Phillips, of British Columbia, Canada, said when they saw a memorial in Texas with several-thousand flags, it occurred to them there was a way to call attention to what New York state has gone through during the pandemic. It became their senior independent project.

The flags, in the school’s colors, dot the front lawn of the grades 7-12 private school for boarding and day students, off Route 22 in Pawling.

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Westchester has highest Hudson Valley unemployment; U.S. is 16.6 times higher than last year’s

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) this morning released updated statistics on the total number of people claiming unemployment benefits throughout the country in all programs for the week ending Oct. 3, 2020.

The total stood at 23,150,427, or 16.6 times the 1,393,973 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2019. The total was down from the 24,196,920 who were receiving benefits the week before, but the DOL did not specify whether the reduction was due to people finding jobs, their benefits running out, or a combination of both.

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New York counties had a recent uptick in revenue. Why they still face a perilous 2021

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Many counties around the state recently received a nice fall surprise: millions more than expected in fourth quarter sales tax returns.

However, the unexpected revenue will be unable to reverse a year of falling sales-tax returns due to COVID-19 that has left giant holes in county budgets.

The drop in sales-tax revenue — the largest source of money for counties — comes at a perilous time.

Counties are preparing their 2021 budgets not knowing the impact of COVID on their future finances as well as uncertainly over whether the Congress will provide a bailout for state and local governments.

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US gun sales soar amid pandemic, social unrest, election fears

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NEW YORK: Andreyah Garland, a 44-year-old single mother of three daughters, bought a shotgun in May for protection in the quaint middle-class town of Fishkill, New York. She joined a new and fast-growing local gun club to learn how to shoot.

She has since applied for a pistol permit and constantly hunts for increasingly scarce ammunition – making three trips weekly to a local Walmart. “They’re always out,” she said.

Like legions of other first-time buyers who are contributing to record sales for the U.S. gun industry this year, Garland’s decision to take up arms is driven in part by disturbing news about the coronavirus pandemic, social unrest over police killings of Black people and a potentially contested election that many fear could spark violence.

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Parts of Route 9 in Dutchess County Could Undergo Major Makeover

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Officials want your input on four proposed designs that could completely change parts of a congested area of Route 9 in Dutchess County.

On Tuesday, the Dutchess County Transportation Council, in consultation with state, county and local agencies, unveiled four planning concepts for the Route 9/44/55 interchange in Poughkeepsie.

The proposed designs, which are said to be the product of extensive work done by the consultant-supported project team, show a range of possibilities for reimaging this critical interchange and tackling transportation safety and reliability issues in the area.

“We’re eager to show the public some of the concepts being considered to make the 9/44/55 interchange work better for the county and local community. I often drive through this location and can say first-hand that it’s a challenge to negotiate the weaves on and off Route 9 – and that’s coming from a resident, so how much more challenging is for visitors to our area? It will be a challenge to secure the federal and state funds necessary to ultimately construct any one of these concepts, but we need to start somewhere, and the first step is to create an informed, bold vision of what might work. I encourage the public to give these ideas a look,” Dutchess County Executive Molinaro said.

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THESE HUDSON VALLEY BUSINESSES REQUIRE TEMPERATURE CHECKS

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If you have traveled out of the house over the last few weeks or months, have you had to get your temperature taken to get in anywhere?

After spending a few days in the “garden state” of New Jersey last week with my kids, the one thing I noticed that was a bit different than here in the Hudson Valley was the amount of times I had to have my temperature taken before I could go into a place.

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