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Team Hope Walk-Hudson Valley for Huntington’s Disease

Please join me and many area residents at our region’s first-ever Team Hope Walk-Hudson Valley on Saturday, November 5 to raise awareness and much-needed funds for Huntington’s Disease (HD). The event will take place on the Walkway Over the Hudson in Highland and begins at 9:00 a.m.

HD has been a part of my life since my father’s diagnosis more than 35 years ago. This ruthless disease, often described as a combination of ALS, Alzheimer’s and MS, requires highly specialized care. Because children of parents with this hereditary disease have a 50/50 chance of carrying the gene, the impact on a family is long-lasting. 

Until very recently, care for HD has been scarce in New York, with the closest dedicated beds found in New York City at the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center. ArchCare, the Continuing Care Community of the Archdiocese of New York, recently opened the Center for Neurodegenerative Care at ArchCare at Ferncliff, providing specialized HD care for people in the Hudson Valley. 

Proceeds from the Team Hope Walk will benefit the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA). HDSA is dedicated to improving the lives of people with HD through family assistance, advocacy and research. Current research and new pilots are very promising, providing hope for the more than 125,000 at-risk Americans. Join me in HOPE that we can wipe out this disease in our lifetime! To walk, volunteer or contribute, head to hdsa.org/thwhudsonvalley.

Mary Moore
(September 26)


Supports Hayes

Kevin Cahill (D) has been the 103rd NYS Assembly district representative since 1999….that’s 17 years.  Jack Hayes (C) is challenging Cahill for the seat, and we think it’s about time and overdue.  Jack is a big proponent of term limits in most elected offices.  The Assembly in NYS has a 2 year term, with no term limits, and Cahill is well past his shelf life.  The 103rd district is most of Ulster County (except Saugerties), and includes Red Hook and Rhinebeck on the other side of the river.

Restricting the amount of time one can be in any one office is a way to prevent the amassing of power by politicians, who spend more time focusing on politics versus policies.  “Career” politicians spend too much time pandering to constituents to get re-elected, versus working on their behalf.  My personal opinion is that 12 years total is the right amount of time for anyone to spend in one office.

Jack Hayes has spent his entire career in public service.  However, his service spans the military (Navy), State Police, Gardiner Town Supervisor, Ulster County Legislator, where he served without making a career out of any one office.

Let’s get off our laurels and work to elect someone new, who is not jaded in the office and indifferent to constituents needs. Elect Jack Hayes on row C on November 8.  You may learn more about Jack and his ideas at his “Jack Hayes for the People” Facebook page.

Pamela O'Dell
(September 26)


Supports Schmidt

I am writing this letter in support of Colin Schmitt of New Windsor who is running for the 99th Assembly District Office.

I have known Colin for several years now. He is a hard worker, a family man and a good man. Colin has pledged to work hard for all of us here in the 99th Assembly District. His focus is to fight the corrupt politicians in Albany, lower the overwhelming taxes that Albany pushes down on us, fight against those who defraud our system of social services, fight for honest and accountable government and take on the career politicians who further their own personal agenda rather than work for the greater good of all New Yorkers.

Colin is a man who represents our Hudson Valley values. He will bring these wholesome, decent and respectable values to the table.

As a member of the United States Army National Guard and former Director of Operations of the New York State Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, Colin has the skills, knowledge and abilities to do the job. Colin will focus on the well-being of our veterans and work hard to secure our communities from those whose intent would be to harm New Yorkers with senseless acts of terrorism.

We in New York need strong leaders, not like those who we see buckle to political correctness and liberal laissez faire leadership styles. A vote for Colin on November 8th is a vote for strength, and leadership with a commitment to uphold our Hudson Valley values.

Gregory T. Gaetano
New Windsor
(September 25)


Thank you from the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce!

(Edited for length)

On September 13th, the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce once again hosted the Annual "Taste of Warwick", celebrating our many restaurants, farms, wineries and breweries.  Promoting the sense of community that makes this area special.

During an elegant, candlelit evening under the stars, guests sampled gourmet foods, various wines, brews and drinks while listening to live music by Longchamp & Manzo at the Warwick Valley Winery.  All guests were treated to samplings created by our regional chefs that take advantage of local produce to create and promote their specialties.  The event was held at Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery on Little York Road off Route 1A.

Once again we were blessed with amazing weather for our 22nd Annual Event.  We cannot express enough, how appreciative we are to those who were able to participate in this year’s event. 

At this time, we would like to thank our many restaurants, wineries, distilleries and breweries that presented such a magnificent evening.

We would also like to thank the generosity of our Sponsors. 

Michael A Johndrow
Executive Director - Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce
(September 25)



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