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NY Man ID'd As Tourist Found Dead In Greece NY Man ID'd As Tourist Found Dead In Greece
NY Man ID'd As Tourist Found Dead In Greece An American tourist recently found dead in Greece has been identified as a Long Island horse trainer. Toby Sheets’ body was found on Sunday, June 16, on a rocky beach on the Greek island of Mathraki, according to CBS News New York. Sheets, 55, was a native of Arkansas and lived in the Nassau County village of Floral Park, where he worked as a horse trainer at Belmont Park. His cause of death is still being investigated.  He went missing after being seen at a cafe on Tuesday, June 11, and was dropped off at his rental home that night, The New York Times reported.  On Thu…
Travel Advisory For US Citizens Issued By State Department: Here's What To Know Travel Advisory For US Citizens Issued By State Department: Here's What To Know
Travel Advisory For US Citizens Issued By State Department: Here's What To Know The US State Department has just issued a worldwide travel advisory for Americans. The statement, issued Friday, May 17, warns of the “potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations, or violent actions against US citizens and interests.” The department said it is advising US citizens overseas to exercise increased caution.  "The Department of State is aware of the increased potential for foreign terrorist organization-inspired violence against LGBTQI+ persons and events," the statement noted. The department said US citizens should: Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists, in…
Airport In Region Undergoing Upgrades, Modernization Airport In Region Undergoing Upgrades, Modernization
Airport In Region Undergoing Upgrades, Modernization Construction has begun on an international airport in the region to modernize and create state-of-the-art gateways. The Sullivan County International Airport in Swan Lake is receiving a facelift and modernizations to increase tourism and fuel economic growth, said New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday, March 22. The project, which was awarded $18.5 million from the Governor’s $230 million Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition, will replace the original 55-year-old terminal with a spacious, new 15,000-square-foot, energy-efficient building that will become both a…
First Total Solar Eclipse In 99 Years To Be Visible In New York: Here's When, Where First Total Solar Eclipse In 99 Years To Be Visible In New York: Here's When, Where
First Total Solar Eclipse In 99 Years To Be Visible In New York: Here's When, Where New York officials are hard at work making preparations for a historic solar eclipse event that will be the first one visible in the state in nearly a century.  The total eclipse will be visible in the western and northern parts of New York state during the afternoon of Monday, April 8, according to Gov. Kathy Hochul and her office.  On the day of the event, between 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., the moon will pass between the earth and the sun and completely block out sunlight, completely turning day into night for 1 and a half to 3 and a half minutes.  The path of totality where…
Hudson Valley Among Regions In NY That Have Been 'Infested' By Invasive Insect, Schumer Says Hudson Valley Among Regions In NY That Have Been 'Infested' By Invasive Insect, Schumer Says
Hudson Valley Among Regions In NY That Have Been 'Infested' By Invasive Insect, Schumer Says Parts of New York that have been infested this year with an invasive insect that puts crops at risk, US Sen. Chuck Schumer announced. Schumer said in an announcement on Sunday, Aug. 14, that nearly every region in upstate New York has seen the invasive spotted lanternfly, and the insect could cost the state millions of dollars if it is not contained. He said infestations and sightings have been found across different parts of the state, including the Hudson Valley, the Capital Region, Central New York, the Finger Lakes, and the Southern Tier. Schumer urged the United States Depar…
Area Theme Park LEGOLAND Celebrates Opening, Now Taking Bookings Area Theme Park LEGOLAND Celebrates Opening, Now Taking Bookings
Area Theme Park Legoland Celebrates Opening, Now Taking Bookings The first new major theme park in the northeast in decades has been built up brick by brick as the Hudson Valley celebrates the grand opening of LEGOLAND New York in Orange County. On Friday, July 9, after years of development, officials announced the full opening of the LEGOLAND New York Resort in Goshen, which is the first new major theme park in the region in more than 40 years. The 150-acre project, which has been years in the making, is the first LEGOLAND theme park in the Northeast, the third in the United States, and the ninth in the world. It had been opening in phases througho…
$30 Million Swimming Pool To Open At State Park In Area $30 Million Swimming Pool To Open At State Park In Area
$30 Million Swimming Pool To Open At State Park In Area A state park in the Hudson Valley is getting a $30 million improvement as they open up a brand new swimming pool to replace an outdated facility originally built in the 1960s. Officials in New York announced the opening of a $30 million swimming pool at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown Heights as part of a larger project to improve facilities at the state parks system’s largest pool, which covers just under an acre in surface area. "The swimming pool at Frank D. Roosevelt State Park will provide family fun for residents and visitors,” Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said. “With inves…
COVID-19: New Report Projects How Long It Will Take NYC Tourism To Return To Pre-Pandemic Level COVID-19: New Report Projects How Long It Will Take NYC Tourism To Return To Pre-Pandemic Level
Covid-19: New Report Projects How Long It Will Take NYC Tourism To Return To Pre-Pandemic Level It could be years until tourism fully recovers from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report. In a report from NYC & Company released on Monday, Nov. 16, due to a lack of international tourists expected back in the Big Apple for some time due to the pandemic, as well as domestic travel restrictions, the city may not return to its 2019 pre-pandemic level before 2025. According to NYC & Company, which commissioned the study, a return to normalcy and tourism largely hinges on when or if a vaccine is distributed, and how effective it is. NYC & Company’s repor…
Big Fish: Neighboring Governors Cuomo, Lamont Talk Transportation, Tourism, Tolls -- And Trout Big Fish: Neighboring Governors Cuomo, Lamont Talk Transportation, Tourism, Tolls -- And Trout
Big Fish: Neighboring Governors Cuomo, Lamont Talk Transportation, Tourism, Tolls -- And Trout Gone fishin'. Amid their mid-August vacations, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont took time to have a small summit on the waters of Lake Ontario. The two met on Tuesday, Aug. 20, where they discussed topics such as transportation, tourism and tolls -- all while reeling in steelhead trout on the lake in a 31-foot charter boat, “Instigator.”  The governors said that other topics to come up included the potential legalization of marijuana, emergency services, and the environment. Since taking office last year, Lamont has been taking similar meetings with elected …
Peekskill Will Get $10 Million In State Funding For Downtown Revitalization Peekskill Will Get $10 Million In State Funding For Downtown Revitalization
Peekskill Will Get $10 Million In State Funding For Downtown Revitalization Downtown Peekskill is getting a makeover as part of the governor’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Peekskill will receive $10 million in funding as the Mid-Hudson winner of the fourth round of the initiative. The money is designed to “help communities boost their economies by transforming downtowns into vibrant neighborhoods.” Peekskill is inviting people to “Take a Peek… Discover Peekskill!,” with revitalization efforts targeting the Downtown Central Business District and waterfront Transit-Oriented Development District. While talk…
Big Fish: Cuomo, State Attorney General Show Off Their Catches Big Fish: Cuomo, State Attorney General Show Off Their Catches
Big Fish: Cuomo, State Attorney General Show Off Their Catches New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took to the water upstate with Attorney General Letitia James this week as part of a tourism promotion for the Empire State, and they both had some fish to show for it. Cuomo, flanked by James and other elected officials were in Oswego on Thursday, Aug. 1, where he laid out a plan for strengthening tourism for communities around Lake Ontario. The governor and AG later hit the water for a fishing trip on Lake Ontario, following a press conference about boosting tourism in the region. "Lake Ontario and the assets we have in the upstate region are second to none - …
Campaign Launched To Add Third Lane To Route 17 Campaign Launched To Add Third Lane To Route 17
Campaign Launched To Add Third Lane To Route 17 A coalition of local business entities known as 17-Forward-86 has initiated a campaign in an ongoing effort to add a third lane to Route 17. Sharing the campaign’s mission on its website, 17forward86.org, the group represents diverse interests of various Sullivan County and Orange County stakeholders. “Expanding Route 17 is vital to quality of life and the economic well-being of the Hudson Valley and Sullivan Catskills,” the website states. The mission further states that the proposed expansion of Route 17 will boost the region’s economy through improved tourist access and increased c…
Record Tourism Expected For New York This Year Record Tourism Expected For New York This Year
Record Tourism Expected For New York This Year New York City saw a record number of tourists in 2018, and officials are expecting an even bigger uptick this year, with several prominent events planned in the Empire State. A record 65.8 million tourists made their way to New York in 2018, marking the ninth consecutive year that the city saw an increase in tourism. Of those visitors, 51.6 million were domestic travelers, and 13.5 million came from overseas. With the New Year well underway, New York may look to top 67 million visitors, as they prepare for events such as WorldPride - which is being celebrated in America for the first time -…
NY Takes Action Against Invasive Insect NY Takes Action Against Invasive Insect
NY Takes Action Against Invasive Insect After the discovery of the spotted lanternfly was found in New York for the first time in September, the state is taking new steps to stop the spread of the invasive insect. In a news release, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets announced it has issued a quarantine that will restrict the movement of certain goods brought into the state from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  The lanternfly is a pest from Asia that primarily feeds on a wide variety of plants such as grapevine, hops, maple, walnut, fruit trees and others. Left alone, the insect could impac…
SUNY Orange Job, Career Fair Nears SUNY Orange Job, Career Fair Nears
SUNY Orange Job, Career Fair Nears Looking for work, or a better job?  You can meet representatives of  more than 70 Hudson Valley employers on April 12 when SUNY Orange hosts its annual Job and Career Fair. The fair runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on April 12 in the Diana Physical Education Center on the College’s Middletown campus. Businesses representing the fields of healthcare, banking, manufacturing, human services, retail, education, insurance, hospitality and tourism will be on-hand to meet job seekers.  Public sector employers will be in attendance as well. 
Walkway Race Series In Dutchess Canceled For This Year Walkway Race Series In Dutchess Canceled For This Year
Walkway Race Series In Dutchess Canceled For This Year To the dismay of many, the Walkway Over the Hudson nonprofit organization and Dutchess Tourism, Inc. announced they have canceled the 2018 Walkway Race Series originally slated for Saturday, June 9.  The organizations said race partners were up against a number of scheduling and logistics difficulties that impacted this year’s race planning and execution. Trying to put a good face on the blow, officials said that despite the cancellation of the race founded nine years ago to bring visitors to the area, there were still "many exciting programs and events during 2018 that will help Dutch…
$1.2B Resorts World Catskills Opens To Public $1.2B Resorts World Catskills Opens To Public
$1.2B Resorts World Catskills Opens To Public Resorts World Catskills celebrated a significant milestone on Thursday, Feb. 8 by opening its casino doors several weeks ahead of schedule.  The luxury casino resort -- which cost $1.2 billion to build -- marked the occasion by welcoming thousands of guests to the gaming floor which included a private ribbon-cutting celebration. Its website can be accessed by clicking here, calls the New York's newest casino resort "Wonderfully Out of Place." Resorts World Catskills’ 100,000-square-foot casino floor features over 2,150 high-tech slots and 112 live table games, including Blackjack…