HEADLINES: Cuomo aide released, Blind Brook OKs $6M bond, FEMA center closing in Orange County
Here are some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.
A former top aide to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo is out of federal prison and now in a halfway house. Joseph Percoco, 53, of South Salem was sentenced to six years in prison for taking more than $300,000 in bribes. He began his sentence in 2019 at the federal facility in Otisville. It’s not known where the halfway house is or why Percoco was released from prison.
Voters in the Blind Brook School District approved a $6 million bond referendum to finish a construction project at the Ridge Street School. Back in September, there was a construction controversy surrounding the school that led to its closure due to safety concerns. Those issues have now been resolved. The approved measure will allow the district to complete ongoing improvements.
Today is the last day for Orange County residents affected by Hurricane Ida to get assistance from FEMA. The agency’s Mobile Disaster Recovery Center will be at the Wallkill Justice Court from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Residents affected by Ida can get answers to disaster-related questions, help uploading documents, and referrals to federal and state agencies.