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By Kira Ratan– Westchester County Executive, George Latimer announced in a press release on July 21 that, by a unanimous vote, the Westchester County Board of Legislators approved a $4,475,000 bond to be used for purchasing a fleet of electric transit buses, a... More »


Mothers Out Front: A New Grassroots Organization in the Rivertowns

By Linda Viertel– Mothers Out Front is a national organization with a powerful mission (as stated on its website): “We are mothers, grandmothers, and other caregivers coming together to make climate change an issue that our leaders can no longer ignore. We are... More »

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The Hudson Independent is now featuring an environmental news column with contributions from our rivertowns’ Environmental Advisory Committees, environmental leaders in our region, Sustainable Westchester and the county’s elected officials. Bag Waste Reduction... More »


NY’s Plastic Bag Ban is In Effect

The bill went into effect on March 1, 2020, and yet there is still mass confusion about the legislation. The law gives authority to each municipality (county or city) to impose a mandatory 5 cent fee on paper bags or not. In absence of a mandated fee (as in th... More »

Harvest on Hudson – A Birder’s Paradise—Croton Point Park

by Marcie Cuff Ahh, spring! Time to ditch the dreaded snow shovel! Time to get reacquainted with the joy of being outside! Finally it is spring. This month, let’s make a point to become reacquainted with the outside world. There are pockets of wilderness all a... More »

Harvest on Hudson – The Zero Waste Thanksgiving

by Marcie Cuff It’s November, and if you’re anything like me, you’re already leafing through dog-eared pages of beloved holiday cookbooks. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and I love everything about it—family gathered around the table, and turkey with a... More »

Birding in the Hudson Valley

by Marcie Cuff Can you hear it? Spring has finally sprung! It’s time to dust off your field guides, head outside and get a good look and listen at who is calling. There are over 10,000 species of birds in the world, and about 925 have been sighted in North Ame... More »


Befriending Solitary Bees — A Hotel for Bees!

| by Marcie Cuff |   Bees have long been known as the angels of agriculture. They provide honey and beeswax, and pollinate wildflowers and crops, including the really great stuff like blueberries and apricots and almonds and melons. Bees are small creatures th... More »

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