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The Hudson Valley is the canyon of the Hudson River and its adjacent communities in New York State, generally from northern Westchester County northward to the cities of Albany and Troy. Historically a cradle of European settlement in the northeastern United States and a strategic battleground in colonial wars, it now consists of suburbs of the metropolitan area of New York City at its southern end, shading into rural territory, including "exurbs," farther north. Geographically, the Hudson Valley could refer to all areas along the Hudson River, including Bergen County, New Jersey. However, this definition is not commonly used and the Tappan Zee Bridge is often considered the southern limit of the area. Though Westchester County is often classified as part of the region, Westchester residents who live at the southern end of the county (and especially the locations closer to the Long Island Sound than the Hudson River) generally do not associate themselves with the region.

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The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk in Mahican, the Great Mohegan by the Iroquois, or as the Lenape Native Americans called it in Unami, Muhheakantuck (Θkahnéhtati in Tuscarora), is a river that runs through the eastern portion of New York State and, along its southern terminus, demarcates the border between the states of New York and New Jersey. It is named for Henry Hudson, an Englishman sailing for the Dutch East India Company, who explored it in 1609. The Hudson River was originally named the Mauritius River, which is claimed to be the name given by Hudson in honor of Prince Maurice of Nassau.

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New York State Route 22 is a north–south state highway in New York paralleling the eastern edge of the state, from the outskirts of New York City to the Canadian border. At almost 341 miles (549 km) in total length, it is the longest north-south route in the state and currently the third longest overall, after NY 5 and NY 17. Many of the state's major east-west roads intersect with Route 22 just before crossing the state line into the neighboring New England states. With the exception of its southern end, in the heavily-populated Bronx and lower Westchester County, as well as in the city of Plattsburgh near the northern end, almost all of Route 22 is a two-lane rural road that passes only through small villages and hamlets. The rural landscape off the road varies from horse country and views of the large reservoirs of the New York City watershed in the northern suburbs of city, to dairy farms further upstate in the hilly Taconics and Berkshires, to the undeveloped, heavily forested Adirondack Park along the shores of Lake Champlain. An 86-mile (138 km) section from Fort Ann to Keeseville is part of the All-American Road known as the Lakes to Locks Passage.

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Credit: Daniel Case
A small pond in Monroe; the village was named after a former state senator.


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Old Dutch Church, Kingston, New York

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Kirsten Gillibrand (/ˈkɜːrstən ˈɪlɪˌbrænd/; born December 9, 1966) is the junior United States Senator from New York and a member of the Democratic Party. On January 23, 2009, Gillibrand was appointed by Governor David Paterson to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, who assumed the office of United States Secretary of State in the Obama administration. She is the second woman to serve as a U.S. Senator from New York.

Previously, she was elected twice to the United States House of Representatives, representing New York's 20th congressional district from January 3, 2007, to January 26, 2009. She was the first woman to serve as a representative of the district and the first Democrat to represent the district since Edward W. Pattison left office in 1979. As a member of the House, Gillibrand was considered to be a centrist Democrat, appealing to some Republican and conservative Democratic voters in upstate New Westchester County; and Pawling in Duchess County.

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Panorama of the skyline of Albany, New York, taken from North Greenbush
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