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The Hudson Valley (also known as the Hudson River Valley) comprises the valley of the Hudson River and its adjacent communities in the U.S. state of New York. The region stretches from the Capital District including Albany and Troy south to Yonkers in Westchester County, bordering New York City.

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The Hudson Valley Rail Trail is a paved 4-mile (6.4 km) east–west rail trail in the town of Lloyd in Ulster County, New York, stretching from the Poughkeepsie Bridge through the hamlet of Highland. Operated by a variety of railroads, the rail corridor formed the western portion of the Poughkeepsie Bridge Route. It eventually became part of Conrail, which discontinued rail traffic along the corridor and sold it in 1984 to a convicted felon. The land was seized by Ulster County in 1991 and converted to a trail by 1997. The trail was extended east to the Poughkeepsie Bridge in 2010. It intersects U.S. Route 9W and U.S. Route 44 (concurrent with State Route 55). To the west, the trail passes through a wetlands complex and is being extended to New Paltz, where it will border State Route 299.

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The Rosendale library, formerly All Saints' Chapel

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Gregory R. Ball (born September 16, 1977) is an American business executive, former active duty Air Force officer and member of the New York State Assembly. Ball focused on illegal immigration during his tenure in office, and was named a Chairman of Lawmakers for Legal Immigration, an immigration reform group. He is a resident of Carmel, New York. Assemblyman Ball serves as the ranking member on the Veteran's Affairs committee, and is also a member of the Election Law, Energy, Housing, and Social Services committees. He represents New York's 99th assembly district, which comprises the towns Patterson, Mahopac, Carmel, Southeast, Putnam Lake and Brewster, in Putnam County; Yorktown, Mohegan Lake, Somers, and North Salem in Westchester County; and Pawling in Duchess County.

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The Black Dirt Region is an area of fertile soil created by a now-extinct glacial lake; it extends across Orange County
Credit: Daniel Case

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