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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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The Port of Albany–Rensselaer, widely known as the Port of Albany, is a port of entry with facilities on both sides of the Hudson River in Albany and Rensselaer, New York. Private and public port facilities have existed in both cities since the 17th century; shipping increased after the Albany Basin and Erie Canal were built with public funds in 1825. The port's modern name didn't come into widespread use until 1925; the current port was constructed in 1932 under the governorship of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The port has rail connections with the Albany Port Railroad, and is near several interstates and the New York State Canal System. The port features several tourist attractions, such as the USS Slater (DE-766), the only destroyer escort still afloat in the United States.

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Sunny Morning on the Hudson River (1827) by Thomas Cole, depicts the Kaaterskill High Peak in the Catskill Mountains.

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John A. Degnan (born 1960) is an American politician. He was elected to one term as Mayor of Brewster, New York serving from 2005 to 2007. He has been involved in issues regarding illegal immigration in New York, as well environmental policy, having been called to testify in April of 2008 before the United States House of Representatives Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment discussing Superfund sites before members of Congress at the invitation of Congressman John Hall. Degnan graduated from Fordham University with a degree in economics, and studied Construction Management and Finance at New York University. He was a real estate contractor before beginning his political career serving four terms as a Brewster Village Trustee. Brewster is a community of about 2,000 people, with an undocumented day-laborer population estimated to be as many as 600 to 1,000.

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