Solving crimes in the Mid-Hudson Valley and surrounding areas is about to get a lot easier. Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the formal opening of the $10 million New York State Police Mid-Hudson Regional Crime Lab at Stewart International Airport. This new facility, five years in the making, will provide critical testing services to law-enforcement throughout the Hudson Valley.

According to the press release from the Governor's office, The state-of-the-art lab is housed inside a new 10,000 square foot, single story building, funded by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in exchange for continued law enforcement services at Stewart Airport by the New York State Police, which has been safeguarding operations at the airfield since the 1970s.

The lab will examine evidence and analyze samples in DWI cases and controlled substances seized in drug cases within Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, Putnam and Rockland counties. The facility will also analyze samples from State Police cases that originate from Westchester County and parts of Long Island and New York City, according to today's press release.

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