New York - Hudson Valley

Kimberly Thompson
Tel: 518-402-0102

Just north of Manhattan, this region’s magnificent scenery surrounds charming villages, grand historic mansions, outdoor adventures, farm-fresh cuisine and great performances.

Discover some of the most visited sites in America. Explore Historic Hudson Valley’s network of estates in Sleepy Hollow Country, the US Military Academy at West Point and the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park. Just down the road, relive the Gilded Age on a tour of Vanderbilt Mansion. All have sweeping river views.

Majestic theaters range from Poughkeepsie’s Bardavon 1869 Opera House to the Fisher Center for Performing Arts, a modern architectural masterpiece. 

Adventure and peace. Fine cuisine. Friendly, homey diners. Breathtaking vistas. A quaint covered bridge over a babbling brook... It's all here in the Catskills. 

Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster counties were America's original frontier, and you can find the majesty from which our forefathers drew both inspiration and comfort.

So climb one of our peaks—or ski down them. Enjoy the finest golf, followed by a grand dinner or a cozy supper. Absorb the arts and culture we inspire. Find an adventure. Or just kick back with a good book and a beverage.

Practically a wilderness in your back yard! Life is an adventure. An adventure you control. An adventure the Catskills inspire.

In the warmer seasons enjoy boating or sailing the majestic Hudson. Come try biking, hiking, camping, hang-gliding or rock climbing in our Shawangunk or Catskill Mountains. Come fishing in our magnificent trout streams and lakes or golfing in scenic wonder. Take some time to explore our fairs and festivals or to taste the bounty of our farm stands and orchards.

As the weather cools and the snows fall, come cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snow boarding, skating or, if you are really up for an adventure, try ice climbing.

Experience our vast and colorful history by visiting the oldest street in America in New Paltz, or Kingston, the first capital of New York. See the work of artisans of the past in our museums or antique shops or see the work of our modern artisans in our many art centers, galleries, performing art centers, pottery shops, art festivals and wineries.

Whether you are looking for relaxation, exploration or adventure, the Hudson Valley has it all. Come spend some time here!

J1 Waivers:

The New York State Department of Health sponsors 30 physicians each year for J-1 visa waivers under the New York “State 30” Program. Applications submitted by the deadline (usually late November/early December) are reviewed on a competitive basis with final decisions being made by March. The program does not provide direct recruitment services for J-1 candidates.

This program is open to all specialties.  Candidates must agree to practice, or serve populations residing, in federally designated underserved areas in New York State for three years if granted a waiver and H-1B visa by U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services.   The Program Information Bulletin and application materials can be found at:

J1 Contact Information

Steve Swanson
New York State Department of Health
Tower Bldg Room 1695
Empire State Plaza
Albany NY 12237-0001
Phone: 518-473-7019
New York State Department of Health

Kimberly Thompson
New York State Department of Health
Tower Bldg Room 2040
Empire State Plaza
Albany NY 12237-0001
Phone: 518-402-0102
New York State Department of Health


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