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NY State Government
6:23 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Report Criticizes Clean Water Loan For Tappan Zee Bridge Project

Gov. Cuomo touted the building of a new Tappan Zee Bridge as his administration's signature infrastructure project.
Credit Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office / Facebook

An independent review board has found fault with the Cuomo administration’s attempts to convert a federal clean water fund loan into construction work for the Thruway’s Tappan Zee Bridge.
 
The report, by the independent Authorities Budget Office, says the Cuomo administration mishandled its attempts to use $500 million in federal Clean Water monies to help finance work on the  massive Tappan Zee Bridge reconstruction, including ignoring a warning letter from the EPA that the bridge project was an inappropriate use of the revolving loan fund, which is supposed to go to communities who need to clean up pollution.

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AP Headlines
5:57 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Buffalo Snowstorm May Give Way To Flooding This Weekend

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Lake-effect storms have dumped nearly 8 feet of snow on parts of the Buffalo area over the past few days, and more is possible. The National Weather Service also is warning of potential rain and flooding this weekend as temperatures reach of high of 60 degrees.

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New York in DC
8:59 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Ithaca Superintendent Visits White House For Tech Conference

President Obama addresses school superintendents from across the country at the ConnectED to the Future summit.
Credit U.S. Department of Education/via Facebook

After its passage on Nov. 4, New York’s Smart Schools Bond Act will put more technology in classrooms. The federal government is working on its own school technology initiative, called ConnectED. At the ConnectED to the Future summit on Wednesday, 100 superintendents from across the country gathered for a discussion at the White House.

Luvelle Brown, from the Ithaca City School District, was there, and he spoke with us after his trip.

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NY State Government
6:18 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Schneiderman Links Buffalo Storm To Climate Change

Up to eight feet of snow has fallen near Buffalo since Tuesday night.
Credit Anthony Quintano / flickr

New York’s attorney general says the Buffalo snowstorms are more evidence that climate change is happening, and that New York and the nation need to work harder to combat the causes of global warming.

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NY State Government
6:10 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Cancer Society Calls On New York To Boost Anti-Smoking Campaign

The first Great American Smokeout was held on the third Thursday in November, in 1977. And on the event’s 39th anniversary, a leading anti-cancer group says Gov. Cuomo’s administration should be spending more to cut back on smoking.

The American Cancer Society’s Michael Burgess says while the Centers for Disease Control recommends New York State spend $200 million a year on tobacco cessation programs, the current state budget has just under $40 million allotted for it.

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Marcellus Shale
9:14 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Three Gas Storage Protestors Sentenced To Jail Terms

Ithaca College biologist Sandra Steingraber sentenced to her second jail term by Schuyler County court on Wednesday.
Credit Gas Free Seneca / Facebook

In a Schulyer County courthouse on Wednesday, 16 people were arraigned on trespassing charges, for blocking the entrance to a proposed natural gas storage facility near Watkins Glen. Three refused to pay a $250 fine and were sentenced to 15 days in jail, starting immediately.

The three protesters sentenced to jail include a retired air force master sergeant, a prominent scientist, and 86-year-old Roland Micklem, who leaned on his cane and told the judge, “a person’s got to do what a person’s got to do.”

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NY State Government
6:01 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Albany Conference Examines State's Infrastructure Needs

State lawmakers say they want to act quickly to spend the state’s $5 billion and growing surplus on an infrastructure fund to fix up roads and bridges, among other things. At a conference on the state’s infrastructure, sponsored by a think tank, participants said there are deep needs, and they warn lawmakers not to spend the money frivolously.  
 
Speakers at the event, sponsored by the Empire Center, say New York has some major infrastructure needs, including financing of a new Tappan Zee Bridge over the Thruway, and a $15 billion deficit in the MTA budget.

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AP Headlines
5:49 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Oneidas Plan Casino Outlet Mall Amid Competition

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Oneida Indians have announced plans to develop a luxury outlet center with about 60 stores at their Turning Stone Resort Casino.
 
The 250,000-square-foot enclosed venue also will add new restaurants and a six-screen movie theater to the resort in Verona in central New York. The Oneida Indian Nation on Wednesday estimated the addition will result in another 5 million visits a year after it opens in the fall of 2016, roughly doubling the number Turning Stone receives now.

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Life in the Little City
9:36 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Lawsuit Challenges New National Pipe Manufacturing Site

National Pipe and Plastics facility in West Endicott.
Credit Matt Richmond / WSKG News

The manufacturing company National Pipe and Plastics recently moved out of their plant in Vestal to a new, larger one in West Endicott. And neighbors of the new plant have been protesting the move for years.

33 homeowners have signed onto a lawsuit challenging the company’s right to operate at the new location. The company now operates from a warehouse building near West Endicott Park and an old Endicott Johnson Shoe Company building.

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Marcellus Shale
12:21 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

DRBC Will Review Pennsylvania to New Jersey Pipeline

The pipeline's proposed route.
Credit PennEast Pipeline Company

The Delaware River Basin Commission has prevented natural gas drillers from drilling in the watershed since 2010. And now the multi-state commission will now help determine whether a new natural gas pipeline can move forward.
 
The proposed PennEast pipeline would cut under the Delaware River to deliver natural gas from Pennsylvania to heat homes in New Jersey. It would also pass through reservoirs and state parks. That’s why the basin commission has decided to review the project’s potential impact on the watershed.

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