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Marcellus Shale
10:43 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Activist Won’t Face Fines, Jail Time In Ongoing Fight With Gas Company

Vera Scroggins talks to reporters after appearing in court Wednesday.
Credit Marie Cusick / StateImpact Pennsylvania

A Susquehanna County judge has ruled that an anti-fracking activist will not be fined or jailed for allegedly violating a court order designed to keep her away from natural gas well sites.

63-year-old Vera Scroggins is a well-known anti-fracking activist who frequently irritates Susquehanna County’s biggest driller—Cabot Oil & Gas.

Their feud made international news earlier this year after Cabot got a court order, effectively barring her from nearly half the county.

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2014 Election
6:15 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Race For NY Attorney General Closest Among Statewide Races

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman with fellow Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Credit Citizen Action New York / via flickr

The race for Attorney General is the closest of all the statewide contests.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he wants another four years to continue what he says have been numerous successes, while his opponent, John Cahill says the incumbent has not been aggressive enough and too cozy with the political establishment in Albany.

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AP Headlines
5:41 am
Thu October 30, 2014

NY Fuel Reserves Established at 6 Upstate Sites

Credit Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York officials say they established six sites across upstate New York for strategic reserves of 2.5 million gallons of gas and diesel fuel for storms and other emergencies.

The fuel terminals are located in Buffalo and Rochester in western New York, Vestal in the Southern Tier, Brewerton and Marcy in central New York, and in Rensselaer, across the Hudson River from Albany.

The Upstate Strategic Fuel Reserve Program is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

It's funded with $10 million from the New York Power Authority.

The fuel is owned by the state, and the reserves are managed by Buckeye Terminals.

State officials say that suppliers can register in advance with NYSERDA for release of reserves in their region when emergencies are declared.

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Prison System
3:40 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Schuyler Co. Residents Want Shuttered Prison to Bring Jobs, Keep Rural Heritage

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Cornell University and Schuyler County residents are in the first stages of planning the future of the county’s recently shuttered prison.

The Monterey shock facility sits vacant on 20 acres between Corning and Watkins Glen. The state shut down the prison’s 45 buildings back in July.

At the group’s first meeting Tuesday, community members and a group of Cornell students brainstormed ideas for the buildings.

Several residents spoke firmly about the need house jobs while preserving the area’s rural heritage.

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2014 Election
2:39 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Schneiderman Says Moreland Commission Was The Governor's Show

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman holds a double-digit lead over Republican challenger John Cahill.
Credit courtesy of Schneiderman campaign / via Facebook

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, in his most extensive comments to date on the controversial Moreland Commission on anti corruption, which is now under federal investigation, says his opponent is wrongly trying to score “cheap political points” by pressing the issue.

Schneiderman says he’s been quiet about  the anti-corruption commission shut down by Governor Cuomo and now under federal investigation, because he’s cooperating with prosecutors.  Schneiderman deputized the commissioners as assistant AG’s to give them subpoena power. He says after that, he treated them as an “independent commission”.

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2014 Election
6:14 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Sheriff Debate Highlights Heroin Epidemic And Contrasting Philosophies

Christopher Bracco and Sheriff David Harder during Tuesday's debate in Binghamton.
Credit Matt Richmond / WSKG News

Broome County Sheriff David Harder has held the office for 16 years, but this year he faces a challenge from Binghamton police officer Christopher Bracco. The candidates debated during Tuesday’s Rotary Club meeting.

Republican incumbent Harder joined the sheriff’s department in 1964. He was a detective for 25 years. And for him, the job’s realities are crystal clear.

“Some people like to toss out idea after idea without considering the cost. That’s not realistic. I’ve worked extremely hard to stay within my budget, each and every year,” says Harder.

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AP Headlines
5:56 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Environmentalists Sue Cuomo Administration Over Tappan Zee Funding

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Environmental groups are suing New York state over Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to use federal clean water funds on the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

The lawsuit from Riverkeeper, Environmental Advocates of New York and others was filed Monday in Albany. They're trying to stop the state from proceeding with Cuomo's proposal to use $511 million in clean water loans on the $3.9 billion bridge project.

The Environmental Protection Agency rejected most of Cuomo's proposal and approved only $29 million.

The environmental groups say a lawsuit is needed anyway because the state plans to appeal the EPA decision. They say Cuomo's proposal should be rejected in its entirety because the state didn't allow public comment and because the state's approval of the plan would set a dangerous precedent.

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2014 Election
4:24 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Campaigning For Education Bond Act Starts With One Week Left

Credit League of Women Voters of California / via flickr

The November 4 ballot includes an amendment to borrow $2 billion dollars to buy new technology for school children, like I-Pads and other tablets.  Fiscal watchdogs are against it, and the education community has been lukewarm. But with one week left to go before voting day, Governor Cuomo who came up with idea, has finally started to push for it.

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Upstate Economy
9:36 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Mayor Pitches Binghamton's Small Business Climate

Young entrepreneurs at Binghamton High School question Mayor Richard David on his plans to make the city a small business haven.
Credit Solvejg Wastvedt/WSKG News

High school students often think they need to leave their hometowns to really make it, but Binghamton Mayor Richard David disagrees. David spoke to a Binghamton High School entrepreneurship class Monday, urging students to give their hometown a second look.

Casey Walsh, one of the entrepreneurship students, loves food, and that gives him an idea for a business.

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AP Headlines
8:14 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Astorino Postpones Pennsylvania Gas Fields Trip

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Republican candidate for governor in New York is putting off a visit to a Pennsylvania drilling site designed to highlight the benefits of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

A spokeswoman for Rob Astorino says the drilling operator didn't want reporters to be included and that the visit will be postponed until after Election Day.

Astorino is seeking to unseat Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in next week's election. Cuomo has said he will wait on a state study on the health effects of the drilling practice, known as fracking, before deciding whether it should be allowed in New York.

Astorino says fracking can be done safely and would be a boon to the economy in the state's Southern Tier.

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