Dave Lucas http://wamc.org en Survey Supports Upstate Casino Development http://wamc.org/post/survey-supports-upstate-casino-development <p>Public perception of casinos among upstate New Yorkers continues to evolve. While new gaming halls will be built, people have become more aware of the long-term positives and negatives they'll bring to surrounding areas.&nbsp;</p><p>A <a href="https://www.siena.edu/assets/files/news/TWC0714_Total_Crosstabs_072814.pdf" target="_blank">Time Warner Cable News/Siena College Poll</a> out Monday finds a majority of those polled favor building a Capitol Region casino.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:33:20 +0000 Dave Lucas 95927 at http://wamc.org Survey Supports Upstate Casino Development Update: Albany 'Red Light Cameras' http://wamc.org/post/update-albany-red-light-cameras <p>Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, a Democrat from Albany, introduced legislation back in the spring that would authorize the city to engage in a five-year demonstration program deploying automatic red light ticketing cameras at up to 20 intersections. City Police Chief Steve Krokoff and Mayor Kathy Sheehan signed on to the idea.</p><p>The city council voted 10-5 to pass a resolution in support of exploring the program.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:37:18 +0000 Dave Lucas 95894 at http://wamc.org Update: Albany 'Red Light Cameras' Officials Mull Schoharie Pipeline Proposals http://wamc.org/post/officials-mull-schoharie-pipeline-proposals <p>A proposed 157-mile natural gas pipeline that would run through several Schoharie County communities, parallel to the proposed Constitution Gas Pipeline, has pitted neighbor against neighbor.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:07:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 95834 at http://wamc.org Officials Mull Schoharie Pipeline Proposals Political Foe Faults NY Attorney General's Silence http://wamc.org/post/political-foe-faults-ny-attorney-generals-silence <p></p><p>The Republican challenger for New York attorney general is calling for incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman to break his silence on reports that the governor's office interfered with the corruption commission whose members were deputized by Schneiderman.</p><p>John Cahill, standing Monday outside the attorney general's office in Albany, says the deputies were obligated to report to the attorney general. He said Schneiderman hasn't said one word about the alleged interference or what he knew about it.</p><p>Cahill says New Yorkers deserve to know.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:02:18 +0000 Dave Lucas 95847 at http://wamc.org Political Foe Faults NY Attorney General's Silence Officials Push Missile Shields For Commercial Jets http://wamc.org/post/officials-push-missile-shields-commercial-jets <p></p><p>Two New York legislators are urging the government to study whether American passenger jets should be equipped with devices protecting them against missiles like the one that brought down a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.</p><p></p><p>U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Steve Israel are asking the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Department and Federal Aviation Administration to consider technologies that would shield commercial aircraft.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:56:31 +0000 Dave Lucas 95846 at http://wamc.org Officials Push Missile Shields For Commercial Jets Windham Rising; Prattsville, Not So Much http://wamc.org/post/windham-rising-prattsville-not-so-much <p>Responding to the “Rising to the Top” challenge issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo's office, Windham joins other New York communities striving to come up with ideas for long-term flood recovery following Irene, Lee and Sandy. Years after the three storms, people are still waiting for funds.</p><p>Grant money for the Greene County town of Windham was set aside by Governor Cuomo's office earlier this year, part of a $60 billion federal effort to assist areas hit hardest by Irene, Lee and Sandy.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:27:35 +0000 Dave Lucas 95809 at http://wamc.org Windham Rising; Prattsville, Not So Much Luther "Ticky" Burden Fundraisers Set http://wamc.org/post/luther-ticky-burden-fundraisers-set <p>Former New York Knicks guard <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luther_Burden" target="_blank">Luther "Ticky" Burden</a> has been diagnosed with a rare heart disease and is being treated at a Manhattan hospital. Two local fundraisers are being held to give the NBA star a helping hand.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:22:35 +0000 Dave Lucas 95626 at http://wamc.org Luther "Ticky" Burden Fundraisers Set Oil Trains Under Political Microscope http://wamc.org/post/oil-trains-under-political-microscope <p>There have been several developments this week impacting oil trains, the subject of national and local debate.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday issued new proposed rules on tankers transporting oil including quickly phasing out the use of old DOT-111 rail cars for moving crude oil and other hazardous liquids. The rules would include new operational requirements to lower operating speeds and enhance braking capabilities for high-hazard flammable trains.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:16:18 +0000 Dave Lucas 95606 at http://wamc.org Oil Trains Under Political Microscope Downtown Albany: Open For More Business http://wamc.org/post/downtown-albany-open-more-business <p></p><p>Vacant downtown Albany office buildings may soon be welcoming new tenants.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:59:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 95555 at http://wamc.org Downtown Albany: Open For More Business County Official: Move Residents Out Of Harm's Way http://wamc.org/post/county-official-move-residents-out-harms-way <p></p><p>Albany County Executive Dan McCoy &nbsp;wants people moved OUT of a neighborhood bordered by railroad tracks.</p><p>Ezra Prentice Homes consists of sixteen buildings and 179 units . Federalized in the mid 1980′s, the property sits right off I-787 &nbsp;and backs up to a railroad storage yard.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; McCoy has been pro-active in the battle against those so-called “oil trains” that carry crude and often park on rails near the buildings. He says it's not a matter of if an oil spill will happen, but rather a matter of when.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:16:09 +0000 Dave Lucas 95533 at http://wamc.org County Official: Move Residents Out Of Harm's Way