New York News http://wamc.org en Advocates, Tipped Workers, Seek Pay Increase from Cuomo Wage Board http://wamc.org/post/advocates-tipped-workers-seek-pay-increase-cuomo-wage-board-0 <p>Advocates for a higher minimum wage are urging for better wages for workers who rely on tips. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has promised to create a committee to consider raising the minimum rate for the workers, and the groups say they have evidence that an increase is needed. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:15:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 94657 at http://wamc.org Advocates, Tipped Workers, Seek Pay Increase from Cuomo Wage Board EPA Grant Will Help Assess Brownfields In Glens Falls Region http://wamc.org/post/epa-grant-will-help-assess-brownfields-glens-falls-region <p></p><p>Earlier this week, the Glens Falls Common Council accepted terms as a lead agency on a federal grant through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help communities assess contaminated lands for redevelopment.</p><p>The $600,000 Regional Risk Assessment grant is aimed at assessing brownfield sites affected by hazardous materials or petroleum. Glens Falls joins South Glens Fall, Moreau, Corinth, Hadley, and Chester in this effort.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 94666 at http://wamc.org EPA Grant Will Help Assess Brownfields In Glens Falls Region Forum Will Address Heroin Addiction In Warren And Washington Counties http://wamc.org/post/forum-will-address-heroin-addiction-warren-and-washington-counties <p>A recent traffic stop that led to two arrests for heroin possession in Washington County, New York, near the Vermont border is bringing attention to an ongoing issue of the transport of illegal drugs over state lines.</p><p>A traffic stop by state troopers early Tuesday on Route 149, west of the Village of Fort Ann, led to two arrests on charges of heroin possession with intent to sell.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:43:51 +0000 Lucas Willard 94650 at http://wamc.org Forum Will Address Heroin Addiction In Warren And Washington Counties NY Representatives Praise Bipartisan Workforce Training Bill http://wamc.org/post/ny-representatives-praise-bipartisan-workforce-training-bill <p>New York Congressional representatives are praising efforts in the House to pass a bill focused on strengthening local workforce training programs. The bill that would allow federal dollars to enhance existing programs passed with wide bi-partisan support.&nbsp;</p><p>In a 415-6 vote, Congress recently passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.</p><p>A version in the Senate was also approved 95-3, and the bill is headed to the president’s desk.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:10:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 94577 at http://wamc.org NY Representatives Praise Bipartisan Workforce Training Bill Health Care Professionals Opposed To Fracking Urge Cuomo Adm. To Look At More Research http://wamc.org/post/health-care-professionals-opposed-fracking-urge-cuomo-adm-look-more-research <p>A group of health care professionals are seeking a meeting with Governor Cuomo’s health department, saying they have compiled a compendium of new and on going research that highlights numerous health risks associated with hydro fracking. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 94563 at http://wamc.org Health Care Professionals Opposed To Fracking Urge Cuomo Adm. To Look At More Research Invasive Plant Found Along Lake George http://wamc.org/post/invasive-plant-found-along-lake-george <p></p><p>Advocates for Lake George are taking steps to monitor and prevent the spread of an invasive species along the lakeshore that could threaten native butterfly populations.&nbsp;</p><p>Kristen Rohne, Education Coordinatior for the Lake George Association, said while her organization was checking on a native-plant buffer garden at the Rainbow Beach Homeowners Association in the Town of Bolton, a homeowner asked her team to take a closer look at a plant he hadn’t seen before, growing along the shoreline.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:21:03 +0000 Lucas Willard 94531 at http://wamc.org Invasive Plant Found Along Lake George LG Candidate Hochul Keeps A Low Profile http://wamc.org/post/lg-candidate-hochul-keeps-low-profile <p>Governor Cuomo’s running mate, Lieutenant Governor Nominee Kathy Hochul, is keeping an unusually low profile during the first months of the election campaign. The lack of public campaigning by Hochul is starting to raise some questions.</p><p>Kathy Hochul, a former one term Congresswoman and former Erie County Clerk, appeared with Governor Cuomo at the Democratic State Convention in May, one day after she was chosen to run as Lieutenant Governor.</p><p>Hochul promised the audience that she would &nbsp;“carry our message of hope and optimism across this great state”.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:10:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 94465 at http://wamc.org LG Candidate Hochul Keeps A Low Profile Cuomo Primary Challenger Predicts She Will Have 3 Times The Required Petition Signatures http://wamc.org/post/cuomo-primary-challenger-predicts-she-will-have-3-times-required-petition-signatures <p>The Democratic Primary challenger to Governor Andrew Cuomo , Zephyr Teachout, expects to file more than 40,000 signatures late Thursday to obtain a place on the ballot for the September voting. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:07:12 +0000 Karen DeWitt 94475 at http://wamc.org Cuomo Primary Challenger Predicts She Will Have 3 Times The Required Petition Signatures National Weather Service Says Severe Weather To Continue In Northeast http://wamc.org/post/national-weather-service-says-severe-weather-continue-northeast <p></p><p>There are reports of fatalities in the wake of a line of storms, including a confirmed EF2 tornado, that moved through western and central New York Tuesday night, bringing heavy rain and strong winds that knocked down trees, power lines and several buildings.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:14:08 +0000 Jessica Bloustein Marshall 94430 at http://wamc.org National Weather Service Says Severe Weather To Continue In Northeast NY Power Line Project In Discussion http://wamc.org/post/ny-power-line-project-discussion <p>A Columbia County power line initiative may finally get off the ground with minimal disruption to the environment and quality-of-life.</p><p>As New York state’s most prominent environmental groups ramp up their calls for green power and as other activists continue to demand a shutdown of the downstate Indian Point Nuclear Energy plant, demand for electricity has been increasing. And it has become apparent that additional transmission lines could help supply underserved areas and possibly become a buffer of sorts should a facility go offline.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:18:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 94374 at http://wamc.org NY Power Line Project In Discussion