upstate New York http://wamc.org en Comptroller DiNapoli: We Can't Let NY's Cities Go Bankrupt http://wamc.org/post/comptroller-dinapoli-we-cant-let-nys-cities-go-bankrupt <p>The City of Detroit’s declaration of bankruptcy has left some in New York wondering whether any upstate cities will be next. State officials say they are trying to help with financial planning guidance, but local governments say more needs to be done.</p><p>State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has created a fiscal stress monitoring system that measures the financial health of New York’s local governments. A preliminary report found two dozen cities, counties and villages are moderately to severely fiscally stressed.&nbsp; DiNapoli say he hopes they can avoid the fate of Detroit.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 16:10:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 70074 at http://wamc.org Comptroller DiNapoli: We Can't Let NY's Cities Go Bankrupt Celeb fracking group not registered http://wamc.org/post/celeb-fracking-group-not-registered <p>Celebrities belonging to the group Artists Against Fracking are using star power to gain attention, but they may be running afoul of it.</p><p>The group created last year stages events with stars opposed to drilling for natural gas in upstate New York hydraulic fracturing.</p><p>It says forcing water and chemicals into underground rock to extract gas threatens drinking water and the environment.</p><p>But a search of the state lobbying board's online records show the group and nearly 200 entertainers who are gaining attention and support aren't registered lobbyists.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:29:34 +0000 Jaired Crofut 60064 at http://wamc.org Celeb fracking group not registered