Three years after Hurricane Irene hit the Hudson Valley, a New York Congressman and other elected officials announced more funding for Orange County for recovery efforts.
Elected officials stood in Middletown Thursday to announce $11.5 million in additional Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief funding for Orange County. Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney says he pushed through a lot of bureaucratic red tape to secure federal investment, and worked with HUD to reallocate funds to fulfill unmet Hurricane Irene recovery needs.
Dylan Card is a senior at UAlbany from Dryden, NY. Dylan is in one of the new Zipcars. He is the President of the Students for Sustainability organization on campus, and has helped launch several sustainable initiatives.
Tom Durkin, longtime announcer at Saratoga Race Course, will call his last race Sunday. Today, in the Winners’ Circle beside the flat track, Durkin opened up about his imminent retirement.
On Friday morning, sitting beside New York Racing Association President and CEO Chris Kay, Tom Durkin was brief in his opening remarks. Sunday will mark an end to his more than four-decade career of calling horse races, from the sport’s lower-level tracks to the heights of the Classic races.
Police have beefed up patrols in the crime-plagued "Collar City."
Responding to a series of recent incidents, and resident's concerns about shootings and arsons, Troy Police have suspended mandatory and optional training sessions to get more officers out on the streets. The move puts 20 additional bodies on the beat. Police Chief John Tedesco says officers have been added to the afternoon and evening shifts. The Narcotics Unit and other special terms are increasing their presence as well. The police department's budget will increase, but officials couldn't say by how much.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has put out for public comment a draft environmental impact statement concerning a proposed pipeline expansion project in the Northeast. The expansion includes property belonging to the Indian Point Nuclear power plant.
Earlier this month, New York State Police issued an AMBER Alert in the search to locate two missing Amish girls who had been abducted in St. Lawrence County. The alert was called off after the girls were located. To help explain how the public is informed and law enforcement is directed in the event of an AMBER Alert, WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with New York State Police Senior Investigator and AMBER Alert coordinator Gary Kelly.
As established casinos across the Northeast close their doors or administer cost-cutting measures, New York is just getting into the game. And although it won’t host a casino if its own, Albany has become a key player.
The mantra has been "jobs and the economy," and New York's capital is crossing its fingers, hoping for a windfall should a casino go up in nearby Rensselaer County.
Long before final word from the gaming commission, the casino siting process has local governments and residents taking positions and forming alliances to woo or shoo casino developers.