The Massachusetts Inspector General issued a scathing report Thursday on a former state university president’s use of school funds for personal purposes.
Inspector General Glenn Cunha said former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle knowingly and willingly violated school policy by spending lavishly for six years on trips and entertainment for himself, his family and friends. Cunha called Dobelle’s behavior “outrageous”
A sales tax holiday is included in an economic development bill taken up by the Massachusetts legislature on the final day of the legislative session Thursday.
Critics say the sales tax-free shopping, which will be on Aug. 16 and 17, costs the state $20 million in lost revenue. Jeff Ciuffreda, the president of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce said it increases work hours for retail employees and drives discretionary spending.
The State University of New York at New Paltz was turned into a film set for a day. The HBO series Girls chose the campus as a setting to mimic a different university.
“Here we go kids. 3-2-1…action!
It all happened so quickly. Around the beginning of July, SUNY New Paltz officials got the call that Half A Yogurt Productions was interested in filming some scenes for the HBO series Girls. Richard Winters is community and government relations associate for SUNY New Paltz.
A key New York union has made a political endorsement public.
The nearly 300,000-member Civil Service Employees Association represents state and local government employees, school district employees, child care providers and private sector employees throughout New York State. CSEA President Danny Donohue: "We're all proud to be here today, endorsing our candidate for Comptroller, DiNapoli. We did it four years ago, we're proud to be here today."
Studies done earlier this year show noise levels coming from wind turbines at the Hoosac Wind Project in northwestern Massachusetts were out of compliance with state regulations. People living in the area have complained of adverse health impacts since the turbines began spinning in 2012.
Elise Stefanik, the Republican candidate for Congress in New York’s 21st district, attended the monthly meeting of the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board on Wednesday to discuss regional issues.