Albany, NY – President Bush has authorized Federal disaster aid for eight Upstate New York counties affected by flooding in November. Local officials welcome the public assistance aid all of the counties suffered major damages from June's flooding as well. WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein has details:
Ray Brook, NY – The Adirondack Council has released its third report on the Adirondack Park Agency's enforcement record, and it doesn't paint a pretty picture. The environmental organization says the park's zoning agency is backlogged and sweeping unresolved cases under the rug. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – For years, the CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh has provided ambulance services to the city without charge. City leaders in Plattsburgh, New York are upset over a bill that has been set to them by the local medical center saying the service will no longer be provided without charge. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Adams, MA – In Massachusetts, state environmental officials and Adams town officials have taken what is considered the first significant step toward development of a portion of the Greylock Glen. Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has the latest on the proposed $44 million project;
Pittsfield, MA – The Housatonic River Initiative hosted a day-long symposium on PCB destructive technologies in Pittsfield, Massachusetts late last month. The environmental advocacy group is urging state and federal regulators as well as General Electric to use PCB destructive technologies in the city where there is an on-going PCB clean-up. But, as our Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo reports there is some skepticism about the effectiveness of this means of PCB treatment;
Albany, NY – Christopher Porco, convicted of killing his father and maiming his mother in a brutal axe attack in their suburban Albany home, has been sentenced to consecutive sentences that add up to fifty years to life in prison. The case has capitvated the Capital Region for two years. WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein was at the sentencing in Albany County Court:
Albany, NY – Christopher Porco of the Albany County village of Delmar has been sentenced to fifty years to life in prison for the ax-murder of his father, and the attack on his mother in the family's home in November 2004. Before being sentenced Porco made a statement, maintaining that he was wrongly convicted of the crime.
The 23 year old Porco was convicted last summer, in a trial that had to be moved to Orange County, due to extensive pre-trial publicity in the Albany area.