Joseph J. Lhota, the new leader of the MTA told Mid-Hudson business people on Wednesday that the transportation agency is negotiating the possibility to bring Metro-North's Hudson and New Haven branch trains to Penn Station, part of a reciprocal agreement which would allow LIRR service to Grand Central. That’s where Metro-North’s service terminates.
A lot of “complicated” details must be worked out with the Long Island Railroad, which uses Penn Station, Lhota said.
After over a year of negotiations, Ulster County and its 1,300 member CSEA have reached a tentative agreement on a new four year contract.
The contract includes no pay raise in the first two years, a 1.75 percent raise in the third year, 2013, and a two percent raise in the fourth year, 2014. The pact dates back to January 1, 2011 and extends to December 31, 2014.
The Westchester County Public Service Department’s electronic booking information system will be made available to other counties in the region.
The Public Safety and Security Committee of the Westchester County Board of Legislators gave its approval for the program which will allow for inter-municipal agreements with municipalities in the counties of Putnam, Rockland and Dutchess to access its electronic fingerprinting and digital booking photographs.
Public Safety Chief Inspector Martin McGlynn briefed the committee that identifications can go beyond facial recognition.
The Fiscal Accountability and Strategy Team (FAST) put in place by Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro is projected to save the county hundreds of thousands of dollars. The effort is designed to work with fiscal staff in county departments to find cost savings and efficiencies in the government within the limited resources available.
Molinaro launched the FAST team as part of his effort to close a $40 million budget gap going into 2013.
It is projected that development of a whitewater park on the Delaware River at Port Jervis could begin next year provided sufficient funding is secured.
The City of Port Jervis is seeking $200,000 to $250,000 from the state to draft design plans and gain the various approvals that would be needed. Then, the job of securing the real money to build the park – estimated at about $1.5 million – would begin and city Economic Development Director Kathleen Hendrickson said they will seek grants and private money.
FEMA has decided to grant Orange County over $3.6 million for hurricane damage to the county government center in Goshen. County Executive Edward Diana had originally sought about $7.5 million, Diana and the State Office of Emergency Management have both endorsed the funding.
The award is a far cry from the $505,290 FEMA first offered the county. It upped that to $534,980, but Diana now said it is because of the perseverance of his administration to challenge the numbers that convinced FEMA to increase them dramatically.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has voted to wait before approving new licenses for Indian Point and other nuclear plants until it addressed the question of how to deal with safety and potential environmental threats from long term on-site storage of nuclear waste.
The NRC’s decision came after a Washington, DC Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling involving the NRC’s Waste Confidence Decision update.
The financial situations in the County of Rockland and City of Newburgh are in such precarious shape that Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli are considering proposals to create a super control board to take over their finances.
Such a board would review the finances of all counties, cities and towns on the verge of bankruptcy.
Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy said while her city has made significant strides in recent months to reduce its deficit and cut spending, there is still much more to be done.