Protesters gathered for a gun rally at the capitol in Albany on Tuesday, including guest speakers Donald Trump, 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino, and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican candidate for governor.
With Albany County worried about crude oil shipments, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials are looking to the EPA for oil spill contingency plans and demanding answers from the major oil shipper at the crux of the controversy.
Mayor Kathy Sheehan and local stakeholders united in support of two Assembly bills proposing New York State PILOT payments to the City of Albany on the Harriman State Office Campus. Mayor Sheehan, government officials and local business leaders called on the State to establish these payments as part of a long-term solution to stabilize Albany’s fiscal future.
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren — all new officeholders — participated Wednesday in an Albany Law School forum called “Leading a New Era in City Government: Women Mayors of Upstate New York.”
The public event at the school’s Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom gave attendees a personal glimpse into not only the day-to-day challenges faced by the three Democrats and their municipalities, but also their individual governing styles and the paths they took to leadership.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed state agencies to strengthen the state's oversight of petroleum shipments by rail, citing devastating accidents in Quebec and North Dakota and the expansion of crude oil shipping through the Port of Albany.
Albany residents, politicians and community advocates recently voiced their concerns about plans to build a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany. The State Department of Environmental Conservation appears to have been listening.