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Greene County
11:54 am
Mon February 11, 2013

FEMA denies Greene Co. help following Hurricane Sandy

Credit Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has notified one New York county that it will not be sending down any Individual Assistance Funding for damage resulting from “Superstorm” Sandy.

Battered and beseiged in the 2011 twin storm event of Irene and Lee, Greene county is taking it on the chin when it comes to FEMA aid relating to the October 2012 visit from Hurricane Sandy.

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New York News
12:00 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Jon Campbell - Gannett News : Fracking deadlines approaching this week

Gannett New York State Government reporter Jon Campbell.

New York State officials are facing some hard deadlines over the next few weeks with regards to whether or not the state will allow the drilling of natural gas extraction wells using the controversial process known as hydrofracking.

WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke recently with Gannett New York State Government reporter Jon Campbell for an update on state’s fracking decision making process.

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New York News
3:01 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Report Assesses Climate Change Impact on Region’s Wildlife

Credit National Wildlife Federation

A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines how climate change is having an adverse effect on wildlife and ocean species throughout New England and the Northeast.

The new report “Wildlife in a Warming World: Confronting the Climate Crisis” says climate change is the greatest threat to wildlife this century. Animals living in the changing biosphere are adapting, migrating to new habitat or facing extinction.  National Wildlife Federation Climate Change Scientist Dr. Amanda Staudt is the report’s lead author.

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New England News
3:01 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Little Star Power For Republicans In Senate Election

Former Republican Sen. Scott Brown's decision not to run in this year's special election has left a Republican field of virtual unknowns
Credit WAMC

The Massachusetts Republican Party remains optimistic about the upcoming special election to fill the senate seat formerly held by Secretary of State John Kerry.  But it appears the minority party in the Bay State is facing long odds. 

   Republicans are facing a number of challenges in their quest to pick off a Democratic seat in the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts.  The immediate challenge for the party is getting a candidate willing to commit to the race, according to Tim Vercellotti, a political science professor at Western New England University.

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Hudson Valley News
2:09 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

NYS Task Force Issues Sandy Recovery Report

Credit New York State Senate

A New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery has released its first report. The senators have come up with preliminary recommendations to help recovery efforts and assist in disaster planning.

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North Country News
12:45 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

NYS Loses Federal Grant Funds for Land Acquisition

An Adirondack pond
Credit WAMC Photo

New York State has lost a two-and-a-half million dollar federal grant that would have helped pay for the acquisition of an Adirondack land tract.  The state says it can’t afford the cost share, and the Adirondack Council points to that as a reason to increase funding to the Environmental Protection Fund.

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New York News
12:37 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Saratoga to Cuomo: Build Casino Here

Winslow Homer drawing from August 1865 Harper's Weekly
Credit City of Saratoga Spings & WikiPedia

Saratoga City and County leaders showed up in Albany Wednesday to make a case for building a casino in the Spa city.

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New York News
3:55 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Anti-frackers Rally at NYS Capitol

Queens Democratic Senator Tony Avella (GASLAND director Josh Fox behind his right shoulder) joins demonstrators on the Million Dollar Staircase at the State Capitol in Albany.
Credit WAMC (Dave Lucas)

Hundreds of anti-fracking advocates gathered Monday at the State Capitol to rally against the gas drilling process.

Gasland director Josh Fox, Actor Mark Ruffalo and Arun Ghandi, the grandson of Mahatma Ghandi had been with  rallygoers outside a hearing room at the state Capitol, where Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens was questioned regarding his agency's proposed 2013-14 budget.

When the meeting was over, the crowd of activists moved to the Million Dollar Staircase.

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Hudson Valley News
2:08 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

NYS Senator Uncloaks Vampire Voting Act

Credit Courtesy of Terry Gipson

A New York State Senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced a bill he says will keep legislators from voting under the cover of darkness.

Democratic State Senator Terry Gipson, who represents most of Dutchess County, and parts of Putnam County, has introduced the following measure.

So far, Democratic Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk is a co-sponsor; she represents Greene and Montgomery Counties, as well as parts of Ulster, Albany, and Schenectady Counties. Gipson says others have expressed interest, though he declined to name names. Again, here’s Gipson.

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New York News
5:08 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Proposed NYS Budget Includes Bottle-Bill Changes

Credit Rex Roof, flickr

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2013-2014 budget includes several changes to the Bottle Bill. Various stakeholders have both praise and concern.

Laura Haight is one who testified Monday at a budget hearing in Albany about the proposed changes to the Bottle Bill. Haight is senior environmental associate for the New York Public Interest Research Group, or NYPIRG. She says there are 20 pages of proposed changes, one of which she applauds, and says would be a first for the state.

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