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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has euthanized a reportedly aggressive deer that was familiar with neighbors in the Washington County town of Cambridge.

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State officials say it will cost more than $20 million to clean up a hazardous waste site in the Schenectady County.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports that the Department of Environmental Conservation has released details of the project proposed for the property on Freemans Bridge Road in the town of Glenville, on the Mohawk River 15 miles northwest of Albany, and that cleaning up the former Kenco Chemical Co. site will cost an estimated $20.5 million, with the money coming from the state Superfund.

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State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens says cleaning up brownfields, improving access to public lands and increasing resiliency to extreme weather are among his agency's priorities in the coming fiscal year.

Martens spoke Wednesday at the first of 13 budget hearings before the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees.

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The public has a chance to weigh in tonight at a hearing on ways to improve outdoor recreation opportunities on both private and public lands in the Southern Adirondacks.

The air in Albany's South End is safe to breathe. That's the word from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. That may be far from the last word, if residents have their say.

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A relatively minor oil spill at the Port of Albany has apparently set the scene for a summer of scrutiny, with county officials putting crude-by-rail transporter Global Partners LLC under the microscope.

Albany's river port has emerged as a major hub for rail and barge shipments of crude oil. A series of incidents involving rail cars moving crude oil internationally has prompted concerns about spills and fires from some residents and environmental groups.  A weekend spill underscores those concerns.

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New regulations have gone into effect in New York State requiring boats at DEC boat launches be clear of any plant or animal matter before entering the water. As those rules go into effect, legislation is pending in Albany that would make such “clean, drain and dry” regulations applicable at all boat launches.

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A bear cub that took refuge in a tree across the street from a public school in an Albany neighborhood captivated the city for more than a day, the story attracting national attention and stirring a mini-debate over euthanization.  There is no happy ending.

The young black bear wandered far from home, survived being hit by two cars and shot with tranquilizer darts and a shotgun before finally falling from a tree where it sought refuge in a city neighborhood.

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The saga of the so-called "Albany Bear" has come to an end.

Albany "Bear Watch"

May 28, 2014
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A bear up a tree in Albany has kept officials up all night -  

State Department of Environmental Conservation, City Police and local residents have been watching a young black bear who is high up in a backyard tree in a neighborhood off Whitehall Road. It's theorized the bruin made its way from Southern Albany County into the city by crossing the New York State thruway. After several spottings the bear was shot at least once then found refuge in the tree .

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