Elected, labor and utility officials in Rockland County today marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, saying the area is better prepared to handle a devastating storm. They announced an agreement with local labor they say should prevent a repeat of one of the major problems.
They stood on a residential street in New City, in the Town of Clarkstown, New York state Senator David Carlucci among them.
Voter turnout in off-year elections is generally much lower than in presidential election years, and turnout among young voters is no exception. Three politicians who have set records for being the youngest in one political office or another have ideas about where the problems lie. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has part two in our special series The Vote.
WHITE PLAINS – The Westchester County Board of Legislators Monday night authorized the county to reserve 50 percent of the county’s almost $7.9 million federal funds for use by local municipalities for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements.
Legislature Majority Leader Peter Harkham said the measure, when signed by the county executive, would allow eligible municipalities to submit spending proposals that would use Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds to implement Green Community Program projects for properties.
A Westchester County legislator says he has strong concerns about a natural gas line project that could run through portions of his county. He also wants Westchester to have a seat at the table.
Democrat Peter Harckham is the majority leader of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. He has written to the secretary of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, requesting a comment period extension for the proposed Algonquin Incremental Market Project and expressing his concerns about how the project will impact public safety and the environment.
Two New York assemblymembers are calling on social media companies to ban gun sales without background checks. The legislators say the sites are being used as marketplaces for such sales, but a state firearms advocacy group says it’s a non-issue.
Democratic Assemblymembers Brian Kavanagh and Michelle Schimel have launched an online petition urging social media companies to change their user policies. Here’s New York City’s Kavanagh:
GOSHEN – Orange County Legislator Michael Amo (I-1) may be the lone holdout when lawmakers vote to fund the county’s Valley View nursing home for a full year in 2014.
County Executive Edward Diana only allocated funding for the first four months of the year and Amo, who is chairman of the Health Committee, which has already voted in favor of full year funding, said given the fact that a new county executive and legislature will be coming into office in January, the county should investigate a new model to operate Valley View.
VILLAGE OF FLORIDA – It took firefighters from 18 departments two days to bring a 50-acre mountaintop brush fire under control in the Village of Florida this weekend.
The fire on top of Mt. Eve broke out Saturday afternoon. Firefighters worked until dark and resumed Sunday morning. "They were finally successful, for the most part," said Florida Fire Chief Joseph Bankston.
“It was knocked down very well," Bankston said Sunday evening. "We created some fire lines.”
How much brush was still burning was unknown, but was turned over to state forest rangers.