General Electric has agreed to analyze its potential liability in relation to recently-discovered PCBs in the upper Hudson River. GE will soon resume its remediation of PCBs it discharged into the Hudson decades ago, and at least one environmental group hopes the company will incorporate the additional dredging this year.
A New York State Senator from the Hudson Valley says the 2013-2014 Senate budget resolution approved Monday provides some good news for his district. Democratic State Senator Terry Gipson says the budget resolution contains a few items for which he has been fighting. One is to keep the Beacon Correctional Facility, the state’s only female minimum-security prison, up and running. Gipson says another recommendation included in the resolution is to keep open another facility in Dutchess County, the Red Hook Residential Center, a youth detention facility.
Union members at the Ulster County, New York-based newspaper “The Daily Freeman” were scheduled to vote this evening on whether to ratify a contract with the paper’s future owner. “The Freeman”, along with other Journal Register Company papers, will belong to the new owner, reportedly next month, when the sale is expected to close.
President Obama signed an emergency measure at the end of January for $50.5 billion in aid for Superstorm Sandy. The federal aid for heavily-impacted Sandy communities is one of the many areas being affected by sequestration – the across-the-board federal budget cuts that began March 1.
The estimates of how much aid will be cut by sequestration range from $1 billion- to $2.5 billion dollars, and those concerned say the cuts will reduce funds to help recovery efforts in the areas of housing and transportation, as well as mitigation efforts.
There’s an Intel-affiliated science and engineering fair today (Sat.) in New York’s Westchester County, during which students are competing for scholarships, and a chance to travel to even bigger science fairs.
IBM is moving some of its product manufacturing from Rochester, Minnesota, to Poughkeepsie, New York, as well as to Mexico. Company officials are being tight-lipped about what this means in terms of jobs, but some onlookers in the Hudson Valley see a boost to the local economy.