A five-year capital plan has been endorsed by the Sullivan County Legislature. The bottom line tops $18 million.
County Manager David Fanslau says there is a no fat in the plan.“Reduced dramatically the amount of capital programs that would be initiated in 2013. We also have reduced the amount of capital programs that would be funded out of the operating budget in 2013 as compared to 2012,” he said.
Hundreds of elected officials and supporters gathered Sunday evening at the Diamond Mills ballroom in Saugerties, to celebrate the career of Maurice Hinchey. The veteran congressman will be retiring in January because of health reasons.
The $100-per-plate annual fall dinner list of attendees comprised a Who's Who of local politics. The venue represents a departure from the traditional Kingston destination for political functions. Organizers desired a spot closer to Hinchey's hometown, and also a showcase for alternate catering destinations throughout the area.
At a time when Metro-North commuters are facing a possible 32 per cent fare hike, a report by the MTA's Inspector General has found Metro-North and the Long Island RailRoad are wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars each year because workers in the field are illegally idling their vehicles - WAMC's Dave Lucas reports
In New York State the maximum vehicle idling time is 5 minutes.
An audit found vehicles idled for a combined 20,000 hours each month, wasting over $800,000 a year.
In his ongoing effort to reduce a projected multimillion-dollar budget deficit for 2013, Dutchess County Executive MarcMolinaro is capping the amount of sales tax revenue distributed to its municipalities at $25 million. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports
Dutchess county was projected to share $29.5 million this year. But the County Executive intends to drive down the overall cost of government.
That initiative powers Marc Molinaro's 2013 budget proposal, aimed at starting a multi-year transformation of Dutchess County Government.
Ulster legislators were not ready to vote on a resolution directing the clerk of the legislature to post information that would assist municipalities in enacting local ordinances prohibiting hydraulic fracturing.
Most lawmakers are on record opposing fracking in the county, but they could not come to agreement on whether the resolution on the agenda was quite ready for prime time.
The cost of fracking to harvest natural gas in New York would be high in terms of both the effects on the environment and the costs to the public, according to a report issued Thursday by Environment New York.
The group’s director, David VanLuven, said New York would face the same negatives as other states have when fracking was permitted.
The hamlet of Livingston Manor is devastated again. This week’s flash flood washed out bridges and damaged over two dozen homes.
Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther called the governor’s office and toured the devastation with state Transportation and Environmental Conservation officials and representatives of FEMA. She said the residents of the hamlet can’t go on like this with repeated massive flooding.
Six community colleges in the Hudson Valley are included in a consortium of 30 SUNY two-year schools that will receive $14.6 million to fund worker training and education programs that will help unemployed workers learn skills essential to securing local jobs in emerging industries.