The New York State Assembly minority leader appeared in front of a New York City council committee this week, urging officials to halt a proposal that would ban plastic foam containers in the city. He says such a ban would cost his district jobs. Environmentalists say turning away from such a ban would cost the land and sea.
A national environmental action group is sending a letter to New York state environmental regulators. An attorney for the group says more time is needed to comment on a modified proposal of The Belleayre Resort and plans for the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.
A town in New York’s Southern Tier has rescinded a gag order on public discussion of fracking during town board meetings. Two groups had sued the town, alleging violation of First Amendment rights. The Town Board denies liability.