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6:10 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Fracking Banned In New York

Credit Capital District Against Fracking

  Environmentalists are celebrating after Governor Andrew Cuomo says there will be no hydrofracking in New York for now, citing inconclusive scientific evidence on the health effects of the gas drilling process.

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5:20 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Racino Says It Will Remain Community Partner In Spa City

Wednesday's announcement of New York’s casino license site recommendations means one company has seen two proposals scrapped over the past year. But it says it will continue to work as a community partner.

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4:56 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

New York Board Reveals Winning Proposals for Casino Resorts

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Word today that Schenectady has won the Capital Region casino race also means proposals for East Greenbush, Rensselaer and Howe’s Caverns are off the table. The decision ends an often bitterly contested, months-long campaign.

The long-awaited announcement from the state’s Gaming Facility Location Board came shortly after the board convened Wednesday afternoon in Albany.   "In the Capital Region, this board recommends Rivers Casino and Resort" applause;cheers

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3:42 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Meeting Will Target Expanding Recreation In Adirondack's Great South Woods

Credit SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

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.

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New York News
2:45 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Schenectady, Thompson Casino Proposals Recommended

The New York State Gaming Commission's siting board says Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady should get the lone Capital Region license. At its meeting Wednesday afternoon, the board also gave the thumbs-up to the Lago Resort in the Finger Lakes region and the Montreign Resort Casino proposal in Thompson in Sullivan County.

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12:37 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

NY Health, Environmental Chiefs: No Fracking

Anti-fracking activists appear to have won the fight over the gas drilling method.
Credit Karen DeWitt

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.

Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said Wednesday that he is recommending a ban. Cuomo says he is deferring to Martens and Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker in making the decision.

Zucker and Martens on Wednesday summarized the findings of their environmental and health reviews. They concluded that shale gas development using high-volume hydraulic fracturing carried unacceptable risks that haven't been sufficiently studied.

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8:06 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Former New York Governor George Pataki 'Very Seriously' Considering Presidential Run

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Former New York Gov. George Pataki says he is "very seriously" considering a run for the White House.

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7:11 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Upstate Casino Decision Due This Afternoon

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A board tasked with choosing who gets to build new casinos in upstate New York is poised to make its decision at 2 p.m. this afternoon.

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6:10 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Report Finds Local Votes On Fracking Resulted In Apparent Conflicts Of Interest

  A reform group studied votes taken by local governments across the state on whether to allow hydro-fracking, and found numerous potential conflicts of interest that they say could have tainted the outcome of the votes.

The New York Public Interest Research Group studied 59 municipalities that have voted to permit hydro-fracking in the past few years, if New York State eventually approves the process.  They found numerous questionable activities, including local elected officials holding gas leases and town attorneys who also represented oil and gas companies.

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6:10 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Major Decisions On Casinos, Hydrofracking And Thruway Tolls Due Before End Of Year

Credit Capital District Against Fracking

  It’s looking less and less likely that state Senators and Assemblymembers will get a pay raise as a holiday present this year, but Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers still have a number of issues they need to resolve before the year ends, ranging from the siting of gambling casinos to how to close a Thruway deficit and whether to go ahead with hydro-fracking.

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