Albany, NY – The first woman to head New York's top environmental regulatory agency is leaving. New York's Department of Environmental Conservation will have an acting commissioner until a successor is appointed. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Albany, NY – Governor Pataki releases his new state budget Tuesday, amid signs that the state's fiscal problems may not be quite as dire as predicted. But the governor still must solve a number of expensive state issues. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports.
Montpelier, VT – Governor James Douglas wants another reduction in Vermont's statewide education property tax rate. But tax reform groups say the move will have little, if any, significance for the state's taxpayers. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Garrison, NY – Two groups that want to see the Indian Point nuclear power plants shut down are calling on Putnam County officials to retract their certification of Indian Point's emergency plan. Putnam County officials back the submission of their letter, and say they will not retract it. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Kingston, NY – The Kingston City School District is the latest small city school district to join the ranks of those building a lawsuit against the state. Kingston Board of Education trustees voted last evening to pledge financial support, and be named as a plaintiff in litigation, to address underfunding to the state's neediest schools. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Montpelier, VT – The Douglas administration is consolidating management of Vermont's fleet of cars. The plan will increase the number of state-owned cars and add more hybrid vehicles, while saving taxpayers money. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Albany, NY – SUNY Chancellor Robert King, who made the surprise announcement earlier this week that he wanted a six month paid sabbatical, has now abruptly withdrawn the request. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports.
Montpelier,VT – Governor James Douglas' appointment of James Torti to be Vermont's new secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources is drawing praise from business leaders and environmentalists. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Kingston, NY – Peace and justice activists from the Mid-Hudson region are headed to Washington, D.C. next week to protest at President Bush's inaugural parade. Now, a protest organizer from the Hudson Valley says he expects even more activists to attend, given a recently-issued permit for a rally space along the parade route. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.