New York News

Plattsburgh, NY – This weekend marked the implementation of New York State's strictest-in-the-nation acid rain laws. Although most acid rain emissions are from outside the state, environmentalists say New York's restrictions are a step in the right direction. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – The recent arrest of a Buffalo man, who allegedly sent hundreds of millions of unsolicited advertising e-mails using accounts set up with stolen credit cards, once again brought up concerns about computer security. As WAMC's Brian Shields reports the case also renewed the debate over the e-mail ads often called spam.

Boston, MA – A study released last week shows the New England region being especially hard hit with adult asthma. Of the top seven states with incidence of the disease five are located right here in the Northeast with Massachusetts leading the nation. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Albany, NY – As more and more farmland is sold to developers, efforts are underway to protect and preserve farms. One such effort in Albany County will allow an orchard that has operated for four generations to continue. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

Lenox, MA – About 25 people, many members of the Housatonic Valley Association and other local environmental groups, met with a top-ranking official from the Massachusetts Office of Commonwealth Development to discuss portions of the governor's massive re-organization plan for state government. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana was there and files this report.

Williamstown, MA – The longstanding agricultural heritage of Western Massachusetts has seen a steady decline in the number of working farms dotting the landscape. Now, technology and farming are merging on some Berkshire County farms to keep energy costs down and support the sustainability of local agriculture. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana visited one such operation and sends this report.

Burlington, VT – Vermont's largest hospital - Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington - is laying off 50 people, cutting the salaries of 400 doctors and executives, and eliminating 78 vacant positions. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Plattsburgh, NY – Frequent travelers between Quebec, Vermont, and northern New York will soon have a speed-pass type system that will allow them to use an express lane to cross the border. The system will be implemented this summer at the border crossings at Highgate Springs, Vermont and Champlain, New York. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – Elected officials and public housing residents in the Albany area are speaking out against proposed cutbacks in federal funding for public housing. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

Stockbridge, MA – A play recounting the life and works of W.E.B. DuBois is being premiered at the Berkshire Theater Festival's Main Stage. Written by a local playwright and performed by students of the Berkshire Country Day School, the play is intended to raise awareness of the early civil rights leader who grew up in Great Barrington. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana takes a look.

Plattsburgh, NY – Dairy farmers around the country are banding together to try to boost milk prices. They want to increase the wholesale price by decreasing production, exporting more, or selling off cattle. The trial program was approved by the National Milk Producers Federation, which includes dairy cooperatives throughout New York and New England. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Boston, MA – The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted last week to launch a study into the idea of renaming the state's forests and parks after corporate sponsors. Some lawmakers see the move as way to raise revenue in the midst of a budget crisis. Environmentalists say the measure goes too far. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana has more.

Plattsburgh, NY – The US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation has a new virtual reality bobsled simulator. They took their renovated a bus with the state-of-the-art to Plattsburgh this weekend for a for a public test run. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Boston, MA – Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has proposed an expansion of the state's bottle redemption bill as part of his budget package. The provision would impose a five-cent deposit on all non-carbonated beverages sold in the Bay State. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Celland looks at what an expanded bottle bill would mean and what the chances are of its being enacted.

Plattsburgh, NY – Food service workers at Plattsburgh State rallied for a union Thursday afternoon. Workers say they're tired of low wages, unaffordable health care and understaffing. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – New York State's highest court, the Court of Appeals, heard arguments Thursday in a long-running legal battle over education. The case could have a major effect on what level of education students are entitled to, and how it will be financed. In advance of the court hearing, plaintiffs in the case marched from New York City to Albany. WAMC's Brian Shields has more.

Plattsburgh, NY – Canada's Parliament is working a measure that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The Bush administration doesn't like the idea and is hinting that the two country's trade relationship could be compromised if Canada moves forward with the measure. Critics of the administration are pointing out that any trade repercussions would also be felt in the US, especially in New York, where two of the busiest border crossings are located. More from Pat Bradley.

Boston, MA – A smoking ban went into effect on Tuesday in Boston's restaurants and taverns. Now, the movement is growing to adopt the same guidelines on a state-wide basis. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Albany, NY – A mail-sorting center in the Albany area will be one of 14 postal facilities in the U.S. that will be a test site for a new system that checks mail for Anthrax. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

Lake Placid, NY – The Vermont-based Foundation for Excellent Schools (FES) is holding one of their largest undertakings this week. Early College Awareness Week is bringing together college officials and elementary students to help the kids think about their college future. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was in Lake Placid for one of the workshops.

Pittsfield, MA – The playwright mentoring program of Berkshire County's Barrington Stage Company is presenting a series of performances designed to bring young people together to promote discussion of common problems associated with growing up. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana attended a recent production and sends this report.

Albany, NY – A new poll is out on how New Yorkers rate their U.S. Senators, Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Both get the same approval rating, but as WAMC's Brian Shields reports, voters sometimes don't judge a U.S. Senator quite the same as they do. the President, Governor or Mayor..

Plattsburgh, NY – At the Adirondack Park Agency's upcoming monthly meeting, officials will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the park's land use development plan. Sustainable tourism will also be the focus of a panel discussion. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Great Barrington, MA – Raun Kaufman, director of Global Outreach at the Autism Treatment Center of America in Sheffield, Massachusetts will be speaking to the Kiwanis Club in Great Barrington this evening. Diagnosed as profoundly autistic at 18 months Kaufman, who is fully recovered from autism, will explain what the treatment center is and how its program works. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana spoke with Kaufman and others about autism and how it can be dealt with.

Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Legislature is starting to wrap up its 2003 session in hopes of adjourning before the end of May. House and Senate negotiators will be taking up differences over state spending. Legislators will also debate changes to the state's education funding and environmental permitting laws. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Northampton, MA – Residents of Northampton and Easthampton, Massachusetts were surprised to find anti-semitic and racist literature spread throughout certain neighborhoods over the weekend. The sign of a Northampton synagogue was also vandalized sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Berkshire Bureau Chief Arlen Cellana reports.

Albany, NY – One of the more influential organizations in Washington and in state capitols across the U.S. is AARP, which has more than 35-million members, all over the age of 50. The Executive Director and C.E.O. of AARP recently came to Albany for a lobby day. WAMC's Brian Shields has more.

Goshen, NY – WAMC has learned that a third county executive is refusing to hand in required safety planning documents to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The papers are required for the agency to approve emergency plans at the Indian Point nuclear power plant. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Lisa Phillips has more.

Albany, NY – Downtown Albany will be the site of a major demonstration on Saturday. In fact, it could be among the larger demonstrations ever held in New York's Capitol. WAMC's Brian Shields reports the issue is education.

Montpelier, VT – The Vermont House has given preliminary approval to a major rewrite of the way the state pays for public schools. The replacement for the Act 60 school funding law won endorsement by a vote of 107 to 32. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.