A bill that would support the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline passed in the U.S. House of Representatives this week failed to clear the Senate by one vote.
The controversial Keystone XL pipeline was passed just last week for the ninth time by the Republican-led House of Representatives. This week, before the Democrat-controlled lame duck Senate, the measure failed by a single vote, 59-41.
The pipeline would carry crude oil from Canada south through the United States to be refined and shipped overseas from the Gulf Coast.
Members of law enforcement, educators, health care, and treatment experts and others gathered at the Guilderland Town Library Tuesday evening for a panel discussion on heroin and opiate addiction. The panel was organized by Albany Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy.
New York State lawmakers say they want to act quickly to spend the state’s $5 billion dollar and growing surplus on an infrastructure fund to fix up roads and bridges, among other things. At a conference on the state’s infrastructure, sponsored by a think tank, participants said there are deep needs, and they warn lawmakers not to spend the money frivolously.
The acting district attorney in Saratoga County has announced a special prosecutor will handle the case against a former Saratoga County sheriff’s deputy who allegedly slapped a civilian earlier this month.
The city of Detroit is beginning to emerge from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, and the man who helped to pull New York City out of its severe money problems back in the 1970s will be steering Detroit's long road back to recovery. Former New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch has been appointed as a senior adviser to the financial review commission in Detroit. Ravitch will be at Albany Law School Wednesday afternoon at 2 for a panel discussion on Detroit and what it might mean for New York.
Siena College has its next president: Dr. F. Edward Coughlin is taking over the Loudonville school as its 11th president, effective immediately. Siena says the Franciscan brother has more than 40 years experience in higher education, including as Vice President for Franciscan mission at St. Bonaventure. He had been serving as Siena’s interim president since August, when Kevin Mullen resigned.
There have been so many school shootings in recent years, parents will probably never feel totally at peace when they put their kids on the bus again. A new school safety pilot program, Mutualink K-12, is rolling out in 20 public schools in Oneida and Rockland counties later this month. The technology announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday claims to improve communications and the sharing of information between participating schools and local first responders during an emergency.