Hydropower upgrades have forced the temporary closure of a fountain at a popular site in Ulster County.
Capital Region lawmakers are proposing legislation that would eliminate a state authority that regulates fresh water resources in order to save downstream counties $3 million.
The New York Power Authority says work is underway on an Energy Master Plan for five upstate cities.
The power authority is working with local utilities, civic and government entities, and environmental groups in an effort aimed at reducing energy consumption and operating and maintenance costs.
An NYPA website also has been created to solicit ideas from the public and present details on the master-plan process.
The cities involved are Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Yonkers. Individual plans for all five cities are expected to be completed by fall.
New York electric customers will be getting a small credit on an upcoming bill.
The state Public Service Commission on Thursday approved a one-time credit to electricity bills of up to $3, depending on usage.