New York state Canal Corp.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in Waterford at the Erie Canal, May 2017
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

This morning, the New York State Canal Corporation began celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal's groundbreaking. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul officially opened the canal's 2017 season.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Albany County leaders rallied round the mayor of Green Island this week to address what they say is a "flood insurance crisis" that threatens the community.

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A national trucking group has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the diversion of New York Thruway tolls for state canal maintenance.

American Trucking Associations says it sued Thursday in the Southern District of New York, claiming that the inflated commercial tolls violate truckers' constitutional rights under the Commerce Clause. The truckers want the practice to stop.

Legislation switching the Canal System to the Thruway Authority was enacted in 1992. The trucking group claims that the authority spent more than $100 million of toll money on the canals last year.

NY Plans Upstate Flood-Warning System

Nov 1, 2013
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New York officials have begun planning a flood-warning system meant to improve accuracy of forecasts for the Oswego, Mohawk and Hudson river basins in 27 upstate counties.

The state Canal Corp. board has approved the project with an application filed for an $8.5 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant.

The proposed system would use weather forecasts, rain gauges and new and existing stream gauges meant to provide basin communities with more precise flood warnings with online maps to show expected flood areas and depths.