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Former state Department of Transportation engineer Mike Fayette holds a copy of the Aug. 30, 2012 issue of the <em>Enterprise</em>, which contained a story about DOT's response to Tropical Storm Irene that he was quoted in. The story prompted DOT to threaten to fire him for talking to the press without getting the necessary approval. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy of <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com"><em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em></a>
Former state Department of Transportation engineer Mike Fayette holds a copy of the Aug. 30, 2012 issue of the Enterprise, which contained a story about DOT's response to Tropical Storm Irene that he was quoted in. The story prompted DOT to threaten to fire him for talking to the press without getting the necessary approval. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy of Adirondack Daily Enterprise

DOT worker: punished for praise?

A 30-year state Department of Transportation employee said he was forced to retire for speaking to a newspaper reporter without approval from his agency's communications office.

Mike Fayette, DOT's top official in Essex County, said he was threatened with termination for talking to The Adirondack Daily Enterprise for a story in which he praised the DOT's response to Tropical Storm Irene. A version of the same story, also from reporter Chris Knight, ran on NCPR.

DOT officials are refusing to comment on Fayette's case. Some observers say it's just another sign of how Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration has worked to limit and control public information. Chris Knight is still following the story.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the NY SAFE act into law on Tuesday. The governor has been criticized by some for the speed with which the debate, votes, and signing of the new package of laws took place. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/57782386@N06">Flickr</a>

Editorial writers rip gun law process

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trading sharp words with the editorial board of the Glens Falls Post Star, after the newspaper blasted his new gun control measure.

The newspaper argued in a lead editorial this week that Cuomo should have slowed down the gun control debate to allow for public hearings and public review.

That view was echoed by the Albany Times-Union, which ran a lead editorial criticizing the process for what the paper described as a lack of transparency.  Go to full article
A heatmap visualization of the prevalence of flu in New York City, as observed through public Twitter data. Image via <a href="http://www.cs.rochester.edu/~sadilek/research/">Adam Sadilek</a>, University of Rochester

Using a smart phone to avoid the flu

The health industry in upstate New York is undergoing some rapid transformations, and all this week we're featuring reports from the Innovation Trail team on innovation in the region's health care sector. Today, imagine using your smart phone to avoid getting the flu. A new mobile app designed by researchers at the University of Rochester sifts through twitter feeds and alerts users to who around them might be contagious.  Go to full article
Brandon Mendelson. Photo: Matthew Farenell

Former marketing consultant calls social media "B.S."

There's no avoiding social media these days--even if you're not on the internet, TV commercials urge you to like companies on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, newscasters...  Go to full article

Veteran journalist urges new take on climate change

The recession and the presidential election has pushed the issue of climate change far from the headlines. But scientists agree this summer's drought and record sea ice...  Go to full article
Catherine Morre, publisher of the <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>

Adirondack Roundtable: "Why Newspapers Matter"

Catherine Moore speaks in Lake Placid, New York before the Lake Placid Institute's Adirondack Roundtable. Moore is publisher of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in...  Go to full article

WPTZ caught in cable dispute

Cable TV viewers across northern New York and Vermont aren't getting their daily dose of local news, sports and weather from the Champlain valley. WPTZ has gone dark during...  Go to full article
Susan Cooke Kittredge

Adirondack Roundtable: "The Unseen Alistair Cooke"

Susan Cooke Kittredge shares memories of her father in a talk entitled, "The Unseen Alistair Cooke." Presented July 7, 2012 in Lake Placid, New York at the Lake Placid...  Go to full article
Photo: dolanh via Flickr

Can TV make kids better readers?

More than two decades ago, the Federal Communications Commission enacted the Children's Education Act. The goal was to increase the amount of children's educational...  Go to full article
CJHR volunteer Mary Alice Enright with Dai Bassett and Bill Parker

"The People's voice" CJHR celebrates Ottawa Valley Heritage

All sorts of radio stations these days are busy blending old content with modern technology. Staying relevant, while reaching out to new listeners.

Take CJHR, a...  Go to full article

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