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Vigoro lawn fertilizer. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ingveeh/14190930571/">Yngve Roennike</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Vigoro lawn fertilizer. Photo: Yngve Roennike, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York: Avoid lawn fertilizers with phosphorus

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State environmental officials are reminding New Yorkers not to use lawn fertilizers that contain phosphorus.

New York law prohibits the use of phosphorus fertilizers on lawns unless the lawn is being established or if a soil test shows that it is needed. The state law does not affect agricultural fertilizer or fertilizer for gardens.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the Compassionate Care Act into law on July 7, 2014. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/14596648924/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing the Compassionate Care Act into law on July 7, 2014. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

Medical marijuana becomes legal in New York

New York is now the 23rd state to allow medical marijuana, now that Governor Cuomo has signed a bill into law. But it will be some time before patients will have access to the drug.

New York will now permit patients with diseases like cancer and AIDS to have access to some forms of medical marijuana. Governor Cuomo, who in the past opposed the idea, came around after several new regulations and restriction guarantees were written into the legislation.  Go to full article
Cuomo said Monday that citizens can help combat invasive plants and animals. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougtone/7031756383/">Daniel X. O'Neil</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Cuomo said Monday that citizens can help combat invasive plants and animals. Photo: Daniel X. O'Neil, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY takes aim at invasive species

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Officials in New York are enlisting the public's help in going after invasive species.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that citizens can help combat invasive plants and animals by learning how to recognize them and prevent their spread.  Go to full article

NY to add $3B windfall to state budget

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is poised to collect nearly $3.3 billion from a recent settlement with France's largest bank for violating U.S. trade sanctions and conducting dollar transactions for clients in Sudan, Iran and Cuba.

The Cuomo administration plans to add it to the state budget to keep spending down.  Go to full article
Empire Plaza in Albany.
Empire Plaza in Albany.

NY offers new tours of Capitol, Empire State Plaza

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Visitors to New York state's Capitol this summer will be able to take advantage of new free tours of the historic building and the nearby Empire State Plaza.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the 30-minute tours of the plaza will focus on its history and design. The tour will include stops at the plaza concourse, the Egg Center for the Performing Arts and the outdoor plaza, which is adjacent to the Capitol and includes several state buildings and memorials.  Go to full article
GE dredging operation on the Upper Hudson. Photo: <a href=" https://www.flickr.com/photos/gereports/4987213203/">GEreports</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
GE dredging operation on the Upper Hudson. Photo: GEreports, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

GE reaches $7.95M settlement with river towns

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) General Electric Co. has agreed to pay $7.95 million to partially settle a federal lawsuit filed by Hudson River communities that had to find alternate water supplies when the company began dredging for PCBs.

The Times-Union of Albany reports that the Fairfield, Connecticut-based company settled litigation with the towns and villages of Stillwater and Waterford, and with Waterford's water commissioners. The newspaper obtained the agreement through a Freedom of Information request.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99329675@N02/11064883376/">jpalinsad360</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: jpalinsad360, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY police step up traffic enforcement for holiday

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York State Police are stepping up their patrols to catch drunk and distracted drivers over the July 4 weekend.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Wednesday that the effort will run Thursday through Sunday. He says 500 electronic message boards will be placed alongside state roadways warning motorists against driving while intoxicated.  Go to full article
Albany from above. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0d/Albany.jpg">Karthik Chinnathambi</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Albany from above. Photo: Karthik Chinnathambi, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

GOP Senators say Democrats will neglect upstate and Long Island

Senate Republicans have a new strategy in what's shaping up to be an election battle for control of the State Senate. They say now that a group of breakaway Democrats is abandoning them and rejoining the rest of the Democrats, the Senate will be dominated by New York City liberals who won't care about Upstate and Long Island.  Go to full article
Mosquito bite, Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/agder/2783124139/">dr_relling</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Mosquito bite, Photo: dr_relling, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY health officials urge mosquito bite precautions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state residents are being urged to avoid mosquito bites this summer now that health officials have found the season's first trace of West Nile Virus.

The state's Department of Health says the virus was confirmed in a mosquito sample from Rockland County last week.  Go to full article

NY ups spending for disabled outside institutions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Federal statistics show New York has stepped up spending to give the disabled a choice to live outside institutions since a landmark Supreme Court ruling.

The 1999 Olmstead v. L.C. decision said unnecessarily segregating people in mental hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions amounted to discrimination.  Go to full article

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