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Gore Mountain is an anchor for Warren County's winter economy. Photo: Gore Mountain website
Gore Mountain is an anchor for Warren County's winter economy. Photo: Gore Mountain website

Comptroller: Olympic authority needs "fiscal balance"

A new report issued this week by New York's state Comptroller office is aiming fire at the business and accounting practices of the Olympic Regional Development Authority.

That's the state-owned enterprise that operates sports and tourism venues in the Adirondacks and Catskills.

The audit found that ORDA is losing money and is often forced to borrow cash to pay for basic operations.  Go to full article
Operating room. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/swhealthcare/9575079585/">Scott & White Healthcare</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Operating room. Photo: Scott & White Healthcare, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Prosecutors: Northern NY hospital to pay $750,000

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Federal prosecutors say a hospital in northern New York has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle allegations that it submitted 1,900 improper Medicare claims.

According to the U.S. attorney's office, Carthage Area Hospital double billed the federal health care program for the elderly for operating room and ambulatory surgery services from 2006 through June 2010.  Go to full article
The Barnes & Noble cafe. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d8/6.25.11SpringfieldBarnes%26NobleByLuigiNovi.jpg">wikipedia</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Barnes & Noble cafe. Photo: wikipedia, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Barnes & Noble to pay $10K for breastfeeding flap

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Barnes & Noble bookstore chain will pay $10,000 to promote breastfeeding after a woman was asked to cover up while nursing her infant son at a Rockland County store.  Go to full article

Adirondack train route to rail-trail conversation

There was dramatic news yesterday afternoon from Albany. State officials announced that they will formally reopen the unit management plan for the historic rail corridor that stretches through the Adirondacks from Old Forge to Lake Placid.

But the Cuomo administration also took a surprise step, proposing a concept that would effectively divide the corridor in half. The section from Old Forge to Tupper Lake would be maintained as a tourism railroad, with new investment from New York state.

The section from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid, however, would be converted into a multi-use rail-trail for hikers, skiers and snowmobile riders. Martha Foley and Brian Mann talked about the plan Thursday morning on the 8 O'clock Hour.  Go to full article
There’s so much grass roots support in the state from so many people who supported Cuomo but then have been disappointed with the governor over the last four years.

Zephyr Teachout, Cuomo primary challenger, will file petitions Thurs night

The Democratic Primary challenger to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Zephyr Teachout, expects to file more than 40,000 signatures late Thursday to obtain a place on the ballot.  Go to full article
Former Rep. Kathy Hochul will be Gov. Cuomo's 2014 running mate. Photo: US House of Representatives
Former Rep. Kathy Hochul will be Gov. Cuomo's 2014 running mate. Photo: US House of Representatives

Lt. Gov candidate Hochul keeps a low profile

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's running mate Lieutenant Governor Nominee Kathy Hochul is keeping an unusually low profile during the first months of the election campaign. The lack of public campaigning by Hochul is starting to raise some questions.  Go to full article

14K still without power in upstate New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) More than 14,000 utility customers in upstate New York are still without power two days after violent storms tore across the region, killing four people and destroying several homes in a rural town  Go to full article
New York's 46 state public authorities spent $30.3 billion in operating expenses last year. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/cooperweb/8363160192/">Keith Cooper</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York's 46 state public authorities spent $30.3 billion in operating expenses last year. Photo: Keith Cooper, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY public authorities' spending rises $1.5B

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A new report shows New York's 46 state public authorities spent $30.3 billion in operating expenses last year, up $1.5 billion over 2012.

The state Authorities Budget Office says the spending has risen 17.6 percent since 2009 while staffing has declined by more than 2,800 over those five years.  Go to full article
Caesers Entertainment's flagship casino, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/3054923942/">Judy Baxter</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Caesers Entertainment's flagship casino, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Photo: Judy Baxter, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York casino applicants promise economic boost

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Applicants for the four upstate New York casino licenses being granted this year are promising more jobs and tax revenue if they are allowed to develop resorts.

The New York Gaming Facility Location Board on Tuesday released the executive summaries that were submitted with the 17 casino applications last week. The documents summarize the selling points of each proposal.  Go to full article
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

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