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Cuomo signs "texting while driving" law

New Yorkers who text while driving will be subject to tougher penalties, under a bill signed into law by Governor Cuomo. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article
You’ll still have judges. But you always want to get the best and the brightest.

State commission will likely raise judges' pay

In Albany, a state commission is meeting to increase the pay for state judges. The commission says it will likely recommend "substantial" salary hikes for the judiciary--which has not received a raise in a dozen years. Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article
The DEC says the Croghan dam is a hazard.  The sawmill's in the background.
The DEC says the Croghan dam is a hazard. The sawmill's in the background.

Story 2.0 - Croghan asks for time on crumbling dam

The Department of Environmental Conservation says it's on schedule to remove the last stop logs from the Croghan dam any day now. That'll lower the pond on the Beaver River by some five feet. That's after the pond in Lewis County was lowered two feet last summer when stop logs were removed.

DEC engineers say the dam's a hazard. But local officials say it's part of history and there's no rush while they seek money to save it. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Redistricting begins, amid controversy

Albany lawmakers are starting work on redistricting - drawing new electoral district lines to reflect population changes found by the last Census.

Traditionally, that's a highly political process driven by the major parties. Called "gerrymandering" -- it's held responsible for insuring long-held incumbencies in the state Senate and Assembly, and Congress.

Karen Dewitt has this report on the push to find a new, nonpartisan way to draw the districts.  Go to full article
New York State district map, nysenate.gov
New York State district map, nysenate.gov

New districts won't change prisoner count, task force says

Leaders of a legislative task force on redistricting say they won't be able to count state prison inmates as residing in their home districts, because of an ongoing lawsuit.

Karen DeWitt has more from Albany:  Go to full article

Governor signs tax cap, again

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been traveling the state, holding ceremonial bill signings for his property tax cap. The governor was in Buffalo yesterday and will be in Rochester today.

But not everyone thinks the cap is a good idea, and the state's largest teachers union predicts the measure will backfire. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Our top priority, obviously, is drinking water... This process would be similar to how medical waste is now handled.

DEC chief defends fracking safeguards

Governor Cuomo's environmental commissioner laid out plans for hydrofracking in New York. Joe Martens said he believes the controversial method of extracting natural gas can be done safely.

Martens detailed the Department of Environmental Conservation's planned safeguards one day after the agency revealed it planned to allow fracking on privately owned lands in the state. But environmentalists are skeptical.
Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

Department of Environmental Conservation lays out hydrofracking guidelines

Governor Cuomo's Environmental commissioner laid out plans Friday for going ahead with hydrofracking in New York, saying he believes it can be done safely.  Go to full article
[I'm] thrilled and certainly relieved for the people who have been worrying from day to day.

North Country spared prison closures

The North Country is breathing a sigh of relief today after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that none of the state prisons slated for closure will be in our region.

State officials say a total of seven prisons will close over the next year under a downsizing plan released yesterday. The closures hit nearly every part of the state except the North Country, where correctional facilities are a crucial part of the economy.

Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Hydraulic Fracking will be allowed with limitations

After a lot of controversy, Governor Andrew Cuomo's Environmental Commissioner says New York will permit the natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, to proceed with some limitations.  Go to full article

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