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DOT updates road closures

Road and bridge closures are widespread in the three state transportation department regions that span the North Country.Conditions are changing, sometimes rapidly, and the DOT has an evergreen warning to never drive through standing water whether a road is closed or not.
This is the list from the DOT at 12:30 this afternoon:  Go to full article

Comptroller optimistic about economic recovery

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli issued a report on New York's economic health Thursday. The Innovation Trail's Zack Seward has more on some of the key findings.  Go to full article

State investigates Long Island Power Authority

Governor Andrew Cuomo is cracking down on a state power authority, announcing that he will have his Inspector General audit it's rate raising decisions to determine whether it is over- billing rate payers. The governor also spoke about another energy related topic- the high price of gas and whether to roll back the state's gas tax for summer drivers. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NY college students encourage more careful investigation of hydro fracking

College students from around the state concerned about the natural gas extraction process known as hydro fracking presented Governor Andrew Cuomo's office with petitions to study the practice more carefully. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Sooner or later when the credit card bill comes due you have to pay it. The money is due. There is no more to give.

Public pensions strain budgets

The recent battles in Wisconsin and Ohio over collective bargaining for public workers has shined a light on the pensions government workers often receive. Here in New York, the state's pension fund is solvent. But costs have been sharply rising for the local governments that pay into it, and now some are calling for changes to the system. Our story from David Chanatry with the New York Reporting Project at Utica College.  Go to full article
If the public employees think they can get a big raise from the state they can't...We don't have the money.

Cuomo, unions still talking

Governor Cuomo may have achieved an on time budget for only the third time in 25 years, but there is one April 1 deadline he missed. State worker contracts expired March 31st, and a new deal with public employees has not been reached. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY mulls federal health care reform act

Some of the major provisions of the federal health care reform act don't take effect until 2014. But New York State has already begun to figure out how to comply with the changes. One particularly tricky provision is the one which will require every state to set up a health insurance policy exchange for the uninsured. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
Legislators, just like other people, think about this issue, evolve on this issue.

Cuomo aids push for same-sex marriage

Advocates for same sex marriage are launching an all out effort to legalize gay marriage in New York before the legislative session ends. And they're getting a big assist from Governor Andrew Cuomo. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article
Elected officials hide behind these rigged districts, and don’t really campaign. Issues are not discussed.

The politics of "non-partisan" redistricting

Former New York city Mayor Ed Koch last week launched robocall attacks on state legislators, many of them Senate Republicans. Koch says they have violated a pledge they signed to back non-partisan redistricting.
As Karen DeWitt reports, it's not just the Republicans who are wary of changes to the way New York designs its legislative and congressional district lines.  Go to full article
Businesses are more mobile than ever before. You know, it's not like the old days where they were cemented into a place.

Power for Jobs has new brand, new provisions

One of the less talked about provisions in the state budget is the expansion of the Power for Jobs program, which provides low-cost electricity to businesses in the name of economic development.

Governor Andrew Cuomo visited North Tonawanda Thursday to tout the program's new benefits -- and name. The Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison has more.  Go to full article

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