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8:44am

Fri March 27, 2015
Politics

Minimum wage increase likely dropped from state budget, as Cuomo and lawmakers continue to haggle

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 7:54 am

Teachers rally again at the state Capitol against the governor's education reform policies, while budget negotiations between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders continue.
Karen DeWitt WRVO News

The state Assembly, Senate and Gov. Andrew Cuomo continue to work on sticking points in the state budget, as yet another item has now been dropped from the spending plan -- raising the state’s minimum wage.

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1:46pm

Thu March 26, 2015
Energy

WATCH: Stephentown residents say 'no' to NED pipeline

Anti-pipeline sign
Credit Jenna Flanagan / Innovation Trail

The meeting room at the Stephentown Volunteer Fire Hall was filled to capacity for a public hearing about the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project.

The proposed gas line would pump highly pressured natural gas, fracked in Pennsylvania, through large pipes buried a few feet underground through Stephentown and into Massachusetts.

One by one town residents got up and told board members in no uncertain terms that they were against the Texas based company Kinder Morgan expanding the capacity of the interstate Tennessee pipeline through their community.

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9:22am

Thu March 26, 2015
Money

Schumer: more federal aid for sewer repairs should be issued as grants, not loans

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 7:14 am

Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Charles Schumer says increasing the amount of federal funding available as grants for sewer repairs and upgrades will make the work more affordable for local governments.

Last year New York was only allowed to give out $10 million in federal money as grants to towns villages for sewer projects. The rest had to be given as loans.

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8:50am

Thu March 26, 2015
Accessibility

Independent, accessible living still challenging, despite mandates

Jensen Caraballo uses RTS Access paratransit service to travel to work in Rochester, New York.
Credit SASHA-ANN SIMONS/WXXI

"There aren’t many accessible homes for people with disabilities. And when they are accessible, they’re usually too expensive or segregated,” says 24-year-old wheelchair user, Jensen Caraballo.

It’s been 25 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act established a mandate that five percent of all federally-assisted housing developments must be accessible for persons with mobility disabilities.

Reporting in upstate New York from Innovation Trail reporters indicates that many New Yorkers living with disabilities still face challenges accessing services and difficult choices balancing quality of life and affordability.

(Videos after the jump)

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9:16am

Wed March 25, 2015
Energy

Questions over portrayal of support for LPG facility near Seneca Lake

Credit Jenna Flanagan/WMHT/Innovation Trail

 

Opponents of a liquid propane gas facility near Seneca Lake say that the company behind the project is misrepresenting its support.

Crestwood Midstream from Texas wants to expand the facility to store propane gas in the underground salt caverns.

Opponents argue it’s a risk to the water supply and the environment.

A Crestwood press release claimed a broad base of support for the gas project - including a wine producer named Munroe Vineyards.

But WXXI News has learned that Munroe Vineyards is not a winery - but a trucking company that hauls propane.

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