Tue June 17, 2014

State Assembly votes in favor of three-year fracking ban

New York's state Assembly has voted to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas for three years, but that's as far as the bill is likely to go.
Monday's 89-34 vote in favor of the ban on fracking could be largely symbolic, since the Senate isn't expected to consider the legislation before lawmakers adjourn later this week.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says there's no reason to rush a decision on fracking before its effects on health and the environment are better understood.

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Thu June 12, 2014

AARP members call for passage of bill to create utility consumer watchdog

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 10:20 am

Senior citizens and AARP members call for passage of bill to create utility advocate.

Western New York AARP members are calling on Senator Maziarz and other lawmakers to give utility customers a voice. AARP members held a meeting with local senior citizens Wednesday to discuss the importance of urging elected officials to act on a bill that would create an independent utility consumer advocate office.

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