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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  The sixth annual census by a nonprofit solar research and education group shows New York ranks fourth in the nation in solar technology jobs. 

The Solar Foundation reports in its 2015 census that 208,859 Americans now work in the solar energy sector, including 8,250 in New York. 

The foundation says it's the third consecutive year that solar jobs nationwide have grown by 20 percent or more. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging federal regulators to reject KeyCorp's $4.1 billion deal to buy First Niagara Financial Group and create the 13th largest commercial bank in the United States.

The New York Democrat says the proposed acquisition of Buffalo-based First Niagara by Cleveland-based KeyCorp would reduce retail banking competition in upstate New York, limit consumer access, and eliminate jobs.

Cuomo is asking the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Justice Department's Antitrust Division to block it.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say more than 318 million pounds of electronic waste was diverted from landfills in the first three years of New York's electronics recycling law, but discarded televisions and computer monitors pose a challenge.


ALBANY (AP) An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step - pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid.

Nassau's decision to rely on solar, wind, landfill gas and battery storage by 2020 puts it on the leading edge of a national campaign to develop "microgrids'' designed to make communities more energy independent and the grid more resilient.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP)  Federal regulators say nearly $80 billion is needed over the next 20 years to reduce sewage overflows and protect drinking water in the Great Lakes region. 

An organization that lobbies for increased Great Lakes funding says that number comes from a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report on the nation's water infrastructure.

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