11:03am

Mon July 2, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

Could your dead relatives get fracked?

Good morning! Here's today's Trail Mix:

A mall developer in Syracuse gets a tax break for taxes he doesn't pay.

It's your chance to give Governor Andrew Cuomo a grade.

Plus, could your dead loved ones get fracked?

Taxes

Taxpayers are reimbursing the developer of a Syracuse mall for property taxes he doesn't pay (Rick Moriarty, The Post-Standard).

Speaking of tax breaks, you can sift through records of more than 3,000 New York businesses taking advantage of the same state program (The Post-Standard).

Who is "double-dipping" in Rochester? The city has been rehiring retired employees who are already collecting their pensions (Brian Sharp, Democrat and Chronicle).

Business

The CEO of GE, Jeff Immelt, will personally unveil the company's new battery plant in Schenectady next week (Larry Rulison, Times-Union).

The Democrat and Chronicle takes an in-depth look at New York's $3.8 billion wine industry:

 

Environment

A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey finds that sea levels along the East Coast of the United States are rising three to four times faster than the worldwide average (Pete Spotts, Christian Science Monitor).

NASA explains the phenomenon in just over 60 seconds:

 

Could your dead loved ones get fracked? Fights over gas drilling under cemeteries are popping up across the country (Associated Press).

Politics

The Democrat and Chronicle wants you to fill out Governor Cuomo's report card. So far, he has a B+.

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