10:42am

Mon September 26, 2011
Morning trail mix

Cuomo: Indian Point power can be replaced

Today in your Trail Mix:

Governor Cuomo chats about Indian Point.

Owego is overwhelmed with volunteers to help with flood damage.

New York is short on infrastructure cash - to the tune of $80 billion.

Energy

Governor Cuomo talked about hydrofracking (sort of) and replacing Indian Point nuclear power plant during his first online chat with New Yorkers this weekend (Jon Campbell, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

The National Park Service wants to know if gas wells in Pennsylvania's state forests had the appropriate approval - and if proceeds are being used for conservation, as federal law mandates (Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

The lawsuits are flying over a Pennsylvania gas pipeline.  Landowners who agreed to a right-of-way for the pipeline are being sued by their neighbors - and now the landowner is countersuing, arguing that the pipeline doesn't violate neighborhood covenants (AP).

A Chinese solar panel company is taking over a former IBM facility in the Albany area, and could create up to 1,000 jobs (Eric Anderson, The Buzz).

A spokesman for the Independent Oil and Gas Association talks up the potential for job creation with the onset of hydrofracking (Maureen McManus, State of Politics/Capital Tonight).

Flooding

Over a thousand volunteers descended on Owego to help with flood recovery over the weekend (Debbie Swartz, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

Stopgap loans to help flood victims make it until FEMA money comes through are tough to get if you don't have good credit (My-Ly Nguyen, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

Development

The city of Rochester spent 315 staff hours putting together an application for federal "New Markets" tax credits on behalf of PAETEC - a project with an uncertain fate (Brian Sharp, Democrat and Chronicle).

Developers have until November 10 to submit proposals for redeveloping Syracuse's Inner Harbor (Rick Moriarty, Post-Standard).

Jonathan D. Epstein at the Buffalo News has a Q&A with Andrew Rudnick, the man who speaks for economic development in western New York.

Government, jobs and the economy

New York is about $80 billion short on the $250 billion it needs to maintain its crumbling infrastructure over the next two decades (Joseph Spector and Tim Henderson, Gannett).

Consolidations at the cash-strapped post office could mean more work for Rochester and Syracuse post workers (Paul Riede, Post-Standard).

Buffalo News business columnist David Robinson explains how industrial development agencies aren't exactly fulfilling their job creation promise.

Career centers in Pennsylvania are starting to revise their curriculum to help people find jobs in the natural gas industry (Jodi Weigland, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review).

Senator Charles Schumer is worried that automobile assistance service OnStar is spying on clients (Michael Gormley, AP).

SUNY students paying more for tuition want to know where that money is going (Jay Rey, Buffalo News).

I hadn't heard this one before: "Garage Mahals."  That's supposedly slang for McMansions - the giant new homes in outlying suburbs that, according to Samantha Maziarz Christmann at the Buffalo News, part of a thriving marketplace.

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