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Thu September 8, 2011
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Flooding returns, this time to Binghamton

Today in your Trail Mix - more flooding, more natural gas. 

Binghamton is at risk this time, with concerns that the flood waters could rival those of 2006.

The DEC has released its hydrofracking review.

And the governor is planning to spend big to convince business that New York is a hospitable state.

Flooding

A webcam at the Press & Sun-Bulletin cycles through shots of river levels.

There are also photos of flooding (Press & Sun-Bulletin).

The Press & Sun-Bulletin has video of the flooding in downtown Binghamton.

The national guard is sending troops to Binghamton to help deal with the flooding (Press & Sun-Bulletin).

There's a pet shelter at 1151 Hoyt Avenue in Hilcrest (Press & Sun-Bulletin).

Flooding is expected along the Mohawk and Hudson in the Albany area, and Thruway exits are closed at 27 (Amsterdam), 28 (Fultonville), and 29 (Canajoharie) (Times Union).

A 105-mile stretch of Interstate 90 will likely be closed, because it runs along the Mohawk (Democrat and Chronicle).

More than 100,000 Pennsylvanians have been evacuated, due to flooding risk (AP).

An assemblyman from Rotterdam wants flooding victims to have 90 extra days to pay their property tax bills (Michael Johnson, State of Politics).

A group has made "Upstate American" t-shirts to support flood victim relief (All Over Albany).

Natural gas

The DEC finally released its review of hydrofracking (Rachel Ward, Innovation Trail).

The state would net between $25 and $125 million in income taxes from drilling, but it would also cost the state to regulate the industry (Brian Nearing, Times Union).

Nick Reisman at State of Politics has the polarized reactions to the DEC fracking review.

The DEC initially released the counties where public hearings on fracking would be held, and then walked that back (Nick Reisman, State of Politics).

Environmentalists want the state to have stronger rules forcing gas companies to use "green" chemicals in their fracking process (Karen DeWitt, New York State Public Radio).

A gas company CEO told a conference in Philadelphia that anti-fracking activists want everyone to live in a world where "it's cold, it's dark and we're all hungry" (Michael Rubinkam, AP).

At the same conference, former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell "lectured" gas executives, telling them that "people care about the air they breathe" (Scott Detrow, State Impact PA).

Former Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge told the same crowd that domestic natural gas would make the nation safer (Scott Detrow, State Impact PA).

Government

Advertising Age is reporting that the governor is planning to spend $10 to $50 million to market New York as a good place to business (Lou Gulino, Syracuse.com).

Despite flooding, the Southern Tier economic council still met (My-Ly Nguyen, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

And there's a public forum of the Southern Tier council tonight in Ithaca at 6 at the Women's Community Building (Liz Lawyer, Ithaca Journal).

The lieutenant governor says New York's not perfect, but it's getting better every year (Emma Jacobs, Innovation Trail).

Customers bought out the state’s $3.5 million rebate program for appliances over the Labor Day weekend (Yi-Ke Peng, Times Union).

The cost of recovering from Irene won't be paid by union workers who won layoff protection from the governor earlier this year (James M. Odato, Times Union).

The majority of New Yorkers surveyed in a new Siena poll think the good days are behind us (Rick Seltzer, Greater Binghamton Business Journal).

People have finally forgotten about the federal tax credit for buying homes, so they're willing to do it again - without the incentive (Jonathan D. Epstein, Buffalo News).

Tech

Syracuse's incubator, the Tech Garden, is adding an artist to its roster, to try to leverage art as "an economic driver" (Charles McChesney, Post-Standard).

The University of Rochester has pulled in $4.5 million for neuromedicine over the past few weeks - "every time Dr. Steven Goldman opened an envelope, a check fell out" (Patti Singer, Democrat and Chronicle).

Rochester Institute of Technology experts are using remote imaging to study flood damage from the last round with Irene (Julie Kallas, Henrietta Post).

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