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Fri December 30, 2011
Morning trail mix

New York considering requiring 4-year degrees for nurses

Today in your Trail Mix:

Legislation meant to provide more nurses to an aging population could discourage some from entering the field.

A look back at Andrew Cuomo's first year in office.

DEC could face trouble getting new staff into this year's budget.

Plus, heading to band camp with Rochester-area telecommunications workers.

Jobs

Legislation in Albany would require that nurses have a bachelor's degree, but wouldn't go into effect for 10 years, if passed (AP).

Displaced workers from the Birds Eye plant in Fulton can apply for federal job training and relocation benefits (Marnie Eisenstadt, Post-Standard).

Syracuse's South Side Innovation Center is picking up $24,000 to help train people in energy efficiency and entrepreneurial skills (Charles McChesney, Post-Standard).

New York has escaped the axe - so far. There are no Empire State stores on the Sears and Kmart closure lists (Eric Anderson, The Buzz).

An electrical workers union is opposing a transmission line that would bring power from Canada down to New York City via the Hudson River (Larry Rulison, Times Union).

Politics

Rochester's new mayor isn't as enthusiastic about the idea of mayoral control as the old mayor was (Jill Terreri and Gary McLendon, Democrat and Chronicle).

Congresswoman Slaughter is one of 20 representatives seeking a vote on funding to dredge and clean federal harbors (Andrea Deckert, Rochester Business Journal).

New York NOW has a montage of the governor's first year in in office (Matt Ryan).

Energy

The DEC likely won't be able to have a fracking tax and fee structure in place by budget time, which will make it tough for them to hire enough regulators to oversee drilling and issue permits (Karen DeWitt, New York State Public Radio).

A biodigester in Wyoming County will get to keep its federal tax credits (Diana Louise Carter, Democrat and Chronicle).

New York's comptroller is continuing to advocate for a trust fund to help clean up future fracking spills (Nick Reisman, State of Politics).

Partying

A telecommunications firm in Rochester is sending its employees to a "school of rock," so they can learn to work as a team - and beat the company's other branches in a battle of the bands (Zack Seward, WXXI/Innovation Trail).

A private rail company is resurrecting the tradition of the "snow train," taking skiers up to the North Country (Eric Anderson, Times Union).

In case you start partying tonight and don't wake up until 2012, you should read this debrief of new laws taking effect next year, like the new tax code, and the expansion of the "move over" law. And if you're that kind of partier, you'll probably want to take note of the new rules around sale and possession of bear gallbladder and bile (Jon Campbell, Politics on the Hudson).

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