Paladino: The victor, and the EPA: The listener

Sep 15, 2010

Election 1: Paladino

The big news from yesterday's primaries is Carl Paladino's victory over Rick Lazio, for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. The Buffalo News focused on the hometown angle - Paladino is from Erie County, which hasn't sent a Republican off to run for governor for more than half a century.

The Democrat and Chronicle picked up on Paladino's "mad as hell" theme.

And the Times Union looks at Paladino's prospects for governing.

Election 2: Voting machines

Yesterday marked the first wide-scale use of New York's new optical scanning machine. The Democrat and Chronicle's Vote Up blog reports some complaints with the machines. One longtime voter was nostalgic for "the clunk of the lever."

In Syracuse, some polling stations ran out of the paper ballots needed to register a vote with the scanner. Election officials tried to make copies but then the machine broke. So they went to absentee ballots, which will be counted if races are close, according to the Post-Standard.

In the Press & Sun-Bulletin, AP has are more negative report about the machines. In New York City, some locations also ran out of ballots, at others machines broke.

If you're mad as hell about the new machines, the Sun-Gazette is looking for feedback.  

Round 2 of EPA hearing

Today is the second day of testimony about hydrofracking in the Marcellus shale, in Binghamton. Two hearings, starting at noon and 6 p.m., will pick up where Monday's testimony left off. EPA officials told the Press & Sun-Bulletin that Monday's event was successful. But speakers who are set to testify today should "beware the clock" - and keep their comments to two minutes.

The paper also has details about a lawsuit against a drilling firm that allegedly contaminated wells in Pennsylvania.

And finally, as New York has its eyes on Pennsylvania, PA governor Ed Rendell has been eyeing protesters. His administration hired security contractors to look into supporters of a number of causes, including those opposed to drilling.

GM's leftovers

The New York Times has a report about the "bad" remnants of GM, including former factories in Michigan and Ohio. Without definitive plans for their future, they've become targets for copper thieves, and are sinking depressed communities further into blight.

Small bites on business

The Democrat and Chronicle has a couple of briefs, about PAETEC's new data center in Texas, and an annual economics conference, being held at the Rochester Institute of Technology this year.

In the Press & Sun-Bulletin there's a small item about a small business expo.

And the Times-Union has details about small business going on quick dates - with purchases who could potentially buy their services. Now businesses can suffer the indignities of speed dating too!

Farm to table

Two agricultural stories to check in with today. In the Democrat and Chronicle, more details have emerged about Mott's workers' decision to come off strike and accept concessions in their new contract:

There was a third party looming over the grueling stalemate between Dr Pepper Snapple and the union, one that some workers acknowledged Tuesday played a role in their decision to end the strike. That party was named "replacement worker." Mott's employees said they were about to be replaced as the federal government balked at getting involved.

And the New York Times, pig farmers are watching and waiting for the FDA to get tough on the amount of antibiotics that hogs can be fed.

Government spending

Counties in New York are repeating their call for mandate relief
, to help them deal with health and pension costs, instead of a property tax cap, according to Vote Up.

In Onondaga County, the Post-Standard says executive Joanie Mahonie is hoping to cut down on property tax bills for residents. But those cuts could force lay-offs, and higher fees for using parks.

New York's "Restore New York" will fund the rehabilitation of a downtown Oswego building. In Corning, the "Preserve New York" grant program will help the city study its historic properties and determine how they can be reused and preserved.