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New York State gave away an unprecedented incentive package - worth over a billion dollars - to lure the computer chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries to the Albany suburb of Malta.

Now that the massive economic development project is finally up and running, people are lining up for jobs.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he wants to see similar tech clusters emerge in other regions. And to replicate the Capital Region’s success, Cuomo says he’s ready to dish out more state perks.

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The Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) hydrofracking advisory panel is supposed to meet with the agency every few weeks*, but their meeting scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed.

This is the third time one of the panel's meetings has been called off since mid-October.

The group was also supposed to issue preliminary recommendations by early November, but failed to do so.

The announcement comes on the same day that the DEC is officially closing the public comment period on its review of hydrofracking, known as the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS).

That document will determine if and when New York moves forward to allow the controversial natural gas drilling technique.

*Update: An earlier version of this story reported that the agency meets biweekly - that is incorrect.

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Under a new piece of legislation in New York’s Assembly, all new nurses in New York would need to earn a four-year Bachelor of Science of Nursing (BSN) degree - within 10 years of passage of the bill.

Under the initiative, dubbed “BSN in 10,” a two-year associate’s degree leading to Registered Nurse (RN) licensure would be sufficient for up to a decade.

As of Monday, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) had received a record-breaking 20,800 public comments on the latest draft of its review of hydrofracking.

But by Tuesday, the agency had its hands full with thousands of more comments arriving at the 11th hour.

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Three upstate New York cities rank in the top 20 most “secure” places to live in America. But what does that mean?

Turns out, the survey’s definition of “secure” is not simple.

Farmers Insurance Group releases the annual list, which purports to definitely define where myriad factors converge, creating an environment where citizens’ health, happiness and well-being are least threatened. 

The survey was inspired by the question of how cities have responded since 9/11,  to shore up defenses against possible perils facing modern Americans.

Rochester leads the upstate New York bunch at number two in the nation, followed by Buffalo, slotted at sixth, with Albany coming in twelfth.

UPDATED 1/3/12: Syracuse comes in fourth on the list of large cities, but we left them off of our summary of the upstate cities that made the grade - sorry about that 'Cuse!  It's probably also worth noting that Binghamton comes in fifth on the "mid-sized cities" list, and Utica-Rome comes in twelfth.  Ithaca takes the top spot on the "small towns" list, and Elmira comes in fourth.