Fri May 13, 2011

How the Japanese quake is boosting Albany's nanotech reputation

Japan’s recent natural disaster has caused ripple effects around the globe, reaching all the way to Albany’s College of Nanoscale Engineering.
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With less than two months’ notice, UAlbany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engingeering (CNSE) has been gearing up to host a major international nanotechnology conference.

The event was originally scheduled to be held in Tsukuba, Japan, but it was relocated to Albany in the wake of the country's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

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Thu May 12, 2011

Natural gas drillers make their case to Albany lawmakers

Lobbyists for oil and drilling firms roamed the Capitol yesterday, seeking to convince lawmakers of the necessity of their industry.
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Albany may not sit atop the Marcellus Shale, but the city is home to another critical resource for natural gas drillers — New York’s legislators.

Yesterday, about 50 representatives from the natural gas drilling industry spent the day at the capitol talking to legislators. Their hope: to convince lawmakers that their methods are safe and that New York needs natural gas.  

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Thu April 28, 2011

Report: NYS seeing slow economic recovery

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, above with the former governor, says New York is recovering from the recession - but that recovery has been slow going and uneven across the state.
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State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says New York is recovering from the great recession - only it's recovering rather slowly.

That's the takeaway from a report DiNapoli released on Thursday, which looks at how New York's economy fared during 2010.

DiNapoli says the findings are definitely a "mixed bag." But overall, he says, "there's good reason to have cautious optimism."

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Tue April 26, 2011

Power shift at Power Authority?

Assemblyman Joe Morelle (D-Irondequoit) let slip that NYPA CEO Richard Kessel, above, may be stepping down. NYPA denies that Kessel is leaving his post.
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Assemblyman Joe Morelle (D-Irondequoit) says New York Power Authority (NYPA) CEO Richard Kessel is stepping down.

Speaking on WXXI’s 1370 Connection Tuesday about future energy projects in New York, Morelle let slip that the head of the country’s largest state-run utility may be on his way out:

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Tue April 26, 2011

Solar power makes a comeback in New York State

In the latest Innovation Trail report for New York NOW, we look at what a $57.5 million federal grant from the Department of Energy means for the Capital Region, and the state's solar industry.

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