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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Fri March 25, 2011
Morning News Round-up: Budget

State budget drops UB 2020, remains on schedule

If UB 2020, aka the SUNY Empowerment Act, is to become law, it will have to do so outside the budget process.
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Legislation that would give SUNY schools more power over their destinies (in setting tuition, more leeway in entering private/public partnerships, etc.) has been dropped from the state budget.

But fret not, legislative leaders say, the bill (UB 2020) remains alive for consideration during the rest of the session.

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