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As part Governor Andrew Cuomo plan for what he calls “economic opportunity for all New Yorkers,” he’s calling for the state to do more business with women and minorities.

During his campaign, the governor called for upping the amount of business the state does with women and minority owned firms. Cuomo wants to take it to 20 percent, up from the 10 percent goal, set by his predecessor governor David Paterson.

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Broome County officials are urging Governor David Paterson not to sign a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.  The moratorium is allegedly symbolic, given that the six month delay lines up with the Department of Environmental Conservation's ongoing review of fracking.  But proponents of drilling say that signing it could still have negative affects for landowners.

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Hydropower is much cheaper than other forms of electricity. It’s mostly set aside for economic development. Businesses vie mightily for it. A Buffalo News study five years ago showed it saved New York businesses more than $180 million a year.   

At dinner last week with mostly strangers some guy I barely know went off about how cheap upstate hydropower was unfairly and disproportionally sold to New York City. The swiftly moving Niagara River is located here, he argued, shouldn’t “we” enjoy its benefits?