hudson valley


Sat January 25, 2014
Commercial Shipping

Ice Breakers on the Hudson

The Hudson River is no longer the commercial highway it once was but it’s still an important route for the state economy. To keep the river open for business in the freezing winter months the Coast Guard runs its cutter boats up and down the river opening a navigable track through the ice.

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Tue November 5, 2013

Upstate performance venues rally around casino proposal

The Nevele Grande Hotel in Ellenville, N.Y. closed in 2009. Area residents hope legalized casino cambling could mean the hotel reopening.
Jenna Flanagan Innovation Trail

New York voters Tuesday will determine whether or not to allow the state can approve developer bids to build up to seven new resort-style casinos around the state, under ballot Proposal One.

While many have argued over the language of the amendment and disputed claims of the potential benefits, one group has focused on concerns over the impact that the casinos would have on regional performance venues.

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Thu March 21, 2013

Israeli companies will use UAlbany's nanotech school

Israel will spend up to $300 million a year for companies there to use UAlbany's nanoscale facilities
UAlbany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

The state of Israel will spend up to $300 million a year in a new partnership with the University at Albany for Israeli companies to use the school's nanotechnology facilities.

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, CEO of College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, announced the partnership yesterday.

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Thu October 25, 2012

Capital Region cities seek to bridge a pedestrian divide

The aging Livingston Avenue Bridge will soon need to be rebuilt in order to accommodate rail traffic. Officials on both sides of the Hudson would like its pedestrian and bike pathway to be restored in the new plans.
Credit Marie Cusick / WMHT

As New York sorts out how to spend millions of federal dollars for railroad upgrades, officials in Albany and Rensselaer are hoping some of that money can help restore a pedestrian and bike pathway over the Hudson River to reconnect the two cities.

The Livingston Avenue Bridge is over 100 years old. It can still carry trains over the river, but it's nearing the end of its life, and its pedestrian walkway has been closed since the mid 1980's.

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Tue October 23, 2012
Government transparency

5 ways big data can build better governments

danxoneil via Flickr

How big a deal is big data?

It's pretty big. The question is how we should be handling all the massive amounts of information we’re collecting. The ubiquity of computers and the exponential growth in their processing power has made this a hot topic in just about every field of human endeavor, including government.

Big data touches everything from campaign contributions, to budgets, employment, environmental regulations, and corporate responsibility.

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