southern tier


Mon November 5, 2012

Southern Tier challengers run on fracking

Tarik Abdelazim campaigning at town hall event in Johnson City.
Matt Richmond WSKG

In New York's Southern Tier, there are few issues bigger than hydrofracking.

The region sits on New York's sweet spot of the Marcellus Shale, on the border with Pennsylvania where the industry has been in full-swing for years and it's the area of New York picked out by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to be the industry's likely first stop in New York.

Democratic party challengers in this year's Southern Tier elections are trying to make this election a referendum on hydrofracking.

Read more


Fri October 12, 2012

Southern Tier school readiness program a success, so far

Nicola Delfino Flickr

The research on this is pretty clear: between the ages one and five, the human brain develops faster than at any other time.

In Chemung County, a project called the School Readiness Project sends nurses to the hospital whenever a baby is born.

From day one, they offer new parents help, including home visits, and offer assistance on nutrition or with post-partum depression, whatever might come up.

And according to Ken Robin, a researcher at University at Albany, the project is proving successful. Robin analyzed the data collected once the project’s first group of kindergarteners had reached school age.

Read more


Mon October 8, 2012

Southern Tier planners aim for dramatic emissions cuts

Regional planning agencies in the Southern Tier are working toward a goal of cutting 80% of their greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050.

The plan is called Cleaner Greener Southern Tier and is due by the end of the year. In addition to seeking major cuts from 1990 emissions levels by the middle of this century, it will be used to pursue funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development (NYSERDA).

The projects that would help the region reach 80% cuts are ambitious: an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions in the eight participating counties, more energy efficient power generation through wind farms and solar power, the expansion of inter-city mass transit and a region-wide electric vehicle infrastructure, among many others.

Read more


Tue October 2, 2012

Coalition of elected officials request meeting with Cuomo over fracking

In a letter sent today to Governor Andrew Cuomo,  the coalition called Elected Officials To Protect New York, made up of 440 locally elected state officials has requested an in-person meeting with the governor on the topic of hydrofracking. The officials come from 52 counties including many from the state's Southern Tier region where hydrofracking operations are most likely to take place.

Read more


Tue September 25, 2012

Sikorsky Aircraft to close Big Flats plant

The Sikorsky plant was fitting special mission equipment to Black Hawk and Sea Hawk helicopters
License Some rights reserved by The U.S. Army Creative Commons License

The Connecticut-based helicopter maker Sikorsky announced on Monday that it will close its Southern Tier plant at the end of the year.

In a statement, company spokesman Paul Jackson says planned cutbacks at the Pentagon were the reason for the closure:

Due to declining defense budgets and the continuing economic weakness in many markets, Sikorsky yesterday informed employees of its intent to close the Sikorsky Military Completions Center (SMCC) in Horseheads as of December 31, 2012, and transition the work to our West Palm Beach, Fla., facility. 

Read more