Jenna Flanagan http://wrvo.org en Ant-poverty tour highlighting inequality in New York state http://wrvo.org/post/ant-poverty-tour-highlighting-inequality-new-york-state <p></p><p>A campaign by the New York State Community Action Association to change perceptions of poverty was launched last week in Albany. The "From Poverty to Opportunity Tour 2014" is running in conjunction with a series of speaking events around the state that will feature people sharing personal stories of their experience of poverty.</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:34:00 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 54139 at http://wrvo.org Ant-poverty tour highlighting inequality in New York state Shah’s resignation no surprise, say both sides of fracking debate http://wrvo.org/post/shah-s-resignation-no-surprise-say-both-sides-fracking-debate <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>There’s a "Help Wanted" sign at the state Department of Health after Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah announced his resignation effective at end of June.</p><p>The commissioner is unlikely to see out the release of a long-awaited health review on the impact of hydrofracking that he was commissioned to produce by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November 2012.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:54:07 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 54120 at http://wrvo.org Shah’s resignation no surprise, say both sides of fracking debate Increase in ND oil rail traffic through New York raises safety concerns http://wrvo.org/post/increase-nd-oil-rail-traffic-through-new-york-raises-safety-concerns <p></p><p>A clear and present danger hiding in plain sight.</p><p>That’s how Cornell University’s Susan Christopherson describes the oil train traffic through the state.</p><p>A massive explosion caused by a runaway oil train in Quebec last July has raised awareness about the levels of flammable material being shipped by rail.</p><p>Christopherson, a professor of city and regional planning, says New York state finds itself with a mobile oil problem.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:32:07 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 53504 at http://wrvo.org Increase in ND oil rail traffic through New York raises safety concerns Advocates, lawmakers lobby for more spinal cord research funding http://wrvo.org/post/advocates-lawmakers-lobby-more-spinal-cord-research-funding <p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:54:26 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 53157 at http://wrvo.org Advocates, lawmakers lobby for more spinal cord research funding New York Conference of Mayors has one focus http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-conference-mayors-has-one-focus <p></p><p>Mayors from across the state have a bone to pick with the Cuomo administration. It is the governor’s proposal for a two percent tax freeze over two years. It would reward communities with property tax rebates if local governments implement austerity measures to keep their growth under the cap.</p><p>It sounds great on the surface, but according to the New York Conference of Mayors in Albany recently, looks can be deceiving.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:50:09 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 51323 at http://wrvo.org New York Conference of Mayors has one focus County executives split on Cuomo's consolidation agenda http://wrvo.org/post/county-executives-split-cuomos-consolidation-agenda <p></p><p>The New York State Association of Counties (<a href="http://www.nysac.org/" target="_blank">NYSAC</a>) wrapped up its annual meeting in Albany this week where county executives discussed the unique needs of New York’s regional governments.</p><p>One prominent issue was consolidation. During his budget presentation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo renewed his push for local governments to share more resources as part of a plan to freeze property taxes if counties stay within a two percent cap.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:29:34 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 51149 at http://wrvo.org County executives split on Cuomo's consolidation agenda Sand, salt, beet juice? http://wrvo.org/post/sand-salt-beet-juice <p></p><p>The winter months can pose a headache for drivers navigating the roads after a snow storm. Plowing can only do so much and too often a slick, hard pack of snow and ice can cover streets making them dangerous&nbsp;to drive.</p><p>So what are road crews trying now? Beet juice.</p><p>It’s not used everywhere, but it is catching on. The New York State Thruway Authority is one of several state agencies pre-treating and treating roads with and mixture of beet juice extract and brine water.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:06:00 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 48997 at http://wrvo.org Sand, salt, beet juice? Several regions win big at Regional Economic Development Council awards http://wrvo.org/post/several-regions-win-big-regional-economic-development-council-awards <p></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:13:07 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 48450 at http://wrvo.org Several regions win big at Regional Economic Development Council awards Rethink on water resources required to combat climate change http://wrvo.org/post/rethink-water-resources-required-combat-climate-change <p></p><p>Catastrophic storms like Irene, Lee and Superstorm Sandy ravaged much of the Hudson River watershed with flooding and erosion. Environmental advocates and policy makers say that’s evidence that climate change is having a major impact on the quantity and quality of the region’s water supplies.</p><p>Stakeholders joined the Hudson River Watershed Alliance and Mohonk Consultations for a conference in New Paltz&nbsp;earlier this week. They called for communities to seize the moment while admitting that changing existing attitudes towards water management can take a long time.</p> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 22:30:04 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 47841 at http://wrvo.org Levels of child poverty in New York remain highest in the nation http://wrvo.org/post/levels-child-poverty-new-york-remain-highest-nation <p>New York state continues to have a higher percentage of children living in poverty than any other state. Experts in the field gathered in Albany recently to brainstorm ways to deal with the issue at a forum titled "Growing Up in Poverty" organized by the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy.</p><p>Children growing up in poverty are denied equal access to education according to author and keynote speaker at the Growing Up in Poverty event, Jonathan Kozol.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:04:50 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 47046 at http://wrvo.org Levels of child poverty in New York remain highest in the nation