superstorm sandy en Cuomo, Biden meet on infrastructure rebuilding plans <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo hosted Vice President Joe Biden to talk about new ways of rebuilding infrastructure after damaging storms. The two are potential presidential contenders in 2016, if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run. But they had nothing but praise for one another. &nbsp;</p><p>New York state received $6 billion in federal aid after Superstorm Sandy, and Cuomo Biden to the State Capitol, to show him how he’s spending the money.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 07:41:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49620 at Rethink on water resources required to 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 NY state considers easing fire suppression requirement for gas stations <p>Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) is urging New York state to keep the requirement that all gas stations have fire suppressant systems above their gas pumps. The New York State Code Council has proposed abolishing that regulation, but Brinidisi says that could put drivers at risk.<br><br>"These fire suppression systems act like having a firefighter already at the gas station. So if an incident does occur, the suppression system kicks in right away, and minimizes the risk of injury or even worse, potential death," he said.<br> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:07:57 +0000 Gino Geruntino 44362 at NY state considers easing fire suppression requirement for gas stations Deadline extended for public comments on proposed changes to Verizon landlines <p>The state's Public Service Commission is extending a public comment period on whether it’s a good idea for Verizon to stop providing land line service<span> </span>to some customers and supply a wireless telephone connection instead.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:01:41 +0000 Karen DeWitt 41611 at