Albany en Preservation League announces new plans for old buildings <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Everything old is new again, so the saying goes. With that in mind, the Preservation League of New York State announced a plan to </span>repurpose<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> five vacant industrial buildings in the Capital region with the hopes of attracting young professionals and revitalizing communities.</span></p><p>The Industrial Heritage Reuse Project, or "trendy hipster bait," launched on Thursday in hopes of breathing new live into old buildings.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:24:18 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 59063 at Preservation League announces new plans for old buildings Albany budget deal provides little information to the public <p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:24:12 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53343 at FBI investigating alleged corruption in state Assembly, Senate <p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:25:36 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53342 at More fracking pro and con as the battle rages on <p></p><p>The future of hydraulic fracturing in New York has been in limbo since the Department of Environmental Conservation began a review of the practice in 2008. Now, six public hearings are being held across New York to receive public comment on the draft State Energy Plan, with one of them in Albany.&nbsp; Environmental groups were at the Capitol Tuesday calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to put renewable energy ahead of fossil fuels in his effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:03:49 +0000 Dave Lucas 51572 at More fracking pro and con as the battle rages on Governor announces $4.5 million to boost winter tourism upstate <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo visited a newly expanded snowmobiler lounge in Lowville Monday to unveil a new ad campaign to promote winter tourism upstate. Cuomo says there’s new energy in the north country, thanks to increasing economic investment. He credits the efforts of both the region and his administration in making that happen. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 49265 at Governor announces $4.5 million to boost winter tourism upstate Anti-gambling advocates destroy slot machine during protest at State Capitol <p></p><p>Anti-gambling activists took a sledgehammer to a slot machine in front of the New York State Capitol to demonstrate their opposition to a ballot amendment to legalize gambling casinos in New York state. <span>&nbsp;</span></p><p>Wielding a sledgehammer, anti-gambling advocates took turns smashing up a Lucky 7 slot machine, at a park with the New York State Capitol in the<span> </span>background, as TV news cameras recorded the event.</p><p>David Blankenhorn, with the Institute for American Values, organized the event.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 10:55:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 45681 at Anti-gambling advocates destroy slot machine during protest at State Capitol Coalition promotes casino amendment, as judge set to hear lawsuit <p></p><p>The push for passage of a ballot amendment to allow up to seven new gambling casinos in New York has begun. A coalition of business leaders, labor unions, and local elected officials are holding press conferences across the state. They expect to run some TV ads, as well.</p><p>The name of the coalition says nothing about gambling casinos -- instead it&rsquo;s called New York Jobs Now. Business Council President Heather Briccetti said the new resort-style casinos proposed will bring employment to economically depressed areas.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:46:12 +0000 Karen DeWitt 45475 at North Country farmers tell lawmakers regs too big a burden <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Farmers and agricultural industry leaders in the North Country had the ears of state lawmakers yesterday in Watertown. The forum, hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie, was one of 10 being held throughout the state on the topic of regulatory reform in a variety of industries.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 04:09:50 +0000 Joanna Richards 44432 at North Country farmers tell lawmakers regs too big a burden Newly formed coalition takes aim at politicians who supported gun control <p>A coalition of gun rights advocates and others are forming a new political movement to get what they say are disaffected and disenfranchised New Yorkers to vote.<p><br>The leaders of the new group include the state’s Rifle and Pistol Association, but the group’s president, Tom King, says it goes beyond the state’s recently enacted stiff new gun control legislation.<br><br>“It’s the whole spectrum of constitutional rights that are being infringed in New York state,” King said. “This is for the everyday person who feels disenfranchised.”<br> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:54:30 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40898 at Gov. Cuomo cracks down on new drivers texting behind the wheel <p></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 13:02:55 +0000 Karen DeWitt 40437 at Dueling filmmakers dispute over fracking in Albany <p>As they await Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision on whether fracking will go forward in New York, dueling pro- and anti-fracking filmmakers held screenings and promotions for their films in Albany. At one point in their visit, the two sides confronted each other in the halls of the Capitol. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:15:27 +0000 Karen DeWitt 33236 at Attendance at annual gun show up; organizers cite recent gun control laws <p>Organizers of an annual gun show in Albany say they are seeing bigger crowds this year, due to the recent changes to New York's gun control laws and potential changes at the federal level. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:35:45 +0000 Marie Cusick 32477 at "People's State of the State" calls for raising minimum wage <p>In anticipation of the annual State of the State address, a coalition of progressive groups held their 23rd annual People's State of the State on the steps of the Capitol in Albany. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:11:25 +0000 Marie Cusick 31632 at "People's State of the State" calls for raising minimum wage NY's food pantries say hunger is growing <p>Food pantries and soup kitchens say they are reluctantly becoming a permanent part of the nation’s safety net for the poor. In a new report on New York’s charitable food distribution system, the groups say it is government that needs to step in and lend a helping hand. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:43:56 +0000 Karen DeWitt 31225 at Amtrak to take over new tracks in Albany area <p>The Northeast rail corridor will see shorter travel times and be more reliable. Through a new 25-year lease, Amtrak has taken control of a busy stretch of track leading to the capital region. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:15:39 +0000 Kate O'Connell 30427 at Conference looks for ways to grow "clean economy" <p>Hundreds of people from around the country are in Albany this week to talk about ways to grow and improve the nation's so-called "clean economy." Thu, 15 Nov 2012 14:14:44 +0000 Marie Cusick 29155 at Anti-fracking activists rally in Albany <p>Anti-fracking advocates rallied in Albany Monday to try to convince Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban the natural gas drilling process in New York state.&nbsp; Meanwhile, a state Senator says he believes any final decision will be once again delayed.<br> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:48:13 +0000 Karen DeWitt 25069 at Anti-fracking activists rally in Albany End of session: Mixed results for Governor Cuomo <p>The just concluded 2012 legislative session brought mixed results for Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is in his second year as governor.&nbsp; While Cuomo and lawmakers could claim credit for a calm and functional end to the session,&nbsp; the governor had to drop some of his original goals &nbsp;in order for that to happen.</p><p>Cuomo&rsquo;s second legislative session was far less dramatic than his first legislative session in 2011, when he convinced the legislature to authorize same sex marriage, instate a two percent property tax cap, and close a massive $10 billion budget deficit.</p><p>In his second session, the governor&rsquo;s record of achieving his stated goals was not as complete.</p><p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 13:36:30 +0000 Karen DeWitt 21704 at Albany legislative session comes to an end <p>The state legislature ended their 2012 session Thursday evening as lawmakers had promised, but they did not manage to finish everything on their list before they left.</p><p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 13:55:17 +0000 Karen DeWitt 21388 at Some issues left hanging as session ends <p>The legislative session that&rsquo;s concluding in Albany seems to be more about what&rsquo;s not getting done than what is getting accomplished. Agreements were not reached on several key issues.</p><p>Governor Andrew Cuomo at this time last year was intensely lobbying lawmakers to pass a bill to legalize gay marriage. This year, he has taken a more hands-off approach to the end of the current legislative session.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:42:24 +0000 Karen DeWitt 21324 at A day of action against hydraulic fracturing in Albany <p>Around 300 anti-fracking protestors rallied inside the capitol building in Albany Tuesday.</p><p>It was part of a day-long effort to convince the state to continue its ban against the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for gas in New York.</p><p> Wed, 16 May 2012 16:59:17 +0000 Catherine Loper 19366 at A day of action against hydraulic fracturing in Albany Governor Cuomo: Minimum wage increase still a possibility <p>Some New York State lawmakers are trying to reinvigorate the debate over the minimum wage. Governor Cuomo admits it could again be on the table in Albany.</p><p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 14:19:21 +0000 Ellen Abbott 17163 at Appointments for the Joint Commission on Public Ethics <p>Governor Cuomo named Janet DiFiore, the District Attorney of Westchester County, to chair the commission. He also appointed Seymour Knox the IV, who is VP of Corporate Relations for the Buffalo Sabres, as well as the chair of a private equity firm, and Mitra Hormozi, who worked for Cuomo when he was Attorney General. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Senate Leader Dean Skelos picks include former Western New York State Senator Mary Lou Rath. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver chose former state budget director Patrick Bulgaro.</p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:40:01 +0000 Karen DeWitt 10985 at Governor Cuomo's Change on Tax Policy <p>Governor Cuomo, in his first day on the job back on January 1<sup>st</sup> of this year, laid out his position on raising taxes pretty clearly.</p><p>&ldquo;I say no new taxes, period,&rdquo; Cuomo said on January 1.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 20:53:37 +0000 Karen DeWitt 10952 at Governor Cuomo is late with the mid year financial report <p>The governor says he&rsquo;s waiting for some uncertainties in the world markets to stabilize before updating the state&rsquo;s financial picture, and has delayed releasing the state&rsquo;s mid year budget report, which was due in late October.</p><p>Cuomo budget officials have said they are also waiting to count some tax collections delayed by the hurricanes. They&rsquo;ve also post poned some scheduled budget hearings that have been part of an effort in recent years to jump start the budget process.</p> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 16:45:06 +0000 Karen DeWitt 9285 at Cuomo opens door to avoid layoffs <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo opened the door to avoiding the layoffs of 3500 state workers after a union contract was rejected, but he says it’s entirely up to the union leadership whether the job cut backs occur or not.</p> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 10:43:44 +0000 Karen DeWitt 7118 at