WRVO – In September 2008, the first U.S. carbon auctions were launched in Northeastern and MidAtlantic states. Companies that operate big power plants in the region are required to buy one credit for every ton of greenhouse gases they release. So far, the auctions, part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or R.G.G.I., have raised more than $770 million. That money is supposed to be set aside for environment and conservation projects, but last year three states raided the fund.
Oswego, NY – The New York State Labor Department says unemployed New Yorkers who exhausted their state benefits last month should have about 40 million more dollars in their pockets in time for Christmas.
"We were going to have about 200,000 New Yorkers who were facing the premature loss of unemployment benefits," says Department of Labor Commissioner Colleen Gardner."
"And with the holidays upon us, it's safe to say a lot of people are breathing a sigh of relief."
ALBANY, NY – Governor Paterson has been fined $62,125 by the state's ethics panel, which accuses him of illegally soliciting free tickets to a Yankees World Series game for himself, his son, his son's friend and two aides, then lying about it in a cover up.
WRVO – Below is a press release from the state Attorney General's office. A spokesperson for the office had no comment for us today and calls to the State Fair seeking comment were not returned.
ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO ANNOUNCES ARREST OF FORMER NEW YORK STATE FAIR DIRECTOR Former State Fair Director Peter Cappuccilli, Jr. Charged with Grand Larceny, Defrauding the Government, and Official Misconduct Cuomo Issues Recommendations to Reform State Fair Operations