New York – The New York Public Interest Group identified about 100 unsafe toys in it's seventeenth annual toy safety survey.
Sean Vormwald of NYPIRG says campus chapters from across the state went to toy stores and shopped online, documenting unsafe toys. Members found choking and strangulation hazards, toxic materials, improper labeling, and dangerously loud toys.
Vormwald says the testing is done according to standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
WRVO – The state's powerful business lobby group...The Business Council of New York State...has issued a series of reports to highlight ways the state can reduce spending and avoid a tax increases.
The council's public policy institute is crafting the reports. The institute's Robert Ward is the author. In this interview with WRVO's Chris Ulanowski, Ward explains some of the biggest spending areas.
Oswego, NY – The Great Lakes are considered by many to be the nation's "North Shore."
But some, like Senator Charles Schumer, say the vast shoreline is neglected when it comes to issues of homeland security.
WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen investigated what is being done to screen individuals and materials entering the U.S. through the Great Lakes... and what the agencies responsible for security need to protect the public.
Syracuse, NY – The president of Upstate Medical University in Syracuse is now the chairman of a newly created "biodefense" council.
Dr. Gregory Eastwood will head up the new committee formed by the Association of Academic Health Centers.
Eastwood says teaching hospitals will be first responders in the event of a bioterrorist attack. He says the hospitals will also be at the forefront of research and development of preventative vaccines for certain biological agents.
New York – New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer is leading an effort by Attorney Generals from four Great Lakes States to urge the federal government to protect the waters from harmful, foreign species.
The Attorney Generals say zebra mussels, spiny water fleas, sea lamprey, and other species of fish and insects, which enter the lakes through the ballast water of ocean-going ships, have cost the states millions of dollars in damage.
Spitzer says the Environmental Protection Agency needs to dictate a uniform approach to combatting invasive species.
New York – Medical equipment maker, Welch Allyn Inc. will move some of its North Carolina operations to Skaneateles. Workers at the North Carolina plant will be offered a relocation or a severance packages. The company's mechanical blood pressure devices and stethescopes will now be made at the Skaneateles plant. No word yet on how many new jobs will result from the move.
Rochester – Canadian American Transporation Systems has revealed that the company's president and financial advisor are the primary private investors.
Earlier this week, the Rochester Genesee Regional Transit Authority halted the project, demanding among other things, that the company reveal it's private financers.
Transit Authority Chairman William Nojay says that CATS still has to meet several other demands before the autority will release it's six million dollar share of the 14 million dollar state aid package.
New York – A federal judge has ruled that a law banning out-of-state wineries from directly shipping wine to New York consumers is unconstitutional.
U-S District Judge Richard Berman made the ruling in a case brought by "Swedenburg Estate Vineyards" in Virginia.
The New York law is similar to laws in 29 other states. It requires that imported liquors be distributed only through licensed wholesalers and retailers to ensure accountability and that taxes are paid.