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  • NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams. That's what they've done since the Marcellus Shale gas drilling boom began in 2008 and New York launched an environmental review that effectively put a moratorium in...

  • Moody's: Casinos good for NY communities Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:41 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— A leading rating agency says new casinos coming to upstate New York will benefit their local communities— even though the overall outlook for the gambling industry remains negative. Moody's Investors Service says Friday that this week's decision to award casino licenses to projects in Sullivan, Seneca and Schenectady counties is a "credit...

  • Siena poll indicates New York is split on fracking Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— New Yorkers remain divided over hydraulic fracturing for natural gas as the state prepares to outlaw the drilling process, according to a Siena College poll released Friday. The Siena poll also showed the idea of a pay increase for state lawmakers is unpopular with voters, with 63 percent saying they oppose a raise and 28 percent saying they support...

  • Cuomo gets kudos, scorn for New York fracking ban Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business interests for a planned state ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn't his. Quinnipiac University Poll's Mickey Carroll said the political impact is likely to be limited and the decision was predictable.

  • Cuomo tours new upstate NY casino communities Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:48 AM ET

    Cuomo visited Schenectady and Sullivan counties, but bad weather forced him to skip Seneca County. In Schenectady, Cuomo praised plans for the Rivers Casino& Resort at Mohawk Harbor, saying it will transform blighted riverfront land while reinvigorating the once mighty manufacturing city. The state also picked the $630 million Montreign Resort Casino in...

  • ALBANY, N.Y., Dec 17- When Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on fracking in New York on Wednesday, he predicted "a ton of lawsuits" against the state. Six years ago, before the start of a lengthy New York moratorium on hydraulic fracturing of natural gas, the governor might have been right. Chesapeake Energy, once one of the biggest leaseholders in New York, last year...

  • UPDATE 1-New York bans fracking after health report Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:31 PM ET

    Dec 17- New York governor Andrew Cuomo's administration said on Wednesday it will ban hydraulic fracturing in the state after a long-awaited report concluded that the oil and gas production process poses health risks. Governor Andrew Cuomo, answering questions from journalists, said the decision on whether to allow this kind of drilling in New York was up to...

  • N.Y. extends fracking ban after health report Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:01 PM ET

    Dec 17- New York Environmental Commissioner Joseph Martens said Wednesday he will issue an order early next year banning fracking in New York "at this time", extending an already six-year halt to fracking in the state. Martens made his comments after the state's Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said there is not enough scientific information to conclude that...

  • New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:57 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has...

  • New York panel recommends 3 upstate resort casinos Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    The Gaming Facility Location Board chose sites in Sullivan, Schenectady and Seneca counties and decided not to recommend a fourth license amid an increasingly saturated gambling market where consumers have more options closer to home. Voters last year authorized up to four casinos in three upstate regions: the Albany- Saratoga area, the Southern...

  • New York casino decision looms Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:52 PM ET

    Officials involved in the decision have promised that it will be based on the merits of the proposals— and not Albany politics. Voters last year authorized up to four casinos to be divided among three upstate regions: the Albany- Saratoga area, the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region and the Catskills and mid- Hudson Valley. The state's Gaming Facility Location...

  • Cuomo wants reforms before legislators get raises Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:16 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— There is no deal on a pay raise for state lawmakers because they haven't agreed to a series of campaign finance and ethics reforms, Gov. Lawmakers have suggested returning to Albany for a lame-duck session this month to give themselves a raise. He said the back-and-forth shows the difficulty in passing changes to ethics and campaign finance rules in...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 14- For the past 18 months, Americans from Albany to Oregon have voiced growing alarm over the rising number of oil-laden freight trains coursing through their cities, a trend they fear is endangering public safety. The public assistance in states like New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma and Oregon comes as railroads are posting record profits, and...

  • Cuomo: Buffalo snowstorm cost more than $46M Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    Andrew Cuomo says the blockbuster storm that smacked Buffalo last month cost more than $46 million, surpassing the threshold for federal emergency aid. State and local government officials had worried the storm that dumped more than 7 feet of snow in some areas wouldn't meet the $27.3 million Federal Emergency Management Agency threshold for...

  • New York to provide company grants, tax breaks Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 3:05 AM ET

    The announcements, which drew hundreds of municipal and business representatives to Albany, are for the fourth year of regional economic development programs. Awards included $81.9 million for Long Island, $82.8 million for the mid-Hudson region, $80.8 million for the Southern Tier, $80.7 million for the Finger Lakes region and $80.2 million for central New...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- A strategic fuel reserve at six locations in upstate New York is expected to be operational in November to ensure gasoline and diesel fuel are available to emergency responders in the event of an emergency such as 2012' s Hurricane Sandy. Approximately 2.5 million gallons of gasoline and ultra-low sulfur diesel will be kept in the reserve in...

  • New York state to set up upstate fuel reserve in November Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 2:18 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 29- A strategic fuel reserve at six locations in upstate New York is expected to be operational in November to ensure gasoline and diesel fuel are available to emergency responders in the event of an emergencies like 2012' s Hurricane Sandy. Approximately 2.5 million gallons of gasoline and ultra-low sulfur diesel will be kept in the reserve in...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 28- It's not often that a White House official gets mocked on both Saturday Night Live and a major daily newspaper before he makes his first public appearance. But Ron Klain's low-profile first week as President Barack Obama's behind-the-scenes Ebola "czar" has become another attack point for a White House struggling to show it's on top of the...

  • Obama criticizes states' Ebola quarantine rules Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 4:13 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaking at the White House, October 28, 2014

    The U.S. must continue to be a leader in the fight against Ebola by supporting health workers traveling to—and from—West Africa, Obama says.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 24- Market fluctuations eased on Friday and the Standard& Poor's 500 index ended its best week in almost two years as fears dwindled that the first Ebola diagnosis in New York could lead to widespread contagion in the nation's financial capital. "Ebola is really center stage as the No. 1 fear of the market right now because of the immediate reaction...