Health & Environment
1:08 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Documents show fracking health study on-going, group claims

Documents obtained by a group opposed to hydrofracking show that the Cuomo Administration’s is conducting a thorough and comprehensive health study on the controversial natural gas drilling process. The Finger Lakes based organization is wondering, why then, the review has been conducted almost entirely in secret.

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Health & Environment
9:45 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Groups call growing oil shipments in NY Cuomo's "keystone" moment

National environmental groups are trying to focus the spotlight on Governor Andrew Cuomo, over the issue of the growing international oil distribution center, located just blocks from the State Capitol, at the Port of Albany.   

A small band of demonstrators chanted and held signs to protest a confluence of events that has turned upstate New York into a major center for oil distribution.

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Legislation & Policy
3:38 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

April 15th marks assault weapons registration deadline

April 15th , besides being tax day, is the first day that owners of semi-automatic weapons will be required to register their guns with the state police.  

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Legislation & Policy
8:57 am
Thu April 10, 2014

State gaming commission hears testimony on problem gambling

The state gaming commission is holding hearings on  the issue of gambling addiction. It’s part of a process that will allow the building of up to seven new casino gambling resorts in New York State over the next several years.

Among those testifying, James Maney, the executive director of the New York Council on Problem Gambling.

Maney, who’s organization is neither for or against gambling, says there’s no doubt that the new casinos will increase the number of problem gamblers in New York.   

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Legislation & Policy
8:38 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Medical marijuana next big issue after lengthy Spring break

Now that the state budget is done, the focus at the Capitol shifts to some other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana.  Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers,  but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver caused a bit of a stir  when he seemed to say that a bill to legalize medical marijuana  might be dead for the year, saying he does not think “it has a future” in the 2014 session.

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