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Trooper Jackson writes out a ticket for talking on the phone while driving along Rt. 11 between Canton and Potsdam. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Trooper Jackson writes out a ticket for talking on the phone while driving along Rt. 11 between Canton and Potsdam. Photo: Natasha Haverty

How to catch a distracted driver

In 2001, New York passed its first law banning the use of handheld cell phones while driving. Thirteen years later, penalties keep getting tougher; points keep getting higher. Just last year the state added 300 new signs along roadways across the state with the message "it can wait."

But we aren't waiting. People keep texting and making calls on the road, and it's such a problem that two years ago Gov. Andrew Cuomo overturned an almost 20-year ban on unmarked police cars, introducing a fleet of Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (or CITE) vehicles just to crack down on distracted drivers.

Troop B of the New York State Police, which covers most of the North Country, currently has three of those unmarked vehicles. State Trooper John Jackson, Jr., is driving one. It's 11 in the morning, and the needle of his speedometer is creeping past 100 mph. Trooper Jackson is out to stop a distracted driver.  Go to full article
Damage from Tropical Storm Irene in Keene, NY. NCPR file photo: Susan Waters
Damage from Tropical Storm Irene in Keene, NY. NCPR file photo: Susan Waters

Big storms coming? NYS has a plan (or several)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gathered local leaders from around the state to talk about reaction to past storms, and to plan for the next ones.

Cuomo invited government leaders from Long Island, the North Country, Central New York and other locales who experienced damage from Hurricanes Irene, Lee and Sandy. They gathered to praise their past efforts to react to the storms, and to report on steps they are taking to prepare for future disastrous weather events.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July, 2013, announcing the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/9194313964/in/set-72157634442666751">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July, 2013, announcing the formation of the "Commission to Investigate Public Corruption" under the Moreland Act. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

NYS corruption commission shouldn't have ended, say polled voters

A new poll finds that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is still feeling the fallout from the demise of his Moreland Commission, a panel that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Cuomo disbanded the commission as part of the state budget deal.

The Siena poll finds Cuomo's decision to end the Moreland Commission in the midst of a corruption probe doesn't sit well with voters. Since the budget was settled, US Attorney Preet Bharara has said he'll continue with the investigations, and has asked for and received all of the paperwork on the probes.  Go to full article
Texas Governor Rick Perry in 2010. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/eschipul/5047775028/in/photolist-8G4aDW-68z65j-bDK9j2-9qLejf-btAfzh-ce1zFY-i3yjLF-9jZdPE-bWDe2p-9Afi1R-bpCdYg-7o6dS6-dfRZC4-68uRnt-6xC126-9g4wWF-dq1yie-6fWbN8-i77Yht-i77vRW-2YJgc8-i3yxGG-i77rKh-i3z6RZ-i77XKX-i3yjBx-i3yyom-i3yxt3-a4agHd-i3yjjZ-dn2KR8-8Qi1rK-auMGu9-8Qi3ve-8Qi2YV-i77njV-ce1CA7-8uYmYu-bWDhaH-8FZUEX-ce1Ckj-bWDkNM-bWDhBD-eib12A-4Uk3iz-dLBLen-eFD6RQ-4Upafs-4UpdBW-dpYzPi">Ed Schipul</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Texas Governor Rick Perry in 2010. Photo: Ed Schipul, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Texas Gov. Perry challenges Cuomo on business

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Texas Gov. Rick Perry is countering Gov. Andrew Cuomo's latest initiative to lure businesses from out of state with a renewed bid to snag jobs from New York, a tactic he's tried from coast to coast.

Perry, a Republican, is slated to be in New York City on Wednesday to meet business owners to convince them to move their operations to Texas, where he says the business climate is friendlier.  Go to full article
Nearly $5 million of the funding will go to North Country parks; nearly $3 million of that going to upgrades at Wellesley Island State Park in the Thousand Islands, pictured above. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/ransomtech/7611901380/">Steve Ransom</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Nearly $5 million of the funding will go to North Country parks; nearly $3 million of that going to upgrades at Wellesley Island State Park in the Thousand Islands, pictured above. Photo: Steve Ransom, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo announces parks that receive $90 million

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo says $90 million is going to repair and improve several parks and historic sites.

On Tuesday Cuomo announced that he is advancing 69 projects to improve 53 state parks and historic centers as part of a $90 million commitment in the state budget enacted earlier this month.  Go to full article
One reason many proposed mergers fail, says the New York Association of School Business Officials, is the threat of very long bus rides for rural children. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/freefoto/">freefotoUK</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
One reason many proposed mergers fail, says the New York Association of School Business Officials, is the threat of very long bus rides for rural children. Photo: freefotoUK CC some rights reserved

NYS residents don't want school mergers, study finds

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the legislature have approved a plan in the state budget to encourage local governments and schools to merge and share services over the next few years, in an attempt to lower property taxes. But according to a study by school administrators, attempts at school district mergers in recent years have failed, partly because the public doesn't want them.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Poll shows Cuomo vulnerable on the left

A new poll finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a double-digit lead against his Republican opponent for the fall elections. But the survey finds that ratio changes if a progressive third party candidate emerges.

The Siena poll finds Cuomo leads GOP candidate Rob Astorino by 30 points. But fewer than half think the governor is doing a good job in office, and, if the state's Working Families Party follows through on threats to run a progressive leaning candidate on a third party line, Siena's Steve Greenberg says the race becomes much closer, to just a 15-point lead for Cuomo.  Go to full article
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner. Photo: Mayor's office
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner. Photo: Mayor's office

Syracuse mayor resigns as Democratic Party chair

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is resigning from her position as co-chair of the state's Democratic Party.

In a letter sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state committee Thursday afternoon Miner says she chose to resign now to give the committee ample time to find a replacement before the November elections.  Go to full article

64 businesses using NY clean energy training funds

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a state program designed to boost New York's green energy industry has helped 64 businesses.

The governor's office said Thursday that more than $2.2 million in job training grants have been awarded to the companies.  Go to full article
Demonstrators at the capitol call for state action against transport of crude oil on New York train tracks. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Demonstrators at the capitol call for state action against transport of crude oil on New York train tracks. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Green groups pressure Cuomo on rail oil trains in NY

National environmental groups are putting the spotlight on Gov. Andrew Cuomo, over the issue of the expanding international oil distribution center, located just blocks from the State Capitol, at the Port of Albany.

They call this Cuomo's "Keystone" moment.  Go to full article

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