May 01, 2013 — New York state and private companies investing tens of millions of dollars in the North Country in an effort to bring broadband internet connections to some of the region's most remote, rural areas.
In March, the state announced that $200,000 will go to the town of Thurman in Warren County to help develop a kind of far-reaching wi-fi connection known as "white space."
Evelyn Wood, town supervisor in Thurman, and David Salway, head of New York's Broadband Program Office, appeared yesterday on the public radio program Capitol Pressroom to talk about the project.
Apr 30, 2013 — Yesterday was Adirondack Day in the state capitol with groups from across the Park offering food, crafts and information about the North Country to people in Albany.
State Senator Betty Little described the event as a way to raise awareness about the Adirondacks, especially among lawmakers and legislative aides from downstate who've never made the journey up the Northway. Go to full article
Residents at Horace Nye nursing home. NCPR file photo
Albany, NY, Feb 06, 2013 — An advocacy group for senior citizens says there's not enough quality housing for elderly New Yorkers that will allow them to remain in their homes.
A new study by Leading Age New York found that many communities lack the kind of infrastructure that will allow the growing population of seniors to maintain a high quality of life without over-burdening taxpayers.
The group's executive director, Jim Klein, spoke with Susan Arbetter, host of the public radio magazine Capitol Pressroom. Go to full article
Nov 06, 2012 — Environmental groups are hoping that the massive damage and economic strain caused by Hurricane Sandy in New York City and New Jersey will spark a new discussion about climate change.
But some activists here in New York state are also pushing for a fresh conversation about the value of land preservation and green space -- the kind of resources that could insulate communities against rising rivers and oceans.
Stuart Gruskin is chief conservation officer for the Nature Conservancy in New York, a group heavily involved in land deals in the North Country and across New York state.
He told Susan Arbetter, host of the public radio program Capital Pressroom, that he thinks communities will learn that there's a lot they can do locally to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Go to full article
A portion of the proposed underwater power cable route. Image: TDI
Plattsburgh, NY, Aug 29, 2012 — Opposition appears to be growing to a big new power line that would funnel electricity from hydro dams in Quebec to consumers in New York City. The $2 billion Champlain-Hudson Power Express would bury the cable under Lake Champlain and Hudson River.
The Toronto-based company developing the project hopes to have it online by 2016. But a growing number of critics say Canadian power would edge out producers in upstate New York and cost jobs on this side of the border. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Mar 06, 2012 — Farmers from across the state were in Albany Tuesday for Farm Bureau Lobby day.
Tuesday and at their traditional "taste of New York" reception Monday night, farmers urged state legislators to push for farm-friendly policies and spending in the new state budget.
On the public radio program Capitol Pressroom, Farm Bureau president Dean Norton spoke with Susan Arbetter about how New York farmers are doing--and what they need now, from the legislature: Go to full article