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Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/toby_d1/5545056888/">Pete Zarria</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Pete Zarria, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo keeping options open on use of surplus windfall

For the first time in several years, New York has a surplus of $3 to $4 billion. Governor Cuomo says he's still looking at options on how best to use it.  Go to full article
U.S. Major General Harold Greene. Photo: U.S. Army
U.S. Major General Harold Greene. Photo: U.S. Army

General killed in Afghanistan was 1980 RPI grad

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The U.S. military has identified the officer killed during an insider attack in Afghanistan as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, who was born in upstate New York and graduated in 1980 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Greene was the highest-ranking American officer killed in combat since 1970.  Go to full article
The $4.2 billion budget surplus could help cover the cost of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/josepha/4354183214/">Joseph A</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The $4.2 billion budget surplus could help cover the cost of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: Joseph A, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY looking at options for using $4.2B surplus

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's governor is studying the state's options for how to spend a $4.2 billion budget surplus.

The state says the windfall is the result of recent financial settlements with banks and insurance companies.  Go to full article
NYS Assembly districts (detail). Map: NYS
NYS Assembly districts (detail). Map: NYS

Redistricting amendment language set, critics object

The state board of elections approved the language for a ballot amendment that would change the way redistricting is done in New York. But not everyone is happy with the wording or the amendment.  Go to full article
Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO
Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Schumer calls for federal rules on drone use

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says privately operated drone aircraft are posing a threat to safety and privacy and should be regulated by the federal government.

The Democrat says New York has become "the wild west" for private drones since a court case limited the federal government's ability to regulate the use of the small, remote controlled aircraft.  Go to full article
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara at a lecture for Penn Law and the Wharton School in March. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/pennlaw/12995711874/">Penn Law</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara at a lecture for Penn Law and the Wharton School in March. Photo: Penn Law, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

US Attorney may investigate Moreland Commission

Governor Cuomo confirms that the US Attorney has sent a warning letter regarding possible interference by Governor Cuomo's aides in an ethics probe. The letter ups the stakes for Cuomo and his aides in the midst of an election campaign.  Go to full article
Wireless broadband internet router. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USI_router.jpg">Bobamnertiopsis</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Wireless broadband internet router. Photo: Bobamnertiopsis, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY invests $9 million in North Country broadband

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is investing $9 million to expand broadband access among older adults in the North Country.

Slic Network Solutions based in Nicholville, NY will expand broadband for approximately 2500 unserved households, 134 businesses and 33 community anchor institutions in the North Country, including two schools.

The expansion will cover the town of Belmont to the southern end of Malone, and the towns of Newcomb, Minerva, Chester, Oswegachie and Depeyster.  Go to full article
The Port of Albany. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/billmorrow/7129166341/">Bill Morrow</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Port of Albany. Photo: Bill Morrow, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Comment period extended again on crude oil project

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State regulators have again extended the public comment period for a fuel shipping company's plan to expand crude oil handling operations at the Port of Albany.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says Wednesday that the comment period on Global Companies' air permit application has been extended an additional 60 days until Sept. 30 because of broad public interest. It had been set to expire Aug. 1, after a previous 60-day extension.  Go to full article
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack<br />Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/celtico/4789746688/">mikescottnz</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
Photo: mikescottnz, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to visit central NY

BRIDGEPORT, N.Y. (AP) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is headed to central New York to promote the government's new Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund.

Vilsack and Colorado-based Co-Bank CEO Bob Engel will meet Wednesday with leaders in Bridgeport, New York, to discuss the $10 billion private sector fund announced last week by the White House. They'll discuss how this fund can promote local infrastructure upgrades.  Go to full article
Gov. Guomo marching in 2013 as honorary grand marshall of the Celebrate Israel Parade in NYC. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/8936100840/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Gov. Guomo marching in 2013 as honorary grand marshall of the Celebrate Israel Parade in NYC. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

Gov. Cuomo considering trip to Israel

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's considering a visit to Israel, despite that nation's ongoing conflict with the militant group Hamas in Gaza.

The Democratic governor told reporters on Monday that he is discussing a possible trip to Israel. He says a visit would highlight the special relationship between Israel and the state of New York, which is home to many of the nation's Jewish people.  Go to full article

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