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NY Gov Proposes Transfer And Increase In Oil Cleanup Fund

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Justin Mikulka
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The Cuomo administration has proposed boosting New York's oil spill fund to $40 million amid the recent surge in railroad shipping and dangerous derailments, while transferring authority from the state comptroller to its own environmental staff.

The increased funding is supported by the comptroller's office and environmentalist groups. Shifting control to the Department of Environmental Conservation is not.

The administration says the agency would be more efficient.

The comptroller says his office provides stronger oversight.

The New York State Association of Counties, citing huge recent spikes in shipments of crude oil that's more explosive or dense than normal, says there's significant potential risk to residents and the environment.

The group also backs the fund increase through higher shipping fees but says the comptroller should keep it dedicated solely to cleanups.

(c) 2015 AP

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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