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Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney was in Orange County Thursday to talk about his bill that was included in a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package the House passed last week. Maloney, an 18th District Democrat, stood with the Orange County executive near a bridge that would benefit from the legislation.

Courtesy of the City of Kingston

In New York, City of Kingston officials are seeking public comment on two infrastructure projects.

Gilbert M. Gaul has twice won the Pulitzer Prize and has been shortlisted for the Pulitzer four other times. For more than thirty-five years, he worked as an investigative journalist for The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and other newspapers. He has reported on non-profit organizations, the business of college sports, homeland security, the black market for prescription drugs, and problems in the Medicare program.

In his new book "The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas, and the Cost of America's Coasts," Gaul considers this: Five of the most expensive hurricanes in history have made landfall since 2005: Katrina ($160 billion), Ike ($40 billion), Sandy ($72 billion), Harvey ($125 billion), and Maria ($90 billion). With more property than ever in harm’s way, and the planet and oceans warming dangerously, it won’t be long before we see a $250 billion hurricane.

Why?

Because Americans have built $3 trillion worth of property in some of the riskiest places on earth: barrier islands and coastal floodplains. And they have been encouraged to do so by what Gaul reveals to be a confounding array of federal subsidies, tax breaks, low-interest loans, grants, and government flood insurance that shift the risk of life at the beach from private investors to public taxpayers, radically distorting common notions of risk.

A new report finds 8 percent of bridges in New York’s Capital Region are structurally deficient. 

Courtesy of the Gateway Program Development Corporation

A state senator whose district includes many commuters to New York City applauds legislation that creates a commission for the Gateway Project. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently signed a measure that establishes the Gateway Development Commission.

NYS Assemblymember Supports Gateway Project Measure

Jul 24, 2019
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A New York state assemblymember from the Hudson Valley commends the signing of legislation that lays the groundwork for expanded rail service between New York City and New Jersey.

First-term New York Congressman Antonio Delgado held a conference call with reporters today. He spoke about his latest work in the 19th district and addressed recent headlines.

Freshman New York Congressman Antonio Delgado visited workers and others impacted by the record-long partial federal government shutdown this weekend. The 19th District Democrat also wrote a letter to the agriculture secretary about impacts to SNAP benefits.

Lake George, NY
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A public workshop scheduled for Monday evening in Lake George is intended to address findings from a project that examined the town’s septic systems.

Town of Plattsburgh water tanks in 2017
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The state of New York recently announced nearly $25 million in water infrastructure grants would be distributed to North Country communities for 13 projects.

Mick Cornett served four terms as Oklahoma City's longest-serving Mayor from 2004 to 2018. Midway through his time in office, Newsweek called him one of the five most innovative mayors in the country, and at the end of his Mayoralty he was named #25 on Fortune Magazine's "World's Greatest Leaders" list. London-based World Mayors listed him as the #2 mayor in the world, and Governing magazine named him the Public Official of the Year in 2010. Best known for helping Oklahoma City attract the NBA's Thunder franchise and putting Oklahoma City "on a diet" to lose a collective million pounds, Cornett also led the charge to pass MAPS 3, an innovative $800 million civic infrastructure investment in parks, urban transit, wellness centers, and downtown amenities that have dramatically reshaped Oklahoma City.

Cornett's books, "The Next American City: The Big Promise of Our Midsize Metros," is a hopeful and illuminating look at the dynamic and inventive urban centers that will lead the United States in coming years.

Officials in Troy, New York have announced a public meeting to discuss the future of a city dam.

Troy Water Plant
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

Troy is laying the foundation to implement a new water pipeline project connecting the Tomhannock Reservoir in Pittstown to the city water treatment plant.

Sen. Schumer in Menands, NY (May 2015)
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer has launched a push to expand railroad bridge inspections and increase the number of federal bridge safety specialists nationwide.

From train derailments and massive oil spills to bankruptcies and medical errors, system failures are all too common - and they’re becoming more frequent. At first glance, these failures seem to stem from very different problems.

But in their new book, Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik reveal that surprisingly these events have a shared DNA. "Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It" is a take on how complexity causes failures in all kinds of modern systems - from social media to air travel - and reveals how we can prevent meltdowns in business and our daily lives.

Clearfield is a former derivatives trader and licensed commercial pilot, and Tilcsik holds the Canada Research Chair in Strategy, Organizations, and Society at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Chris Clearfield joins us.

Senator Schumer
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was in Albany Monday afternoon to push for a major infrastructure proposal. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports from the Corning Preserve.

CDTA CEO Testifying In Washington

Mar 19, 2018
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The CEO of the Capital District Transportation Authority is in Washington today to speak to Congress about federal funding for mass transit systems across the nation. Carm Basile is concerned that the $200 billion infrastructure funding called for by the Trump administration would be taken out of the funding now set aside for public bus and transportation providers such as the CDTA. 

Mayor McCarthy's Twitter

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy was in Washington to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week.

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    There was not much hope for bipartisan compromise on major issues going into last night’s State of The Union address by President Trump and it appears those low expectations were met. 

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Two homes in Schenectady, New York have been demolished following a landslide Sunday morning that displaced nearly two dozen residents. Elsewhere in the Capital Region, officials in Cohoes scrambled to fix another water main break.  

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The City of Amsterdam in New York’s Mohawk Valley is seeking emergency funding to repair a broken water line.

CT's Esty Sees Common Ground On Infrastructure

Jan 15, 2018
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Most people agree the nation’s infrastructure is in dire need of rebuilding and repair, but the disagreements often begin when the questioned is raised about how to pay for all the roads, bridges, rail lines and water systems. Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty is a Democrat from the 5th House District, and a member of a new and growing group in congress, The Problem Solvers Caucus.

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A water main has broken in the City of Cohoes on Saratoga Street. Mayor Shawn Morse shared details about the break with WAMC's Lucas Willard on Monday morning.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

The Amtrak crash in Washington state has rail safety advocates fuming.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Infrastructure work near downtown Burlington 10-6-17
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Burlington, Vermont is wrapping up the first construction season under the city’s Sustainable Infrastructure Plan. In November 2016 voters approved $25.5 million in general obligation bonds to fund the five-year infrastructure project. The plan includes the repair or replacement of streets and sidewalks, aging fire trucks, the bike path, water systems and other infrastructure resources. Mayor Miro Weinberger says substantial work has been done and the city is on target to meet its goals.

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Bennington voters have overwhelmingly approved a $9.85 million bond to help pay for upgrades to the sewer plant in the southwestern Vermont community.

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Talk about going out with a bang.

New York's old Kosciuszko Bridge between Brooklyn and Queens was brought down on Sunday morning with a controlled demolition.

A Vermont city could be facing a significant state fine after an operator error led to the release of more than 1 million gallons of raw sewage into the Otter and East creeks earlier this month.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Is bipartisanship still possible in Washington?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from the fifth district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The crater that remained following the water main break in Troy.
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The City of Troy has completed work on a new water main to replace a 33-inch pipe that burst in January 2016, flooding parts of Lansingburgh and affecting residents of several nearby communities.

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