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Environmental groups are urging the New York state Department of Health to lower recommended levels for three drinking water contaminants. A public comment period on the recommendations for PFOA and PFOS is now open.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is poised to sign a sweeping measure aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change. The goal is to aggressively cut greenhouse gases and shift the state’s energy reliance to renewable sources. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has reaction from her region.

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The New York Public Interest Research Group has a new report showing the prevalence of emerging contaminants detected in the state’s public drinking water supplies. With a focus the past few years on PFOA and PFOS from Hoosick Falls to Newburgh, NYPIRG highlights other emerging contaminants.

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Ahead of his State of the State and budget address Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that a bottle bill expansion and plastic bag ban will be included in the 2019 budget. Environmentalists praise the move but want to ensure it goes far enough while at least one industry group is concerned the bag ban could go too far.

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The New York State Drinking Water Quality Council on Tuesday recommended maximum contaminant levels for three chemicals that turned up a few years ago in Hoosick Falls, Newburgh and other communities.

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The New York State Drinking Water Quality Council met Tuesday and recommended maximum contaminant levels for three chemicals that turned up a few years ago in drinking water in Hoosick Falls, Newburgh and other communities.

The Capitol Connection – WAMC’s Alan Chartock sits down with Blair Horner, Executive Director of the New York Public Interest Research Group.

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On this presidential primary day, the New York Attorney General’s office has already received a higher number of calls and complaints than for past elections. And the office expects more given the state’s closed primary system. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, good government groups want to see the system changed.

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The New York State Assembly minority leader appeared in front of a New York City council committee this week, urging officials to halt a proposal that would ban plastic foam containers in the city. He says such a ban would cost his district jobs. Environmentalists say turning away from such a ban would cost the land and sea.

NYPIRG Proposes Campaign Donation Limits

Nov 26, 2013
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A government watchdog group in New York is calling for strict limits on money individuals and corporations can give candidates in state elections.

The New York Public Interest Research Group blames the state's political scandals on lax limits, poor enforcement and loopholes. It says individual limits per candidate should be $2,600 per election with a $1,000 corporate limit to any campaign committee during an election cycle.

Court To Hear Casino Referendum Wording Arguments

Oct 11, 2013
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A New York State Supreme Court justice hears arguments today in the legal fight over what critics call the one-sided wording of a casino referendum.

In a brief for the court, the New York Public Interest Research Group said the final language of the Nov. 5 ballot issue to allow casinos off Indian land should be neutral so that voters can make a decision based on facts.

NY Ballot Wording Puts Rosy Spin On Casinos

Sep 12, 2013

A referendum on the November ballot to consider approving seven casinos in New York is raising some eyebrows among good-government advocates for wording that promises to lower taxes, provide more money for schools and create more jobs.

One political scientist says the language is pushing voters for a "yes" vote sought by Albany politicians.

The unusually optimistic theme makes no mention that the claims are disputed by some researchers and doesn't note the decline of some casinos in the Northeast or the rise in problem gambling that can shatter families and increase crime.

Report Analyzes NYS Legislators' Personal Finances

Sep 4, 2013
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A few New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley rank high on a list of state legislators’ personal finances. In fact, a Westchester assemblywoman is number one for household income. The new report from good government groups is a first, and shows several lawmakers are making their money outside the legislative chambers.

NY Passes Mercury Thermostat Disposal Law

Jun 24, 2013
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Environmental groups in New York say a new law requiring manufacturers to collect and safely dispose of thermostats will remove a major source of toxic mercury from the waste stream. 

The legislation, which awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature, was passed late Friday night by the Senate and Assembly. The New York Public Interest Research Group says it addresses one of the largest remaining sources of mercury pollution in New York — the hundreds of thousands of old thermostats discarded each year.

32 NY Officials Snared For Corruption In 7 Years

May 7, 2013

With the arrest Monday of another former state Senate majority leader, New York has seen 32 state level officials snared in corruption cases in the last seven years.

The fourth arrest in the last four weeks came as legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who campaigned on cleaning up Albany, have repeatedly insisted it has shed its dysfunctional past.

Bill Mahoney of the New York Public Interest Research Group says that isn’t true.

New Yorkers seemed to doubt it, too.