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REMS Executive Director Dean Romano speaks during press conference Wednesday in Rotterdam
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Officials gathered in the Schenectady County town of Rotterdam today to discuss a new bill intended to provide state support for rural emergency services.

Fair Pay for Home Care press conference, April 14, 2021
Courtesy of the New York Caring Majority

Home care workers, their advocates and several New York state senators gathered virtually Wednesday to denounce Governor Andrew Cuomo for blocking the Fair Pay for Home Care Act in the new state budget. A New York congressman who joined the virtual press conference says federal help could be on the way.

Ashokan Reservoir
Courtesy of the NYC DEP

A company that sought to build a hydroelectric facility using the Ashokan Reservoir in the Catskills has withdrawn its proposal, citing strong opposition as one reason. While the company intends to propose a similar project elsewhere in the New York City watershed, opponents are celebrating news of the Ashokan project’s demise.

NYS Budget Includes Historic Funding For The Catskills

Apr 12, 2021
Atop a Catskills Peak
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state budget enacted last week includes a number of environmental investments, including record levels for the Catskills. Nonprofits in the Catskills and other parts of the Hudson Valley praise the legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo for funding a number of environmental initiatives.

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Cities and counties across New York are trying to gauge the economic impact of legal recreational marijuana.

Fair Pay for Home Care campaign in NYS
Courtesy of The Action Network

Planning to introduce legislation on the issue, a New York congressman, state legislators and advocates launched a Fair Pay for Home Care campaign Tuesday. And there’s a report on the impact of raising wages for home-care workers, who are in high demand but deterred by low wages.