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09/01/2015Cuomo: Long Island plant will turn food waste into energy

YAPHANK, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a plant that will process food waste into clean energy is coming to eastern Long Island. The so-called anaerobic digester project is slated for a 62-acre site in Yaphank. It will be operated by American Organic Energy at its compost facility. It's expected to be completed in August 2016. Cuomo says it will process double the food waste of at any ...
09/01/2015U.S. Construction Spending Reaches Highest Level in Seven Years

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending in July climbed to its highest level in more than seven years, boosted by an increase in the building of houses, factories and power plants. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that construction spending rose 0.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.08 trillion, the highest level since May 2008. The report also revised up the June ...
09/01/2015Federal regulators delay review of Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline

Sept. 01--NASSAU -- Federal officials will take more time to consider public reaction to a proposed natural gas pipeline that would pass through the Capital Region to connect the gas fracking fields of Pennsylvania with metropolitan Boston. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will extend the public comment period on the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline, which was due to expire ...
08/25/2015Power plant operator's subsidy request opposed

Aug. 25--ALBANY -- The fight over an aging coal-fired power plant in the Finger Lakes reached the Capitol on Monday, with opponents urging the state Public Service Commission to reject a plan by the plant's owners to collect more than $250 million from customers during the next decade to pay for converting and operating the plant to also burn natural gas. A study co-authored by a former state ...
08/25/2015Plan to revive Falls warehouse fails to get go-ahead from city

Aug. 25--NIAGARA FALLS -- A proposal to bring temporary life back to a long-shuttered Buffalo Avenue warehouse owned by an oft-criticized business failed to get the go-ahead from the city's Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday night. A Niagara Falls Redevelopment subsidiary wanted the city's permission to restart warehouse operations at the former Nabisco warehouse, but a vote on a "use variance" ...
08/24/2015On the Bright Side: Local libraries receive construction grants

Aug. 24--Local libraries are slated to receive thousands of dollars in construction grants for renovation projects, according to media releases from two local legislators. Libraries in Earlville, Cooperstown and Worcester are among the 182 libraries awarded construction grants through a $14 million capital fund appropriation included in the 2014-15 state budget for the construction and ...
08/24/2015Work Underway on $500M NYC Ferris Wheel Project

NEW YORK (AP) — Construction is underway at the site of a $500 million Ferris wheel project along the Staten Island waterfront. The Staten Island Advance (http://bit.ly/1Nw1SL4 ) reports that the 630-foot-tall observation wheel is scheduled to open for business in 2017. Up to 1,400 passengers at a time will view the scenery of New York City, New Jersey and beyond during a slow-moving, ...
08/24/2015Work on seawall marks a new era for Atlantic City Inlet

Aug. 24--ATLANTIC CITY -- For Inlet residents and businesses here, the seven-decade wait is over. Large cranes stationed along the Boardwalk last week began work on a new seawall to reconnect the South Inlet with the North Inlet for the first time since 1944, a visible sign of action on a project that had long been all talk. For bikers and pedestrians, the seawall's completion will mean once ...
08/23/2015Brooklyn leads city boom of new affordable housing units

Aug. 23--Some relief is coming for New Yorkers desperate for cheaper apartments, particularly in three of Brooklyn's hottest neighborhoods, which were the top spots for affordable housing creation in the borough this year, according to city data. Prospect Heights, Downtown Brooklyn and Greenpoint will be home to about 75% of the 3,069 newly constructed affordable Brooklyn units that the city's ...
08/22/2015Restoration of Frog Island hailed as Buffalo comeback story

Aug. 22--Frog Island is back on the map. ¶ The tiny two-acre or so archipelago between Strawberry and Motor islands spent the last three decades submerged under the current of the Niagara River. ¶ But one of Buffalo Niagara region's newest ecological restoration projects brought the island back above water this year. ¶ With it, fish are already returning to spawn in large numbers. Birds are ...
08/20/2015New Lake George sewer plant projected to cost at least $15 million

Aug. 20--LAKE GEORGE -- The village is looking at a cost of at least $15 million to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant, according to a new report. That is just an estimate -- higher than the $5 millioin to $10 million expected -- but it's the number the village will use while seeking grants and low-interest loans from various state funding opportunities. The preliminary engineering report ...
08/18/2015N.Y., N.J. Officials Promise to Work Together on Hudson River Tunnel

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Christie and New Jersey's two U.S. senators met with federal transportation officials Tuesday to discuss how to pay for a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River, a get-together notable for the absence of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a major stakeholder in the proposed project. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx reached out to Cuomo and Christie last month after ...
08/17/2015New Hudson Rail Tunnel Far From Panacea for Commuters' Woes

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — For train commuters into New York City who view a new tunnel under the Hudson River as the answer to all their hopes and dreams, a sobering reality is lurking down the tracks. Rail experts and Amtrak officials caution that, while a new tunnel will improve reliability, it won't suddenly double the number of trains between New Jersey and New York. That's because the existing ...
08/16/2015Restoring forgotten Buffalo lighthouse will create 'heritage bookends'

Aug. 16--Think of the historic Buffalo waterfront, and your mind is likely to picture the Buffalo Lighthouse. The limestone tower built in 1833 and located across the Buffalo River from Erie Basin Marina is an impressive display on a late summer's night. But there is another lighthouse on Buffalo's waterfront, unknown to most. The South Buffalo Lighthouse stands at the south entrance to ...
08/16/2015Windmill promoter signs leases with several farmers

Aug. 16--SOMERSET -- Despite the widespread opposition to a proposed wind power project in Somerset and the adjoining Orleans County Town of Yates, the promoters have been able to sign leases with several longtime local farmers to build the turbines on their land. The leases cover more than 5,000 acres, more than 90 percent of that in Somerset. Although the documents on public record are ...
08/15/2015N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Reluctant to Commit Funds for New Hudson River Rail Tunnel

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — He committed billions of dollars to overhaul LaGuardia Airport and build a new Tappan Zee Bridge — but New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken a wary approach to building a new Hudson River rail tunnel, even though the stakes could be even higher for the state and the nation. The existing Amtrak tunnel connecting New York City and New Jersey is a century old and in disrepair. ...
08/13/2015Officials urge study of compressors, pipelines

Aug. 13--Concerned about the potential health effects from compressor stations and other infrastructure connected to the shale gas industry, some local officials have joined a prominent physicians' group in urging state leaders to conduct the same type of study that led the Cuomo administration to ban hydraulic fracturing. "The governor is in an awkward position on this because the state ...
08/12/2015Queensbury eyes $40m in high school renovations

Aug. 12--QUEENSBURY -- The high school could get a $40 million makeover in the coming years with more open space for collaborative projects and upgraded facilities -- if voters approve a referendum this December. The district has been working for the last couple of years on how to renovate the school, portions of which are original to the early 1960s construction. After two public ...
08/11/2015Sen. Schumer: New Agency Should Be Set Up to Plan, Finance Hudson Rail Tunnels

NEW YORK (AP) — In a bid to create momentum for a massive overhaul of the crumbling passenger rail corridor between New Jersey and New York City, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer on Tuesday proposed the creation of a new nonprofit development corporation to plan and finance the project. He said none of the existing transportation entities operating in the region have the wherewithal to pull it off ...
08/11/2015Factory Street construction should be revealed in about 10 days

Aug. 11--Tweet WATERTOWN -- The city should know within 10 days when the long-awaited $11.9 million Factory Street reconstruction should begin. City Engineer Justin L. Wood announced in a news release Monday that the city should know between seven and 10 days when the contractor, CCI Companies, Canastota, can provide a specific date when the half-mile project will start. Tentatively, ...
08/11/2015Lewiston officials discuss Riverwalk, pedestrian pathway

Aug. 11--LEWISTON -- The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic preservation will play a role in two upcoming construction projects in the town. The town board currently awaits an easement approval from state parks for a drainage line that would alleviate stagnant water in the Riverwalk subdivision off Lower River Road. The line is planned to run from Riverwalk and through ...
08/10/2015Amtrak Exec: Train Delays May Become More Common Without New Hudson Tunnel

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Train delays like the ones caused recently by electrical problems in a century-old Hudson River tunnel could become much more common if a new tunnel isn't built, an Amtrak executive told New Jersey lawmakers Monday. Even if that anticipated $14 billion project, called Gateway, were started now, the tunnel portion wouldn't be complete until 2025 at the earliest, said ...
08/09/2015After 190 years, NY's Erie Canal a relic with a hefty cost

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Erie Canal was an engineering marvel when it opened in 1825, linking the Hudson River to the Great Lakes and humming with commerce that opened up the West. Long ago eclipsed by railroads and interstates, the waterway has for many years been a historical curiosity that's seen waning use by recreational and commercial vessels. Now a renewed court fight has drawn fresh ...
08/08/2015Stuck in the sand: Why some homeowners still reject easements

Aug. 08--Brown said he knows the state can take his property through eminent domain. But he and other Bay Head residents have resisted signing easements because they believe it permanently transfers a hefty portion of their private, beachfront property to the public without adequate compensation. Brown and others say they have always paid to maintain their own beaches and want to continue to ...
08/08/2015Construction crooner dubbed 'Second Avenue Sinatra' missing

NEW YORK (AP) — He was the velvet voice in the hard hat, a karaoke-loving ironworker whose serenades from a subway construction site briefly became a slice-of-life sensation. Four years after his brush with fame, the "Second Avenue Sinatra" is being sought after for a darker reason: He's been missing since he left his house shortly after midnight July 28. Police and relatives have been ...

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