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Banking on Renewable Energy: Cuomo’s Green Bank

Written by Wilder Fleming on . Posted in Economic Development, Energy, Environment, News

Richard Kauffman, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top energy official, is heading the new $1 billion green bank. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is opening a new bank—and dollars aren’t the only thing about it that’s green. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority sought approval from the state’s Public Service Commission last month to allocate public funds to start a $1 billion “green bank,” which Cuomo hopes will grow the state’s renewable energy economy into a self-sustaining marketplace. The petition seeks… [More]

Setting the Agenda: Economic Development

Written by Wilder Fleming on . Posted in Economic Development

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made economic development a key priority. (Photo: Executive Chamber) New York’s economy is faring better in 2013 than it has in recent years, with overall employment finally rebounding to prerecession levels. But while the revival has been felt in the Capital District, New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley, as well as in the smaller regions of Ithaca and Glens Falls, jobs in other areas remain harder to come by. Unemployment in the Syracuse,… [More]

Setting the Agenda: Health Care

Written by Wilder Fleming on . Posted in Health Care, News

So far 2013 has been a year of transition for much of New York’s healthcare system, with the action centered on the enactment and implementation of laws and policies from previous years. Officials are scrambling to promote the state’s new health-insurance market, which is slated to open on Oct. 1, Meanwhile, the implementation of a 2012 bill aimed at curbing the abuse of prescription opioids, the so-called “I-STOP” legislation, was set to go into effect by the end of August.… [More]

Has Anything Changed? A Year After Sandy, Are We Ready for the Next Big Storm?

Written by Wilder Fleming on . Posted in Energy, Environment, Government Operations, Public Safety, Technology, Transportation

In June Mayor Bloomberg’s office released a $19.5 billion plan with over 250 recommendations for preparing the city in the face of climate change and severe storms. The proposals included building a giant levee to protect Lower Manhattan, creating wetlands along the East River and erecting floodgates along Staten Island. But measures like these would take years to implement. So with hurricane season again upon us, how is New York better equipped to handle the next natural disaster that could… [More]

Up in the Air: Coalition Pushes for Improvements to Area’s Aging Airports

Written by Wilder Fleming on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Real Estate/Construction, Transportation, Uncategorized

Anyone who frequents New York City’s airports is familiar with the delays that plague them, which are consistently ranked among the worst in the nation. And while the causes are myriad, the sheer volume of flights crowding the runways and airways is putting the system’s aging infrastructure to the test. Newark, JFK and LaGuardia handle more passengers combined—109 million in 2012—than any other regional airport system in the country. Last year the number of flights approached the prerecession peak of… [More]

All Aboard? LI Lawmakers Worry as MTA Eyes New Bronx Commuter Rail Stations

Written by Wilder Fleming on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, News, Transportation

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plan to bring Metro-North trains to Penn Station in 2019, linking Connecticut, Westchester and four new above-ground stations in the East Bronx with Manhattan’s west side, has been gaining momentum over the past year. Informational sessions were held in the Bronx last fall, and the results of an environmental impact study are due later this year. The idea is a complement to the MTA’s East Side Access project, which will bring the Long Island Rail Road… [More]

Heading Upstate: Driving Tourists Beyond New York City’s Borders

Written by Wilder Fleming on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, Racing/Wagering, Uncategorized

A record 52 million tourists visited New York City last year, the latest milestone in a trend that was built on an aggressive promotion of the city’s global brand, especially in emerging markets like Brazil, India and China. Now Gov. Andrew Cuomo is encouraging these international visitors to check out upstate and Long Island too—even if his bid to build several “destination” casino resorts falls through. The governor announced $60 million in funding to promote tourism this year, including $30… [More]