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Cuomo signs power plant legislation

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Legislation signed by the governor yesterday could help put new power plants online - and help put Indian Point nuclear power plant out of business.

Your Friday morning Trail Mix has twice the fiber of ordinary trail mixes:

Governor Cuomo has paved the way for new power plants in New York.

Syracuse and the Town of Jerusalem are mulling fracking bans, Pittsburgh's is illegal.

Fighting words from the central New York regional economic council.

Power New York

Governor Cuomo has signed legislation that will help New York build new power plants - and find new sources of energy to replace the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant (Karen DeWitt, New York State Public Radio).

Capitol Confidential shared video of the governor signing the Power NY Act.

And Jimmy Vielkind reports for Capitol Confidential that lots of folks are pleased about the legislation.

Natural gas

Anti-fracking advocates protested proposed rules about how drilling companies can use water from the Susquehanna River, presented at a hearing last night, saying regulators have "capitulated" to the gas industry (Stephen Reilly, Gannett).

Meanwhile a similar regulatory body, the Delaware River Basin Commission, is being sued by environmentalists who want it to conduct a study before fracking can begin in its watershed (Susan Phillips, State Impact PA).

Mud spills have shut down work on a gas pipeline in Pennsylvania (Michael Rubkinkam, AP).

Residents in Syracuse want the city council to ban fracking (Glenn Coin, Post-Standard).

In a survey administered following a meeting about hydrofracking, 172 of 178 residents of the Finger Lakes town of Jerusalem said they wanted to ban fracking (John Christensen, The Chronicle-Express).

Pittsburgh's drilling ban is illegal (Associated Press).

Regional economic council meetings

The central New York regional council met for the first time yesterday, and started with fighting words from the co-chairs (Emma Jacobs, Innovation Trail).

Meanwhile, protestors in Syracuse were mad that the initial meetings of the councils were closed to the public (Charles McChesney, Post-Standard).

The Southern Tier's regional council was "off to an excellent start" according to one of the co-chairs (My-Ly Nguyen, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

Accelerate Upstate conference

The Accelerate Upstate economic development conference kicked off yesterday, with a conversation about how western New York can foster more economic ties with Canada (Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail).

The keynote speaker for the conference was Ken Adams, the head of Empire State Development.  He told the crowd that New York is sending a message that it can get stuff done (David Robinson, Buffalo News).

Higher education

SUNY is going to start sharing costs regionally, with the hopes of freeing up cash to hire more faculty (James Goodman, Democrat and Chronicle).

Community colleges picked up another seat on the board of SUNY trustees (Rick Karlin, Times Union).

Syracuse University alumnus (and the inventor of Foursquare) is one of the worst dressed men in Silicon Valley (Geoff Herbert, Syracuse.com).

Taxpayer dollars

Money that's earmarked for rail projects in New York is safe after being squirreled away with the Federal Railroad Administration (Eric Anderson, The Buzz).

Canadian doctors spend less on administration because of their single payer system, according to a study from University of Toronto and Cornell researchers (Bradley Bouzane, National Post).

Swank appointments to state commissions like the Liquor Authority are no more - the governor is putting appointees to those bodies on a (gasp!) per diem (Rick Karlin, Times Union).

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