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New chief at NY Power Authority comes from within

Marie Cusick

Today in your Trail Mix:

The state's energy regulator has a new boss.

Rochester wants to be compensated for PAETEC leaving town.

FEMA aid deadline gets moved back.

Plus: relief for cheese workers.


The governor has nominated the chief operating officer of the New York Power Authority to take over the agency (Gannett).

A renewable energy firm that received federal funds from the same pot as failed solar operator Solyndra is also declaring bankruptcy (Marie Cusick, Innovation Trail).

Crain's New York Business has a look at the jobseekers heading upstate in the hopes of capitalizing on the shale gas drilling boom (Jeremy Smerd).

Anti-fracking lawyer Helen Slottje was on Capital Tonight, to talk about the growing momentum to ban fracking at the local level (Mike Whittemore, State of Politics).

The wind power project at Galloo Island is looking for a way to keep the project alive, by shopping for buyers for its energy (Nancy Madsen, Watertown Daily Times).

National Grid is extending its refrigerator buy-back program (Eunji Kim, Post-Standard).


The city of Rochester wants to be compensated if PAETEC's new owner doesn't go forward with plans to build a facility in downtown Rochester (Brian Sharp, Democrat and Chronicle).

Officials in Buffalo cut the ribbon on a $9.2 million park on the city's waterfront yesterday (Emma Sapong, Buffalo News).

An Albany-area suburb is just bordering on Stepford - it has the least amount of income variation in the nation, and no one is below the poverty line (Chris Churchill, Times Union).

Amtrak has added wifi on the route between Buffalo and New York City (All Over Albany).


The deadline for applying for FEMA aid for Irene and Lee flooding victims is now December 15 (Press & Sun-Bulletin).

A flood shelter in Columbia County is officially closed, and power is restored to almost everyone who lost it during flooding earlier this year (Bryan Fitzgerald, Times Union).


Preliminary data from the comptroller indicates that 85 percent of localities are making do with a new property tax cap - but that's based on just under 400 towns, villages, etc., of the more than 10,000 in the state (Jimmy Vielkind, Times Union).

New York may permanently end its cheese tyranny: the Department of Agriculture says it plans to make permanent a hold on licensing for the right to cut cheese at farmers markets (Joseph Spector, Gannett).

Happy Día de los Muertos!

WICZ has video of Binghamton University's Zombie Walk and anti-fracking rally, showcasing "what they say are the horrors of hydrofracking."

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