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DiNapoli uses pension fund shares to investigate nuclear safety

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New York's comptroller is leveraging his role as trustee of the state pension fund to investigate energy companies that retirees hold shares of.

Today in your Trail Mix:

The comptroller investigates nuclear power safety, as two assemblymen advocate for taking Indian Point offline.

Damage from Lee mounts to $1 billion.

Peace Bridge neighbors seek environmental monitoring.

Energy

The comptroller is using his power as the trustee of the state's retiree fund to investigate the safety of nuclear power plants that the pension trust has shares in (Michael Johnson, State of Politics).

Assembly Democrats James Brennan and Kevin Cahill, both members of the energy committee, say that the Indian Point nuclear power plant can be shut down economically (Michael Johnson, State of Politics).

An Albany-area power plant is owed nearly $200 million from a state program that helps clean up polluted sites (Brian Nearing, Times Union).

A new NYSERDA report says that growing solar capacity up to 5,000 megawatts in New York could create 2,300 jobs (Jon Campbell, Vote Up!).  You can read the study here.

Anti-fracking campaigner Josh Fox was arrested in Washington yesterday (Talia Buford, Politico).

A New Jersey-based solar company with a lab in Rochester is courting foreign investors to accelerate domestic manufacturing and job creation (Zack Seward, WXXI/Innovation Trail).

NYSERDA is launching a program that allows homeowners to pay for energy efficiency upgrades - on their power bill (Marie Cusick, WMHT/Innovation Trail).

Economy

Tropical Storm Lee's damage to Broome and Tioga Counties is approaching $1 billion according to the National Weather Service (Jennifer Micale, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

The governor says counties need to be realistic about their demands of the state, saying it's not possible for New York to take over Medicaid costs (Karen DeWitt, New York State Public Radio).

New York has won back 46 percent of the jobs it lost when the economy faltered - but that growth has been applied unevenly across the state, according to a new report from the comptroller (Joseph Spector, Politics on the Hudson).

A new report argues that some companies pay less in taxes than many families [VIDEO] (Maureen McManus, State of Politics).

The Export-Import Bank of the United States helps small manufacturers broker international trade deals (Matt Glynn, Buffalo News).

The host of a popular public television finance show in Syracuse is parting ways with the station (Charles McChesney, Post-Standard).

Bankrupt Kodak is looking to dump its naming rights to its theater in Hollywood (Will Astor, Rochester Business Journal).

Buffalo police removed Occupy protestors and their tents from Niagara Square early this morning (Lou Michel, Buffalo News).

Higher ed

A criminologist says concerns about safety at Monroe Community College's downtown campus will likely follow the school to a new location (Christine Carrie Fien, City Newspaper).

The Rochester Institute of Technology is joining the approximately 90 percent of colleges that use the semester system, instead of quarters (James Goodman, Democrat and Chronicle).

Environment

Politicians and environmentalists are seeking air monitoring from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, in a neighborhood near the Peace Bridge in Buffalo (Chris Caya, WNED).

Plans for redeveloping Syracuse's blighted Inner Harbor are now public - but how much the project will be subsidized by taxpayers isn't yet forthcoming (Ryan Delaney, WRVO/Innovation Trail).

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