Town Considers Commercial Solar Moratorium

Jul012016

Town Considers Commercial Solar Moratorium

 

Commercial Solar Moratorium ConsideredThe Town of Lansing may impose a three month moratorium to give the Planning Board time to consider a new law governing commercial solar farms.  Board members expressed frustration Monday with their role in overseeing solar projects in the township.  Planning Board Chairman Tom Ellis said that developers, in a rush to take advantage of NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) funding, are asking the Board to provide letters and assurances before actual projects are presented, something, he added, the Board does not do.  He said that puts pressure on the Town to craft a law governing commercial solar arrays.

"It seems like the pressure's on," Ellis said.  "There is a stampede for this money before it dries up from NYSERDA.  It prompted me to think we really don't have a great solar section (of law) here."

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Patriotism Ranked Low In New York

Jul012016

Patriotism Ranked Low In New York

 

PatiotismJuly 4th brings out the patriotism in us.  The stars and stripes appear on bathing suits, folding lawn chairs, towels, and, of course, all those flag poles that seem to sprout along Route 34B at this time of year.  But a recent analysis puts New York State at the bottom of all states when ranked by patriotism.  The Wallethub analysis shows New York as the 3rd least patriotic state, with only Connecticut and New Jersey less patriotic.

"A good patriot would be someone who not only embraces American core values but also is comfortable with the idea that these values can in practice remain in conflict and subject to disagreement," says Kevin M. Esterling, Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean of the Graduate Division at University of California, Riverside.  "At the same time, people can very reasonably disagree in specific instances about the weight to place on different American values, where some might reasonably place greater priority on liberty and property rights, others on dissent, others on justice and equality. Thus what appear to be patriotic expressions and beliefs vary across individuals and communities."

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Pension Fund Puts Anti-Israel Movement On Notice

Jul012016

Pension Fund Puts Anti-Israel Movement On Notice

 

albany2 120New York State Common Retirement Fund Reviewing Investments for Companies Engaged in Anti-Israel BDS Movement New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced Wednesday that he has directed the New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund) to review its portfolio for any companies involved in the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. DiNapoli and the Fund will take appropriate steps to protect investments from any risk posed by companies that are engaged in BDS activities, including restricting or exiting investments.

"Attempts to harm Israel's economy can put our investments there at risk," DiNapoli said.  "Israel remains an attractive place to invest and we look forward to finding new opportunities there. We're putting companies engaged in BDS activities on notice that there will be consequences if their anti-Israel activities expose our investments to financial harm."

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Helming Calls Out Corrupt Politicians

Jul012016

Helming Calls Out Corrupt Politicians

 

helmingCanandaigua, NY - Town of Canandaigua Supervisor Pam Helming pledged to fight for a constitutional amendment forfeiting government pensions for state legislators and other elected officials convicted of corruption.  Helming announced her campaign last Friday for the 54th Senate District.  As State Senator, Helming will sponsor and support a second passage of the pension forfeiture resolution in the state legislature next year which would enable the measure to be voted upon by New York State voters in November 2017.

"It is a disgrace that any public official, who has stolen from the very individuals they were elected to represent, would still be able to collect taxpayer funded pensions. The State legislature must take decisive action to adopt legislation to close this loophole. As State Senator, I will be a tireless fighter for ethics reform. We need to clean up Albany and that starts with making sure corrupt politicians cannot continue to cash in on the backs of hardworking taxpayers," said Helming.

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House Passes Zika Virus Veterans Spending Agreement

Jul012016

House Passes Zika Virus Veterans Spending Agreement

 

capitalbuilding 120Tom Reed continued to stand with Veterans by supporting the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs spending bill, as part of an agreement with the Senate to get the bill into law. "We care about our veterans and we are proud to support the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for us. This bill funds programs that are critical to their well-being and it was only right we supported this bill."

The bill prioritizes funding for the Veterans Administration, by focusing on providing care for over 7 million patients, allocating $52.8 billion for VA medical services.  These services include programs targeted at addressing mental healthcare, suicide prevention, traumatic brain injury and opioid safety. The bill also includes an increase for caregiver stipends, and efforts to end veteran's homelessness.

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Florida Resident Convict Of Stealing $148K+ In NYS Pension Benefits

Jul012016
nys120Albany – New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that Renee Kanas, 63, a resident of Tamarac, Florida, pleaded guilty today to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a Class D felony, for stealing over $148,000 in pension payments from the New York State and Local Employees Retirement System paid to her father, Jacob Yudenfreund, a New York State pensioner who died in March 2010.

"For years, Ms. Kanas spent thousands, living off a pension to which she was not entitled, even cruising the Caribbean," State Comptroller DiNapoli said. "Thankfully, through my Operation Integrity partnership with Attorney General Schneiderman, she has pleaded guilty and must make repayment in the thousands."

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