links for 2011-03-08

  • Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, has gone back and forth over the odds of keeping the so-called millionaires tax, a surcharge on earners who make more than $200,000.
  • Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said Monday he “dreaded the day” each of his four children turned 16. And then he cited the statistics that explain why.
  • A Maine tidal energy company says its prototype underwater power system has passed all of its tests, paving the way for a commercial unit to be connected to the region's grid by year's end.
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to consolidate the banking and insurance departments, but his plan to downsize the state Parole Board from 19 to 13 members drew some pointed criticism from lawmakers Monday.
  • A bipartisan group of six legislators said it is "deeply concerned" by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation's decision to close four historic sites around the state, a move they say is unprecedented.
  • The poor economy is taking a bite out of the free Sunday buffets offered at an upstate New York tavern for more than 30 years.