links for 2011-04-12

  • Five children allegedly living in deplorable conditions have been removed from their Oswego apartment.
  • At the beginning of a court session, about 65 percent of the rulings tended to be in favor of the prisoner. But the chance of a favorable ruling declined to near zero by the end of the session.
  • Lawmakers and advocates on Monday hailed what they hope will be improvements in the way the state cares for disabled people in its charge with the confirmation of a new commissioner of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.
  • Pensions and employee health benefits constitute some of the fastest-rising costs facing schools, towns and counties across the state, and they represent a significant piece of the property tax burden shouldered by New Yorkers.
  • … Including an all-out ban on the practice that would seem to render the other measures in the package moot. Also timed to coincide with today’s rally, the Senate minority conference’s Tony Avella, Liz Krueger and Joe Addabbo are introducing measures that would tighten regulation on every step in the fracking process.
  • State police say they issued 55 tickets to drivers who violated New York's "move over" law during an enforcement effort dedicated to a trooper killed while conducting a traffic stop.
  • The Siena College poll shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo increased his already high approval rating. But the poll also shows 41 percent feel New Yorkers are losers in the budget that cut spending by 2 percent. Just 27 percent feel New Yorkers are winners.
  • West Middle is closing at the end of school year in a budget-cutting move.
  • Senators Jeff Klein and Diane Savino are standing by their conference colleague and “Team Onion” Captain, David Carlucci, in the battle to choose the state’s official vegetable.
  • With the price of gas above $3.50 a gallon in all but one state, there are signs that Americans are cutting back on driving, reversing a steady increase in demand for fuel as the economy improves.
  • A broad coalition of organizations descended on the New York State Capitol today to call on state leaders and elected officials to safeguard vital water resources, public health, and the environment from dirty gas drilling by means of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."