links for 2011-06-10

  • Kurt Wyman's mother always ended her conversations with her son whenever he'd go to work as an Oneida County sheriff's deputy by saying, "Be safe, I love you."
  • Consumer confidence is up in New York but still lags behind the national average, according to a poll conducted by the Siena Research Institute.
  • The debate over natural gas well water at the city sewage plant continued as residents, city officials and the natural gas industry sounded off on the issue.
  • New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Thursday proposed sweeping campaign finance changes for the office following political influence scandals that tarnished the state's top fiscal office under his predecessor.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say 2011 was a sweet year for maple syrup production. U.S. production of 2.79 million gallons was up 43 percent from 2010, an off year, and easily topped the previous record of 2.40 million, set two years ago.