links for 2011-06-15

  • Is Andrew Cuomo currently the most successful governor in America?
  • A list of the first 14 tenants signed up for Destiny USA, the name given to the expansion, is a mix of high-end outlet stores, restaurants and a 34-lane bowling center.
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo today said he’s introducing legislation that would crack down on drivers using portable devices while driving, including a provision to make texting-while-driving a primary traffic infraction.
  • Several Jordan-Elbridge residents who spoke Tuesday at the district’s public budget hearing wanted something more out of the revised budget presented: more teachers restored.
  • The Senate is poised to consider, and is expected to pass, a bill that would force transportation planners to consider pedestrian and bike-friendly features when building new roads with state and federal funding.
  • A last-minute power play in Albany by the Senate's Republican majority over New York City rent control is the latest threat to a statewide property tax cap bill.
  • A 90-year-old woman who was once citizen of the year in a New York suburb has admitted stealing from the town's food pantry.
  • The Obama administration announced Tuesday it has rescinded a rule that blocked Indian tribes from building casinos far from their reservations, reviving hopes among local officials for casino gambling in the Catskills.
  • State lawmakers want to create a real-time database to track the distribution of controlled prescription drugs to help prevent illicit trafficking of highly addictive painkillers like oxycodone.
  • The bill also guarantees that religious institutions and benevolent organizations such as the Knights of Columbus remain free to choose who may use their facilities for marriage ceremonies and celebrations or to whom they provide religious services, consistent with their religious principles.
  • State Conservative Party Chair Mike Long is renewing his warning to Republican state senators not to vote for the same-sex marriage bill, or risk losing his party’s support.
  • The bill to allow mixed-martial arts, better known as ultimate fighting, passed 42 to 18 in the state senate. But it may not even come up for a vote in the assembly, and UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner has some theories on why.
  • Flag Day has been celebrated in the United States since 1949 when the holiday was officially recognized by Congress. More than 200 Oswego-area elementary students gathered to honor "Old Glory.
  • Few people have actually gotten a chance to see what's inside that massive addition to the Carousel Center. YNN's Bill Carey gives us our first look inside.