New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens testifies during a joint legislative budget hearing on the environment on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Martens says his agency has “absolutely no plans” to issue permits for shale gas drilling and fracking in the 2014-15 fiscal year.
One day after President Obama touted the hydro fracking of natural gas as a “bridge fuel,” New York's environmental commissioner says it’s “extremely unlikely” that permits for drilling wells will be issued in the next year.
President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington, as Vice President Joe Biden, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen.
Community mental health advocates descended on Albany Tuesday. They were there to voice their approval for more than $200 million earmarked in Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal for new community services and supports for New Yorkers with psychiatric conditions.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone held a teleconference Monday night with some 10,000 Suffolk residents in order to draw attention to an issue he says is the number one priority of his administration: combating water pollution. Bellone spoke for about an hour and took a handful of questions.