U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Charles Schumer of New York say the Federal Railroad Administration only has enough funding for 1% of the safety measures they say are needed to make trains safe.
A New York State panel voted Friday to create a vast new 24,000 acre wilderness area along a remote stretch of the upper Hudson River, about four hours north of Long Island. The land had been owned by a logging company and environmentalists feared that remote stretches of the upper Hudson might be sold for resort or second-home development. This decision by the Adirondack Park Agency commission sets aside a sprawling area of wild rivers, pristine lakes, and forests where most human development will be banned.