The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has approved the town of Islip's plan to clean up 50,000 tons of toxic debris that was illegally dumped in Roberto Clemente Park in Islip last year. It was laced with asbestos, pesticides, and other toxic material.
The Long Island town's plan to clean up the park requires digging up and removing all the debris and then sampling the soil at the end to confirm the contaminants have been removed. The town will also install wells to monitor groundwater.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to reporters about a property tax credit proposal after a speech, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, N.Y. Cuomo said cutting property taxes will be a top priority during his second term.
Calling it the "major problem facing the state," Governor Cuomo announced a plan to reduce New York’s highest in the nation rate of property taxes for some homeowners. But the program was not received with open arms by everyone.
Under Cuomo’s proposal, homeowners who pay 6 percent or more of their annual paychecks in taxes, will get a credit on their tax bills. Renters will also receive an equivalent credit.
The New York state Senate convenes on the opening day of the 2015 legislative session at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. The Republican-controlled Senate has approved eight bills intended to ensure women's rights in the workplace and housing but excluded a ninth measure to codify abortion rights that the Democrat-controlled Assembly supports.
How would you explain sleep to an 11-year-old? That's the question scientists around the world will attempt to answer for a competition that's to be judged at Stony Brook University this spring. It's called The Flame Challenge. It's an annual competition organized by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.
Actor Alan Alda is the inspiration behind the challenge. He says the idea came out of his own life.