New York

Storm over
12:38 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Cuomo defends closing highways during storm

Albany firefighter Chris Kollias helps motorists jump start a vehicle on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. The National Weather Service has posted winter storm warnings through Friday morning in most of the state. Temperatures are in the single digits or below zero, with the wind making it feel as cold as 20-30 below zero in some areas.
Credit AP/Mike Groll

New York Governor Andrew  Cuomo says the worst of the winter storm is now over- but New Yorkers now face a new challenge- extreme cold.  

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Crews make progress on roads
8:54 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Winter storm cleanup presents challenges

A man clears snow from a vehicle on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. A winter storm slammed into the U.S. Northeast with howling winds and frigid cold, dumping nearly two feet (60 centimeters) of snow in some parts and whipping up blizzard-like conditions Friday.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

The Connecticut Department of Transportation says the winds that have come along with the winter storm have made it difficult to plow the roads through the morning hours. The DOT says cold temperatures have also limit the effectiveness of snow-melting chemicals applied to roads.

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Lawmakers discuss highs and lows
8:45 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Congressional delegation from Conn., NY reflects on 2013

The U.S. Capitol in Washington is shown in this file photo.
Credit AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

By all accounts this wasn’t a pretty year for Congress.  Connecticut and New York lawmakers in Washington say they are as upset about it as voters.

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Economic recovery
9:32 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Unemployment rate down in NY, Conn.

Labor officials say New York's unemployment rate has reached its lowest level in nearly five years. It dropped from 7.7%  in October to 7.4% in November.

The largest gains came in the educational and health service sectors.  Suffolk and Nassau counties have added more than 31,000 total non-farm jobs since November of 2012.

The unemployment rate in Connecticut has dropped to 7.6%.  It's the third consecutive month that rate has fallen. Officials caution the decline has come amid a shrinking labor force.

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Human development banned in 24k acres
4:27 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

NY approves largest land preserve in generation

Hudson River Gorge Wilderness about 4-hours north of Long Island near Indian Lake
Credit AP Photo/Carl Heilman, II

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.   

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