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PHOTO: The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 was signed into law Wednesday by President Barack Obama, marking the first congressional reauthorization in more than 18 years. New York advocates say they now need to push for funding to implement parts of the law. Photo credit: Ethan Hein/Flckr  https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode

COMMACK, N.Y. – After 18 years of no congressional action, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) finally has been signed into law. The measure revises the block grant to include basic provisions to improve the quality of child care around the country. President Barack Obama si...Read More

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PHOTO: The coal-fired Cayuga Power Station on the shores of Lake Cayuga near Ithaca is targeted in a plan to convert it to a natural gas-burning facilities, but some area residents strenuously object. Photo credit: Philip Cohen/Wikipedia.

ITHACA, N.Y. - A plan to convert a coal-fired power plant on the shores of Lake Cayuga to a natural gas-burning facility is under fire from residents of nearby towns who say it is unnecessary - and will hit utility customers' bills hard. Moneen Nasmith, senior associate attorney with Earthjustice, ...Read More

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PHOTO: Community-based enrollment outreach is cited as a big factor in a new report that ranks the state in the top five for reducing the number of Hispanic children without health insurance. Courtesy: Public Health Solutions

NEW YORK – Hispanic children are twice as likely to be uninsured as their non-Hispanic white peers nationwide, according to a new report that ranks New York in the top five for states making significant progress overcoming that disparity. Report co-author Sonya Schwartz with the Georgetown U...Read More

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PHOTO: A 'two-generation' approach to lifting New York's children out of poverty is called for in a new report setting forth recommendations for states. Photo credit: Wikipedia.

NEW YORK - If the State of New York wants to lift its children out of poverty it should put its focus on their parents at the same time, according to a new Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT policy report. The report says a 'two-generation' approach is needed to give families tools to get on a ...Read More

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PHOTO: Just in time for Veteran's Day, a new Environmental Entrepreneurs report finds 3,800 clean energy jobs headed to New York offering the kind of work where veterans are in high demand. Credit: Wiki Media Commons.

NEW YORK - As the nation prepares for Veterans Day, a new report from a nonpartisan business group ranks New York in the top 10 nationwide for attracting new jobs in a sector where veterans are in high demand. Jeff Benzak, press secretary with Environmental Entrepreneurs, says 18,000 clean energy ...Read More

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PHOTO: Environmental advocates are sending congratulations to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but also are demanding he take action to make good on a campaign promise concerning science and fracking. Credit: T. Proulx.

NEW YORK – One environmental group is sending congratulations to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on his re-election victory, but is also calling for action on a fracking pledge Cuomo made during the campaign. At issue is a pending assessment of how natural gas drilling operations would impact the health of...Read More

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PHOTO: New York ranks No. 7 in the latest American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy national scorecard that ranks states for energy efficiency. Credit: @mlcliff

NEW YORK - New York retains a spot in the top 10 in a new national scorecard that ranks states for energy-efficiency, and the state is making moves that should help even further. Annie Gilleo is a state policy research analyst with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. She says New Y...Read More

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PHOTO: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces hundreds of millions in sewage upgrades which experts say will reduce nitrogen pollution and shore up natural defenses from superstorms such as Sandy. Credit: Kevin McDonald.

NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo committed hundreds of millions of dollars Tuesday to projects to reduce nitrogen pollution. On the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, conservation advocates say it's the right move. Nancy Kelley, executive director of The Nature Conservancy on Long Island, said the...Read More

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