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    PNS Daily News - December 19, 20140 

    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; President Obama reported to be ready to take executive actions concerning Cuba; North Carolina marks another year without an execution; and Congress makes it easier for people with disabilities to save.

Public News Service - New York

PHOTO: New York Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker and Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens presented Gov. Cuomo and his Cabinet with their reports recommending a continued ban on fracking for natural gas. Photo Credit: Office of the Governor.

ALBANY, N.Y. - In a long-awaited announcement, the administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday ruled the potential health and environmental risks of fracking for natural gas are too great and not enough is known about them to allow it in New York. In extending a de facto ban on using...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: Thousands of animals are euthanized in New York shelters every year, simply for lack of space, so adopting a shelter pet will also save a life. Photo courtesy Animal Haven NYC.

NEW YORK - The holidays are a time when many people think of bringing home a new pet for their loved ones. With thousands of cats and dogs in shelters across New York, Tiffany Lacey, executive director of nonprofit Animal Haven, suggests people "adopt rather than shop." Thousands of perfectly healt...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: A Kindergarten to Career program that encourages students to explore job options is just one of the funding recipients of the Long Island Community Foundation. The organization says 2014 has been a tough year for nonprofit groups. Photo courtesy of Long Island Community Foundation.

MELVILLE, N.Y. – When federal and state funds fall short, someone has to step up and in 2014, charitable donations played a major part in addressing health and social service needs across the state. David Okorn, executive director of the Long Island Community Foundation, says 2014 has been a...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: The group Zero to Three and other organizations held what they called a "Rally4Babies" on Wednesday, in support of investment in child care and education. Photo courtesy Zero to Three.

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - Wednesday was a big day for babies and toddlers, as the White House held a summit meeting on early education and groups such as the New York-based Parent-Child Home Program advocated for continued federal funding of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program,...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: A national expert says an investigative report from the U.S. Attorney on abuses at Rikers Island has been one of the year's best developments for juvenile justice in New York. Photo Credit: Tim Rodenberg/Flickr.

NEW YORK - A national expert says the culture of lawlessness on Rikers Island ranks as the worst he has seen in 30 years of study, but he ranks a recent report on the facility as one of the best developments for New York juvenile justice in 2014. Mark Soler, executive director with the Center for ...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: More than 4 million caregivers now can find online support at a new website, a place to share stories and tips on caregiving. Photo credit: FredFroese

NEW YORK - The more than 4 million family caregivers in New York can be so busy caring for others that, during the holidays, they end up feeling isolated and alone. advocates say. Whether they are caring for a family member, neighbor or friend, said Laura Palmer, associate state director of advocac...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: Environmental advocates are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to make a resolution for 2015 and to get back to "established science" on climate change. Courtesy:

NEW YORK - It's time to start thinking about New Year's resolutions, and local environmental advocates would like to see Governor Cuomo resolve to get back to science when it comes to climate change. Peter Iwanowitz, executive director with Environmental Advocates of New York, credits Cuomo with ta...Read More

Public News Service - NY

PHOTO: Home for Thanksgiving? Some New Yorkers say it would be nice to have a home, with food. The struggle against homelessness and hunger goes on through the holidays. Photo credit: Kyle James/Flickr.

MINEOLA, N.Y. - Thanksgiving week finds New York nonprofits that focus on hunger and homelessness stretched tight, even two years after the havoc of Superstorm Sandy. Randi Shubin Dresner, president and chief executive of Island Harvest, says it's been a "tough year." The food pantries and agencies...Read More

Public News Service - NY

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