News from the Associated Press - April 21, 2014

Associated Press
April 21, 2014

Ravitch to discuss fiscal plight of cities

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Former New York Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch is returning to Albany to discuss the financial challenges facing local governments.

Ravitch is set to deliver a lecture on the fiscal woes of America's municipalities Tuesday afternoon at Albany Law School. The event is free and open to the public.

Ravitch served as lieutenant governor under Gov. David Paterson. He is considered a leading expert on municipal financial calamities and has been asked to serve as an adviser in the Detroit bankruptcy case.

He is also credited for helping New York City avoid bankruptcy in the 1970s. His recently released memoir is entitled "So Much to Do: A Full Life of Business, Politics and Confronting Fiscal Crises."


NY agency sponsors week of Earth Day events

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state Department of Environmental Conservation is commemorating the 44th Anniversary of Earth Day with a weeklong series of events around the state.

The activities include hikes, wildlife watching, tree-planting and educational exhibits.

Earth Day was founded by Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson in 1970 after he toured the devastation of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. On April 22, 1970, demonstrations by an estimated 20 million Americans advocated for a healthy, sustainable environment.

DEC and the Environmental Protection Agency were created the same year as Earth Day, and the Clean Air Act was enacted. The Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act followed in 1972 and 1973.

More information about Earth Day is on the DEC website.

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