News from the Associated Press - January 30, 2014

Associated Press
January 30, 2014

NY casino siting board still not appointed

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Chances are receding that a casino siting board will be appointed by the end of January as called for by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo set a schedule for creating the board in January during his State of the State address earlier this month. But as of Wednesday, the New York State Gaming Commission hadn't scheduled a meeting before the end of the month Friday. The commission will appoint members to the board.

Commission spokesman Lee Park says they're evaluating candidates and members will be selected very soon. He says they expect to meet the governor's March deadline for requesting casino applications.

New York voters in November passed a state constitutional amendment to allow Las Vegas-style casinos. State officials can now award up to four casino licenses upstate.


NY regulators OK National Grid electricity credit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's Public Service Commission has authorized National Grid to provide its customers with a $32 million credit to offset an increase in electric supply costs.

According to the commission, the price surges expected in February because of unusually cold weather would spike bills for upstate New York residential and small business customers by as much as 27 percent.

National Grid, after consulting with PSC staff, petitioned for authorization to use the one-time customer credit to keep total rates billed in February the same those in effect in January.


Cuomo outlines NY lakeside revitalization project

SOLVAY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will invest $30 million in a $100.3 million economic development and revitalization project along Onondaga Lake.

Cuomo says Wednesday that the project includes $50 million for a performing arts center, $20 million for infrastructure improvements including wastewater treatment upgrades and nearly $19 million for housing, roads and businesses.

He said $7 million would go to streetscape improvements from the State Fair to the lakefront, $3 million for the Onondaga Creekwalk and $1.5 million for water taxis. Funding would include federal and local money, including a portion of Oneida casino payments.

A court-ordered, $450 million cleanup continues for Onondaga Lake, once deemed one of the nation's most polluted waterways.


NY employers report 146K workplace injuries

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The U.S. Labor Department says New York private industry employers reported about 146,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2012.

That translates to 2.5 cases per 100 full-time workers. The agency says New York was one of eight states to register a significant decrease in the private industry rate of total recordable cases over the year.

Among state and local government workers in New York, about 69,000 injury and illness cases were reported in 2012. That's a rate of 7 cases per 100 full-time workers. Nationally, the rate was 5.6.

Almost 78 percent of injuries and illnesses reported in New York's public sector occurred among local government workers.

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