News from the Associated Press - January 7, 2014

Associated Press
January 7, 2014

OSHA to hold public meeting on IBM study

ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is holding a public meeting later this month to discuss results of the first comprehensive government study of cancer rates among employees in the circuit board manufacturing industry.

The NIOSH study of job-related mortality and cancer among more than 34,000 former IBM workers in upstate New York found the total number of deaths from all causes and all cancers combined were lower than what would be expected from the general population. The workers were employed at IBM in Endicott between 1969 and 2011.

However, the Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin says the report found that deaths from specific types of cancer, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, mesothelioma, rectal cancer and testicular cancer were more frequent in some groups than would be expected.


Cuomo proposes simplifying NY tax code

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to simplify New York's tax code.

The governor wants to rid the code of provisions he calls a nuisance, such as the boxing and wrestling exhibitions tax, a tax on agricultural cooperatives and the stock transfer tax.

The proposals are part of a larger tax effort unveiled Monday that includes corporate income tax cuts and property tax freezes.

Cuomo says he also wants to raise the threshold for the filing of a personal income tax return from $4,000 to the level of the taxpayer's standard deduction. He said that would eliminate the need for 270,000 taxpayers to file a return.


Biden, Cuomo to discuss rebuilding after Sandy

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is set to visit the New York Capital and join Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a discussion of the state's rebuilding efforts following Superstorm Sandy.

The hurricane hit New York in late October 2012, flooding several parts of New York City and Long Island and destroying many homes and businesses.

The state has received federal disaster funds for relief and rebuilding, with an estimated $5.1 billion in the current fiscal year's budget.

Cuomo has promised to build stronger, more storm-resistent infrastructure, saying once infrequent storms have been happening more often.

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