News from the Associated Press - July 16, 2014

Associated Press
July 16, 2014

NY invests $135M in nanotech initiative with GE

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (AP) - New York state is teaming with General Electric and other companies on a $500 million initiative to spur research and development in miniature electronic components.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt on Tuesday at the Fairfield, Connecticut, company's upstate research center to announce the manufacturing consortium. The state will invest $135 million, with GE and other private companies expected to contribute the remaining $365 million.

The work will focus on innovative materials to make smaller semiconductors for computers and technology used in many industries including solar power, healthcare and aviation.

The partnership will be based at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany but will involve companies and university researchers from around the state.

Cuomo says the consortium will create thousands of jobs upstate.


NY Gov. Cuomo raises $8.5M for re-election

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has raised another $8.5 million for his re-election, adding to a campaign account that now boasts a balance of more than $35 million.

Cuomo's campaign disclosed the numbers Tuesday, which was the deadline for candidates to file their six-month finance reports with the state.

The Democratic governor reported $6.8 million in campaign expenses over that time. He already had $33 million in his account when the filing period began in January.

Cuomo's Republican opponent, meanwhile, has much less to work with. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino raised $3.4 million in the past six months to give his campaign a balance of $2.4 million.


CSX: 20-35 oil trains weekly cross 17 NY counties

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - CSX Transportation says it hauls an average of 20 to 35 trains a week loaded with crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region across 17 upstate New York counties en route to coastal refineries.

Canadian Pacific says it hauls an average of five to nine crude oil trains a week through five counties from the Canadian border to Schoharie County.

The information was released to The Associated Press Tuesday by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services in response to a Freedom of Information Law request.

The U.S. Department of Transportation in May ordered railroads to give state officials specifics on oil train routes so emergency responders can better prepare for accidents.

New York officials declined requests from CSX and Canadian Pacific to avoid public disclosure of the information.


Pa. Fish & Boat agency seeks gas drilling funds

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission says its officers are struggling to monitor possible violations at Marcellus Shale gas drilling sites.

Executive director John Arway says Tuesday they would like an additional $1 million to hire seven more officers for that task, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. The commission previously asked the legislature for the funding and didn't get it.

The chief of the agency's law enforcement bureau says they are already short 16 waterways conservation officers, and that many drilling violations don't get investigated.

Officers who stock fish and perform boating safety patrols only investigate pollution incidents reported to that commission. The Department of Environmental Protection monitors many other aspects of oil and gas production.

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