News from the Associated Press - June 16, 2014

Associated Press
June 16, 2014

4 upstate casino proposals receive local approval

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Four more upstate New York casino proposals have received approval from local officials.

Wilmorite on Friday thanked officials in the town of Tyre in Seneca County for approving a resolution supporting a casino that would be built near Thruway Exit 41.

Caesars Entertainment thanked the village of Woodbury for supporting its proposed casino in Orange County, about 60 miles from Manhattan. Also in Orange County, the Middletown Times Herald Record reports that Genting Americas won approval from the Montgomery town board for a proposed casino off Route 17K and Interstate 84.

In the Albany area, the East Greenbush town board endorsed a casino proposal from Saratoga Casino and Gaming and Churchill Downs Inc.

Local approval is required for casino applicants.

Applications for the four casino licenses are due June 30.


Deal will re-energize western New York power plant

DUNKIRK, N.Y. (AP) — State regulators have approved a deal that will re-energize a western New York power plant.

The state Public Service Commission authorized repowering the Dunkirk power plant using natural gas instead of coal.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the $140 million agreement between National Grid and NRG assures its operation for 10 years with added capability to generate 435 megawatts of power.

The refueled facility south of Buffalo is expected to begin operations in the fall of 2015.


Top Republican wants heroin legislation passed

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's top Republican wants the Democratic-led Assembly to act on legislation to curb the growth of heroin use in the state.

Sen. Dean Skelos says Friday that Assembly leaders should consider 23 bills that his chamber passed earlier in the week before session ends on Thursday.

Some Democrats have been hesitant about some of the bills, saying it takes the state back to an era of failed drug laws and doesn't treat addiction as a public health issue.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday an additional 100 state troopers have been assigned to narcotics enforcement efforts around the state. But he has yet to sign a bill that would make it easier for law enforcement to administer a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses.


NY Assembly votes to outlaw ivory sales

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers have endorsed a plan to criminalize the sale of ivory in an effort to protect elephants and rhinos.

The legislation would make exceptions for antiques or items containing ivory that are used for scientific or educational purposes.

The state's Assembly endorsed the measure on Wednesday. Similar legislation is pending in the state Senate.

The Wildlife Conservation Society cheered the passage of the bill in the Assembly and called on the Senate to follow suit. The organization says New York is the nation's Number 1 importer of ivory.

Lawmakers are expected to adjourn their session on Thursday.

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