AROUND THE COUNTY
By Edie Johnson
Important decisions affecting Orange County residents at the county and state level.
Orange County Airport awarded $1.3 million grant through state’s Aviation Capital Grant Program Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus announced on Monday that the County’s Airport has been awarded $1.3 million dollars for a corporate storage hangar through Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Aviation Capital Grant Program, which supports safety, infrastructure, and economic development.
A Plan to Change New York Tax Law To Offset New Code New York state would end income taxes on wage earners and make up the revenue with an employer payroll tax that’s federally deductible as part of a restructuring plan that Governor Andrew Cuomo is recommending to mitigate harmful effects of the new U.S. tax code. The new federal law limits deductions for individuals’ state and local taxes — raising levies 25 percent on all New Yorkers, no matter where they live, Cuomo said Tuesday. The federal changes could push residents and businesses out of state, the Democratic governor said as he presented a budget for the next fiscal year. “We’re doing everything we can to thwart the effects of the federal plan,” Cuomo said. “This is going to be the most difficult challenge that we’ve had to take on because it’s the most complicated, but I have no doubt that this is the fight of New York’s future.”
FEDERAL RULING AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION PIPELINE
“No corporation should be allowed to endanger our natural resources, and the Constitution Pipeline represented a threat to our water quality and our environment. I commend the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for ruling in favor of New York’s efforts to prevent this project from moving forward.
Early January Utility Usage Highest On Record
Both Central Hudson and Orange & Rockland Utility Companies which serve Orange County reported the highest utility usage by county residents in their history, for both gas and electric, in this area during last weekend’s cold spell.
New York will study whether it’s plausible to legalize marijuana for recreational use as neighboring states move ahead with it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week. Cuomo called on lawmakers to approve funding for a feasibility study as part of his annual state budget address, where he laid out his spending proposal for the coming year.The study would examine the effect of legalization in Massachusetts, Vermont and possibly New Jersey would have on New York and what types of potential roadblocks could exist if the state were to relax its marijuana laws, Cuomo’s announcement comes after at least nine states and Washington D.C. have legalized small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. That includes two of New York’s neighboring states: Massachusetts, whose voters approved legalized pot in 2016, and Vermont, where lawmakers voted in favor if it
New York raises the age of criminal responsibility under the new so called “Raise the Age” initiative. The reform, signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, states 16- and 17-year-olds will no longer be prosecuted as adult criminals. The age will change to 17 next year and to 18 the year after. It now directs minors who commit misdemeanors to family court and creates a special youth court for felonies.
GOVERNOR CUOMO ISSUES LETTER CALLING ON U.S. SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR RYAN ZINKE TO EXEMPT NEW YORK FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING PLAN
Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke calling on him to exempt New York from the Department of the Interior’s draft plan to expand offshore drilling off the Atlantic Coast.
GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES DEPLOYMENT OF FIRST STATE POLICE AERIAL DRONES
Unmanned Aerial System Program will be Used to Enhance Public Safety, Assist in Natural Disaster Response . Program Provides Significant Cost and Safety Advantages Compared to Manned State Police Aircraft in Certain Emergency Situations