Articles by Mary Esch

Lawsuit: Regulatory Commission Must Pay New York Flooding Costs

New York is seeking compensation for flood damage in Lake Ontario shoreline communities in a lawsuit against the international body that regulates waterways between the United States and Canada, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. Cuomo said the International …

Federal Preliminary Report on New York Limo Crash Offers No Cause Yet

The National Transportation Safety Board’s probe of a fatal limousine crash in upstate New York has not yet identified a cause, according to a preliminary report released Monday, after weeks of wrangling between federal inspectors and a local prosecutor over …

Judge Seeks to End Standoff Over NTSB Access to Crashed Limo in New York

Federal safety inspectors went to court to remove a roadblock in their investigation of a limousine crash that killed 20 people nearly four months ago. Schoharie County Judge George Bartlett heard arguments Tuesday over National Transportation Safety Board access to …

Marijuana Advocates Urge New York to Make It Legal, Affordable

Marijuana advocates told a New York panel considering legalization that it should be affordable and accessible to everyone rather than enriching corporate producers and state tax coffers. Of about 30 people who spoke at the first of 15 “listening sessions” …

New York Seeks Dismissal of NRA Suit Claiming ‘Blacklisting’

The National Rifle Association is suffering grave financial harm that threatens its ability to pursue its advocacy mission because of a “blacklisting” campaign by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York regulators, the gun rights group said in a federal lawsuit. …

New York Accountant Admits Stealing $3M from Grain Shipper

A corporate accountant in New York admitted Monday to stealing at least $3.1 million from agribusiness giant Cargill, Inc., and causing $25 million in losses to the privately held company’s grain shipping operations at the Port of Albany. Diane Backis, …

N.Y. Officially Bans Fracking, Ending 7-Year Environmental, Health Review

New York formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas on Monday, concluding a seven-year environmental and health review that drew a record number of public comments. “After years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and …

New York Will Move to Prohibit Fracking

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prevent fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique. New York Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said Wednesday that he was recommending …

Neighbors Help Neighbors in Flood-scoured New York Town

Friends, family, and total strangers are grabbing shovels, mops and buckets to help shopkeepers clear debris left by flooding and salvage whatever they can in mountain villages ravaged by Irene’s deluge in upstate New York. In the Catskill Mountain ski …

Nearly 200 Animals Die in Upstate New York Barn Fire

A woman who lost about 200 farm animals in an upstate New York barn fire blames the disaster on a propane heater she had set up to protect newborn and pregnant sheep and goats from subzero cold. Robin Dillenbeck, sitting …