New York’s rivers and lakes are still a dumping ground for polluters…and some of the worst are here in Upstate New York. That’s the assessment of the research group “Environment New York.” Their new report “Wasting Our Waters” points at Anheuser-Busch in Baldwinsville for dumping 1.4 million pounds of toxic waste into the Oswego River in 2010.
It also notes Eastman Kodak had the most discharges by toxicity with 12,000 pounds of toxic compounds released into the Genesee River. Environment New York Director Heather Leibowitz wants to see practices change.
Senate Republicans have a new strategy in what’s shaping up to be an election battle for control of the State Senate. They say now that a group of breakaway Democrats is abandoning them and rejoining the rest of the Democrats, the Senate will be dominated by New York City liberals who won’t care about Upstate and Long Island.
Lawyer Graig Zappia says an employee who might be fired for using medical marijuana has no protection under federal statutes like the Americans With Disabilities Act. But, he says, the employee likely has recourse under state laws.
Zappia says both sides have to be wary of anything that might infringe on the rights of others. He says medical marijuana also introduces liabilities for doctors participating in the program. Zappia says health care providers will have to be very certain to just whom they’re prescribing the medication so they don’t run afoul of the law.
A number of restaurant owners from around the Syracuse Area were pretty mad at seeing a dip in their business blamed largely on a government decision. Al Barbagallo and his family have run Barbagallo’s Restaurant for 38 years and he shared his feelings.
“Anger…because small businesses employ 95% of the people in this country. Why should somebody get a tax break that I can’t get, why should the empire zone get a tax break or why should Destiny get a tax break.”