posted on February 01, 2012 07:16
State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, R-Clarence, who also represents all of Genesee County in Albany, wants $18-million for a high-tech business park in the Town of Alabama.
Michael Ranzenhofer is looking for a two-year commitment of $9-million each year for the STAMP project (Science, Technology and advanced Manufacturing Park).
Ranzenhofer says the project needs about $20-million to prepare what is now mostly farm land into shovel-ready sites for high tech manufacturing.
The 1,243-acre site was chosen for its access to the Thruway and utilities.
Republican Assemblyman Daniel Burling may have a primary fight on his hands this year as he tries to stay in office. Former East Aurora Mayor David DiPietro is expected to announce his candidacy for Burling's seat later this week. Such an announcement would set up a GOP primary battle later this year. Burling was first elected in 1998.
The State Senate has passed a bill that would expand New York's DNA database. Under the legislation, anyone convicted of a felony or misdemeanor would be required to submit DNA samples to the database. Supporters say such an expansion is critical since studies show people who commit serious crimes have also often committed lower-level misdemeanors in the past.
Congresswoman Kathy Hochul continues to push and try to save the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station from closure. Hochul has announced U.S. Customs and Border Protection plan to build a new facility at the base that would station up to one hundred border security agents. Officials are trying to make the base more diverse in the wake of news the Pentagon is calling on a reduction of the C-130 aircraft the station maintains, a move some worry could lead to the closing of the base.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick are agreeing to a friendly Super Bowl wager. If the Giants win, Patrick has agreed to send Cuomo clam chowder, 46 pies from the Pie Ladies" and 46 cases chips. Cuomo says he will donate the food to the Food Bank Association of New York State if he wins. If the Pats win, Cuomo will send Patrick 46 cases of New York-made Greek yogurt, 46-dozen bagels and 46 cheesecakes from Juniors of Brooklyn. Patrick says he will donate his winnings to Massachusetts food banks, as well.