Tuesday, June 27, 2017


$90 million Lake Ontario flood relief bill stalls

High winds create big wave along the break wall on Ontario Lake in Oswego in March (Dennis Nett | dnett@syracuse.com)


Niagara Gazette & Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he won’t sign a $90 million relief package related to Lake Ontario flooding until changes are made to the bill. The bill, which passed the Assembly and Senate with unanimous support June 19, would provide relief funds to those affected by record-high Lake Ontario water levels. “We are still working through that bill,” Cuomo said, “but we have programs that are currently operational. I believe we have a three-way agreement on that bill.”


Chesapeake Bay restoration 'largely on track'


Maryland and Virginia are largely on pace in their cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay, according to a top environmental group. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's annual assessment also applauded Virginia's progress but called on Pennsylvania to make good on its pledge last year to "reboot" its cleanup strategy after years of foot-dragging. The bay is beginning to show signs of bouncing back. Nitrogen levels are down 54 percent over the past decade.


U.S. mayors may shape national climate policy

AP & New York Times

With the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, national policy on climate change will emerge from U.S. cities, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at the annual U.S. Conferences of Mayors meeting in Miami Beach. Also at the conference, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg rolled out a $200 million philanthropic program for inventive city policies.