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Beacon City Council approves municipal ID card program

Beacon City Council approves municipal ID card program

The City of Beacon is the fourth city in the Mid-Hudson to approval a municipal identification program for all of its residents. The program, advanced by the group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, has already been approved in the cities of Poughkeepsie, Middletown and Kingston. Municipal IDs will guarantee every resident an identification card regardless of immigration status, homeownership status, criminal record or gender identity, aids in entry into public buildings such as schools, applying for certain jobs and establishing a bank account. The program has its detractors, however. Beacon...

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Houses of worship take advantage of program that helps them afford solar power

Houses of worship take advantage of program that helps them afford solar power

The program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot initiative offers discounted installation rates for churches, synagogues and mosques. God said "Let there be light," but didn’t say how his flock could cost-effectively harness the power to generate it. Now, more Long Island houses of worship are doing that with the help of the sun and a specially designed initiative. Solar panel installations have been cost-prohibitive for many local churches, synagogues and mosques, whose donation-based budgets can make coming up with a down payment a challenge, and whose tax-exempt status...

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Advocates Renew Call for People’s Commissioner on PSC

Advocates Renew Call for People’s Commissioner on PSC

June 12, 2017 NEW YORK – Consumer advocates have renewed their call for a people's commissioner to serve on the state's Public Service Commission. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has chosen nominees for two of the three vacant seats on the PSC: John Rhodes, the current head of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and Phil Wilcox, business representative for IBEW Local 97, a labor union. Now Ceci Pineda, resiliency training and policy coordinator for the social services group Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), wants the governor to fill the final seat with someone who will...

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Another Voice: We need to transition to a clean energy future

Another Voice: We need to transition to a clean energy future

June 7, 2017   Following the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced several encouraging initiatives that will help keep New York State at the front lines in the fight against climate change. The governor has joined with the governors of California and Washington in forming the U.S. Climate Alliance to meet the Paris goals. And as part of a new Clean Climate Careers Initiative, the governor has pledged up to $1.5 billion for mass deployment of energy efficiency and renewables, and the creation of...

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