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Unshackle Upstate released its new five-point Economic Revitalization Agenda, Tuesday. Executive Director Brian Sampson says the tax reform proposal includes plans to reduce the income tax rate by 25% for people making $50,000 a year or less.

Demonstrators picket on a range of issues

Aug 23, 2013
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More than a dozen protestors rallied outside in a gated area across from Alumni Arena Thursday. Demonstrators were calling on the president to change his stance on a multitude of issues. The majority of protestors were there to urge the President to ban the controversial gas drilling practice known as hydrofracking.

The state’s environmental agency confirms it will miss a key deadline and delay approval of hydro-fracking in New York once again.

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State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher says she is waiting to hear more from the University at Buffalo on a controversial study of hydrofracking. 

Zimpher was responding to questions posed by Susan Arbetter on the statewide public radio show, "The Capitol Pressroom," heard locally on WBFO and AM 970. 

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Opponents of hydro-fracking continue to turn-up the heat on State Senator Mark Grisanti of Buffalo.  The anti-fracking advocated wants to see a state-wide ban on natural gas drilling approved.

Anti-hydro-fracking advocates converged on the state capitol in Albany Monday to lobby for a ban on the controversial drilling method. 

An estimated 600-people from across appeared to call on the state to ban hydro-fracking. "People turn out in droves from all corners of the state.  Buffalo Binghamton Rochester, Syracuse Ithaca  New York City, the Hudson Valley," said  Robert Moore is executive director of Environmental Advocates of New York.