The unsinkable David Paterson

The Gov. tells Don Imus this morning:

I'm black, I'm blind, and I'm still alive.

Rumors about a damning New York Times story about the Governor are flying in Albany, but the actual story has yet to materialize--prompting one Newsday columnist to quip about "news derivatives."

At this point, if the story ever comes out, it had better be able to sing and dance and get rid of ring around the collar. It's hard to imagine anything the Times prints could top the fables currently being spawned in the Albany fever swamps.


Rumble on the roads

Catskills Cycling blogger Michael Wentland is upset about a NY Dept. of Transportation proposal to put rumble strips on secondary roadways throughout the state.

The installation of these strips has already taken place along key corridors in some regions.  Bicycle races and Triathlon events are a real economic boost to many upstate communities, and the installation of rumble strips has already caused a few to cancel any future events because of the safety hazard the strips pose.

Also, here's a Colorado biking blog on why bicyclists and rumble strips don't mix well.


News flash: It's still winter

More snow is on its way. From the Catskill Chronicle:

Widespread snow will move into Northeast Pennsylvania, the Southern Tier of New York and portions of the Western Catskills late tonight and continue through the day Wednesday. Significant snow accumulations are expected across the Poconos region with lighter accumulations further north, before the snow winds down Wednesday night.

Also, it looks like Ulster County has a Twitter emergency alert service. (Pass the word! They've only got 9 followers, counting us!)



How much roadkill does upstate New York have?

45,000 mammals a year in St. Lawrence County alone. That works out to about a kill every other year for every person 18 and over in the county.

The number, an estimate based on a year's worth of weekly surveys of typical roads in the area, comes from a study in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation by a prof and a student at St. Lawrence University. Conservation Magazine has more:

The average observed roadkill rate was 3.8 mammals per 100 kilometers each week. But the actual number is probably five times higher, the team says, because the weekly surveys did not account for carcasses that were removed by scavengers between observations. For example, another experiment showed that squirrel carcasses usually disappeared after about two days.

According to a university profile, study coauthor Margot Brooks '08 likes to do other things besides drive around looking for dead raccoons.

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Day of reckoning for New Paltz middle school

The polls opened at noon today at the New Paltz High School for a vote on whether or not to approve a $50 million bond bill to renovate the Middle School. Temperatures have been rising steadily as the vote has approached, according to the New Paltz Times:

As the vote on the proposed $49.78 million bond to renovate the New Paltz Middle School looms on Tuesday, Feb. 9, letters to the editor are becoming more vitriolic, attacks more personal and lawn signs are multiplying.

Some of those letters to the editor are being reprinted on the websites of the groups that are both stumping for and rallying against the bond bill. New Paltz Middle School Yes!, a group with both a website and 409 fans on Facebook, featured a letter from Larry Braun: 



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