Mountain Lake Journal - September 20, 2013
CBP Cuts: Homeland security is looking to move border protection jobs from its air fleet based in Plattsburgh to the southern border. 5 jobs are being reassigned by the end of this year, with more planned over the next 3-5 years. New York Congressman Bill Owens says moving any jobs from the northern border would be a mistake, and will try to convince customs and border protection to reconsider.
Drone Testing: New York Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing for the FAA to choose upstate New York as a site to design, develop and test unmanned aircraft. Schumer says it would provide thousands of jobs and be a huge economic boost to the central New York region -- where drones are already piloted by remote control from the national guard base at Hancock Field in Syracuse -- and beyond.
Land Swap: NYCO minerals, a mining company in the Adirondacks, wants to do a land swap with the state to gain access to a decade’s worth of the mineral wollastonite. It’s a move NYCO says will keep a hundred workers on the job for years to come. But the deal will require the approval of voter statewide on election day because the land involved in the exchange lies within the state forest preserve. Supporters say the mine provides high-paying jobs in a region where there are few. But opponents don’t see a public need. To learn more visit nycominerals.com or adirondackwild.org.
Colleges As Economic Engines: For this week’s roundtable, how our 2 SUNY schools are helping to drive the economy. The topic is the subject of a new book by guest Jason Lane from the Rockefeller Institute of government in Albany, and will be the focus of a public forum at Clinton Community College September 26th. To learn more visit clinton.edu or rockinst.org.
Scenic View: A ride on the rails with a view. Amtrak rolls out an old favorite, a vintage dome car along the route of the Amtrak Adirondack for leaf pepping along Lake Champlain. To learn more click here.