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New York Among Top 25 Best States, Brand-New Ranking Says: Here's Why New York Among Top 25 Best States, Brand-New Ranking Says: Here's Why
New York Among Top 25 Best States, Brand-New Ranking Says: Here's Why New York continues to rank among the top 25 best states in the country. The Empire State came in at No. 23 – down slightly from No. 20 last year – on the 2024 Best States list by U.S. News & World Report, released Tuesday, May 7. Rankings were determined using 71 metrics across eight categories, including fiscal stability, infrastructure, education, health care, and the economy. Data was pulled from national surveys taken by nearly 70,000 people. New York made the top 10 for natural environment and health care, coming in at No. 5 and No. 8, respectively, while placing No. 12 in educat…
After The Quake: All NY State Agencies To Review Infrastructure, Assess Potential For Damage After The Quake: All NY State Agencies To Review Infrastructure, Assess Potential For Damage
After The Quake: All NY State Agencies To Review Infrastructure, Assess Potential For Damage All state agencies in New York will review critical infrastructure and assess the potential for damage following an earthquake and multiple aftershocks.  Gov. Kathy Hochul made that announcement as the US Geological Survey has detected at least 25 aftershocks in Central New Jersey, many of which have been felt in New York and across the region, following the original 4.8 magnitude quake at 10:23 a.m. Friday, April 5. “My top priority is keeping people safe, and I have directed state personnel to take all necessary precautions following yesterday's historic earthquake,” Hochul said. “At…
Replacement Work To Close Hudson Valley Bridge, Restrict Roadway Access Replacement Work To Close Hudson Valley Bridge, Restrict Roadway Access
Replacement Work To Close Hudson Valley Bridge, Restrict Roadway Access Replacement work of a bridge will restrict access to a busy Hudson Valley roadway. The Orange County project begins Monday, March 11 with the closure of the Walsh Road Bridge which carries Walsh Road over the Quassaick Creek in the area between the City of Newburgh and the Town of New Windsor. City officials said the Walsh Road Bridge will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrians starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, until further notice.  Vehicles should follow detour signs posted in the construction area. Please avoid the use of Walsh Road in this area and obey al…
Thruway Would Get New Exit Under Proposal From County Legislator To Improve ‘Quality Of Life' Thruway Would Get New Exit Under Proposal From County Legislator To Improve ‘Quality Of Life'
Thruway Would Get New Exit Under Proposal From County Legislator To Improve ‘Quality Of Life' Drivers could soon see a new exit on the New York State Thruway. Albany County Legislator Zach Collins is asking Gov. Kathy Hochul to approve construction of a new exit on I-87 in the town of Coeymans. In a letter sent to Hochul’s office Thursday, Dec. 14, Collins said increased industrial traffic regularly clogs State Routes 143 and 144, “causing significant quality of life issues for residents in Coeymans and Ravena.” Because of the town’s location, large commercial vehicles must use the state routes to reach Thruway exits 22 to the north and 21B to the south. “The large amount of truck…
Thruway Pavement Upgrades Completed In Rockland, Orange Counties Thruway Pavement Upgrades Completed In Rockland, Orange Counties
Thruway Pavement Upgrades Completed In Rockland, Orange Counties After more than six months of work and road closures, the paving upgrades to the New York State Thruway are complete in the Hudson Valley. Gov, Kathy Hochul announced Thursday, Nov. 30, the completion of the $44.6 million pavement improvement project on I-87 in a critical corridor spanning Rockland and Orange counties used by approximately 92,000 vehicles daily. Overseen by the Thruway Authority, the work covered nearly 10 miles between exit 15, New Jersey - I-287 - NJ Route 17 South, in the Town of Ramapo in western Rockland County to the Town of Tuxedo in southern Orange County. “This st…
Here's Where NY Ranks Among Best States In US, And Why Here's Where NY Ranks Among Best States In US, And Why
Here's Where NY Ranks Among Best States In US, And Why A brand-new report ranks all 50 states from top to bottom based on a variety of factors. U.S. News & World Report released its annual best states rankings on Tuesday, May 2, and New York came in at -- drumroll, please -- No. 20. Rankings were based on statistics in several categories, including economy, crime, health care, infrastructure, and education. A total of 48.8 percent of New Yorkers are college educated, the report said. New York has a median income of $43,462 and a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of just over $2 billion. Utah is the top-ranked state in the rankings. …
Hudson Valley Highways To Benefit From $100M In Funding For Paving Projects Hudson Valley Highways To Benefit From $100M In Funding For Paving Projects
Hudson Valley Highways To Benefit From $100M In Funding For Paving Projects Several highways in New York that have been impacted by severe weather are set to undergo major facelifts thanks to millions of dollars in state funding being made available. A total of $100 million in funding has been released to cover repaving projects at 64 locations across the state, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office announced Wednesday, Feb. 8. The projects add up to nearly 520 lane miles of pavement. In touting the funding, Hochul’s office said the projects will enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers while making roads safer and promoting local commerce. "We are making historic i…
Here's How Much Tappan Zee Bridge Toll Could Increase If NY Thruway Proposal Takes Effect Here's How Much Tappan Zee Bridge Toll Could Increase If NY Thruway Proposal Takes Effect
Here's How Much Tappan Zee Bridge Toll Could Increase If NY Thruway Proposal Takes Effect It could soon cost more to drive on the New York State Thruway, and that includes the Tappan Zee Bridge. The New York State Thruway Authority's (NYSTA) board of directors will meet Monday, Dec. 5, to consider a proposed toll hike that would begin in 2024, WIVB in Buffalo reports.  Tolls would increase by 5 percent for E-ZPass customers in 2024 and 5 percent again in 2027, according to the outlet.  Those with out-of-state E-ZPasses or who are paying by mail would pay 75 percent more than the tolls for New York E-ZPass holders. That’s up considerably compared to the current 15 percent dif…
'Safety, Resiliency': $60.5M In Hudson Valley Bridge Upgrade Projects Completed 'Safety, Resiliency': $60.5M In Hudson Valley Bridge Upgrade Projects Completed
'Safety, Resiliency': $60.5M In Hudson Valley Bridge Upgrade Projects Completed Two major bridge upgrade projects totaling $60.5 million in the Hudson Valley have been successfully completed.  According to an announcement by the New York Department of Transportation on Monday, Nov. 21, the two upgrade projects include:  A $48 million replacement of a bridge in Mount Vernon that carries East Lincoln Avenue over the Hutchinson River Parkway and Hutchinson River;  A $12.5 million project in Orange County that replaced one bridge and rehabilitated three others in Wawayanda that carry Interstate 84 over the Monhagen Creek and McVeigh Road.&nbs…
$15 Million Bridge Replacement Projects Complete In Hudson Valley $15 Million Bridge Replacement Projects Complete In Hudson Valley
$15 Million Bridge Replacement Projects Complete In Hudson Valley State officials announced the completion of bridge replacement projects that cost a total of about $15 million in the Hudson Valley. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the completion of the projects to replace the US Route 6 Bridge in Putnam County and the State Route 209 Bridge in Ulster County on Tuesday, June 28. Hochul said the $10.9 million project in Brewster to replace the US Route 6 Bridge over Metro-North Railroad's Harlem River Line creates a direct intersection with Michael Neuner Drive, fulfilling a goal to improve downtown access to Brewster's western neighborhoods.  The $4…
Cashless Tolling Starts At Bridge In Hudson Valley Cashless Tolling Starts At Bridge In Hudson Valley
Cashless Tolling Starts At Bridge In Hudson Valley A new cashless tolling option has been implemented for drivers traveling on a busy Hudson Valley bridge that connects Dutchess and Ulster counties. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Tuesday, March 1 that the Mid-Hudson Bridge connecting Highland in Ulster County and Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County has become the latest in the region to go cashless. Related story - New Cashless Tolls Coming To Westchester: Here's When, Where Motorists will no longer have to wait at the gate to pay or scan their E-Z Pass. Instead, sensors will read the car’s EZ-Pass, or a photo will be taken and …
$23.6 Bridge Replacement Project Completed In Area $23.6 Bridge Replacement Project Completed In Area
$23.6 Bridge Replacement Project Completed In Area A $23.6 million project to replace a bridge in the Hudson Valley is now complete. The State Route 28 bridge in Ulster County over the Esopus Creek in the Hamlet of Mount Tremper has been redesigned, according to an announcement from Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday, Nov. 3. "As we continue to recover from the pandemic, more and more New Yorkers and tourists are seeking outdoor activities, especially in areas like beautiful Ulster County," Hochul said. "This project maintains uninterrupted access to fishing sites, hiking trails, and other area destinations and is yet another example of pr…
$23.6 Million Bridge Construction Project Completed In Area $23.6 Million Bridge Construction Project Completed In Area
$23.6 Million Bridge Construction Project Completed In Area A $23.6 million project to replace and rehabilitate bridges along a busy area roadway has been completed. The goal of the project on Route 9W in Orange County was to enhance safety and improve travel along the highway in the towns of New Windsor, Cornwall, and Highlands, the state has announced. The state reported that the replaced bridges include: The River Road bridge over Route 9W, Town of New Windsor The Route 9W bridge over Quaker Avenue, Town of Cornwall The Willow Avenue bridge over Route 9W, Town of Cornwall The Angola Road bridge over Route 9W bridge, Town of Cornwall The refurbi…
Storm Ida: Nine Deaths Now Reported In NY, Recovery Effort Update Storm Ida: Nine Deaths Now Reported In NY, Recovery Effort Update
Storm Ida: Nine Deaths Now Reported In NY, Recovery Effort Update Gov. Kathy Hochul gave New Yorkers an update on the state's recovery efforts after Tropical Depression Ida carved a destructive path through the region, with record rainfall and nine reported deaths in the state.  Hochul gave the update during a news conference on Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Great Neck Long Island Rail Road station in Nassau County.  Hochul said the Port Washington Line was disrupted and workers and trying to restore the tracks so they'll be safe again. "What we saw last night was nothing short of unprecedented. I cannot imagine a community having gone through …
Shake Shack, Chick-fil-A Among New Eateries Coming To NY Thruway Service Areas Shake Shack, Chick-fil-A Among New Eateries Coming To NY Thruway Service Areas
Shake Shack, Chick-fil-A Among New Eateries Coming To NY Thruway Service Areas Some popular, prominent restaurants are coming to New York State Thruway rest stops as part of a multi-million project to redevelop more than two dozen service stations. Beginning on Thursday, July 29, construction will begin on a $450 million project to develop 27 service areas on the Thruway, officials announced this week. As of July 29, 10 services areas will be temporarily closed to begin the first phase of the project, though fuel service will remain available at all locations during construction. Restaurants planned to open at the service stations include: Shake Shack; Panera; Pop…
Swatch Of Ocean Off Long Island's South Shore Could Become Biden Administration Wind Zone Swatch Of Ocean Off Long Island's South Shore Could Become Biden Administration Wind Zone
Swatch Of Ocean Off Long Island's South Shore Could Become Biden Administration Wind Zone President Joe Biden’s administration is planning a massive “wind energy area” in the New York Bight between the South Shore of Long Island and the New Jersey coast. According to reports, in an effort to make his lofty goal of making the nation's electricity sector carbon neutral by 2035, Biden’s administration is set to start selling leases in the area to promote clean energy. According to reports, constructing the offshore turbines would create approximately 32,000 jobs between 2022 and 2030 with 6,000 permanent jobs when the project is complete.

 “President Biden believes we have an eno…
258-Acre Former IBM Property For Sale In Hudson Valley 258-Acre Former IBM Property For Sale In Hudson Valley
258-Acre Former IBM Property For Sale In Hudson Valley A massive 258-acre campus that once was occupied by IBM in the Hudson Valley has been put on the market. McGrath Realty announced that the former IBM facility in Kingston, which was first built in the 1950s, is up for sale, “offering plenty of opportunities” for a potential buyer. “The property was built in the 1950s by IBM,” realtors said. “What IBM built and left behind is a level of infrastructure that would be difficult to replicate and that is more than sufficient for any contemporary use. “The site’s ample supply of power, water, fiber communications trunks, and other industrial-grad…
Cuomo Touts Infrastructure Plan That Is 'Largest In Nation' Cuomo Touts Infrastructure Plan That Is 'Largest In Nation'
Cuomo Touts Infrastructure Plan That Is 'Largest In Nation' In his fourth and final “State of the State” address, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out a $306 billion infrastructure plan that he’s touting as the “largest in the nation.” After tackling the war on COVID-19, the short-term future of New York’s economy, and the growing green economy statewide in addresses delivered last week, Cuomo discussed massive projects proposed for the state’s infrastructure as they “invest in the future of New York.” “I sit in the office and live in the home occupied at one time by FDR,” Cuomo said on Thursday, Jan. 14. “Part of Roosevelt's genius was that he und…
Photos: LaGuardia Airport Unveils Big Part Of $8 Billion Facelift Photos: LaGuardia Airport Unveils Big Part Of $8 Billion Facelift
Photos: LaGuardia Airport Unveils Big Part Of $8 Billion Facelift State officials officially opened the brand-new Terminal B Arrivals and Departures Hall at LaGuardia Airport as they continue making progress on the $8 billion facelift of the oft-mocked airport. On Wednesday, June 10, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Rick Cotton, the Executive Director fo the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey were on hand at the new terminal to officially open the 850,000-square-foot, four-story terminal in Queens. “LaGuardia is the first new airport in the USA in 25 years … think of that. The last airport was in Denver in 1995,” Cuomo said, comparing renovating the air…
27 NY Thruway Plazas Set For $450M Overhaul: View Rendering Here 27 NY Thruway Plazas Set For $450M Overhaul: View Rendering Here
27 NY Thruway Plazas Set For $450M Overhaul: View Rendering Here As many are stuck inside their home due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, work is moving forward in the state on some important projects, including a new plan to update the New York State Thruway's 27 service plazas. The initiative to upgrade the plazas was first mentioned in by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his 2018 State of the State address. Since then, a $450 million plan has been launched to redevelop 27 service areas, many of which were built in the 1950s and others that haven't been updated since the 1990s, officials with the State Thruway Authority Board of Directors said. …
Connecticut Plan To Install I-684 Toll Sparks Backlash Among New Yorkers Connecticut Plan To Install I-684 Toll Sparks Backlash Among New Yorkers
Connecticut Plan To Install I-684 Toll Sparks Backlash Among New Yorkers Many New Yorkers are miffed at Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s proposal to install toll gantries on I-684, which would force some residents to have to pay a toll without traveling to or from the state. Lamont introduced his latest plan for statewide tolls, including one in a remote stretch of I-684 in Greenwich that will force motorists to pay, despite being in the state for only about one mile. The roadway is the only way to pass the area in either direction, forcing New Yorkers to pay the toll. According to a Middletown Press report, in response, angry area elected officials are banding tog…
I-87 South Broadway On-Ramp To Close Following Morning Rush In Rockland I-87 South Broadway On-Ramp To Close Following Morning Rush In Rockland
I-87 South Broadway On-Ramp To Close Following Morning Rush In Rockland Motorists will have access to the New York State Thruway in Rockland County at the newly reconfigured Interchange 10, which will allow access at Route 9W and Hillside Avenue in South Nyack. The new traffic pattern permits riders of the Hudson Link bus service to use two new stops on South Franklin Street Extension, replacing the current stops at Clinton Avenue and South Broadway. The New York State Thruway Authority is ahead of schedule and officially opened up the newly reconfigured Interchange 10 on Wednesday, Oct. 9, a day earlier than originally planned. From South Nyack, motorists wil…
More People Are Leaving NYC Than Any Other US City, New Report Says More People Are Leaving NYC Than Any Other US City, New Report Says
More People Are Leaving NYC Than Any Other US City, New Report Says The mass exodus of New Yorkers leaving New York City has hit a record pace. According to new reports, as many as 277 people are leaving New York City each day, leading all U.S. metro areas, and more than double the number recorded last year. Los Angeles and Chicago were second and third on the list, with 201 and 161 residents reportedly leaving each day. The data came from the 2018 Ceneus data on migration in the largest 100 cities in the country. Between July 2017 and July 2018, New York lost 180,306 people and gained 131,746 new residents. A difference of 48,560 abandoned New York — the …
$23.6M Bridge Construction Project Starts In Area $23.6M Bridge Construction Project Starts In Area
$23.6M Bridge Construction Project Starts In Area Orange County’s construction project to replace or rehabilitate seven bridges has officially begun as of Thursday, August 1, according to New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez. The $23.6 million project will rehabilitate four bridges and replace three others along Route 9W in an effort to improve safety and enhance ease of travel throughout the towns of New Windsor, Cornwall and Highlands in Orange County. “This project is part of Governor Cuomo’s unprecedented commitment to building a 21st Century transportation infrastructure that improves qualit…
Plan Calls For Cutting Thousands Of MTA Jobs In First Significant Layoff Since 2010 Plan Calls For Cutting Thousands Of MTA Jobs In First Significant Layoff Since 2010
Plan Calls For Cutting Thousands Of MTA Jobs In First Significant Layoff Since 2010 A new reorganization plan from the MTA may lead to the loss of as many as 2,700 jobs. Consulting group AlixPartners released a new report stating that the new reorganization plan may leave thousands out of work, while saving the MTA upwards of $350 to $500 million annually. It would be the MTA's first significant round of layoffs since 2010. Under the plan, as many as 1,900 to 2,700 jobs may be eliminated, including some through mass layoffs - though officials note the process could take at least two years to implement. The proposal represents approximately a 4 percent decrease in the …
Final Section Of Old Tappan Zee Bridge Being Removed Final Section Of Old Tappan Zee Bridge Being Removed
Final Section Of Old Tappan Zee Bridge Being Removed A group of government officials and project managers joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo as they watched the last sections of the old Tappan Zee Bridge being removed on Friday, May 10. Cuomo, standing on a boat to watch the bridge parts being removed, said the removal marks the final milestone for what has been one of the "really great projects to be part of," but added, laughing, that "None of it was easy." The last span, which weighs in at 11 million pounds, is being held on four columns as it is being dismantled by workers and then lowered onto barges below with the help of the heavy-duty supe…
New Round Of Lane Closures Scheduled On I-87/I-287 Near Tappan Zee Bridge New Round Of Lane Closures Scheduled On I-87/I-287 Near Tappan Zee Bridge
New Round Of Lane Closures Scheduled On I-87/I-287 Near Tappan Zee Bridge There will be a new round of lane closures for several days on the New York State Thruway as contracting crews continue work near the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Tappan Zee Constructors announced that they will continue roadway improvements near the new Tappan Zee Bridge, which will require single-lane closures on I-87/I-287. Beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 5, there will be one southbound lane closed from exit 11 to the bridge. The closures are expected to end each day at approximately 4 p.m. There will be no lane closures over the weekend, though they will resume on Monday, April 8 t…
You May Soon Have To Pay $10 To Drive Into Manhattan Under New Congestion Pricing Plan You May Soon Have To Pay $10 To Drive Into Manhattan Under New Congestion Pricing Plan
You May Soon Have To Pay $10 To Drive Into Manhattan Under New Congestion Pricing Plan Driving in Manhattan has always been a frustrating endeavor. It may about to become more costly, as well. New York State lawmakers have expressed support for a “congestion pricing” plan, which could charge motorists a fee to enter certain parts of Manhattan. The proposal comes as the city faces a massive shortfall in funds to repair Manhattan’s subway system and improve infrastructure. If approved, motorists would be charged when their vehicle entered the most frequented spots in Manhattan, according to reports released this week. It is estimated that it may cost more than $10 to drive fro…
Roadwork Alert: New Round Of Lane Closures Set For I-87, I-287 Near TZB Roadwork Alert: New Round Of Lane Closures Set For I-87, I-287 Near TZB
Roadwork Alert: New Round Of Lane Closures Set For I-87, I-287 Near TZB There will be single lane closures near the Tappan Zee Bridge as contracting crews continue roadway improvement efforts in the area. Tappan Zee Constructors announced that from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 8, there will be single lane closures on the Westchester-bound New York State Thruway. The closures will span from exit 10 to exit 8A southbound. There will be no lane closures over the weekend, which will resume daily from Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 15. The scope of the work will include removing material from the Hudson River following the demolition of the old Tappan…
Lane Closures Scheduled During Roadwork Near Tappan Zee Bridge Lane Closures Scheduled During Roadwork Near Tappan Zee Bridge
Lane Closures Scheduled During Roadwork Near Tappan Zee Bridge There will be single lane closures near the Tappan Zee Bridge as contracting crews continue roadway improvement efforts in the area. Tappan Zee Constructors announced that from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 1, there will be single lane closures on the Rockland-bound New York State Thruway. The closures will span from exit 8 to exit 10 on the Thruway. There will be no lane closures over the weekend, which will resume daily from Monday, March 4 through Friday, March 8. The scope of the work will include removing material from the Hudson River following the demolition of the old Tappan Ze…
10-Point Plan To 'Transform' MTA Unveiled By Cuomo, de Blasio 10-Point Plan To 'Transform' MTA Unveiled By Cuomo, de Blasio
10-Point Plan To 'Transform' MTA Unveiled By Cuomo, de Blasio Elected officials in New York have reached an agreement on a new plan to “transform” travel in the state. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have introduced a 10-point proposal to transform the MTA and create “dedicated and sustained funding streams for the agency.” The plan includes “congestion” tolling and a reorganization of the MTA. The proposal would see tolls vary based on the time of day, with the prices being set next year and introduced in 2021. According to reports, the lawmakers have suggested that some of the resulting tax revenue from potentially …