Regional Briefs – February 14, 2016

NY Lawmakers Hold Black And Puerto Rican Conference

ALBANY – The State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators is hosting its annual conference, three days of seminars, receptions and networking. The Sunday night keynote address will be delivered by Donna Brazile, who managed Al Gore’s 2000 White House run.

Touro Among Private Colleges Given $35M in NY Grants

ALBANY – New York is allocating $35 million to help private colleges with campus repairs and upgrades. Among the more than two dozen schools is Touro College. To receive the money the institutions have to agree to spend $3 for every $1 of state money.

NY Authorizes $10 Million From Superfund For Hoosick Water

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday allocated $10 million from the state Superfund to plan a possible alternative water supply for a village where a toxic chemical has befouled the drinking water, The Associated Press reported. The state will also install water filtration systems for about 1,500 homes with private wells in Hoosick.

NYC Officials Decide It’s Too Cold for Ice Fest

NEW YORK – The annual Central Park Ice Festival scheduled for Saturday was canceled at the last minute … because it’s too cold, the Central Park Conservancy said. Wind chills were between zero and minus-10. The free event was to feature ice-carving artists.