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Dave Colavito is a freelance writer living in the Catskill Mountain region of New York State. He is a recovering technologist, who, and after spending many years in microelectronic engineering, has redirected his efforts to focus more fully on matters of the heart – chief among them, environmental conservation and restoration, and social activism.

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Crapping Out In New York: The Growing Unease

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 11:49 AM

Reassuring patterns have begun to emerge during outreach with voters. They appreciate receiving information Gov. Cuomo and casino interests aren't providing to them. They understand the casino question to appear before them on the Nov. 5 ballot isn't about gambling versus no gambling in NYS. And they understand the importance...

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Crapping Out in New York: A Better Way

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 2:18 PM

The questions just keep coming.

Governor Cuomo in his 2013 State of the State highlighted the need to, attract good jobs and restore NY as the progressive capital of the nation. And he made the point that, more than low-paid workers, employers need highly skilled labor....

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Crapping Out in New York: A Sophisticated Argument

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 3:10 PM

In the weeks remaining until the November election, voters in NY will contemplate whether to amend the state constitution to permit seven commercial casinos. Who could object to: let the people decide.

Governor Cuomo, when recently commenting on whether he thought the ballot question would pass,...

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Crapping Out in New York: For Education

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 3:57 PM

Whether NY voters consent to amend the state constitution to expand gambling is something that will likely be decided in November. What's certain is "Gambling for Education" will remain a trusted brand for Governor Cuomo and his handlers. The problem is the subtext: Gambling is Good for the...

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Crapping Out in New York: 2.0

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 3:39 PM

If Gov. Cuomo wants to help the upstate economy, the first step is to not make it worse. Unfortunately, his casino gambling expansion plan has the potential to do just that.

At his May 9 press conference, he unveiled the first phase of his plan and...

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Fracking Insurance: Winners and Losers

(8) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 5:08 PM

Reaction to the AP story was predictable.

The leaked internal memo, indicating that Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. had determined risks from the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing were too great to provide coverage for, was interpreted by some as vindication of their concerns and by others as...

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New York's Fracking Math Problems

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 8:03 PM

It's puzzling for some of us to reconcile the continuing rise of gasoline prices with the current boom in domestic oil and natural gas production. We were promised "drill baby drill" was the answer to cheap gas. But as economist Paul Krugman has pointed out, the emptiness of...

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Fracking: Ban It

(67) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 3:12 PM

New York's Governor Cuomo and DEC Commissioner Martens should be commended for their deliberative efforts to regulate high volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) thus far in our state, but the time has come for both men to lead.

Fracking in its current form shouldn't be permitted, and nibbling around its edges...

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Marcellus Shale (When It Isn't) Play

(6) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 11:24 AM

Ours is a culture replete with euphemisms, and I imagine they've evolved as a coping strategy. I realize it's human to shy from what makes us uncomfortable, but if "taking the dirt nap" makes it easier to speak of our mortality, what's the harm? Yet there's no denying their darker...

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An Open Letter to Gov. Cuomo and DEC Commissioner Martens

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 6:38 PM

Dear Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Martens:

I've read your 1,500-page Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) on how you intend to allow high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HF) for natural gas in our state and offer the following for your consideration.

Indemnification

I couldn't find anything in the SGEIS that...

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Crapping Out in New York

(3) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 1:23 PM

Recently the New York Times reported that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo suggested it was time for the state to "come to grips" with the proliferation of gambling in New York and neighboring states, that he was weighing the legalization of commercial non-Indian casinos here.

The governor went on...

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New York Has a Gas Problem: How Do You Spell Relief?

(4) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 12:40 PM

Governor Patterson is betting heavily on proceeds from natural gas extracted from New York's Marcellus Shale, a geologic formation abutting Sullivan County and much of the State's Catskill Mountain region. This is understandable, given New York's deep fiscal difficulty. But this rural region of the State is a popular destination...

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Governor Paterson's Parting Shot

(1) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 10:31 AM

There's no question New York State faces unprecedented budgetary challenges, so it's understandable that policy makers would be searching far and wide for potential revenue generators. However recent developments should cause all state residents to ask, "at what cost"? For Sullivan County, that cost is too high.

State Senator...

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Reining in Executive Compensation and the Supreme Court

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2010 | 12:29 PM

Of all the factors responsible for the 2009 financial melt-down, you'd be hard pressed to find one more destabilizing than executive compensation, a model for those high-flying Wall Street executives piloting companies whose collapse drove our economy into the rocks. Lucrative packages rewarding reckless risk-taking and abject greed served as...

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Congressman Boehner, Are You Listening?

(2) Comments | Posted January 24, 2010 | 11:10 PM

Congressman Boehner, are you listening?

Like climate change, the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, to remove restrictions on corporate America's ability to finance political campaigns, makes everything we need to do more difficult.

The "money buys elected official, elected official determines public policy, public...

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Health Care Hypocrisy: A Wake Up Call

(40) Comments | Posted January 8, 2010 | 10:04 AM

Recent polling fails to suggest the reasons for public cynicism and disappointment with the health care reform bill passed in the Senate. The polls do reveal however, important questions that the public is not being asked and what the press has chosen to ignore, or refuse to cover.

On...

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