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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v11n34 (08/23/2012) » Section: Week in Review

How New York State Employees Fund Frackers

A new analysis by the Public Accountability Initiative shows that by paying into New York State’s Common Retirement Fund through paycheck deductions, roughly one million New York State employees have been unwittingly supporting efforts by natural gas companies to lobby legislators, including giving them campaign contributions, in the drive to lift the moratorium on high-volume horizontal fracturing in the state.

Collins's Tax Returns

The Buffalo News really needs to have a chat with its headline writers. The headline accompanying Jerry Zremski’s August 16 piece concerning Chris Collins’s taxes bore the headline, “Collins discloses three years’ tax returns.” In fact, Collins showed his form 1040s for three tax years to Zremski and to no one else in the world. While Congresswoman Kathy Hochul has posted three years’ worth of tax returns online for anyone to see, along with the schedules and worksheets to go with it, Collins has repeatedly refused to do the same.

Bridge Authority Purchases Episcopal Home Lien

Apparently, somebody gave Mayor Byron Brown a good talking to. And he got the message. The soft spot—for a political moment, anyway—in the solid wall of official agreement on the need to demolish the Busti Avenue row to expand the Peace Bridge plaza for a new Duty Free store, the mayor is speaking out now in behalf of the expansion plan.

Cleaning Up the Dirty Work

Timothy Johnson just wants to care for his family.

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