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Ithaca set to file amicus brief in Dryden gas drilling ban suit

Ithaca set to file amicus brief in Dryden gas drilling ban suit

As the region awaits a decision by New York State’s highest court to decide whether to take up Norse Energy Corporation’s suit against the Town of Dryden’s ban on natural gas drilling, some local municipalities are lending support.

The City of Ithaca may soon join the Town of Ulysses and others across the state in filing “friends of the court” briefs or “amicus briefs” in support of Dryden.

At the center of this case is the question of whether municipalities have the right to zone against oil and gas development.

The Court of Appeals is considering whether to take up the case which was upheld in the State Supreme Court Appellate Division earlier this year.

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Man dies after pickup hits deer; overturns on I-88

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Police say a 35-year-old man has been killed after his pickup truck hit a deer on an upstate New York highway and overturned, ejecting him from the vehicle.

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UPDATE: Ithaca lawmakers vote against pay bump for council, consider raise for mayor

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Ithaca city lawmakers talked about raises as part of budget negotiations for 2015 on Wednesday night

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Education a hot topic in NY as election nears

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With the Common Core taking a hit during an education-heavy campaign season, a coalition supporting the learning standards has released an analysis that concludes repealing them would be a costly mistake.

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Protesters arrested at Schuyler County gas storage facility

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A group opposed to expansion of a natural gas storage facility in the Finger Lakes says 10 protesters have been arrested for blockading the facility's gates.