The state enacted legislation this week establishing a regulatory framework for the production and sale of hemp and hemp extract in New York State. The measure also requires the hemp industry to test and label their products, protecting consumers from potential harm. The governor also announced that New York state will host a hemp summit in January to further develop policies and priorities related to this burgeoning industry.
Two bills introduced in the Legislature late last month would compel state agencies and contractors — both public and private — to recycle 50 percent of the waste generated on all construction and demolition sites in New York state.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has announced an award to Dandelion Energy in support of new drilling technology that will enable ground-source heat pumps — also called geothermal systems — to be installed faster than traditional equipment while reducing costs for homeowners by 20 percent.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo co-hosted the Regional Cannabis Regulation and Vaping Summit in New York City on Thursday, with Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. Joined by legislative leaders and officials from New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, the governors discussed a joint regional approach to cannabis and vaping legislation and policies.
U.S. factory activity shrank in August for the first time since August 2016, a sign that the trade war with China is weighing down a crucial sector of the economy. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said Tuesday that its manufacturing index slid to 49.1 last month, from 51.2 in July. Any reading below 50 signals a contraction. That's the lowest for the index since January 2016.
The average age of cars and trucks in the U.S. has hit a record 11.8 years, as better quality and technology allows people to keep them on the road longer. The 2019 figures from data provider IHS Markit show that the rate of increase is slowing, but the average age is still expected to go over 12 years early in the next decade. The average age is up 0.1 years from 2018.
Massachusetts has brought a lawsuit accusing members of the Sackler family, owners of the pharmaceutical company that produces OxyContin, of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of the addictive drug — complicating the family's established philanthropic legacy.