The Governor promised to create a tax reform and fairness commission. Today, two activists ask when he’ll be rolling it out. Robert McKeon of TREND, Tax Reform Effort of Northern Dutchess & Ronald Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, both members of the Omnibus will join me.
Several groups who aren’t fans of the Cuomo administration’s education policies have formed a new coalition. We speak with Nikki Jones of the Alliance for Quality Education & coalition member Doug Wyant, Jr., Superintendent of Schools, Hornell City School District about what they are pushing the Governor to do.
**warning**warning**math ahead**slow down**warning**warning**it’ll be okay**take a breath**
One of the reasons uranium 238 is considered so dangerous is that its half-life is 4.4 billion years.
In human practical terms, the stuff never goes away.
Radon, which is found in natural gas, has a half-life of almost 4 days (3.8). This means that over 4 days, 50% of a unit of radon will be shed away. In 8 days, 50% more will shed, leaving 25% of the original unit. The EPA says the “airborne action level” (aka, the time to DO something) to trigger radiation clean-up is 4 picoCuries per liter. This means in 4 days, 2 of those picoCuries of radon will dissipate. After 8 days, 1 more of those picoCuries of radon will dissipate.
Most of the natural gas that arrives in the homes of people living in NYC travels for about a week up from the gulf coast allowing it to shed over half of its radiation. What if New Yorkers start getting gas from the Marcellus? The travel time is only ½ a day, not long enough for the radiation to shed.
What’s this mean? Today we speak with two people who will explain this to us in lay language: Attorney Jeff Zimmerman for Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Inc. and NYH2O, Inc., and Dr. Larysa Dryszka, a former Director of Pediatrics at Holy Name Hospital as well as a steering committee member for the Damascus Citizens.