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Particulate Matter Emissions, Title V Emitters, by percentage

In 2013, the latest year that data is available, Title V Large Industrial Air Pollution emitters released 15,973 tons of particulate matter in New York State. The largest emitter was Finch Paper in Glens Falls, releasing 5,795 tons or about 36% of state's total particulate emissions from Title V facilities. LaFarge aka Blue Circle Cement in Coeymans was second, releasing 1,440 tons of particulate matter or about 9% of state's total Title V industrial emissions.

Data Source: Title V Emissions Inventory.

Map: Applachian Region Of New York State

Map: Applachian Region Of New York State

Appalachia (/ˌæpəˈlætʃə, -ˈleɪtʃə/) is a cultural region in the Eastern United States that stretches from the Southern Tier of New York to northern Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. While the Appalachian Mountains stretch from Belle Isle (Newfoundland and Labrador) in Canada to Cheaha Mountain in Alabama, the cultural region of Appalachia typically refers only to the central and southern portions of the range. As of the 2010 United States Census, the region was home to approximately 25 million people.

Google Maps: Meat Goat Production

Goat meat, aka chevon and cabrito, capretto, or kid is not a real popular commodity in the United States, although there are some very large meat goat farms in Texas and some pockets of meat goat farms in Oklahoma, Tennessee and a few other states. Most counties have some farms raising meat goats, but for the most part, it's not a major commodity, as people don't raise goats commercially much in the United States for food.

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Data Source: USDA Agriculture Census, 2012. Goats for meat. Counts.

🛣US Route 9 in New York State currently has 11 suffixed routes.🚗

U.S. Route 9W (US 9W) (141.83 mi or 228.25 km) is a north–south U.S. Highway in the states of New Jersey and New York. It begins in Fort Lee, New Jersey, as Fletcher Avenue crosses the US 1–9, US 46, and the Interstate 95 (I-95) approaches to the George Washington Bridge, and heads north up the west side of the Hudson River to US 9 in Albany, New York.

NY 9A (47.49 miles or 76.43 kilometres) is an alternate route of US 9 through Manhattan and Westchester County.

NY 9B (5.97 miles or 9.61 kilometres) is a spur in Clinton County linking US 9 in Chazy to US 11 in Rouses Point.

NY 9D (25.21 miles or 40.57 kilometres) is an alternate route of US 9 between the Bear Mountain Bridge and Wappingers Falls.

NY 9G (42.77 miles or 68.83 kilometres) is an alternate route of US 9 from Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, to Hudson, Columbia County.

NY 9H (18.77 miles or 30.21 kilometres) is an easterly alternate to US 9 between Bell Pond and Valatie.

NY 9J (22.38 miles or 36.02 kilometres) is an alternate route of US 9 from Columbiaville to Rensselaer. NY 9J follows a more westerly alignment than US 9 to serve a series of communities along the Hudson River.

NY 9L (18.54 miles or 29.84 kilometres) is a loop off of US 9 between Glens Falls and Lake George in Warren County.

NY 9N (143.13 miles or 230.35 kilometres) is a lengthy alternate route of US 9 between Saratoga Springs and Keeseville. NY 9N is the longest suffixed route in New York.

NY 9P (12.17 miles or 19.59 kilometres) is a loop route connecting US 9 to Saratoga Lake southeast of Saratoga Springs.

NY 9R (3.21 miles or 5.17 kilometres) is a short loop serving Colonie in northeast Albany County.

Note: This post draws heavily from the Wikipedia article, “US Route 9 in New York”.

Report Alleges Police Use Secret Evidence Collected By Feds To Make Arrests

"Branches of America's federal law enforcement and intelligence services may be secretly helping state and local police arrest suspects every day in ways that raise fundamental questions about defendants' civil and due process rights, according to a recent Human Rights Watch report."

"The report makes the case that federal law enforcers, police and local prosecutors are concealing the origins of evidence and intelligence in scores of criminal cases, especially drug arrests. The intelligence may include National Security Agency mass surveillance programs, wiretaps, computer and phone surveillance, and physical surveillance."

Growth in Jobs, First Year of Presidency

As I mentioned earlier, Jimmy Carter in 1977 created the greatest number of jobs during his first year of the presidency of any president -- a 4.9% increase in jobs in America during December 1977 compared December 1976. A lot of that had to do with the end of the first oil crisis, but still he presided over a strengthening national economy during that year. Trump's job growth is more in the middle, compared to some other presidents.

Forest Preserve in NY – Classification by Acres

Protected by Article XIV of the New York State Constitution, the Forest Preserve is defined as public lands in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks within "forest preserve counties" as defined by the New York State Legislature. These lands are identified as [ECL 9-0101]"...lands owned or hereafter acquired by the state within the county of Clinton, except the towns of Altona and Dannemora, and the counties of Delaware, Essex, Franklin Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, Saratoga, Saint Lawrence, Warren, Washington, Greene, Ulster and Sullivan,..."

Forest Preserve lands are further broken down into categories based on their capacity to withstand use. These categories are defined in the 1987 (updated 2010) Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) and/or the 1985 (updated 2008) Catskill Park State Land Master Plan (CPSLMP) depending on which Park(s) they are found in. These classifications are: Wilderness, Wild Forest, Canoe (Adirondacks only), Primitive (Adirondacks only), Primitive Bicycle Corridor (Catskills only), Intensive Use, Historic (Adirondacks only), State Administrative and Detached Forest Preserve.

More information on the state's Forest Preserve can be found here: