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Former state Department of Transportation engineer Mike Fayette holds a copy of the Aug. 30, 2012 issue of the Enterprise, which contained a story about DOT's response to Tropical Storm Irene that he was quoted in. The story prompted DOT to threaten to fire him for talking to the press without getting the necessary approval. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy of Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Former state Department of Transportation engineer Mike Fayette holds a copy of the Aug. 30, 2012 issue of the Enterprise, which contained a story about DOT's response to Tropical Storm Irene that he was quoted in. The story prompted DOT to threaten to fire him for talking to the press without getting the necessary approval. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy of Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Cuomo spokesman on the offensive over DOT case

The Cuomo administration went on the offensive Thursday against a former state Department of Transportation worker DOT tried to fire for speaking to the press without his agency's approval.

During an interview with Albany radio station News Talk 1300, state Operations Director Howard Glaser outlined the specifics of a past disciplinary case against Mike Fayette, much of it surrounding an affair the former Essex County engineer had with a fellow DOT employee.

The move came the day after Fayette went public about DOT's efforts to fire him for speaking to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and North Country Public Radio - a story that drew attention from news media across the state and beyond. Chris Knight reported that story, and is following this latest chapter:  Go to full article
The New York State Senate chamber. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/-jvl-/5194328403/">JvL</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

Upstate Senators: Poor, rural schools need more state aid

Eighteen senators from Upstate New York have sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, asking him to make his school aid more fair to the low-wealth school districts they represent.  Go to full article
The pipeline raises concerns for some Vermonters, who attended a public meeting in Hinesburg last month. Photo: Sarah Harris

Proposed VT-NY natural gas pipeline stirs debate

The natural gas boom is fueling construction and development, and cutting energy prices in some areas. But there's often a dark cloud around the silver lining. A pipeline proposed to bring natural gas through Vermont to the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga means good news for the mill, but some Vermonters aren't happy about the route, or possible environmental consequences.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/68751915@N05/6355318323/">401(K) 2013</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

Reform Group: Big campaign donations mean big tax loopholes

A group pressing for public campaign financing has compiled a list of large corporations who gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to some New York lawmakers. They charge...  Go to full article

Small plane crashes in Adirondacks, no injuries

A small plane crashed into Nye Mountain, one of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, last night with three men on board, according to press accounts.

The crash happened...  Go to full article
Lee Knight playing a mouth bow. Photo: Joel Hurd

Old time Adirondack music keeps bringing Lee Knight home

Saranac Lake native Lee Knight has lived in North Carolina for many years, but the music of the region, particularly that of Keeseville's Marjorie Lansing Porter, keeps him...  Go to full article

This Weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren of the Adirondack Almanack checks in each Friday morning with a look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for the weekend.  Go to full article
Title screen courtesy Mountain Lake PBS

Mountain Lake PBS takes a local look at "After Newtown"

A special live edition of Mountain Lake Journal tonight (Thursday) will discuss how local schools are responding to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in...  Go to full article
Former state Department of Transportation engineer Mike Fayette holds a copy of the Aug. 30, 2012 issue of the <em>Enterprise</em>, which contained a story about DOT's response to Tropical Storm Irene that he was quoted in. The story prompted DOT to threaten to fire him for talking to the press without getting the necessary approval. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy of <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com"><em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em></a>

DOT worker: punished for praise?

A 30-year state Department of Transportation employee said he was forced to retire for speaking to a newspaper reporter without approval from his agency's communications...  Go to full article
NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi speaks to reporters in Albany about the case. Photo: El-Wise Noisette via NYSUT.org

Why a NYS teachers' union is suing the state

The state's largest teachers union has filed a lawsuit against the state's property tax cap, arguing it's unconstitutional.

New York State United Teachers...  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo paddling on Boreas Pond in North Hudson, in Essex County. The governor wants to streamline hunting, fishing and trapping licensing procedures, and reduce fees.Photo: Brian Mann

Cuomo angles for changes in fishing, hunting, trapping licenses

Governor Andrew Cuomo is angling for some changes in New York's hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses. Cuomo says he bought his annual fishing license late last season, and...  Go to full article
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