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A team of rivals: Gov. Cuomo (center) has appointed former Gov. George Pataki (left) and former NY Comptroller H. Carl McCall (right) to the New York State Tax Relief Commission. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/10057755464/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>.
A team of rivals: Gov. Cuomo (center) has appointed former Gov. George Pataki (left) and former NY Comptroller H. Carl McCall (right) to the New York State Tax Relief Commission. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo.

Cuomo taps Pataki, other former rivals for tax panel

Governor Cuomo is appointing a new tax cutting commission that he's charged with finding ways of slicing state revenues by $2 to $3 billion dollars next year.

Cuomo turned to the man who beat his father in the 1994 governor's race, George Pataki, to co chair the commission. Pataki, a Republican, defeated Mario Cuomo on a platform that included tax cuts.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Dan Stec says the Adirondack Park's dialogue has "evolved."  NCPR FILE Photo: Brian Mann

Stec says APA reform unlikely in Albany

Last week, Adirondack Explorer magazine held a day-long conference at the Paul Smiths VIC, asking big questions about the future of the Adirondack Park and the APA.

A growing number of environmental activists and government officials say the regulations that shape the Park's environment are outdated. Most of those rules haven't been updated for more than forty years.

As part of the conference, Brian Mann interviewed Republican Assemblyman Dan Stec, who took office last year.  Go to full article
Samuel Jones, the first man to hold the office of New York State Comptroller, when it was created in 1797. Photo: Project Gutenberg

How do you say Comptroller?

A few days ago, reporter Natasha Haverty spoke with Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli about New York State's Office of Unclaimed Funds. But she also asked DiNapoli to help resolve an internal struggle here at the station.  Go to full article
1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MSH80_eruption_mount_st_helens_05-18-80-dramatic-edit.jpg">USGS</a>

Natural Selections: Predicting Volcanos

Database analysis shows that winter, in addition to its other woes, is volcano season. Martha Foley wonders why. Dr. Curt Stager points the finger at the Pacific Ocean, which...  Go to full article
Since the 1860's, the Wadhams United Church of Christ has served strawberries with all the fixin's. Photo: Martha Cooper/TAUNY Archives

Serving up strawberry shortcake for generations in Wadhams

They've been serving strawberry shortcake every summer in a small Champlain Valley community since the end of the Civil War. And later this month, TAUNY will honor the...  Go to full article
Rep. Bill Owens was a key vote for Obamacare and calls efforts to dismantle the law "irresponsible." NCPR file photo

Owens a key vote for Obamacare, still supports it

Congressman Bill Owens, the Democrat from Plattsburgh, was elected in a special election in 2009, riding the wave of Democratic momentum sparked by Barack Obama's election a...  Go to full article
Gatehouse at Ft. Drum. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Shut-down sends Ft. Drum civilian workers home

Fort Drum civilian workers deemed non-essential were sent home midday yesterday.

A division spokeswoman said the government shut-down comes at a bad time, because...  Go to full article
Dairy cows at Greenwood Dairy, in Canton, NY. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Farm Bill expiration worries New York's farmers

While the focus has been on the partial federal government shut down, another important piece of legislation, the federal Farm Bill, has also expired. New York's lead...  Go to full article
New York State Capitol. Photo: Jason Paris, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

State comptroller warns of shut-down consequences for NY

The state's Comptroller is warning that a prolonged government shut down could depress the state's already struggling economy.  Go to full article
CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton, including the 24 East Main Bed & Breakfast (green house). Photo: David Sommerstein.

Canton officials still have doubts over train speed increase

Yesterday, we heard about the efforts to rebuild the Quebec town of Lac Megantic, after a train explosion destroyed much of the village. That horrible accident makes any town...  Go to full article
Joe Wiegand, as Teddy Roosevelt, at the North Creek Depot Museum earlier this month.  Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: Teddy Roosevelt returns to North Creek

As part of the Adirondack Attic series, Andy Flynn catches up with Joe Wiegand, the country's premier Teddy Roosevelt reprisor at the North Creek Depot Museum. It was to the...  Go to full article
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