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All Before Five: 2/27/08

After yesterday's surprising election results in the state's 48th Senatorial District, we go to Darrel Aubertine's swearing in ceremony... We hear reaction from Senate majority leader Joe Bruno and minority leader Malcolm Smith... David Sommerstein reports on the factors that influenced the race... And, in other news, lawmakers roll up their sleeves to confront the state's $4+ billion budget deficit.  Go to full article
Democrat Darrel Aubertine (left) defeated Republican Will Barclay

Aubertine shocks Barclay, wins 48th Senate seat

The North Country sent shock waves through New York State politics yesterday. Democrat Darrel Aubertine scored a stunning upset, defeating Republican Will Barclay in a district that hasn't elected a Democrat in more than a century. In unofficial results, Aubertine won 27,901 of the votes to Barclay's 25,345. That's a margin of about 2500 votes, with only about 2300 absentee ballots cast. The two candidates were seeking to replace Senator Jim Wright, who resigned last month to take a job with a lobbying firm. As David Sommerstein reports, St. Lawrence County carried Aubertine over the finish line.  Go to full article

Aubertine's North Country victory sends shockwaves through Albany

Darrel Aubertine's victory last night is sending shock-waves across New York's political landscape. The New York Times called the election "a major victory" for Governor Spitzer and his party. The Albany Times-Union predicted that the defeat might force Republican Senate leader Joe Bruno to step down. Brian Mann checked in this morning with our Albany correspondent, Karen DeWitt, who's been watching this race from the state capital. She described the outcome as "shocking."  Go to full article

Aubertine upsets Barclay in North Country Senate race

Democrat Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine won today's special election for the state Senate's 48th district. He beat Republican Will Barclay. The win leaves the GOP with only a...  Go to full article

Analyzing the 48th Senate District vote

As results came in last night, David Sommerstein and Jonathan Brown analyzed the numbers and their impact on the North Country and New York State.  Go to full article

Governor, lawmakers close to accord on state budget

Governor Spitzer and legislative leaders say they are on track toward meeting the first major deadline in the state's budget process, and say they will agree on the amount of...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh man to serve as interim president of NCCC

The North Country Community College Board of Trustees has appointed a Plattsburgh man to serve as interim president of the college. Provided his appointment is given final...  Go to full article

Preview: ?The Vagina Monologues? in Whallonsburg

A group of women in Essex County presents a staged reading of Eve Ensler's award-winning play, "The Vagina Monologues" this weekend at the Whallonsburgh Grange Hall. ...  Go to full article