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All Before Five: 01/31/12

The state redistricting task force is getting an earful after their release last week of new district lines many say are gerrymandered. After a lot of discussion, St. Lawrence County's climate action plan is still up in the air. And controversial Adirondack environmental activist Bob Glennon is returning to the fight.  Go to full article
Bob Glennon at his home in Ray Brook (Photo:  Brian Mann)

Glennon steps back into Adirondack environment "wars"

One of the most controversial and colorful figures in modern Adirondack Park history is Bob Glennon.

Glennon is an attorney who served as executive director of the APA from 1988 through 1995.

He held that leadership role at a time when the state agency was often fiercely at odds with local government and pro-development groups.

Gennon later served 12 years in the state Attorney General's office.

After retiring last November, Glennon, who lives in Ray Brook, announced that he hoped to take a leadership role once again in the Park's environmental movement.

Glennon sat down recently to talk with Brian Mann. They spoke about the Park's environmental challenges, about the recent Big Tupper decision, and about the leadership of APA chairwoman Lani Ulrich.  Go to full article
Potsdam Village Police Chief Ed Tischler

Potsdam police chief stepping down

Potsdam's chief of police is retiring at the end of March. In a letter to the village clerk Friday, Ed Tischler said he is leaving to work in the private sector. Village officials say they hope to have a new chief in office by the time Tischler leaves.

The 21-year police department veteran's announcement comes as police are continuing to investigate the murder of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips, in late October.  Go to full article

Assembly Speaker Silver introduces bill to raise minimum wage

The leading Democrat in New York's Assembly is pushing to increase the state's minimum wage.

Speaker Sheldon Silver says it's "absurd" to think that anyone can...  Go to full article
The Climate Action Plan for St. Lawrence County

Climate Action Plan was too much to swallow

The future of a plan to reduce St. Lawrence County's greenhouse gas emissions is still up in the air. County legislators voted this month to keep the Climate Action Plan on...  Go to full article

Redistricting task force fields charges of gerrymandering

The Legislative task force on redistricting held its first meeting Monday since new proposed maps were released. Lawmakers heard numerous accusations that the new lines were...  Go to full article

IJC releases water level plan

A new plan for controlling water levels in lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River is intended to restore diversity in shoreline plant and animal communities by permitting...  Go to full article
Crane artists-in-residence, Ethel

Preview: "Ethel" in Potsdam

Todd Moe talks with Jennifer Choi, the violinist from the eclectic string quartet, Ethel. They're artists-in-residence at the Crane School of Music this week and will...  Go to full article