Mineville-Witherbee, NY, Sep 28, 2012 — Two years ago, Moriah Shock Prison near Port Henry was next on the list of correctional facilities New York State wanted to close. Camp Gabriels near Saranac Lake and the Summit Shock Prison near Albany had already been shut down, and the prisons in Lyon Mountain and Ogdensburg were also on the chopping block.
But the local community and Essex County officials rallied enough support to keep Moriah open. Today, 188 men live on the spartan campus, set in a former mining facility at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.
Corrections officers and some inmates at Moriah Shock say the prison's program offers a fresh start to men willing to work hard. But a quarter-century after the state's "shock" program was created, the question of whether it really works remains unresolved.
[CORRECTION: Martin Horn was misidentified earlier as former commissioner of New York's Department of Corrections. He is former commissioner of New York City's Department of Correction and Department of Probation, and headed Pennsylvania's Department of Corrections.] Go to full article
Albany, NY, Sep 28, 2012 — The Republican State Senator who lost a primary after voting to legalize same-sex marriage is dropping out of the race. Senator Roy McDonald says he won't campaign on the Independence Party line in the general election and will instead back his former primary opponent. Go to full article
Watertown, NY, Sep 28, 2012 — Watertown International Airport has seen huge growth with direct flights to Chicago. Now a $2 million federal grant is helping it keep up with growing infrastructure needs. Go to full article
Canton, NY, Sep 28, 2012 — Last night veteran journalist Bill Blakemore gave the keynote presentation at St. Lawrence University's Climate Change Forum. That talk has been publicized all over the North... Go to full article
Sep 28, 2012 — Gabriels artist Diane Leifheit is one of dozens of northern Adirondack artists opening their art spaces to the public during the Artist at Work Studio Tour this weekend. The... Go to full article
Sep 28, 2012 — A century of life in the woods is the theme of the Forestry Festival at the Ranger School in Wanakena this weekend. The school is celebrating its centennial. Todd Moe spoke... Go to full article