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"In all frankness, I definitely should have moved at a lot quicker pace." - Administrator Charles Canole.

EJ Noble Hospital in Gouverneur struggles to reopen

EJ Noble hospital in Gouverneur is working correct problems in its laboratory, so the hospital can start admitting patients again. Administrator Charles Canole says the lab failed state testing, and was forced to close late last week by the New York health department.  Go to full article
NYCLU says this kind of solitary confinement cell is widely used in New York's prisons, including Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone (Source: NYCLU)

Report blasts NY prisons for use of solitary confinement

The New York Civil Liberties Union says New York's prison system is using solitary confinement as a punishment far too often.

Last year, inmates in the state system were placed in "solitary" more than 13,000 times, according to a new study produced by the NYCLU.  Go to full article
Tony Collins. Source: Clarkson University

Collins: regional economic council working

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council has emerged as one of the most influential groups shaping economic activity in the region.

The Council was created last year by Governor Andrew Cuomo. It helped direct more than $100 million of state aid to companies and non-profits -- from the Bombardier plant in Plattsburgh to a new energy project at Fort Drum.

But the councils, which are made up entirely of volunteers, have also sparked controversy. The group has backed costly railroad projects in southern St. Lawrence County and in the central Adirondacks that some critics say have questionable economic value.

Brian Mann spoke recently with Tony Collins, co-chair of the North Country's council and president of Clarkson University in Potsdam. Collins says the organization has already established a strong track record, helping to fund projects that are sparking new jobs and investment.  Go to full article
Karen Warriner lost her job last February, and has been looking for work since then.

NY works with long term unemployed in St. Lawrence County

The New York Department of Labor is targeting counties with the highest unemployment - and trying to find jobs for the long term unemployed. The state sent email invitations...  Go to full article

Budget director sees another tough year for NYS

Top New York officials say it's going to be another difficult year for the state budget. Governor Cuomo has already told state agencies to keep spending flat, and those that...  Go to full article

Report shows polarization in NYS job market

A new report from the New York Federal Reserve shows that advances in technology and globalization mean job opportunities are growing in high skill sectors like engineering,...  Go to full article

Cuomo denies any fracking delay

Governor Cuomo says he's not backing away from fracking, despite two delays announced recently by his environmental agency.

In the past several days, Governor...  Go to full article
Debris from the Land of Make Believe is included in the"Raging Rivers" exhibit in Elizabethtown. Photo: Todd Moe

"Raging Rivers" exhibit captures devastation, community

An exhibit in Elizabethtown uses debris, photos and video to tell the story of the destruction and devastation that was experienced in the region as a result of last year's...  Go to full article