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Counties "govern by triage," seek mandate relief

The North Country is seeing some tough times in county government, with Essex County facing a $13 million shortfall, and St. Lawrence County projecting a 20 percent property tax increase.

New York State Association of Counties Executive Director Stephen Acquario says counties are caught between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, counties have to pay for dozens of mandated services, from Medicaid to child welfare, which cost more every year. On the other hand, they now have to keep tax increases within a property tax cap.

Acquario told David Sommerstein the situation leaves counties essentially "governing by triage".  Go to full article
Karen Bisso (L) debates with Janet Duprey.  Photo: Jennifer Kowalczyk, Mountain Lake PBS

Assembly candidates spar over health care, public land

It's been a lackluster political season in much of the North Country, with many seats going uncontested. But the 115th Assembly district race has sparked fierce debate and fiery rhetoric. The newly-formed district represents Clinton, Franklin and part of St. Lawrence County.

Three candidates -- a Republican, a Democrat and a Conservative, are vying for the seat now held by Assemblywoman Janet Duprey. Duprey faced off with her challengers Monday during a debate in Plattsburgh sponsored by Mountain Lake PBS.

Major flashpoints were affordable healthcare and the Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to expand the state forest preserve in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
Wall Street. Photo: <a href="">jpellgen</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

NY comptroller sees mixed year on Wall Street

Profits on Wall Street are going to be up this year, according to a new report from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. But he says they're still below their pre-recession highs.

The report also finds fewer job losses in the securities industry, but still many economic uncertainties ahead.  Go to full article
Local produce at a Wegman's Supermarket in Liverpool, N.Y. Photo: Joanna Richards

Jeff-Lewis extension to receive "food desert" grant

Cornell Cooperative Extension will receive a 95,000 dollar federal grant to promote local food production in rural Jefferson and Lewis counties. The money is targeted to...  Go to full article
Tom Catillaz. Photo: Catillaz website

Harrietstown candidate withdraws

One of the candidates in Harrietstown's fierce supervisor race announced yesterday that he's suspending his campaign. Democrat Tom Catillaz says a family emergency has forced...  Go to full article

North Country Children's Clinic leader resigns

Collene Dare Alexander has resigned as executive director of the North Country Children's Clinic, after only three months on the job. The clinic's Board of Directors made the...  Go to full article
A sample of "The Door Project" at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls. Photo: Hyde Collection

Opening doors for creative teens

A new exhibit at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls features old doors transformed into new works of art by area teens. Todd Moe talks with the Hyde's curator of education,...  Go to full article

Look Up North: SLU's X-country ski team trains

The St. Lawrence University cross-country ski team trains on the Post Rd. in Crary Mills, near Canton, with fall colors in the background. This is part of our new "Look Up...  Go to full article