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Damage to the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, NY, as of Nov. 6, 2012. Photo: Governor's office via <a href="www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/">Flickr</a>
Damage to the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, NY, as of Nov. 6, 2012. Photo: Governor's office via Flickr

Gov. Cuomo calls cost of Sandy "staggering"

Governor Cuomo delivered a sobering report on the blow superstorm Sandy has dealt New York state. The loss is "staggering", he said, with tens of billions in property damage and economic losses.

At a briefing at his Manhattan office Thursday, Cuomo also said the storm revealed "severe" vulnerabilities in the state's gasoline distribution system, and Long Island and New York city announced gas rationing would begin Friday.  Go to full article
Crews from the North Country went south to help those affected by Sandy recover--this house on Long Island is owned by a firefighter. Photo: Jim Stinson, Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department

North Country Sandy responders not able to vote

Voters in America's biggest cities faced long lines on Election Day. But in the North Country, voting went off relatively smoothly.

Perhaps the biggest problem was local emergency responders who were not able to vote because they were helping with hurricane relief efforts in New York City.  Go to full article
NY State Sen. Betty Little (file photo). Photo: Mark Kurtz

Sen. Little faces changed political climate

State Senator Betty Little ran unopposed this week and will once again represent a big chunk of the North Country in the state legislature. But she returns to office in a changed political landscape.

Her district has changed, absorbing a new chunk of St. Lawrence County. Her Republican Party also took major hits this week, losing the North Country's House seat and possibly possibly losing its long-standing majority in the state Senate.  Go to full article
Essex County Board of Supervisors head and Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas (L) and Governor Andrew Cuomo meeting with emergency responders in Jay before Hurricane Sandy. Photo: Brian Mann

Essex County looks at options for long-term budget fix

Essex County is currently staring down an $8 million budget gap in 2013, which could translate into a tax levy increase of about 26 percent.

The county's Board of...  Go to full article
Robin Collen, holding a wartime photo of her parents, with Hilda Nuttens in St. Martin de la Lieue, France.

Retracing her father's wartime footsteps

Veterans Day is this Sunday - a time to honor the service of all U.S. military veterans. A Potsdam woman traveled to a small village in France to retrace her father's...  Go to full article

This Weekend in the Adirondacks

This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.  Go to full article