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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs gun control measures. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs gun control measures. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Cuomo signs gun control measures

Governor Cuomo swiftly signed New York's new sweeping anti-gun measures into law on Tuesday, just minutes after the State Assembly voted "yes" on the bills, after a debate lasting more than four and a half hours.  Go to full article
Sen. Patty Ritchie at Fort Drum Day gathering. Source: <a href="http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/patty-ritchie">nysenate.gov/senate/patty-ritchie</a>

Ritchie joins all North Country Senators against gun laws

When New York's senate passed tough new gun legislation Monday, 18 Republican senators voted against the package, including all four senators representing the North Country.

Senator Patty Ritchie of St. Lawrence County says she would have voted yes for individual bills, like the one known as Mark's Law. That will impose tougher sentences on people who shoot first responders. It's named after a Cape Vincent EMT who was shot and killed when responding to a call in 2009.  Go to full article
"I think itís more symbolic than anything. Iím not really convinced that anything will change."

New Yorkers on new gun law: hopeful, skeptical

President Barack Obama is expected to unveil new measures later today designed to curb gun violence.

Yesterday in New York, the state legislature voted to approve new gun control laws that are the toughest in the nation.

In the weeks since the deadly shooting in Newtown, Conn., New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pushed lawmakers to act quickly - to ban the sale of assault rifles, as well as clips that carry more than seven rounds of ammunition.

Speaking yesterday, Cuomo called gun violence "a scourge" but reactions to the measure across New York state were mixed.  Go to full article
Democratic Sen. Jeff Klein, the new NYS Senate co-leader, talks with Albany reporter Karen DeWitt. Photo: Matt Ryan.

Gun control the first test of new Senate leadership

The unique new governing coalition in the New York State Senate passed its first test, on the first full day of session, when Senators approved a sweeping gun control package.  Go to full article
New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dons a pink scarf at a Family Planning Advocates rally on Monday. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Cuomo, Dems push for Reproductive Health Act

During the election season last year, legislators proposed new laws in states around the country to limit women's contraception and abortion rights.

New York Gov....  Go to full article
(Photo: RinkWatch website)

RinkWatch: tracking the future of outdoor skating

An Ontario environmental studies professor has created a website to track outdoor rink conditions across North America. It's called RinkWatch, where backyard rink creators...  Go to full article
Christopher Battles in a Brooklyn recording studio. (photo:  the artist)

Christopher Battles: the permanence of recorded music

Musician Christopher Battles is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic singer/songwriter in the big city. He grew up in Oswego, graduated from the Crane School of Music and...  Go to full article