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Gov. Cuomo delivering Tuesday's budget address, standing in front of a slide highlighting economic development and fiscal responsibility. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/57782386@N06">Flickr</a>
Gov. Cuomo delivering Tuesday's budget address, standing in front of a slide highlighting economic development and fiscal responsibility. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Cuomo unveils third lean budget

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $142 billion state budget, that includes federal aid for post-Superstorm Sandy recovery, and closes a $1.3 billion budget gap.

Gov. Cuomo, facing his third lean fiscal year as governor, closes that gap by holding spending flat for state agencies, which he estimates will save $434 million, and putting off a cost of living increase for health care providers, worth $412 million.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivering his State of the State address on Jan. 9, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/57782386@N06">Flickr</a>

Spending proposals could help North Country schools

Statewide education leaders are giving Governor Cuomo good marks for prioritizing education in his budget plan. His proposals add up to an average of $300 more per student in the state, and of this, some districts will get less per student, some will get more. On first glance, it looks like many struggling North Country schools will do better than average.  Go to full article
Bayview in Manhattan is one of two correctional facilities slated to be closed in the new budget plan. Photo: Google Street View

Governor continues downsizing of state prison system

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York's state prison system needs to shrink again. In his speech Tuesday, Cuomo unveiled plans to eliminate two downstate correctional facilities.

The move spares prisons and prison jobs here in the North Country, at least for the time being.

But the move comes as part of a continuing shift in the state's criminal justice policy that has meant new uncertainty for prison workers.  Go to full article
Bookkeeping. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/genbug/">Laura Gilmore</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

Budget offers a plan for "pension bubble"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget address was a wonky speech, full of numbers from both sides of the balance sheet.

Local governments were among those parsing...  Go to full article
New York's Regional Economic Development Council regions. Image: http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/

Round three for regional development councils

The Regional Economic Development Councils have been a cornerstone of Governor Cuomo's plan to revitalize the state's economy.

In his state budget address, Cuomo...  Go to full article
The Tuesday Morning Knitting Group in Canton.  Photo: Todd Moe

Swapping stories, stitches on a winter day

It's a natural fit on a cold winter day - working with wool yarn to knit a hat, socks or a sweater. But it probably comes as no surprise that for avid knitters, it's a...  Go to full article