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George Prendes, outside the apartment he lived in before he went to prison, on 107th Street and Central Park West.
George Prendes, outside the apartment he lived in before he went to prison, on 107th Street and Central Park West.

Fifteen years behind bars under Rockefeller drug laws

Imagine for a moment the dumbest thing you've ever done in your life. The worst mistake, the biggest lapse in judgment. Now imagine that that one blunder cost you fifteen years of your life.

This week, we're launching our Prison Time Media Project, exploring the legacy of the Rockefeller drug laws.

The controversial sentencing rules created by Governor Nelson Rockefeller 40 years ago sent tens of thousands of men and women to prison, with many serving 15 to 25 years behind bars.

George Prendes was one of those people.  Go to full article
Concerned Canton Central parents and community members at a meeting this fall to organize lobbying efforts for state aid.  Photo: David Sommerstein

Canton schools say 3% state aid increase not enough

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his annual budget earlier this week, and since then school superintendents have been figuring out what it will mean for their districts. Canton Central Schools Superintendent Bill Gregory presented his findings to the Board of Education Thursday night.  Go to full article
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr

NYS DEC cuts complicate fracking picture

Proponents and opponents of hydrofracking in New York state read Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget closely for clues about fracking's future in the state.

They didn't see much. A decision on whether fracking will be allowed is expected after a health study is complete in February.

The agency overseeing the review, and in charge of permitting should fracking get the go-ahead, is New York's Department of Environmental Conservation. And it's in for a cut of five and a half percent in Cuomo's new budget.  Go to full article
Steven Pedersen's <i>Eaux D' Artifice</i> is on display at Creative Spirit Community Arts Center in Potsdam through February 9th.  Photo courtesy the artist

Potsdam toilets: blight or art?

Drive through the village of Potsdam and you can't miss a small plot that's filled with old toilets. The property owner says it's art, while village leaders wish it would...  Go to full article

This Weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren of the Adirondack Almanack checks in each Friday morning with a look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for the weekend.  Go to full article