Plattsburgh, NY, Feb 21, 2013 — A special live edition of Mountain Lake Journal tonight (Thursday) will discuss how local schools are responding to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. Mountain Lake PBS Anchor Thom Hallock will take viewer questions and comments. He'll also talk with a panel of educators, law enforcement officers, and mental health professionals about reactions and security measures in North Country schools and communities in the weeks after the tragedy. Hallock spoke with Martha Foley during the 8 'clock Hour this morning. Go to full article
Saranac Lake, NY, Feb 21, 2013 — A 30-year state Department of Transportation employee said he was forced to retire for speaking to a newspaper reporter without approval from his agency's communications office.
DOT officials are refusing to comment on Fayette's case. Some observers say it's just another sign of how Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration has worked to limit and control public information. Chris Knight is still following the story. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Feb 21, 2013 — The state's largest teachers union has filed a lawsuit against the state's property tax cap, arguing it's unconstitutional.
New York State United Teachers President Dick Iannuzzi says the cap, passed by Cuomo and the legislature in 2011, arbitrarily limits property tax increase to two percent, regardless of whether a school district is rich or poor. The lawsuit also charges that the tax cap violates the principle of one person one vote, because a supermajority of 60 percent of voters is required to override the cap. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Feb 21, 2013 — Governor Andrew Cuomo is angling for some changes in New York's hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses. Cuomo says he bought his annual fishing license late last season, and... Go to full article
Albany, NY, Feb 21, 2013 — Governor Cuomo says he will make changes to his budget in 30-day amendments. These include imposing a teacher evaluation plan on New York City, and cutting the cost of... Go to full article
Paul Smiths, NY, Feb 21, 2013 — Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about the timberline, the usually abrupt termination of forest growth above a certain altitude. While it results from a combination of... Go to full article
Ogdensburg, NY, Feb 21, 2013 — The bicentennial of the Battle of Ogdensburg will be commemorated on the streets of the city this weekend. On February 22nd, 1813, hundreds of British-Canadian soldiers... Go to full article