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The Essex Chain of Lakes. The process is now underway to determine what kind of recreation and public use will be allowed. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy
The Essex Chain of Lakes. The process is now underway to determine what kind of recreation and public use will be allowed. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

Historic Finch land hearings to begin

Correction: The broadcast version of this story and an earlier web version incorrectly stated that the public hearing would be Tuesday evening at 6 pm. In fact, it will begin Wednesday evening at 6pm. We regret the error.

State officials begin a month of public hearings Wednesday as they sort out how to manage a big chunk of the former Finch, Pruyn timberlands in the Adirondacks

The sessions are expected to lead to creation of a new Hudson Gorge Wilderness Area. But big questions remain about what kinds of recreation will be allowed near the Essex Chain of Lakes.  Go to full article
Hundreds rallied recently at the Capitol in support of the Women's Equality Bill, including Sarah Weddington (left) who successfully argued Roe v Wade before the Supreme Court, and actor Cynthia Nixon. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Women's groups target NY Senate over abortion rights

Women's groups are putting pressure on the state Senate's ruling coalition to take up Governor Cuomo's Women's Equality Act, which includes an abortion rights provision.  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Photo: Mark Kurtz

In face of NSA scandal, Gillibrand looks to balance privacy, security

New York leaders in Washington want more information about the growth in domestic spying.

It was revealed last week that the National Security Agency collects phone data and private emails directly from the servers of major Internet companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Yahoo.  Go to full article
James Murphy and author Marty Podskoch at a CCC reunion in Winthrop.

Memories of hard work during tough times

Eighty years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps. The organization provided much needed employment to young men in the midst of the...  Go to full article