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State board of elections figures  show two Adirondack land swap ballot proposals passing by handy margins, though the NYCO minerals project in Essex County appeared significantly closer. The land swap that would allow mining on roughly 200...
UPDATE:  8:55:  Okay, folks, that’ll do it for the In Box live blog for tonight.  After this, as actual NY numbers start coming in, we’ll be using the micro-blog on the front page of NCPR.org.  You can still feel free...
Tuesday is election day. One of the more heated races in the North Country has been the district attorney race in St. Lawrence County. Republican challenger Mary Rain has aggressively attacked Duvé, the incumbent Dem, criticizing her for a...
This morning, in my conversation with Martha Foley, I reported that the Township 40 land deal in the Adirondack hamlet of Racquette Lake is relatively uncontroversial, compared with the NYCO minerals deal in Lewis. Both issues will be on the...

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Election Day is Tuesday, November 5

NCPR will be reporting results as they come in. Polls close at 9 pm. There are six propositions on today's ballot. We have been reporting on Prop 1, which would expand casino gaming in New York, on Prop 4, which would settle land titles in Raquette Lake, on Prop 5, which calls for a land swap in the Forest Preserve, and Prop 6, which would raise the retirement age of some judges in New York to age 80.

In addition, NCPR has been following the St. Lawrence County DA race, mayoral races in Canton and Plattsgurgh, and the races for City Council seats in Watertown.


 

Village trustee Mary Ann Ashley challenges mayor Dave Curry on Tuesday. Photos: David Sommerstein/Lisa Lazenby
Village trustee Mary Ann Ashley challenges mayor Dave Curry on Tuesday. Photos: David Sommerstein/Lisa Lazenby

Two Republicans face off for Canton mayor

An odd numbered year means a sprinkling of local races on Election Day next Tuesday.
In St. Lawrence County, the race between Democratic incumbent district attorney Nicole Duvé and GOP challenger Mary Rain is grabbing the headlines. We'll have a profile of that race on Monday.

Ogdensburg has a five-way race for three city council seats. Gouverneur and Canton each have two village trustee seats up for grabs.

The village mayor of Canton is also up for election. Incumbent Republican Dave Curry is seeking a second term. Another Republican, Mary Ann Ashley, is running on the Democratic line to defeat him. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The NY Court of Appeals hearing a case. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tracy_collins/4013177108/">Tracy Collins</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ballot proposal would allow some judges to work until 80

A proposal on Tuesday's ballot would raise the retirement age for some New York judges from 70 to age 80. Supporters include the state's 68-year-old chief judge. Opponents say the measure is too flawed to be approved.

The current mandatory retirement age for State Supreme Court judges and judges on the state's highest court, the Court of Appeals, is age 70. Supreme Court Judges are permitted under current law to continue serving additional two-year terms until the age of 76 if they are deemed competent and are needed in the chronically short-staffed state court system.  Go to full article
Kevin Crosby takes the mic at the St. Lawrence County Republicans meet-the-candidates dinner. Photo: Sarah Harris

Why do we elect a coroner, anyway?

In St. Lawrence County, four coroners are notified when a fatal accident happens.

One of them takes the call, drives to the scene, day or night. Besides issuing an official announcement of a death, the coroner also figures out where to transport the body, and coordinates with police, courts, and hospitals.

It's a behind-the-scenes job - and one you might forget is actually a public office.

But almost 1600 counties around the country still elect coroners St. Lawrence County is one. Two of three candidates will be elected next Tuesday.  Go to full article
"Electing a coroner is a holdover from British Common Law." Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/36606530@N00/4608471444/">Degi Hari</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Talking with a voter about the coroner race

It's almost election day. And in St. Lawrence County one of the races is a public office you might forget about -- coroner. There are 2 open seats this year, and 3...  Go to full article
Turning Stone Casino. Photo: Oneida Nation

Casino expansion number one amendment on Tuesday's ballot

On Tuesday, New Yorkers will decide whether the state should allow up to seven new resort style casinos. Supporters claim it's about new jobs, not casinos. Opponents say...  Go to full article
The NY Court of Appeals hearing a case. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tracy_collins/4013177108/">Tracy COllins</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

No consensus on raising judicial retirement age to 80

A proposal on the November ballot to allow some judges to serve until they are 80 years old is not drawing a lot of support. One court expert says that's a shame.  Go to full article
New York's plans to expand gambling  must be approved by voters in November. Photo: ragingwire, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Pro casino coalition airs first ads

The first ad is out promoting the ballot amendment to build new casinos in New York. It focuses on the benefits the casinos might bring, and not on actual gambling activity.  Go to full article
Turning Stone Casino. Photo: Oneida Nation

Casino ballot language may influence vote

A poll finds that the positive wording of a November ballot amendment to expand gambling in New York is continuing to influence voters.

The Siena College poll...  Go to full article
St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duvé speaks to the press Wednesday in the Grand Jury room in the county courthouse building in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Duve fights back against DA challenger

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duve defended her record yesterday from attacks by her Republican challenger.

Duvé, a Democrat, said former public...  Go to full article
New York's plans to expand gambling  must be approved by voters in November. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ragingwire/5873815259">ragingwire</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Court rejects casino wording suit

A state Supreme Court judge threw out a lawsuit challenging the wording of a November ballot amendment to expand gambling in New York. Opponents say they will appeal.  Go to full article
Paul Davis, scholar at Institute for American values, smashes a slot machine. Photo: Matt Ryan, New York NOW

Anti-gambling activists smash slot machine at NY Capitol

Anti gambling activists took a sledgehammer to a slot machine in front of the New York State Capitol, to demonstrate their opposition a ballot amendment to legalize gambling...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/geek7/2375279968">geek7</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Judge will rule on casino amendment challenge

A State Supreme Court judge heard arguments Friday on whether the State Board of Elections should change the wording of a casino gambling amendment that critics say...  Go to full article
New York's plans to expand gambling  must be approved by voters in November. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ragingwire/5873815259">ragingwire</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Coalition promotes casino amendment; judge set to hear lawsuit

The push for passage of a ballot amendment to allow up to seven new gambling casinos in New York has begun. A coalition of business leaders, labor unions, and local elected...  Go to full article
Some green groups say valuable forest lands would be lost in the proposed NYCO land swap. Photo:  Brian Mann

NYCO landswap divides environmentalists

Yesterday during The Eight O'clock Hour, we reported on NYCO minerals operation in the Essex County town of Lewis. The company, which employs more than a hundred...  Go to full article
A 200-acre parcel of forest preserve land known as Lot 8 would be mined under a deal that will go before voters in November.  Photo: Dan Plumley, Adirondack Wild

Mining company pushes for Adirondack land swap

Next month, voters across New York will decide the fate of two historic land swaps in the Adirondack Park. One would settle a long-standing property dispute in Raquette...  Go to full article
Akwesasne Mohawk casino. Photo: David Sommerstein

NC leaders group supports casino ballot measure

A coalition of North Country political and business leaders is stepping forward to support a ballot measure that would allow expanded casino gambling in New York State....  Go to full article
Mary Rain (right) announces her candidacy at the St. Lawrence County courthouse in Canton. Joining her is Tandy Cyrus, whose son, Garrett Phillips, was murdered in 2011. The crime is still unsolved. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Republican DA hopeful launches sharp attacks early

The race for St. Lawrence County District Attorney is on. And yesterday the challenger came out swinging. Republican Mary Rain attacked two-term incumbent Nicole Duvé for...  Go to full article
The big upset of primary night: Lovely Warren defeated incumbent Rochester mayor Tom Richards. Photo: Lovely Warren campaign

Primary resulted in no comebacks, some surprises

Primary night was not kind to politicians seeking political comebacks, and it also offered a few upset surprises. Karen DeWitt has this overview.  Go to full article

Saratoga County GOP Sheriff primary too close to call

A fierce Republican primary for the Saratoga County sheriff's seat is still too close to call this morning.

Candidate Mike Zurlo claimed victory last night and...  Go to full article
From left, Stephen Jennings, Jasmine Borreggine, Jeff Smith, Teresa Macaluso, Rod LaFave, and Cody Horbacz listen as local media figures ask questions during a City Council primary Meet-the-Candidates event Thursday night at the Italian-American Civic Association in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

Watertown meets primary candidates for City Council

Watertown is holding a primary election next Tuesday for two seats on the City Council. The election is non-partisan, so all six candidates are running for the chance to move...  Go to full article

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