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NCPR News Staff: Brian Mann

Adirondack Bureau Chief
Brian Mann grew up in Alaska, where he fell in love with public radio. In 1999, Brian moved to the Adirondacks and helped launch NCPR's news bureau at Paul Smiths College. "I love the chemistry of water and mountains," Brian says. "But I'm also pretty crazy about village life in the north country. It's the kind of place where you know your neighbors." Brian lives in Saranac Lake with wife Susan and son Nicholas. He's a frequent contributor to NPR and also writes regularly for regional magazines, including Adirondack Life and the Adirondack Explorer. E-mail

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113th, 114th Assembly Primaries: Results

In the 114th Assembly district, Republican incumbent Chris Ortloff overwhelmed a strong primary challenge. Just to the south - in the 113th district - Willsboro town supervisor Teresa Sayward won a narrow GOP primary vote. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Corrections Officer Dies On Sleeping Beauty Mountain; Blaze at 55 Acres

A state prison worker died Monday while fighting a forest fire near Lake George. 51-year-old John Hart was supervising an inmate fire crew. As Brian Mann reports, Hart was working on the Sleeping Beauty Fire, near Lake George, which grew over the weekend to more than fifty acres.  Go to full article

Republican of A Different Stripe: 114th District Maverick Bill King

Chris Ortloff and Andy Abdallah aren't the only Republicans fighting for the 114th Assembly seat. Also on the GOP ballot tomorrow will be Tupper Lake businessman Bill King. King is fiercely conservative - a pro-life member of the John Birch Society, who served on Tupper Lake's school board. Through the summer, his campaign has been largely invisible. Talking with Brian Mann, King says his ideas should be heard by voters.  Go to full article

114th Assembly GOP Primary: All About Style, Insider Politics

This summer, Republicans in the 114th Assembly district have squared off in a nasty primary battle. Chris Ortloff faces a strong challenge from Plattsburgh town supervisor Andy Abdallah. But as Brian Mann reports, tomorrow's vote is less about issues and more about rival factions inside the GOP.  Go to full article

More on the 113th

Martha Foley talks more with Brian Mann about the 113th Assembly district race.  Go to full article

Primary Preview: 113th Assembly District

Voters across the North Country will go to the polls next Tuesday to decide party primaries. In the 113th Assembly district, a strong field of Republicans and Democrats are campaigning hard. At a debate last night in Glens Falls, the five candidates answered questions about economic development and the future of the Adirondack Park. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Democrats Find Candidate: Neil Tallon

Democrats in the 114th Assembly District say they've found a new candidate to run for office. Former Beekmantown supervisor Neil Tallon will represent the party in November's general election. Brian Mann has details:  Go to full article

Lake Placid Faces Costly Sewer Woes; and in Wilmington?Angry Neighbors

This summer, a spill at Lake Placid's wastewater treatment plant sent untreated sewage flowing into the Chubb and the Ausable Rivers. The sewer plant is thirty years old. Village officials are scrambling to raise ten million dollars to build a new facility. But as Brian Mann reports, some residents down-stream worry that the project won't stop the flow of pollution.  Go to full article

114th Assembly Candidate Says He'll Stick With GOP

Assembly candidate Andy Abdallah says he won't run on the Democratic line this winter, even if he's defeated in next week's Republican primary. Democrats in the 114th district offered Abdallah their slot on the ballot, after their candidate bowed out of the race. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

320 Million Dollar Contract Boosts Plattsburgh Factory

The Bombardier Corporation says it will build a new fleet of commuter cars for New York City's Metro-North commuter railroad. As Brian Mann reports, the 320 million dollar contract is a boost to the company's plant in Plattsburgh.  Go to full article

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