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Gray Convalescing at Home

Republican Assembly candidate Scott Gray is convalescing at home in Watertown after he was hospitalized for minor heart problems. Gray is trying to unseat Democratic incumbent Darrel Aubertine in the 118th Assembly District.  Go to full article

Pollster Criticizes Both Presidential Contenders

Pollster John Zogby calls the 2004 presidential race the "Armageddon election". Zogby criticized both candidates for their actions during the heated race for the White House in a speech at SUNY-Potsdam Monday night. Zogby made reference to Armageddon -- the end of the world -- because of the extreme divide throughout the nation. He talked about the unique challenges of the election and examined the role of polls and polling in the American political process.  Go to full article

McHugh & Sweeney Pushing Border Patrol to Shut Down Adk Checkpoint

Two congressmen are asking the Border Patrol to shut down an Interstate 87 checkpoint in the Adirondacks until safety concerns are resolved.  Go to full article

Environmentalist Voter Guide Slams NY Lawmakers for Lack of Action

Environmental Advocates released its annual Voters' Guide on members of the New York legislature Wednesday. It's a 35-year tradition in New York, but this year broke the mold.  Go to full article

NY Adding Lots of New Voters

The hype surrounding the presidential election is generating thousands of new voters across the country. For local boards of election, that means mounds of paperwork following last week's voter registration deadline in New York.  Go to full article

GM Announces Temporary Layoffs in Massena

General Motors Powertrain has announced it will lay off 450 workers at its plant in Massena for two weeks.  Go to full article

Governor Concerned About I-87 Immigration Checkpoint

Governor Pataki echoed doubts yesterday about a controversial Border Patrol checkpoint on I-87. The traffic stop has seen a half-dozen accidents this year, with four deaths and more than fifty serious injuries.  Go to full article

"Contaminated Cove" Update

After a 14-year impasse, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will allow General Motors on to tribal land to clean up an inlet on the St. Lawrence River. Turtle Cove is contaminated with PCBs, a cancer-causing chemical. The EPA ordered the work to be done in 1990. But tribal officials wouldn't allow it because General Motors giant toxic landfill is right next to the cove and they feared the water would get re-contaminated. Different visions of what "clean" means have stalled clean-up of the GM landfill Superfund site near Massena. Listen again to David Sommerstein's report from 2001 on how GM, the EPA and the Mohawks see the PCB problem.  Go to full article

Clinton Hosts NY Farm Day

New York farmers took the spotlight in Washington, DC yesterday with Senator Hillary Clinton's 3rd Annual New York Farm Day. In a telephone conference with reporters to preview the event, Clinton and co-organizer Jim Tresize gave a nod to North Country products.  Go to full article
The steel column climb.
The steel column climb.

'High Steel' Prowess at Ironworker Fest

For generations, Mohawks and other Native Americans have built the world's most famous buildings and bridges, including the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center. They work the "high steel", a dangerous profession practiced hundreds of feet above the ground. The skill and craft of ironworking takes center stage this Saturday at the 2nd Annual Ironworkers Festival near Syracuse. Ironworkers will compete in events like knot-tying, wrench throwing, and the 30-foot column climb. David Sommerstein was at the inaugural event last year and filed this story.  Go to full article

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