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Pataki Vetoes Native American Taxes Bill

Governor Pataki has vetoed the bill that would have required his administration to collect state taxes on sales of tobacco and gasoline by native American vendors. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

NY Republicans Elect New Leader

New York Republicans have selected Rochester-area G-O-P leader Stephen Minarik to head the party's state organization. At a meeting in Albany yesterday, they picked the Monroe County Republican chairman to rally the party in the aftermath of several major Election Day setbacks. Minarik succeeds Sandy Treadwell, of Essex county, who has been given a national G-O-P committeeman's seat. The move at the top comes amid grumblings from high-profile Republicans who say their party has lost direction and needs to get back on course. Minarik told Michael Caputo, of WXXI-TV in Rochester, that his goal is to unite the New York Republicans after the 2004 election.  Go to full article

Iraq Diary, Pt. 23: New Reservists from New York, Vermont Head to Iraq

Hundreds of New York National Guard soldiers serving with the 2nd of the 108th in Iraq have passed their one-year mark. The reservists will be returning home to the U.S. in January or February. But they'll be replaced by other reserve units from New York and Vermont that are now shipping overseas. This week as part his audio diary, Major Eric Olsen -- a chaplain from Saranac Lake -- headed to Camp Orion's internet café to talk with Zachary Estergard, a young soldier from Syracuse who's just begun a tour of duty.  Go to full article
A cookie cottage (above).  Building skills (below).
A cookie cottage (above). Building skills (below).

Home Sweet Home: The Art of Gingerbread

Fruitcakes, cookies and sweets are an annual tradition in many households during the holidays. Next month, visitors to the Traditional Arts In Upstate New York, or TAUNY, gallery in Canton will be asked to vote for their favorite gingerbread house. TAUNY is offering a chance to learn the tasty art of building gingerbread structures - from cabins to castles. Award-winning gingerbread architect Sue Wilder will offer two workshops. An advanced class geared toward adults tomorrow from 10 to 1 at the Canton United Methodist Church. And a beginners class on Saturday, December 11 for families and young builders. Last year, Todd Moe visited a group of eager gingerbread bakers gathered in Canton to learn some secrets of making gingerbread houses. These novices got a head start on their edible real estate.  Go to full article

Incumbents McHugh & Sweeney Win Re-election

Republican Congressmen John McHugh and John Sweeney easily won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.  Go to full article

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

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