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If somebody was homeless, they’re not going to be counted at all.

State Sen. Betty Little talks prisoners and redistricting

The battle over legislative redistricting in New York is heating up as lawmakers have begun the process of reshaping electoral districts following last year's census.

In a development that hits close to home in the North Country...a redistricting task force announced last week it would ignore a law requiring prison inmates to be counted at their last known address, raising the ire of some civil rights groups.

The law passed in 2010 when Democrats controlled both legislative houses and the governor's mansion. The measure has since been challenged in court by nine Republican state senators.

Betty Little is a plaintiff in that lawsuit. She spoke with Chris Morris.  Go to full article
There was no vote – so there was no representation.

Suit would block NY cap and trade carbon auctions

A political activist from western New York is suing the state over its involvement in a 10-state carbon-trading program.

Lisa Thrun heads up the grassroots campaign for the New York chapter of Americans for Prosperity. She's also the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the state's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Thrun's lawsuit alleges that cap-and-trade policies in New York are placing an undue burden on taxpayers. The suit also claims that lawmakers didn't get a chance to properly vet the state's commitment to the program.  Go to full article
ORDA CEO Ted Blazer (Photo:  Chris Morris)
ORDA CEO Ted Blazer (Photo: Chris Morris)

ORDA builds appeal despite state budget cuts

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is having one of its best years ever. ORDA operates and maintains a variety of Olympic venues across the Lake Placid region, including ski centers at Whiteface and Gore Mountains. State officials say heavy snowfall and a strong Canadian dollar translated into financial success.

As Chris Morris reports, ORDA is looking to build off that success by getting creative with its marketing.  Go to full article
ORDA spokesman Jon Lundin enjoys the view from the new convention center (Photo: Chris Morris)
ORDA spokesman Jon Lundin enjoys the view from the new convention center (Photo: Chris Morris)

ORDA unveils new Lake Placid convention center

The new Conference Center at Lake Placid has been in business for several weeks now. Local leaders and members of the public got a first-hand look at the new facility in May, when Governor Andrew Cuomo took his "people first" campaign to Lake Placid.

Today, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, along with several tourism groups, are hosting a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony from 4 to 6:30 p.m., offering the public a chance to tour the state-of-the-art meeting place. Chris Morris had a chance to tour the facility recently alongside ORDA spokesman Jon Lundin.  Go to full article
Randy Preston stands on a Wilmington bridge on the "watch" list (Photo:  Chris Morris)
Randy Preston stands on a Wilmington bridge on the "watch" list (Photo: Chris Morris)

As Adirondack roads crumble, state officials urge patience

Town leaders in the Adirondacks say state highways and bridges in the Park need major repairs and upgrades, with many of the busiest routes looking like battered back-country roads. The situation was made worse by the spring floods.

But as the state continues to climb out of its fiscal mess, it's unlikely that even the most important highways -- like Route 86 between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake -- will get the sort of attention they need any time soon.

As Chris Morris reports, that leaves local leaders worried that public safety and tourism traffic could be at risk.  Go to full article
I think it is much better than the previous version that passed the Senate. I think it gives a little bit more local control.

Assembly reps comfortable with tax cap progress

Governor Andrew Cuomo saw one of his legislative goals for the current session take a huge step forward earlier this week, as lawmakers announced they were close to a deal on a property tax cap.

The state Senate passed tax cap legislation earlier this year - a bill that essentially mirrored Cuomo's proposal.

This week, the state Assembly got on board, unveiling their version of the bill - and as Chris Morris reports, lawmakers from the North Country are, for the most part, pleased with the legislation.  Go to full article
North Elba supervisor Roby Politi with Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday (Source: Nathan Brown, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, used by permission)
North Elba supervisor Roby Politi with Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday (Source: Nathan Brown, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, used by permission)

Cuomo brings agenda, momentum, to Lake Placid

Governor Andrew Cuomo dominated Albany this year, pushing his austerity budget through the legislature on time with only token opposition.

With his poll numbers still high, Cuomo is barnstorming the state again, hoping to pass another ambitious slate of bills before the current session ends June 20.

Yesterday, the governor brought his "People First Campaign" to the Olympic region, pushing for ethics reform, a cap on local property taxes, and a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Chris Morris has our report.  Go to full article
Former Gov. Paterson talks with reporters (Photo: PSC)
Former Gov. Paterson talks with reporters (Photo: PSC)

Former Gov. Paterson opens up on life (and baseball) after politics

During a brief trip to the Adirondacks, former New York Governor David Paterson said his successor is doing a great job in Albany.

Paterson was the keynote speaker Sunday as Paul Smith's College graduated its 64th class.

Following commencement, Paterson spoke candidly about a variety of subjects, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Adirondacks, and making a guest appearance on New York City sports radio.

Chris Morris has our story.  Go to full article
We have to be creative... when it comes to accomplishing all that we need to do to take care of what makes our area so special

Cash-strapped DEC relies on partnerships

As Albany tightens its belt, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has faced some of the deepest cuts, losing key staff and money for services like campgrounds and fish hatcheries.

State officials say partnerships with environmental groups and local governments are helping to ease the crunch. But as Chris Morris reports, critics say partnerships can't erase the need for more dollars.  Go to full article
Franklin County emergency services coordinator Rick Provost in Tupper Lake with DEC Commissioner Joe Martens), state environmental facilities head Matt Driscoll, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, and  Tupper Lake Supervisor Roger Amell.
Franklin County emergency services coordinator Rick Provost in Tupper Lake with DEC Commissioner Joe Martens), state environmental facilities head Matt Driscoll, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, and Tupper Lake Supervisor Roger Amell.

Officials scramble to assess flood damage

Flooding in parts of the North Country is expected to get worse before it gets better.

And even though water levels continue to fluctuate, state and local officials are trying to get a handle on how much damage has occurred so far.

In Saranac Lake two bridges that have been closed for more than a week were reopened early this morning. Village Manager John Sweeney says water levels dropped by about three inches overnight. Sweeney says county inspectors found no problems with any of the bridges in the village yesterday.

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Administration - or FEMA - were in Saranac Lake Thursday as well. Sweeney says they were focused on evaluating the state of public infrastructure, and may begin looking at some private properties today.

Meanwhile, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens toured flood ravaged neighborhoods in Tupper Lake.

Chris Morris was there and has this report...  Go to full article

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