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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
A tiny opening appears between lake water and the Main Street Bridge (Photo:  Chris Morris
A tiny opening appears between lake water and the Main Street Bridge (Photo: Chris Morris

Saranac Lake dries out, rests up, assesses damage

Flood conditions in parts of the North Country eased a bit on Monday as emergency personnel continued dealing with the damage caused by high waters.

In Saranac Lake, water levels receded, providing officials with the chance to assess infrastructure above and below the Lake Flower Dam.

Following five tense days, some volunteers are being sent home to rest. But as Chris Morris reports, more heavy rain is expected today.  Go to full article
Boston Bruins practise thise week in Lake Placid (Photo:  Chris Morris)
Boston Bruins practise thise week in Lake Placid (Photo: Chris Morris)

For Bruins, road to playoffs leads through Lake Placid

Coming off a key win in their playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins stopped in Lake Placid to regroup on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Bruins are down two games to one in the series, after bouncing back Monday night with a key 4-2 victory over the Habs.

As Chris Morris reports, the Bruins took advantage of Montreal's proximity to Lake Placid, where players found some peace and quiet before tonight's Game 4.  Go to full article
Keegan Muldowney (left) waits for his turn on a vehicle fire drill held last summer in Keeseville (Photo courtesy of Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department)
Keegan Muldowney (left) waits for his turn on a vehicle fire drill held last summer in Keeseville (Photo courtesy of Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department)

Volunteer fire squads battle blazes and a shortage of recruits

Across the North Country, volunteer fire squads are struggling to find new recruits.

Departments face a lot of challenges. Many small towns have fewer and fewer young people.

Training demands have grown over the years.

As Chris Morris reports, the region's fire chiefs are organizing to try to rebuild the tradition of service.  Go to full article
Roughly 40 nurses rallied yesterday outside Adirondack Medical Center (Photo:  Chris Morris)
Roughly 40 nurses rallied yesterday outside Adirondack Medical Center (Photo: Chris Morris)

Nurses picket at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake

A large group of nurses gathered in front of one of the region's largest health care facilities this week to call for fair wages and benefits.

The nurses' union at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake says it wants a contract similar to those at other area hospitals, like the CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh and the Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone.

But hospital officials counter that they've been negotiating in good faith, and that their contract proposal is, in fact, fair.

Chris Morris has our report.  Go to full article

North Country reps respond to intervention in Libya

The region's representatives in Congress are weighing in on the crisis in Libya. Bill Owens, the Democrat representing New York's 23rd Congressional District, says he supports efforts to free the Libyan people from the grip of a powerful dictator. But he also has reservations as the U.S. continues military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, 20th Congressional District Representative Chris Gibson, a Republican and retired Army colonel, says the U.S. has no business getting involved in Libya. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

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