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NCPR News Staff: Nora Flaherty

Digital Editor, News

Nora Flaherty began her career in public radio as a reporter and on-air host at Michigan Radio, where she did stories on environmental issues, housing, the arts, among other things. Nora moved to New York City in 2005, and became a producer at WFUV. At WFUV, Nora hosted a weekly interview program and reported on the long-term issues faced by September 11th survivors, education, and less serious topics like fairy tales, freak shows and pop music.

At NCPR, Nora has hosted the daily news program All Before Five, and reported on local politics, the arts, agriculture and entrepreneurship. She has recently taken on a new role as Digital Editor for News.

Nora’s work has won awards from the Associated Press, New York State Broadcasters Association, and Public Radio News Directors, Inc., as well as a Gracie Award.

A serious dog person, Nora loves hanging out with her "pack" (her husband and their two dogs), cooking, and driving in foreign countries. E-mail

Stories filed by Nora Flaherty

Andrew Cuomo inspects flood damage in Port Henry (File photo/Brian Mann)
Andrew Cuomo inspects flood damage in Port Henry (File photo/Brian Mann)

On the road to FEMA aid, Cuomo seeks major federal disaster designation for NY

Governor Cuomo formally requested Wednesday that President Obama declare a major federal disaster in New York, in the wake of the rain and flooding that have been going on since April 26. The move comes as local officials continue to raise concern about state and Federal aid for recovery efforts across the region.

As Martha Foley reports, Cuomo's request has the support of North Country congressman Bill Owens.  Go to full article
High water persists at Crown Point. Photo by Sarah Harris
High water persists at Crown Point. Photo by Sarah Harris

Lake Champlain shores up against floods--again

Lake Champlain rose again this week, thanks to 20 to30 mile-an-hour winds Monday that pushed water back onto some roads and waterfront.

The damages are still mounting. After weeks of high water, the lake remains at flood stage, threatening roads, homes, wells and septic systems.

Clinton County Emergency Services Director Eric Day yesterday called this the "slowest natural disaster ever experienced" in the county.

Day predicts it'll take many weeks of effort to bring hard-hit areas back to normal, and said some of the shoreline may always look more like an ocean coastline than serene lakeshore.

Nora Flaherty talked with Day late yesterday.  Go to full article

Brasher to loan to local businesses

The town of Brasher has taken the first step toward creating a local development corporation to make loans to local businesses.

Brasher's right next door to the Akwesasne Mohawk casino, and under the gambling compact that made way for that casino, the town gets a share of the profits--so do Massena, Fort Covington, and Bombay. That Mohawks give the money to the state, and the state passes it back to the towns, earmarked for tourism, infrastructure, gambling addiction education--and local economic development. Nora Flaherty reports.  Go to full article
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In face of budget cuts, county health departments must make tough choices

Cuts in federal and state aid and a potential 2% property tax cap mean North Country County public health departments are facing some tough choices. What those choices are likely to be is just now starting to come out as the departments are beginning to formulate their budgets for next year.  Go to full article

Cook-off tempers cool as Health Dept. explains regulations

Relations between some local groups and the state department of health have been a little strained over the last few months in St. Lawrence County --ever since two chili cook-offs and another event had to be canceled this winter. The events didn't meet health requirements. At a meeting in February many called the "chili cook-off summit," critics called the rules excessive, confusing and sometimes just random.

This week, the health department has been holding public meetings in towns around the area. They're looking to smooth things out with the churches, fire departments, lodges and other organizations whose events are a big part of North Country life. There's one more meeting, this afternoon at 2 at the Clifton-Fine community center in Star Lake. Nora Flaherty sat in on a meeting in Canton .  Go to full article

USDA loans can help with post-flood rebuilding

USDA Rural Development is reminding people hit by the recent flooding that low-interest loans and grants available through their 504 program may plug gaps left by homeowners' insurance, and help people make needed post-flood home repairs.  Go to full article
Photo by Mary Jane Watson
Photo by Mary Jane Watson

Returning high waters raise debris, sewage fears

The last couple of days of heavy rain have pushed lake and river levels back up. At Rouses Point, Lake Champlain is expected to continue rising at least through Thursday, approaching three feet above flood stage.

According to the National Weather Service, that means "widespread severe flooding" will continue, affecting shoreline homes and businesses as well as some local highways. Officials are also warning boaters that the floodwaters have pushed a large amount of floating debris into the lake.

As much as four inches of rain have fallen on parts of the region since Saturday. More rain, though not as heavy, is expected over the next two days.

In Colton and Potsdam, the Raquette River has been flooding since the last week of April, and the damage is estimated at over a million dollars so far. As Nora Flaherty reports, continuing rain is cause for worry.  Go to full article

Shuttered North Lawrence Dairy finds a buyer

The North Lawrence Dairy plant ceased production of Breyers Yogurt just two weeks ago with no definite plans to reopen--but now the shuttered plant has found a new buyer. Not a lot of details have emerged yet, but Nora Flaherty has this report on what we know so far:  Go to full article

Liasons want to make mass transit work for Ft. Drum area

The Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization has begun a study they're hoping will ultimately help them better meet the public transit needs of the area's military and civilian populations. Nora Flaherty has the details:  Go to full article

North Lawrence Dairy closes: Workers, locals, farmers feel the effects

Late last month, a yogurt plant in North Lawrence became the latest dairy processor in northern New York to close. North Lawrence has had a dairy processing plant for more than 100 years, and the closure will leave 132 people out of a job. But the effects will be felt by a lot more people than that.  Go to full article

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