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An Amish farm in St. Lawrence county. Photo: Sarah Harris
An Amish farm in St. Lawrence county. Photo: Sarah Harris

The Eight O'clock Hour, 12/18/13

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New York state is urging people to re-register for their STAR property tax exemption before the deadline of December 31. But what if you don't have a computer or a phone? This poses a problem in Amish communities. North Country State Sen. Patty Ritchie speaks with Nora Flaherty on the phone about how she is trying to address the issue.

Canton first graders are having fun before the holidays making gingerbread houses. Governor Cuomo says he'll still make anti-corruption measures a high priority as he did in 2013 - but he says he'll likely deal with economic issues like proposed tax cuts first. Researchers from Clarkson University are gearing up to study the effect water pollution has on property values across 26 counties in upstate New York. Other research has found that the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing can disrupt the body's hormones.And Todd Moe talks with Anne Phinney about her book, Finding My Way to Moose River Farm.

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