Jan 24, 2005 — As the state legislature begins review of the executive budget, the North Country will have more influence in the Senate. Senator Jim Wright announced late last week he's been promoted to an entry leadership position, the Deputy Majority Leader for Policy. The Watertown Republican was also appointed to the powerful Senate Finance Committee, which controls the chamber's purse strings. It's the first time a North Country Senator has sat on the committee since the retirement of Senator Ron Stafford. Wright says the two positions will give the North Country more leverage in Albany.