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Hydraulic Fracking will be allowed with limitations

After a lot of controversy, Governor Andrew Cuomo's Environmental Commissioner says New York will permit the natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, to proceed with some limitations.  Go to full article
Unfortunately the governor feels the need to be out there threatening the jobs of our members.

Still a chance of layoffs for one state employees' union

Layoffs remain on the table for one major state worker union, after the Public Employees Federation failed to reach an agreement with the Cuomo Administration on a contract.  Go to full article
In this case, Senate inaction has put that money at risk.

Health care advocates warn New York could lose millions

The New York State legislature left town without implementing changes required under the federal health care legislation. Advocates warn that failure could cost the state millions of dollars in federal funds.  Go to full article
Canton Elementary School students
Canton Elementary School students

Property tax cap passed quietly, but could make a big noise in North Country schools

Buried by the passage of the same sex marriage law Friday night, was the news that the state legislature also passed the 2 percent property tax cap.

Over the last several months several North Country educators have came out against the cap, saying it would disproportionately affect poor rural areas and would make it difficult for schools to keep up with rising costs.

Canton Central School District Superintendent William Gregory has been among the most outspoken of these opponents and wrote a letter last year to Governor Cuomo arguing against the cap. Nora Flaherty spoke with Gregory to get his take on how the cap will affect North Country school districts.  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

DEC will not complete report on hydrofracking by Friday deadline

Although the DEC has been working on a study about hydrofracking in New York's Marcellus Shale for four years, they have not finished a draft requested for Friday by the Cuomo administration. Emma Jacobs from the Innovation Trail has more.  Go to full article
Marie and Louise Tyo
Marie and Louise Tyo

Same-sex marriage in New York an important stepping stone, says one Potsdam couple

On Friday night, New York became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage. And Potsdam couple Louise and Marie Tyo were watching.

Marie and Louise have been together for fifteen years, and they have a daughter. They got married in Canada a few years ago, and during the Patterson administration New York began recognizing marriages from all states and countries.

So Louise and Marie are legally married in New York already, but as far as they're concerned the passage of gay marriage in their home state is a huge symbolic victory and a stop on the road to federal recognition of their marriage.

Nora Flaherty spoke with Louise and Marie Tyo.  Go to full article

Same-sex marriage still hasn't made it to the floor as Senators conference

The same-sex marriage bill didn't make it to the floor Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said earlier he'd discuss the bill with his conference later on. When they're done with the conference--sometime this evening---he said he expects they'll announce whether they will bring the bill to the floor for a vote.  Go to full article
If it takes a little bit more time, it takes a little bit more time. I would much rather get it right than rush it.

Same sex marriage vote down in the queue

The state Senate may decide today whether to bring a bill legalizing same sex marriage to the floor for an up or down vote. Gov. Andrew Cuomoo continues to be optimistic about its chances for passage. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
I think we are on the cusp of historic progress for this state.

State legislature now set to start passing bills

The New York State legislature is apparently set to begin passing bills late Thursday to strengthen and extend New York City's rent laws, enact a 2 percent property tax cap for schools and local governments, and raise tuition at public colleges and universities.  Go to full article

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