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Albany journalistic insider Fred Dicker writes in his Labor Day column that North Country native and former dairy farmer Darrel Aubertine may be on his way out as state Agriculture Commissioner. Dicker writes: Aubertine will resign in the next few...
The Assembly voted unanimously today to cap tax assessments on agricultural land at 2% increases per year. The bill now goes before Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature. Because farmland is valued by the crops it can produce, and the price of...
A couple of remainders to wrap up the week. New York's State Senate passed a bill that would direct government agencies to make a list of New York farm fresh products that agencies could buy. Agriculture Committee chairwoman Patty Ritchie of...
Lots going on today. Some of what we’ve been covering in the newsroom: Vermont has just become the sixth state to grant driver’s licenses to migrant workers — Sarah Harris has a great story today on how some local farmers, and...
News stories tagged with "albany"
by Brian Mann
Albany, NY, Nov 16, 2009 — Governor David Paterson spent much of the day today on the telephone talking with reporters, trying to explain his budget-cutting plan. In a conversation with North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann, Paterson blasted his critics in the legislature and in the public employee unions. According to Paterson, no one has suggested credible alternatives to the deficit reduction plan that he's proposed. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Nov 13, 2009 — Governor Paterson says he and legislative leaders are now "three quarters" of the way toward agreement on a plan to balance the state's budget, but a meeting with legislative leaders did not reveal many details on a plan that the governor hopes will pass next week. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany. Go to full article
Nov 10, 2009 — Governor Paterson's deficit reduction plan is facing opposition from many groups who rely on government funding. People with disabilities have been keeping a vigil in Albany since last week to protest proposed cuts. St. Lawrence County NYSARC didn't send anyone to Albany to join in because they couldn't afford it, says Daphne Pickert, the group's executive director. NYSARC provides services to 650 people with disabilities and employs almost 600 people in St. Lawrence County alone. Pickert told David Sommerstein the 10% proposed cuts would leave her with no choice but to cut programs and jobs. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Nov 05, 2009 — The corruption trial of former State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno continued in federal court yesterday, as prosecutors attempted to show that Bruno tried to conceal one of his business relationships. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Nov 04, 2009 — The first witnesses in the corruption trial of former State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno testified in federal court Tuesday, as the prosecution tried to show that Bruno had tried to conceal some of his business interests from the public. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Nov 02, 2009 — The corruption trial of former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno gets underway in a federal courthouse in Albany Monday. There is some dispute, though, about the statute that Bruno has been charged under, known as the "theft of honest services" clause. Karen DeWitt explains. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Oct 28, 2009 — If the state's looming budget deficit isn't scary enough, visitors can take this month's tour showcasing the ghost stories and legends in New York's gothic style Capitol building. Correspondent Karen DeWitt leads us on a tour of Albany's things that go bump in the night. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Sep 30, 2009 — Two weeks from today, it'll be against the law to burn trash and most everything else in New York State. The new burn ban targets backyard burn barrels, which are heavy polluters and the biggest source of cancer-causing dioxins in our air. But it also bans the burning of leaves, newspapers, and agricultural plastics like bale wraps. Campfires, burning brush, and natural agricultural waste will still be allowed. The Department of Environmental Conservation is scrambling to get the word out about the details of the law and its enforcement. The DEC's Lori Severino told David Sommerstein most forms of open burning will be banned. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Sep 11, 2009 — The New York State Senate met in a special one day session yesterday. The senators approved Governor Paterson's choice to head the MTA. But the Senate, still closely divided after a bitter leadership standoff in June, failed to pass ethics reform, and stayed away from other more controversial measures, including the state's budget deficit. And there was some drama. Karen DeWitt was there. Go to full article