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We are already for the north country a resounding success going forward...we also want the money.

North Country Economic Council gets ready to submit its plan

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council is sifting through project proposals this week. The projects it chooses will be entered into the state competition for the first round of economic development dollars.

Julie Grant reports that while the priority projects have not been revealed, the North Country plan is getting more specific.  Go to full article

NC Council hears more debate over Rooftop Highway

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council is finishing work on its strategic plan. Late last week, the Council held its first meeting since releasing a draft of the plan. Some people criticized it for being short on details, but one project it did mention specifically is the controversial Rooftop Highway - a proposed interstate that would run from Watertown around to Plattsburgh.

The plan doesn't specifically endorse it, but it does acknowledge the need for improved infrastructure.

John Casserly is with a group called YesEleven. It wants to improve Route 11 - and opposes construction of a new interstate. Casserly told the council that most people don't know what the Rooftop Highway is - even people who would be directly affected by it.  Go to full article
I'd also like to point out that our alumni and our students are occupying Wall Street in a productive way, through employment.

NYS helped and hurt by globalization

A new SUNY report called "New York in the World" asserts that no other state in the nation has seen more benefits -- or suffered more harm -- from globalization. On Friday, the state university hosted the first of six public forums about the issue.  Go to full article
Tony Collins.
Tony Collins.

NC Economic Development Council to vet draft plan Friday

Monday was the deadline for businesses and others who want a share of state money from the 10 new regional economic development councils.

The councils, including the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, are now approaching a deadline of their own. Their plans are due in Albany Nov. 14. The state will choose the four plans it likes best. Those regions will get $40-million dollars for their "priority projects."

The money is specifically focused on shovel-ready building projects and new business ventures.
Friday, the North Country Council will hold its first meeting since publicly releasing its draft plan last week. But so far, the draft doesn't outline the region's priority projects, and that uncertainty has led to some criticism of the council.

Julie Grant spoke with co-chair Tony Collins, who is president of Clarkson University in Potsdam. He says a council committee will vet 200 to 300 applications before sending their plan to Albany. Julie asked him if the public will see the list of proposed projects this week.  Go to full article
I think that we and the public can win that discussion.

Silver: Millionaire's tax supporters can "ultimately" prevail

The planned expiration of what's often called the "millionaire's tax" on December 31st...has become a major flashpoint for Occupy Albany protesters. But it's not just the protesters--a majority of New Yorkers don't want the tax to end. Now State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver--a longtime supporter of extending the tax--says he believes his side can "ultimately" prevail.  Go to full article
...Comment via the website, that's really what folks need to do.

Regional Economic Development Council puts draft plan online

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council has posted a draft of its strategic plan--and it includes supporting controversial long term federal projects such as the Rooftop Highway.

It also sets out seven visions for the North Country including: the construction of growth in the aerospace, defense, biotech and other industries; increasing the region's profile as a special destination to visit, live, work and study; creating the greenest economy in the state; and starting an agriculture revolution.

The North Country Council is one of ten around New York created by Governor Andrew Cuomo to compete for millions of dollars in state funding. Garry Douglas is co-chair. He says the draft plan was created after a series of public hearings. Before submitting the final proposal to Albany, he wants people to review the plan online.

"Because there's not time between now and November 14 to go out and do another whole round of hearings. So it's going to be website dependent. People that have interest go there, look at them, and then comment via the website. That's really what folks need to do."

The website is North Country Open For Business - dot - com.  Go to full article
Photo: Karen DeWitt
Photo: Karen DeWitt

Occupy Albany protestors a "sustained presence"

The Occupy Wall Street protesters camped out in Albany plan a rally supporting the state's "millionaire tax," as some organizers lash out at Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Media reports say Cuomo wanted state police to enforce a curfew that would have driven the demonstrators out of the park Friday. But Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, a fellow Democrat, instead allowed demonstrators to stay. There was no comment from Cuomo or Jennings yesterday.

The protesters are camped out across the street from the State Capitol. Yesterday they told Karen DeWitt they have no intention of leaving anytime soon.  Go to full article
Photo: Karen DeWitt
Photo: Karen DeWitt

Occupy Albany protesters chide Cuomo on millionaire's tax

Occupy Albany protesters gathered Friday in a park across from the State Capitol. Among the issues they spoke about was Governor Cuomo's stance against renewing a tax on millionaires. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
The weakness that we all know in the economy continues...That has an impact on state revenues.

Tax revenue down, budget outlook grim

The outlook for next year's state budget is looking increasingly grim, as a new report from the State's Comptroller brings more bad news about tax collections. Karen DeWitt has our story:  Go to full article
You can put a cap in place and if you don’t change the mandated things … all you’ve done is put all the pressure on the local government.

Massena considers property tax cap over ride

There's a new wrinkle in the budget process for municipalities and school districts across New York. At Gov. Andrew Cuomo's urging this spring, state legislators approved a new 2 percent cap on how much local property taxes can go up in a given fiscal year.

But with expenses rising and revenues flat, counties and towns are weighing the possibility of overriding the cap. As Martha Foley reports, one St. Lawrence County town has reluctantly taken the first step.  Go to full article

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