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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...
Much of the coverage of Albany’s latest corruption scandal has focused on the bipartisan nature of New York’s dirty political culture. Here’s how the Associated Press’s Michael Gormley breaks it down: When New York Democratic...
Given what’s been happening in Madison and Indianapolis – and given the depth and breadth of Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget cuts – Albany’s being watched closely as a hotspot for protests of those cuts. The first...
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by Brian Mann
Nov 16, 2006 — This week, Brian Mann has been looking at the struggles of the Republican Party in New York state. The GOP lost every statewide race last week. Even here in the North Country, Republicans faced a stiff challenge, losing two House seats. Gerald Benjamin is dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Science and a political science professor at SUNY New Paltz. He's also a St. Lawrence University alum. Benjamin says New York could evolve to resemble Massachusetts, where Democrats dominate the state's political culture. Go to full article
Oct 16, 2006 — There's been a trend now for the past few years - of local town councils considering referendums on national issues. Last week, town officials in Keene rejected a local resolution that would have raised objections to the Bush Administration's handling of civil liberties since 9/11. The White House says the measures - whihc include suspending the right of habewas corpus - are necessary to prevent terror attacks in the U.S. Local peace organizers may have lost this battle. But for one activist, the local forum has at least got her message heard. Go to full article
Sep 11, 2006 — Two Republicans are vying for their party's support to replace departing State Senator Ray Meier for the 47th District. Joseph Griffo faces off against Timothy Julian in tomorrow's primary. The race pits a well-endorsed political veteran against a relative newcomer. Gregory Warner reports. The Democratic primary for the 47th State Senate district also features two Utica-area candidates. Attorney Leon Koziol is a former Utica city councilman. John Murad is a retired state Supreme Court Judge. Koziol has the endorsements of Democratic Commitees in Oneida and St. Lawrence County. He'll also appear on the Working Families party line. According to the Watertown Daily Times, Koziol has called the North Country "the neglected part of the district". He's pushing for better health care for farmers. And he wants the New York Power Authority to transfer to private hands more land along the St. Lawrence River. Murad will only appear on the Democratic line. He's called for reform in Albany, including an overhaul of New York's workers' compensation system. Murad also wants to boost funding for tourism in Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Go to full article
Sep 04, 2006 — Attorney General Eliot Spitzer revved up organized labor in Massena Friday morning as a part of a 3-day Upstate campaign swing with his running-mate David Patterson. The frontrunner in the Governor's race vowed to do what it takes to keep aluminum maker Alcoa in the North Country. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Sep 01, 2006 — New York State has lagged far behind the country in replacing its lever voting machines. Now New York's counties are scrambling to comply with their part of HAVA - the Help America Vote Act. Each county has leased at least one machine to make it easier for people with disabilities to vote. But with so few machines, access will be a major issue. Gregory Warner went to a demonstration of the machines in Canton. Go to full article
Aug 31, 2006 — The Academy at Ivy Ridge is a school for troubled teens in Ogdensburg. It functions like a boarding school, but it's not yet accredited by the state. That caused problems last year when the Attorney General's office caught the school handing out high school diplomas. Ivy Ridge was ordered to refund some of the falsely graduated seniors' tuition, and to stop advertising itself as an accredited school. Currently the school is being sued by parents and students for misrepresenting itself. Next Monday the State Board of Education decides whether to finally award the school accreditation. Gregory Warner reports. Go to full article
Aug 03, 2006 — State Senate majority leader Joseph Bruno's granddaughter, who had been missing for several days, was found by New York City police early Wednesday morning. Bruno disclosed that 20-year-old Rachel Bruno suffers froman eating disorder that could have led her to make some poor decisions. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Aug 01, 2006 — Government reform groups tracked campaign contributions given by the energy industry to government officials. They found Governor George Pataki has received the most money, but that Democratic candidate for Governor, Eliot Spitzer, is a close second. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article