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State-PEF lines of communication "open"

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is open to shortening a contract with a public labor union to avoid layoffs if more concessions are needed to give the state the savings it needs. At a press conference yesterday, he said he won't negotiate quote "in the newspapers." He made no commitments, but said the "lines of communication are open."  Go to full article

Locals fight for control over hydro-fracking

New York's proposed regulations for the drilling technique known as "hydro-fracking" are currently in the public comment stage. The Department of Envitronmental Conservation has scheduled four public hearings will be held in November, three in the Marcellus shale region and one in New York City.

Environmental groups want more time for comment. And they'd also like public hearings in the Utica Shale area, which may be the next region slated for drilling.

As the state process advances, some communities are moving to make their towns 'off-limits' to the drillers. The "local control" tactic is being watched closely, particularly the Town of Dryden, where a test case is brewing. Our story comes from David Chanatry with the New York Reporting Project at Utica College.  Go to full article
Not only is there a property tax cap, and... mandated cost increases, but the state is not paying us timely.

Counties caught between rising costs, tax cap

Until this week, St. Lawrence County seemed to be leading the charge to over-ride the state's new 2-percent property tax cap, imposed on local governments. Now it looks like the County is trying to stay within the tax cap limit.

Counties around the North Country are busily preparing their 2012 budgets. And each is having to do its own political maneuvering, and decide whether it will cut services, or over-ride the tax cap.

Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article
Sunmount Developmental Center in Tupper Lake.
Sunmount Developmental Center in Tupper Lake.

Pink slips from Cuomo administration hit 175 North Country workers

State officials now say roughly 175 people will lose their jobs in the North Country after the Public Employee Federation last week voted down a new contract.

Hardest hit were Franklin, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, which each saw about fifty positions cut from the state payroll.

In all, the state will lay off 3,496 workers within the next three weeks unless the union and the governor come to an agreement soon.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo had been hoping for concessions from PEF's membership as the state continues to deal with a $10 billion budget deficit.

As political wrangling continues in Albany, Chris Morris reports that the pink slips are deeply personal to many North Country workers.  Go to full article
If they have tweaks that would come to a different outcome, great, lets talk about them (but they have to be) revenue neutral.

Union leadership hopes for second chance

In Albany, it's the Cuomo Administration vs. the rank and file of the Public Employees Federation. Union leaders hope for another chance on the contract members rejected last week.
Pink slips were sent out to almost 3,500 PEF members last week -- including about 175 here in the North Country. The layoffs begin to take effect in the next three weeks, unless the union and the governor come to a new contract deal soon.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo had been hoping for concessions from PEF's membership as the state continues to deal with a $10 billion budget deficit. But the membership rejected a deal similar to one ratified earlier this year by the Civil Service Employees Association.

Friday, Cuomo opened the door to "tweaks" that could avert the layoffs, but as Karen DeWitt reports, he says it's entirely up to the union leadership whether the job cut backs occur or not.  Go to full article
Our main thing right now is to prevent those layoffs and to come up with something that our members will ratify.

State union has "new ideas" for contract

Two days after one of the state's two major worker unions rejected a contract, the Public Employees Federation President says he has "new ideas" for a contract settlement, and is anxious to meet with Governor Cuomo to discuss options to avert the 3500 lay offs ordered by the governor.  Go to full article
Confidence in this state (from) outside has just exploded.

Clinton full of praise for Cuomo, NY

Former President Bill Clinton said confidence in New York has "exploded" as he delivered a pep-talk keynote speech to an economic development conference in Albany today.

The former president was brought to Albany by his former protege, now Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to discuss economic strategies with Cuomo's new regional economic development councils.  Go to full article

Cuomo announces billions for nano chip plants

Gov Cuomo opened the regional economic development conference in Albany yesterday with an announcement of a $4.4 billion dollar investment in high tech chip fabrication plants across upstate New York, and he predicts it will bring nearly 7000 jobs. Karen DeWitt has more:  Go to full article
I think it really does ratchet up the level of accountability.

Cuomo looks to website to make government more transparent

Following recent criticism, Governor Cuomo has launched a new website aimed at making his administration more transparent to the public.

The site lists events from his public schedule since taking office in January, and will feature on-line chats with top state officials, including the Governor himself, this coming Saturday. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the story:  Go to full article
Its a cost that continually is increasing and it absorbs a large percentage of our property taxes that we take in.

New bill would relieve counties' Medicaid costs

Under a bill introduced Monday, New York state would begin paying counties' Medicaid costs. Counties statewide could save 7.3 billion dollars. Right now, the low-income healthcare program gets half its money from the federal government; New York state pays 25%; and counties pay 25%. In St. Lawrence county, Medicaid costs the county almost 24 million dollars annually--about 34% of total spending on social services and the largest mandated expense from the state.  Go to full article

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