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The plan was created following a series of public meetings (NCPR file photo)
The plan was created following a series of public meetings (NCPR file photo)

North Country regional council unveils 16 priority projects

For the first time, the North Country's Regional Economic Development Council created by Governor Cuomo has unveiled a list of priority projects. These sixteen projects that made the list are, in the Council's view, the best immediate hope for transforming the North Country's economy, and creating or saving roughly thirteen hundred jobs.

The most expensive proposal is a plan that would have the state spent $9.6 million refurbishing the railroad track to Newton Falls, a small mill town in southern St. Lawrence County. Other projects call for the state to help expand the Bombardier Plant in Plattsburgh and to support construction of more rental apartments around Fort Drum.

Brian Mann joined Martha Foley on the line to talk about the list of priority projects.  Go to full article
The Occupy Albany encampment in early November. Photo: Karen DeWitt
The Occupy Albany encampment in early November. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Occupy Albany arrests prompt legal showdown

About a dozen Occupy Wall Street protesters were back in Zuccotti Park in Manhattan's financial district early this morning, talking and trying to stay awake. A judge ruled yesterday that the protesters could return to the park but could not set up camp, or sleep there.

They sat on the park's marble benches, occasionally chanting. About 30 police officers were looking on.

A new poll finds many New Yorkers are supportive of the Occupy movement, and a majority believes they should be allowed to remain in the parks 24 hours a day.

Governor Andrew Cuomo doesn't agree. He's directed state police to arrest demonstrators in Albany.

Protesters have camped out at the city's Academy Park since October 21st. Since this past weekend, dozens have been arrested for crossing into adjacent state-run Lafayette Park.
Demonstrators say they will keep challenging the curfew until the arrests stop. That's set up a three-way showdown between protesters, the governor, and the local prosecutor.

And now, the governor is being asked to appoint a special prosecutor to follow through with those arrests.
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People have worked really, really hard. This has turned out to be a herculean effort. And, you know, a pretty tight timeframe.

Regional economic councils all meet their deadline

Monday was the day the governor's 10 regional councils submitted their economic development blueprints to the state.

As the Innovation Trail's Zack Seward reports, New York's economic development arm says all 10 councils met the submission guidelines.  Go to full article
Cash revenues have been falling short of expectations ...And economic activity has been very volatile.

New York's budget gap even bigger than expected

Governor Cuomo's budget office released some bad news yesterday. The state's budget gap is even bigger than expected, with a $350 million dollar shortfall for the current year and a $3.5 billion dollar gap next year.  Go to full article

Will Cuomo's popularity tip 2012 races?

Governor Andrew Cuomo endorsed Democratic candidates literally at both ends of the state- in Suffolk County, on Eastern Long Island, and in Erie County, which encompasses Buffalo in Western New York. And both candidates won in Tuesday's elections.

In Albany, Karen DeWitt sifts through the tea leaves of this year's local elections to see what, if anything, they portend for the statewide races in 2012.  Go to full article
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

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