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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...
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Dec 02, 2008 — Lewis County finalized its 2009 budget last night. It restores about half of the 52 jobs that lawmakers had considered eliminating. But that came at the cost of dipping into the rainy day fund when rainier days may be ahead. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Oct 29, 2008 — Democratic Senator Darrel Aubertine and Republican David Renzi clashed in their final debate last night in Watertown. Aubertine is trying to protect his Senate seat just eight months after he won it in last winter's special election. Aubertine cites funding for capital projects at SUNY Canton and SUNY Oswego, and delaying the closure of Lee Memorial hospital in Fulton, as his biggest accomplishments during his brief Senate tenure. Aubertine's a former dairy farmer from Cape Vincent. He served three terms as the Assemblyman along the St. Lawrence River in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties. He told David Sommerstein his biggest priority is to cut down the state's record budget deficit while reducing property taxes. Go to full article
Sep 25, 2008 — A day after a poll showed Democratic Senator Darrel Aubertine with a commanding lead over Republican David Renzi, the once civil race turned ugly. The campaigns traded attacks and accusations yesterday. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Jul 25, 2008 — Commercial airlines have a tough time doing business in the North Country. Recently, three different carriers found that Northern New Yorkers are used to driving, not flying. And long, cold winters can force numerous flight delays and cancellations. But Cape Air seems to be making a go of it. For more than six months now, the Massachusetts-based airline has been flying non-stops to its hub in Boston from Saranac Lake and Plattsburgh. Travellers and airport administrators say they're pleased with the service. And the airline will soon start direct flights from Massena, Ogdensburg and Watertown to Albany. Jonathan Brown brings us an update on North Country air service. Go to full article
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Jul 08, 2008 — The July Fourth holiday traditionally marks the start of the run-up to the big major party conventions and the real presidential campaign. But doesn't it seem like there's been politics and campaign news just forever this year? Partly it's been primary races that wound down through John Edwards and Mitt Romney, and then the prolonged duel of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. And New York has made its own share of political headlines: the disgrace of former Governor Spitzer, a bitter special election to fill a North Country senate seat, the recent resignation of longtime Republican leader Joseph Bruno and the extra pressure that puts on the GOP to maintain its Senate majority. Martha Foley, David Sommerstein and Brian Mann sort through some of the state and regional highlights starting with the GOP's struggles in New York. Go to full article
Jun 24, 2008 — Somewhat muted in the surprise over Senator Bruno's announcement not to seek re-election is a bizarre flap involving Governor David Paterson and North Country Senator Darrel Aubertine. On Saturday, Aubertine said he was offered the chairmanship of the New York Power Authority, and that he declined it. Yesterday, Governor Patterson said the Senator from Jefferson County was never offered the job in the first place. But as David Sommerstein reports, political observers question whether the Governor's telling the truth. Go to full article
by Todd Moe
Jun 13, 2008 — NCPR is media sponsor for the Lake Placid Film Forum this weekend. One of the guests is novelist William Kennedy, who lives near Albany. Kennedy will lead a master class on script writing at the forum. He co-scripted the screenplay for The Cotton Club and wrote the script for Ironweed, starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, both of whom won Oscars for their performances. He spoke with Todd Moe about his latest ventures and turning a novel into a film. Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Jun 04, 2008 — New Yorkers pay record high property taxes partly because we have some of the most expensive local governments in the country. Last winter, Brian Mann looked at the reasons those tax bills are so high, and at some of the tough realities that might follow a property tax cap. Go to full article