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Poll: Voters want independent redistricting

A new poll out Thursday finds many New Yorkers want a fair method for redrawing district lines. As Karen DeWitt reports, some think nonpartisan redistricting could go a long way toward limiting dysfunction in government.  Go to full article
Congklingville Dam (Photo: HRBRRD)
Congklingville Dam (Photo: HRBRRD)

North Country dam-reservoir authority angers commmunities with $3 million loan

The state authority that operates dams and reservoirs across the North Country voted this week to bail itself out with an internal loan worth more than $3 million.

The Hudson River-Black River Regulating District will shift the money from the region around Watertown and the Black River drainage to pay for operations in the Adirondacks and around the Great Sacandaga Reservoir.

The move has sparked anger from some North Country politicians, who say their communities are being forced to subsidize the state's operations in other parts of the state.

Brian Mann spoke with 8 O'clock Hour host Martha Foley to sort through the controversy.  Go to full article
Seneca president Robert Odawi Porter displays the historic cloth Tuesday.  [photo by Chris Caya]
Seneca president Robert Odawi Porter displays the historic cloth Tuesday. [photo by Chris Caya]

Senecas reassert sovereignty; Cuomo eyes gambling

Seneca Nation president Robert Odawi Porter is using an historic piece of cloth to deliver a message to New York State about native sovereignty. He said payment of the cloth and a small sum according to an 18th century treaty symbolizes native nations' freedom from state taxation and right to land.

The history lesson came on the same day that Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he is considering legalizing gambling in New York. That would have a profound effect on native nations and tribes around the state who rely on their casinos for revenue. Martha Foley and Dave Bullard report.  Go to full article
We didn’t rejoice at the slight increase. We're not going to cry at a slight downturn.

Governor "optimistic" about Wall Street's future

Governor Cuomo says he's staying optimistic about Wall Street and the financial sector's future right now. Karen DeWitt reports the governor's saying he hopes the downturn will be just a "blip" on the screen.  Go to full article
Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy at the meeting
Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy at the meeting

Economic Development Council has first meeting

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy this morning led the inaugural meeting of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, at SUNY Potsdam. It wasn't open to the public...but Duffy has said future meetings will be.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the North Country Regional Council just last week. It's among ten created around the state.  Go to full article

Cuomo to investigate salaries at not-for-profit organizations

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced an investigation into executive pay at not for profits in New York that depend on government money. This action follows published reports of excessive salaries and compensations at some Medicaid funded health centers.  Go to full article
We need to protect our statute against this unconstitutional federal law that really seeks to disempower New Yorkers

Attorney General Schneiderman joins case against Defense of Marriage Act

New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman says he's confident the state will win a lawsuit challenging the newly-signed same-sex marriage law. And he's taking steps to see same-sex marriage legalized throughout the country.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks in Potsdam Thursday
Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks in Potsdam Thursday

Cuomo unveils regional economic council in Potsdam

Governor Andrew Cuomo chose SUNY Potsdam as the place to unveil his North Country economic development council. The council will compete with other regions of the state for a $1 billion pot of grant money to create jobs.

Cuomo tapped Plattsburgh based economic developer Garry Douglas and Clarkson University president Tony Collins to chair the council. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
We want plans that work...We want plans that actually produce jobs and keep people here.

Cuomo: Regional Economic Development Councils will be awarded on merit

Governor Cuomo was at SUNY Potsdam Thursday afternoon, announcing the launch of the North Country's "Regional Economic Development Council".

He's been traveling the state all week with similar announcements; The councils are intended to help boost New York's regional economies by setting up competition for pieces of a $200 million job-creation grant.

Karen DeWitt was at the announcement earlier today in Schenectady, and she filed this report:  Go to full article

Cuomo hopeful debt ceiling issue will be resolved in time

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he remains hopeful that President Obama and Congress will resolve their differences over the debt crisis, and that a default that could harm New york and other states won't occur.  Go to full article

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