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If they have tweaks that would come to a different outcome, great, letís 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
Itís 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
Every governor has tried it. It's going to be tried again in a very serious way today, and I think that's gratifying.

"New" Cuomo plan has plenty of precedents

This week we've been bringing you an Innovation Trail series on the regional councils championed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to lead economic development across the state.

Advocates for the plan call them a new paradigm for economic development and say they're not a flash in the pan.

But as Emma Jacobs reports, the concept sounds awfully familiar to people who follow the state's economy.  Go to full article

State program to "HELP" Irene and Lee-damaged communities fix water facilities

New York state has created a new emergency loan program for local governments. The Hurricane Emergency Loan Program, or HELP, will make loans to communities whose wastewater and drinking water facilities were damaged by Irene or Tropical Storm Lee.  Go to full article
I donít believe that an election 14 months before another election is a predictor of whatís going to happen.

Pollster says GOP win not just about Obama

While many are portraying the outcome of New York's 9th Congressional district race as a message to President Obama, a New York based pollster and political analyst says it's more complicated than that. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Republican State Sen. Betty Little (left), of Queensbury, and Patty Ritchie, Republican from St. Lawrence County, could see changes in their adjoining districts.
Republican State Sen. Betty Little (left), of Queensbury, and Patty Ritchie, Republican from St. Lawrence County, could see changes in their adjoining districts.

Redistricting could cut region's representation in Albany

There is a huge legal and political fight underway over how and where to count prison inmates when it comes time to draw New York State's political boundaries next year.

When Democrats briefly controlled the state Senate, they pushed through a bill requiring that roughly 60,000 prisoners be counted in their home districts.

If a legal challenge doesn't overturn the law, that could strip upstate districts of tens of thousands of people, forcing big changes in the shape of state Senate and Assembly districts.
Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about why the North Country is vulnerable, and how the process may unfold.  Go to full article

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