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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
It canít hurt and it might help a bit... It's the sort of thing that politicians do because something must be done. This is something.

New development councils start "urgent" work

After months of talk, and relatively few details, Governor Cuomo's regional economic development councils have begun their work on his new plan to revive new York's economy.
Cuomo is pushing a fast-track approach that pits regions across New York against each other in a competition for state funding. There's been mixed reaction to the plan.  Go to full article
Well, folks now is the chance to come forward to be heard because we are listening...

Development council says now's the time for ideas

The North Country Economic Development Council wants to hear from people about how to improve the region's economy. The group is among 10 regional councils appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. They're under a November deadline to come up with a plan to compete for millions of dollars in state grants and loans.

The North Country council opened its regular Monday meeting in Potsdam to the public yesterday before heading on to Plattsburgh last evening for the first of seven more public meetings.  Go to full article
These communities that may want to participate in the comment period are preoccupied [with the floods].

Fracking floods!

The news has been dominated this week by more flooding from the remnants of hurricane Lee, and the release from the state's environmental agency of a draft final report on hydrofracking. As Karen DeWitt reports, a key state lawmaker says there are several areas in which these two issues converge.  Go to full article

DEC to look at fracking in flood areas

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation says it may now reconsider which areas in the Marcellus shale are deemed flood plains, in the light of recent catastrophic flooding. But the department says it will not delay the environmental review of fracking over the issue. (see related story)

Karen DeWitt has the DEC response.  Go to full article
[Average New Yorkers] deserve the opportunity to come out and have their spoken comments recorded for the public record.

DEC plans release of draft fracking report

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is due to release its final version of an environmental impact statement on hydro fracking in New York this morning. The report is being eagerly anticipated by both environmentalists and the natural gas industry.  Go to full article

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