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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
Gov. Adnrew Cuomo touring storm damage in Schoarie County Monday.
Gov. Adnrew Cuomo touring storm damage in Schoarie County Monday.

Cuomo: "a terrible terrible" price

Nearly 100,000 homes and businesses that were blacked-out by Tropical Storm Irene got power back yesterday. About 243,000, roughly 70,000 of them in upstate areas are still dark. Utilities say most people should have power restored by tomorrow.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says total damages to the state could hit $1 billion. He's been on the road for three days, visiting hard hit communities. He says new York has paid "a terrible, terrible price" but will rebuild. He spoke with Karen DeWitt last night.  Go to full article
Itís that duality: in the face of devastation, a tremendous sense of community. In our darkest hours, New Yorkers shined the brightest.

Gov sees "duality": devastation and sense of community

WEB ONLY: Speaking with Albany reporter Karen DeWitt last night after a long three days touring storm damage in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo talked about the resilience he's seen in communities beginning to pick up the pieces.
And he talked about the importance of government "when faced with bare reality." He said, "If government works, these communities can rebuild. If it doesn't, they won't."
Here's their conversation.  Go to full article
We said no we donít want anything to do with it. And he turned around and said, "It doesnít matter, Iíll get it anyway"

Landmen, part 2: Gray area in state law can undercut landowner

Yesterday we heard a cautionary story about "landmen" - the people who handle drilling leases and mineral rights for natural gas companies. Today, a state law some say is being used to force property-owners to sign on the dotted line.

Most people agree it's wrong to just take someone's property and give it to someone else. But there's a gray area in the rules for natural gas drilling. It's called compulsory integration.
Emma Jacobs has this report for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article

Details emerge as regional economic council meets

The western New York Regional Council held its first public meeting in Buffalo yesterday. It's one of 10 councils the Cuomo Administration has set up in a new regional approach to economic development.

The North Country council is co-chaired by Clarkson University president Tony Collins, and Garry Douglas, president of the North Country Chamber of Commerce based in Plattsburgh. The meeting yesterday provided a glimpse into how this new initiative will work.  Go to full article

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