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On Tuesday of this week, members of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force and other local leaders headed down to Albany to urge the state to reconsider its plan to eliminate inpatient beds at the psychiatric facility. Earlier this week, St....
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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...
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Apr 22, 2008 — Governor Paterson's plan could sting the North Country region, where state-funded jobs make up a big chunk of the economic base. Martha Foley has more. Go to full article
by Karen DeWitt
Mar 31, 2008 — Gov. Paterson, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Senate leader Joe Bruno emerged from closed door meetings last night to announce agreement on a new budget. There's a race on today to get budget bills printed and passed by the midnight deadline. Gov. Paterson is getting wide praise for changing the climate in the capitol to allow progress in the negotiations. Karen DeWitt has more. Go to full article
Mar 28, 2008 — A pair of North Country Assemblymembers say one way to cut the state budget -- and generate new revenue -- would be to sell off dozens of campgrounds, golf courses, and marinas run by New York state. Those recreation facilities now face a backlog of repairs and improvements with a price tag of hundreds of millions of dollars. The lawmakers say some state-owned sites no longer serve a public service and are competing with private businesses. But state Parks officials say campgrounds and other facilities are a valuable asset and actually deserve more taxpayer investment. Brian Mann has our story. Go to full article
Mar 27, 2008 — When Republican Governor George Pataki left office, local leaders in the Adirondack Park worried that tensions with Albany and with environmental groups would escalate. The Glens Falls Post-Star published an editorial arguing that it might be time to do away with the Adirondack Park Agency. But as Brian Mann reports, all sides say ties between Park leaders and Albany have actually improved dramatically. Go to full article
Mar 25, 2008 — As Albany gropes its way through an unprecedented transition, its newest Senator is working through dramatic change as well. Darrel Aubertine's father died unexpectedly the day after he announced his candidacy to replace Senator Jim Wright in the 48th District. The Democrat emerged victorious from one of the most expensive and vicious campaigns in state history. And just as he was getting settled in his new seat, Governor Spitzer's scandal and resignation turned the Capitol upside down. Aubertine says he hasn't had time to fully process all the changes of the last two months. But he remains convinced that local issues matter more than party affiliation. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Mar 11, 2008 — The New York Times is reporting that Governor Eliot Spitzer's top aides expect that he will resign in the wake of a prostitution scandal. Lieutenant Governor David Patterson is said to be preparing for the transition. Democratic State Senator Darrel Aubertine is calling for Spitzer to step down. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Feb 27, 2008 — The North Country sent shock waves through New York State politics yesterday. Democrat Darrel Aubertine scored a stunning upset, defeating Republican Will Barclay in a district that hasn't elected a Democrat in more than a century. In unofficial results, Aubertine won 27,901 of the votes to Barclay's 25,345. That's a margin of about 2500 votes, with only about 2300 absentee ballots cast. The two candidates were seeking to replace Senator Jim Wright, who resigned last month to take a job with a lobbying firm. As David Sommerstein reports, St. Lawrence County carried Aubertine over the finish line. Go to full article
Feb 27, 2008 — Darrel Aubertine's victory last night is sending shock-waves across New York's political landscape. The New York Times called the election "a major victory" for Governor Spitzer and his party. The Albany Times-Union predicted that the defeat might force Republican Senate leader Joe Bruno to step down. Brian Mann checked in this morning with our Albany correspondent, Karen DeWitt, who's been watching this race from the state capital. She described the outcome as "shocking." Go to full article
Feb 26, 2008 — Polls are open in one of the most hotly contested elections in North Country history. Voters in Oswego, Jefferson, and the western half of St. Lawrence County will decide whether Democrat Darrel Aubertine or Republican Will Barclay take Jim Wright's Senate Seat. Wright stepped down last month to take a job with an energy lobbying firm. Today's results will have huge statewide implications. As David Sommerstein reports, the Barclay campaign scored a big win in court late yesterday. Go to full article