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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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Jul 25, 2008 — Commercial airlines have a tough time doing business in the North Country. Recently, three different carriers found that Northern New Yorkers are used to driving, not flying. And long, cold winters can force numerous flight delays and cancellations. But Cape Air seems to be making a go of it. For more than six months now, the Massachusetts-based airline has been flying non-stops to its hub in Boston from Saranac Lake and Plattsburgh. Travellers and airport administrators say they're pleased with the service. And the airline will soon start direct flights from Massena, Ogdensburg and Watertown to Albany. Jonathan Brown brings us an update on North Country air service. Go to full article
by NCPR News
Jul 08, 2008 — The July Fourth holiday traditionally marks the start of the run-up to the big major party conventions and the real presidential campaign. But doesn't it seem like there's been politics and campaign news just forever this year? Partly it's been primary races that wound down through John Edwards and Mitt Romney, and then the prolonged duel of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. And New York has made its own share of political headlines: the disgrace of former Governor Spitzer, a bitter special election to fill a North Country senate seat, the recent resignation of longtime Republican leader Joseph Bruno and the extra pressure that puts on the GOP to maintain its Senate majority. Martha Foley, David Sommerstein and Brian Mann sort through some of the state and regional highlights starting with the GOP's struggles in New York. Go to full article
Jun 24, 2008 — Somewhat muted in the surprise over Senator Bruno's announcement not to seek re-election is a bizarre flap involving Governor David Paterson and North Country Senator Darrel Aubertine. On Saturday, Aubertine said he was offered the chairmanship of the New York Power Authority, and that he declined it. Yesterday, Governor Patterson said the Senator from Jefferson County was never offered the job in the first place. But as David Sommerstein reports, political observers question whether the Governor's telling the truth. Go to full article
by Todd Moe
Jun 13, 2008 — NCPR is media sponsor for the Lake Placid Film Forum this weekend. One of the guests is novelist William Kennedy, who lives near Albany. Kennedy will lead a master class on script writing at the forum. He co-scripted the screenplay for The Cotton Club and wrote the script for Ironweed, starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, both of whom won Oscars for their performances. He spoke with Todd Moe about his latest ventures and turning a novel into a film. Go to full article
Jun 04, 2008 — New Yorkers pay record high property taxes partly because we have some of the most expensive local governments in the country. Last winter, Brian Mann looked at the reasons those tax bills are so high, and at some of the tough realities that might follow a property tax cap. Go to full article
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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