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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...
Lots going on today. Some of what we’ve been covering in the newsroom: Vermont has just become the sixth state to grant driver’s licenses to migrant workers — Sarah Harris has a great story today on how some local farmers, and...
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by Brian Mann
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
by Brian Mann
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
Feb 25, 2008 — Democrat Darrel Aubertine and Republican Will Barclay will criss-cross the 48th Senate district one more time today in an attempt to woo undecided voters. The special election to replace Senator Jim Wright in Jefferson, St. Lawrence, and Oswego counties is tomorrow. As David Sommerstein reports, the weekend brought a frenzy of rallies, fresh accusations, and an appeal over which candidate should get a third party line. Go to full article
Feb 14, 2008 — An audience of 300 last night saw two different kinds of politician at the second debate between Republican Will Barclay and Democrat Darrel Aubertine. The two are campaigning to succeed state Senator Jim Wright. Barclay portrayed himself as the fighter who'll take on New York City Democrats. Aubertine spoke of bipartisanship and getting things done. And this time, in Watertown, the two didn't shy away from the tone set by attack ads that have been central to the race. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Feb 13, 2008 — The state Senate campaign between Democrat Darrel Aubertine and Republican Will Barclay erupted Monday with charges of fraud and intimidation from both camps. The attacks concern a TV ad by the Aubertine campaign. It accuses Barclay's family of denying local anglers fishing rights on the Salmon River. The incident is the latest example of a vicious race with a lot at stake. Martha Foley talks with David Sommerstein, who is covering the campaign. Go to full article