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This will not cost the state a nickel. This will not cost these individuals a nickel.

St. Lawrence seeks sales tax hike

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed bills this week to extend sales tax increases for a dozen counties. The measures are sponsored by legislators from the regions and passed by the Assembly and Senate.

Franklin and Essex counties are on the list. But St. Lawrence County isn't. Local officials want to raise the county's share of the sales tax to help fill a multi-million dollar deficit in the county budget. But they're having trouble getting the state's OK. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article
Cali Brooks, director of the Adirondack Community Trust
Cali Brooks, director of the Adirondack Community Trust

Brooks named to non-profit reform panel

A Lake Placid woman has been named to a state panel tasked with making recommendations for reforming nonprofit organizations across New York.

Cali Brooks, director of the Adirondack Community Trust, is one of 29 people selected by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to serve on his Leadership Committee. She's the only North Country resident on the panel, which includes representatives from the nonprofit sector, as well as labor and business. Chris Knight has more.  Go to full article
If somebody was homeless, they’re not going to be counted at all.

State Sen. Betty Little talks prisoners and redistricting

The battle over legislative redistricting in New York is heating up as lawmakers have begun the process of reshaping electoral districts following last year's census.

In a development that hits close to home in the North Country...a redistricting task force announced last week it would ignore a law requiring prison inmates to be counted at their last known address, raising the ire of some civil rights groups.

The law passed in 2010 when Democrats controlled both legislative houses and the governor's mansion. The measure has since been challenged in court by nine Republican state senators.

Betty Little is a plaintiff in that lawsuit. She spoke with Chris Morris.  Go to full article

Cuomo signs "texting while driving" law

New Yorkers who text while driving will be subject to tougher penalties, under a bill signed into law by Governor Cuomo. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article
You’ll still have judges. But you always want to get the best and the brightest.

State commission will likely raise judges' pay

In Albany, a state commission is meeting to increase the pay for state judges. The commission says it will likely recommend "substantial" salary hikes for the judiciary--which has not received a raise in a dozen years. Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article
The DEC says the Croghan dam is a hazard.  The sawmill's in the background.
The DEC says the Croghan dam is a hazard. The sawmill's in the background.

Story 2.0 - Croghan asks for time on crumbling dam

The Department of Environmental Conservation says it's on schedule to remove the last stop logs from the Croghan dam any day now. That'll lower the pond on the Beaver River by some five feet. That's after the pond in Lewis County was lowered two feet last summer when stop logs were removed.

DEC engineers say the dam's a hazard. But local officials say it's part of history and there's no rush while they seek money to save it. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Redistricting begins, amid controversy

Albany lawmakers are starting work on redistricting - drawing new electoral district lines to reflect population changes found by the last Census.

Traditionally, that's a highly political process driven by the major parties. Called "gerrymandering" -- it's held responsible for insuring long-held incumbencies in the state Senate and Assembly, and Congress.

Karen Dewitt has this report on the push to find a new, nonpartisan way to draw the districts.  Go to full article
New York State district map, nysenate.gov
New York State district map, nysenate.gov

New districts won't change prisoner count, task force says

Leaders of a legislative task force on redistricting say they won't be able to count state prison inmates as residing in their home districts, because of an ongoing lawsuit.

Karen DeWitt has more from Albany:  Go to full article

Governor signs tax cap, again

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been traveling the state, holding ceremonial bill signings for his property tax cap. The governor was in Buffalo yesterday and will be in Rochester today.

But not everyone thinks the cap is a good idea, and the state's largest teachers union predicts the measure will backfire. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Our top priority, obviously, is drinking water... This process would be similar to how medical waste is now handled.

DEC chief defends fracking safeguards

Governor Cuomo's environmental commissioner laid out plans for hydrofracking in New York. Joe Martens said he believes the controversial method of extracting natural gas can be done safely.

Martens detailed the Department of Environmental Conservation's planned safeguards one day after the agency revealed it planned to allow fracking on privately owned lands in the state. But environmentalists are skeptical.
Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

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