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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

Department of Environmental Conservation lays out hydrofracking guidelines

Governor Cuomo's Environmental commissioner laid out plans Friday for going ahead with hydrofracking in New York, saying he believes it can be done safely.  Go to full article
[I'm] thrilled and certainly relieved for the people who have been worrying from day to day.

North Country spared prison closures

The North Country is breathing a sigh of relief today after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that none of the state prisons slated for closure will be in our region.

State officials say a total of seven prisons will close over the next year under a downsizing plan released yesterday. The closures hit nearly every part of the state except the North Country, where correctional facilities are a crucial part of the economy.

Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Hydraulic Fracking will be allowed with limitations

After a lot of controversy, Governor Andrew Cuomo's Environmental Commissioner says New York will permit the natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, to proceed with some limitations.  Go to full article
Unfortunately the governor feels the need to be out there threatening the jobs of our members.

Still a chance of layoffs for one state employees' union

Layoffs remain on the table for one major state worker union, after the Public Employees Federation failed to reach an agreement with the Cuomo Administration on a contract.  Go to full article
In this case, Senate inaction has put that money at risk.

Health care advocates warn New York could lose millions

The New York State legislature left town without implementing changes required under the federal health care legislation. Advocates warn that failure could cost the state millions of dollars in federal funds.  Go to full article
Canton Elementary School students
Canton Elementary School students

Property tax cap passed quietly, but could make a big noise in North Country schools

Buried by the passage of the same sex marriage law Friday night, was the news that the state legislature also passed the 2 percent property tax cap.

Over the last several months several North Country educators have came out against the cap, saying it would disproportionately affect poor rural areas and would make it difficult for schools to keep up with rising costs.

Canton Central School District Superintendent William Gregory has been among the most outspoken of these opponents and wrote a letter last year to Governor Cuomo arguing against the cap. Nora Flaherty spoke with Gregory to get his take on how the cap will affect North Country school districts.  Go to full article
ORDA CEO Ted Blazer (Photo:  Chris Morris)
ORDA CEO Ted Blazer (Photo: Chris Morris)

ORDA builds appeal despite state budget cuts

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is having one of its best years ever. ORDA operates and maintains a variety of Olympic venues across the Lake Placid region, including ski centers at Whiteface and Gore Mountains. State officials say heavy snowfall and a strong Canadian dollar translated into financial success.

As Chris Morris reports, ORDA is looking to build off that success by getting creative with its marketing.  Go to full article

DEC will not complete report on hydrofracking by Friday deadline

Although the DEC has been working on a study about hydrofracking in New York's Marcellus Shale for four years, they have not finished a draft requested for Friday by the Cuomo administration. Emma Jacobs from the Innovation Trail has more.  Go to full article
Marie and Louise Tyo
Marie and Louise Tyo

Same-sex marriage in New York an important stepping stone, says one Potsdam couple

On Friday night, New York became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage. And Potsdam couple Louise and Marie Tyo were watching.

Marie and Louise have been together for fifteen years, and they have a daughter. They got married in Canada a few years ago, and during the Patterson administration New York began recognizing marriages from all states and countries.

So Louise and Marie are legally married in New York already, but as far as they're concerned the passage of gay marriage in their home state is a huge symbolic victory and a stop on the road to federal recognition of their marriage.

Nora Flaherty spoke with Louise and Marie Tyo.  Go to full article

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