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Evangelical group files suit against same-sex marriage

One day after same sex marriage became legal in New York State, a lawsuit has been filed by some religious groups, saying the Senate violated legal procedures when it conducted the vote.

In Albany, Karen Dewitt has the details.  Go to full article
The silver lining has been the dialogue the community is having... What are the decisions we want to make?

Tompkins County gets out front on hydrofracking

Tompkins County, headquartered in progressively-minded Ithaca, has a reputation for being opposed to hydrofracking. In fact, the town of Ithaca was among the first in the state to ban hydrofracking.

But Tompkins County is out front on getting ready for the reality of fracking. Officials are pushing lots of paper as the county gets set for the impacts on the local economy and infrastructure -- as well as the environment. Emma Jacobs reports for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article

Gov Cuomo outlines jobs plan

Governor Cuomo notched a series of political wins in his first six months in office: an on-time budget, a property tax cap, union concessions, and legalization of same sex marriage. This week, he outlined his next big push, outlining an aggressive plan to reinvent state government. WRVO's Dave Bullard reports that the effort boils down to one word: jobs.  Go to full article
Let's see how it works for a few years... before we start lopping away pieces of it.

Cuomo vetoes bill to allow schools to borrow against pension funds

Governor Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have allowed school districts to borrow up to $1 billion dollars against the worth of their pension funds, saying the bill would be fiscally irresponsible and reckless, and would undo much of what Cuomo's tried to do with his 2% property tax cap. Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article
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

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