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For the first time, as I see it, we have an administration that's made that (urban-rural) connection in a very tangible way.

Aubertine brings farm, business roots to commissioner's job

Though his austerity budget has taken up the lion's share of the Cuomo Administration's time and energy in its first three months, leadership posts are slowly filling. Yesterday, as expected, the state Senate Agriculture Committee, under new Sen. Pattie Ritchie of St. Lawrence County, confirmed her Senate predecessor, Darrel Aubertine of Jefferson County, as farm commissioner. Dave Bullard reports.  Go to full article
State Sen. Pattie Ritchie with new Agirocuture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine and economic development head Ken Adams.
State Sen. Pattie Ritchie with new Agirocuture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine and economic development head Ken Adams.

Senate confirms Aubertine, Adams for top jobs

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been slowly but steadily filling top administration jobs. On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed one of its former members as the new Agriculture Commissioner, and the leader of the State's Business Council as the new economic development head.  Go to full article
Last year, then state Sen. Darrel Aubertine spoke at a rally to save Ogdensburg Correctional (Photo: NYS Senate)
Last year, then state Sen. Darrel Aubertine spoke at a rally to save Ogdensburg Correctional (Photo: NYS Senate)

Ogdensburg waits to find out if state prisons will be spared

Governor Andrew Cuomo is preparing a final list of state correctional facilities that will close this year as part of his austerity spending plan.

That means prison towns here in the North Country are waiting on pins and needles, hoping their facilities aren't on the list.

Once the governor announces his decision, prisons could close within thirty days.

Brian Mann visited Ogdensburg. He found that people there are worried, but hopeful.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo (Source:  NYS)
Governor Andrew Cuomo (Source: NYS)

North Country looks for state budget fallout

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York lawmakers reached a budget agreement that closes a $10 billion deficit without raising taxes. Hundreds of millions of dollars will be cut from education, health care, senior programs, education and funding for state prisons.

Groups around the North Country are still scrambling to understand what the consequences will be in their communities. Tomorrow, Brian Mann reports from Ogdensburg on the impact corrections cutbacks could have on the prisons in this region. This morning, he talked with Martha Foley about the larger picture for the North Country.  Go to full article
Now that the budget's done we have to focus in on property taxes, mandate relief and the pension.

Budget passed on time, work continues in Albany

Before Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers could even complete a victory lap over the on - time state budget, there's already talk at the State Capitol about what's next on the agenda. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Tonight the legislature not only passed an on-time budget, but a historic and transformational budget

As protests loom, Albany lawmakers pass austerity budget

State lawmakers voted late last night to approve a state budget that cuts billions of dollars in spending, without raising taxes.

In a statement, Governor Andrew Cuomo praised lawmakers. "Tonight the legislature not only passed an on-time budget, but a historic and transformational budget," Cuomo said.

The spending plan drew praise from many North Country lawmakers, including Republican Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward from Willsboro. She called the austerity budget "a step in the right direction."

The vote was planned last night ahead of the April 1 deadline. It came as hundreds of protesters, upset with budget cuts, marched and chanted, and decried the near-shutdown of access to the Senate and Assembly chambers. Karen Dewiit reports.  Go to full article

Budget protesters plan camp-in in Albany

Teachers, public workers, renters, health care advocates and college students are packing sleeping bags and toothbrushes in preparation for a massive protest of state budget cuts at the Capitol. The demonstrators from various groups across the state plan an overnight camp-in starting this afternoon to protest Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to close a $10 billion budget gap with cuts in education and health care spending and state worker layoffs. Organizers expect up to 1,000 people to participate in a variety of events.

Meanwhile, lawmakers passed the first state budget bills last night, and say they are still hoping for an on time budget. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Cuomo wins on budget plan

Governor Andrew Cuomo is very close to winning a significant victory in a state budget that relies on deep cuts and no new taxes to close a $10 billion dollar deficit. But, as Karen DeWitt reports, Cuomo may get what he wants because of something, that in the end, he didn't have to do.  Go to full article
This is a budget that’s not about the special interests, it’s not about the lobbyists.

Albany leaders agree on budget

Almost a week before the deadline, Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed to a conceptual budget plan yesterday. It cuts spending by nearly $10 billion, and does not raise any new taxes. The leaders scrapped a proposal for a continued tax on the state's millionaires. There are deep cuts to education and health care. Karen Dewitt has the details.  Go to full article
[The millionaire tax extension] is off the table, that's gone. It's done, it's dead, it's not going to happen.

Albany moving forward on budget

The leader of the State Senate says he expects a "conceptual agreement" on the state budget by mid day Friday, one week before the March 31st deadline. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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