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The state is in a real hole here and the counties have no interest in them simply passing the hole on to us.

Counties fear squeeze of state mandates, tax cap

If Albany approves a cap on property tax increases this winter, counties in the North Country could find themselves squeezed tighter than ever before.

They already facing rising demand for government services, at a time when costs for pensions, insurance, and fuel are also going up.

And the state pays less and less each year to cover the costs of programs that are mandated by New York's legislature.

With revenues already slipping in many counties, a property tax cap could push them deep into the red. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Albany DA to decide whether to prosecute Paterson for perjury

It's now up to the Albany County District Attorney to decide whether Governor David Paterson should be prosecuted for perjury, following a report that found Paterson misled an ethics panel over payment for tickets to a Yankees World Series game. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Inmates to be excluded from North Country districts

A measure to change where prison inmates are counted when drawing political districts was slipped into the budget bills passed Tuesday night. Beginning with redistricting based on 2010 census data, inmates will be counted at their home addresses, not at the prison where they're locked up. Supporters called the change a victory for equal representation. But the North Country stands to lose more political clout. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Legislature returns for special session this week

Governor David Paterson is calling the legislature back to Albany later this week, demanding that they finish work on the now fifteen-week late state budget. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Andrew Cuomo meets and greets at the county fair
Andrew Cuomo meets and greets at the county fair

Cuomo's the front-runner, but voters still want to know more

Andrew Cuomo and his RV are making a swing through eastern half of the North Country today. The Democratic candidate for Governor has appearances in Port Henry, Plattsburgh, and Saranac Lake. He'll march in the Seaway Festival parade in Ogdensburg tomorrow. The stops are part of Cuomo's plan to visit all 62 counties in his "Drive for a New New York" campaign. Yesterday, Cuomo held rallies in Watertown and Speculator, and he toured the Lewis County fair in Lowville. That's where David Sommerstein found the Democrat greeting fairgoers. He reports many voters still have questions before choosing New York's next Governor.  Go to full article

North Country Power Authority bill passes Assembly

A bill paving the way for a municipally owned power company in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties passed the state Assembly yesterday. The bill to create the North Country Power Authority has already passed the state Senate. Robert Best of the Alliance for Municipal Power has been working on the project for almost 20 years. He expects Governor Paterson to sgn the bill into law soon. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Lawmakers back to budget battle after special session bust

New York's legislature promises to pass a budget that is nearly three months overdue. But a nasty fight with Gov. David Paterson over the weekend won't likely end today. The Democratic governor vows to veto the Democrat-led Legislature's additional spending if lawmakers don't meet his requirements for a balanced budget. Paterson forced lawmakers to come to the Capitol for a rare Sunday evening special session, but he could not make them vote on his budget proposals. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Governor reminds lawmakers about Monday's budget deadline

Governor David Paterson once again raised the specter of a government shut down following a private meeting with legislative leaders, saying he feared lawmakers were not taking his June 28th budget deadline seriously enough. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

AMP makes final push for municipal power

Municipal power advocates are in Albany making a final push for a new North Country authority. The bill would be the first real step toward two dozen towns in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties starting a not-for-profit electric company. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

NY Legislature faces shutdown vote

New York state government may not shut down this week after all. Governor David Paterson is cautiously optimistic that the Legislature will approve his weekly emergency spending bill being put up for a vote today. If lawmakers reject the bill, state government would have to shut down services. The governor and legislative leaders talked through the weekend in an effort to agree on a budget that's already nearly two-and-a-half months late. Martha Foley checks in with Albany reporter Karen DeWitt to see where things stand as another week begins.  Go to full article

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