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North Country Dems Hope to Share Spitzer's Momentum

Members of the Democratic Party began their statewide convention yesterday in Buffalo. Party leaders have unified behind Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who leads the race to replace outgoing governor George Pataki. Some independent political analysts say the Democrats could sweep every major statewide office this year, fueled by Spitzer's popularity and by disarray in the Republican Party. It's unclear whether the momentum will carry over here in the North Country, which has been a traditional GOP stronghold. Brian Mann spoke last night with Sue Montgomery Corey, chair of the Essex County Democratic Committee. She's one of the delegates at the convention in Buffalo. Note: Republicans begin their statewide convention tomorrow on Long Island. We'll be checking in with a North Country delegate to that gathering as well.  Go to full article

Assembly Considers "Fair Share" Health Care Bill

The State Assembly held hearings on a bill to force large retailers and other employers to provide health insurance to their workers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Republican Dominance Fading in North Country?

Over the weekend, Marc Humbert, a veteran political writer with the Associated Press, reported that Democrats are poised to sweep every statewide office in New York state. The November election is still six months away, and a lot can change in half a year. But in the governor's race Eliot Spitzer holds a commanding 50-point lead over Republican candidates William Weld and John Faso. In the U.S. Senate race, Hillary Clinton leads all challengers by 2-to-1 margins. Veteran Republican pollster Frank Luntz predicted that Clinton will win re-election by "a landslide." It's a dramatic reversal for Republicans, who swept to power in New York state in 1994. The shifting political climate is being felt here in the North Country, as well. Democrats have won key elections from Plattsburgh to Saranac Lake to the St. Lawrence Valley. Brian Mann spoke with veteran Republican Assemblyman Chris Ortloff, who announced last week that he'll step down after twenty years in office. Ortloff says his decision is part of a larger pattern.

NOTE: Ortloff says he'll leave office as early as June. If confirmed by the State Senate, he'll take a six-year appointment with New York's state parole board.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff Resigns
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff Resigns

Assemblyman Chris Ortloff Resigns, Will Take State Appointment

In a stunning decision, Assemblyman Chris Ortloff has dropped out of the Republican Primary for the 114th Assembly district. The 20-year veteran will take a position with the state Parole Board. As Brian Mann reports, the move reflects a political shake-up in the region.  Go to full article

Democrats Want to Lower NY Gas Tax

Legislative leaders say they will work together to come up with a plan to help alleviate gas prices for New Yorkers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
NY State Assemblyman Chris Ortloff
NY State Assemblyman Chris Ortloff

Ortloff Plan To Limit Property Tax Growth

Assemblyman Chris Ortloff, a Republican from Plattsburgh, is building support for a major property tax reform package. The bill fell short in a test vote earlier this week, but won support from 14 Democratic lawmakers. Ortloff's $5 billion plan is designed to slow increases in property taxes. It would also shift more public school and Medicaid costs onto the state b udget. That means taxpayers downstate would pick up more of the bill for education and social programs here in the North Country. Ortloff told Brian Mann that the property tax issue has become a crisis for many homeowners.  Go to full article

New Assembly Minority Leader Hits the Road

The new leader of the New York Assembly Republicans says he intends to "hit the ground running" during his first days of running the smallest political faction in the state legislature. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Assembly GOP Leader Faces Possible Coup Attempt

An attempt has been made to oust the leader of the Republicans in the State Assembly, amid dissatisfaction among some of the minority party members in that house. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Assembly to Change its Internal Rules

The New York State Assembly will start punishing members who miss too many meetings. Lawmakers say it will reform house operations and open up the government process. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Democrats Hold Hearing on Legislative Dysfunction

A hearing by Senate Democrats focused on dysfunction in legislative committees, and ways to make the committees more open to the public and to individual members. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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