Saranac Lake, NY, Jan 25, 2011 — Next Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to release details of his first budget. As we've been hearing, New York state faces an 11 billion dollar deficit next year.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Cuomo could close the gap in part by laying off more than ten thousand state workers.
That pain of those cuts could be felt most intensely here in the North Country, where New York state is the largest single employer.
From prisons in Ogdensburg to the Sunmount facility in Tupper Lake and the big state office complex in Ray Brook, paychecks from Albany are a mainstay of the region's economy.
To get a snapshot of how many North Country families might be affected by the budget crisis, Brian Mann spoke with Alan Beideck.
He's a labor economist with New York's Department of Labor who focuses on the North Country region. Go to full article
May 15, 2007 — General Motors' decision follows a trend that has rapidly decimated the high-wage manufacturing jobs that once sustained North Country towns like Newton Falls and Malone. Alan Beideck is an analyst with the New York state Department of Labor, based in Saranac Lake. According to Beideck, manufacturing jobs will be hard to replace. Factory jobs in St. Lawrence County pay an average salary of around $51,000 a year. That compares with just $31,000 for most of the county's workers. Go to full article