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Almost 1,200 civilians work at the post now. The goal is to reduce that by 97 positions by Oct. 1, 2012.

Anticipating budget cuts, Drum culls its workforce

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down and the federal government prioritizes reining in expenses, Fort Drum is anticipating a 10 to 15 percent cut in its budget in fiscal year 2012, which begins this October. To save money, the Army post is looking to cull its civilian workforce over the next year. Joanna Richards reports.  Go to full article
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

Residents fight to keep nursing home open in A-Bay

The River Hospital in Alexandria Bay is closing its 27-bed nursing home, the only one in the Thousand Islands. Officials say the home has been losing money and threatened to bring down the hospital itself. 44 people will lose their jobs. Many community members say they were never given a chance to help keep the home open, like they did with the hospital several years ago. They're fighting to keep the home open for their elders, many of whom have never lived outside the Thousand Islands region. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

State budget cuts could slam North Country towns

Beginning tomorrow, lawmakers in Albany will debate ways to slash New York's state budget. The collapse of tax revenue from Wall Street has already triggered a hiring freeze statewide, along with a first-round of belt-tightening at most state agencies. Deeper cuts could be especially painful here in the North Country. Many towns rely on government spending to fuel the local economy. Brian Mann has this profile Malone, in Franklin County, where prisons, schools, and the local hospital all look to Albany for a big chunk of their budgets.  Go to full article

Paterson calls for up to $1 billion in spending cuts

Governor David Paterson has recommended a menu of $1 billion dollars in budget cuts that he says the legislature can choose from when it returns August 19th to address the state's financial problems. Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Ms. Gaffney's 10th grade biology class
Ms. Gaffney's 10th grade biology class

State Help Too Late For Schools?

New York's legislature has promised to restore some of Governor Pataki's proposed $1.25 billion cuts to school aid next week. That is theoretically in time for school districts to add the extra money to their budgets before they have to be finalized for a vote in May. But many school administrators are playing it safe and moving ahead with school closures, teacher lay-offs, and program cuts. The situation highlights the quandary schools have faced for the past 19 years that New York state budgets have been late. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

SUNY Potsdam Cuts Deep in Response to Budget Woes

The state and national economic challenges are coming home to roost at some of the North Country's colleges. Officials at SUNY Potsdam last week unveiled a five-year plan in response to low revenue expectations. In the short term, the changes include the elimination of an administrative division of the college. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

SUNY Potsdam President Talks about the Cuts

Marth Foley talks with SUNY Potsdam President John Fallon.  Go to full article

Pataki Warns of Budget Cuts to Come

Governor Pataki releases his new state budget later today. The governor has warned of a multi-billion dollar budget gap since September 11. He says he'll have to cut state spending. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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