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Potsdam Mayor Steve Yugartis. Photo courtesy Steve Yugartis.
Potsdam Mayor Steve Yugartis. Photo courtesy Steve Yugartis.

Is Cuomo taking power away from local government?

Steve Yurgartis has been mayor of the Village of Potsdam for two years. He calls the governor's strategy for government consolidation outlined in his budget address "meddling," and he's worried about the state-local balance of power.

Yurgartis talked at length with Martha Foley shortly after Gov. Cuomo delivered his budget address. Yurgartis says the governor is right when he argues that when people complain about taxes, they complain most loudly about property taxes, But he says it comes down to an underlying trend that's led to an over-dependence on local property taxes, for all kinds of state-mandated costs.

(note: there's no transcript of their conversation. Hear the full audio above.)  Go to full article
Police officer accessing data from laptop in his patrol unit. Photo: <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/21317126@N04/7362224090/">ibmphoto24</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Police officer accessing data from laptop in his patrol unit. Photo: ibmphoto24, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Budget paves way for statewide information sharing for police

Governor Cuomo outlined a $10-million initiative to create a statewide police information database.

The New York State Protection Cloud is designed to make it quicker and easier for local police departments to share crime information across jurisdictions.

John Grebert, executive director of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, says it'll give local police departments more and better information as the carry out criminal investigations.  Go to full article
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. Photo: Matt Ryan for Innovation Trail
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. Photo: Matt Ryan for Innovation Trail

Critics see red over Cuomo's green budget

Governor Cuomo was joined on the stage yesterday by state Conservation commissioner Joe Martens. But the spending plan for green projects that Martens outlined in the high profile presentation is already facing sharp criticism from across the political spectrum.

In part, that's because it slashes nearly five percent from the DEC's operating budget at a time when Conservation workers are being asked to do far more in the Adirondack North Country.  Go to full article
Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington. Photo: ORDA
Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington. Photo: ORDA

Big bucks for ORDA in Cuomo budget

The Cuomo administration wants to spend another $9.4 million upgrading infrastructure at the Olympic Regional Development Authority, which operates sports venues in Johnsburg, Lake Placid and Wilmington, as well as in the Catskills.

This money comes on top of more than $12 million already committed to refurbish the Whiteface Memorial Highway in Wilmington.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Gov. George Pataki (left) shake hands at the launch of the NYS Tax Relief COmmission in October. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/10057755304/">Gov. Cuomo's office</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Gov. George Pataki (left) shake hands at the launch of the NYS Tax Relief COmmission in October. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office

Despite projected budget gap, Cuomo seeking tax cuts

Now that elections are over, deadlines for the state budget are rapidly approaching. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has released a largely positive budget outlook for the New Year, though he warns of some uncertainties.

Under reforms adopted a few years ago, state officials, including the Comptroller, are required to start the budget process, which ends in late march, even earlier.  Go to full article
The Tupper Lake Central School District is one of the cornerstones of the central Adirondack community.  Now the district is cutting staff and reducing sports and after school programs. Photo: <a href="http://www.tupperlakeny.us/tupper_education.html">tupperlakeny.us</a>
The Tupper Lake Central School District is one of the cornerstones of the central Adirondack community. Now the district is cutting staff and reducing sports and after school programs. Photo: tupperlakeny.us

Are Tupper Lake schools "educationally insolvent"?

Later this month, four North Country school districts will take their revised budgets back to voters in hopes of winning approval for their spending plans.

The General Brown Central School District in Dexter, along with Minerva, Newcomb and Tupper Lake all asked voters last month to approve budgets that broke the 2 percent property tax cap.

All four failed to win the sixty percent super-majority needed to set the cap aside. So they'll be offering new budgets for a second vote on June 18th.

Seth McGowan, superintendent of Tupper Lake's district, says the revised budget comes in well below the property tax cap, but it will also mean a total of seven job cuts.  Go to full article
Stephens Mundy is CEO of CVPH in Plattsburgh and executive vice president for Northern New York for Fletcher Allen Partners. Photo: CVPH
Stephens Mundy is CEO of CVPH in Plattsburgh and executive vice president for Northern New York for Fletcher Allen Partners. Photo: CVPH

Partnerships, budget cuts reshape North Country healthcare

Last month, North Country Public Radio launched an ongoing series where we're talking in-depth with some of the region's health care leaders.

This is a time of huge transition for the industry -- and huge pressure on rural hospitals, nursing homes, home-health programs and ambulance squads.

That's meant some big changes, including a decision last year by CVPH Hospital and the Elizabethtown Community Hospital to join an umbrella company headed by Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, Vermont.

Stephens Mundy is CEO of CVPH and serves as executive vice president for Northern New York for the new organization called Fletcher Allen Partners. He sat down last week with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
Newcomb Superintendent Skip Hults is struggling to find cuts that balance his school's budget while garnering enough political support in his tiny community. NCPR file photo
Newcomb Superintendent Skip Hults is struggling to find cuts that balance his school's budget while garnering enough political support in his tiny community. NCPR file photo

Newcomb school will ask voters again to bust tax cap

Last week, four North Country school districts tried to buck the state's 2 percent property tax cap.

General Brown, Minerva, Newcomb and Tupper Lake all asked voters to approve spending increases that ranged from 7 percent as high as 24 percent. In every case, voters said no.

That means school administrators and boards of education are meeting, holding conversations with their communities -- trying to figure out how to maintain programs and services in their rural areas.  Go to full article
Newcomb Central School District cafeteria Photo: NCPR file
Newcomb Central School District cafeteria Photo: NCPR file

Voters slap down four school budgets that bust prop tax cap

Voters in the North Country sent a clear message to school districts that tried to exceed the state property tax cap. The answer was a resounding No.

The vast majority of the region's budgets came in under the cap and passed handily.

But four of the region's school systems -- in General Brown, Minerva, Newcomb and Tupper Lake -- asked voters to go beyond the roughly 4-5% hike allowed by state rules.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County "walking a financial tightrope," says NYS audit

An audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says St. Lawrence County is "walking a financial tightrope". The audit found the county's fund balance decreased 68 percent from 2007 to 2011. Legislators used surplus funds to close budget gaps and keep property tax increases last year to an already-high 14 percent.  Go to full article

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