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US Treasury building. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/geetarchurchy/5069177460/">Matt Churchill</a>, Creative Commons, Some Rights Reserved
US Treasury building. Photo: Matt Churchill, Creative Commons, Some Rights Reserved

Why US Rep. Bill Owens is returning $75,000 to US Treasury

North Country congressman Bill Owens says he's returning roughly $75,000 of his congressional office budget to the US treasury.

Owens has made the gesture toward austerity four years in a row -- with the amount left unspent by his office now totaling around $400,000.  Go to full article
New York's Regional Economic Development Council regions. Image: http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/
New York's Regional Economic Development Council regions. Image: http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/

North Country economic council gets crash course on Fort Drum's impact

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) held its most recent meeting at Fort Drum last week. The idea was to give members from the region's seven counties greater insight into how the Army post interacts with the local economy. The council also took steps to implement a new program for water and sewer project infrastructure.  Go to full article
Banford Elementary School in Canton. Photo: Canton Central School
Banford Elementary School in Canton. Photo: Canton Central School

North Country schools face uncharted ground

Many North Country school districts are facing uncharted territory. They're going bankrupt, and at the same time have more mandates to fulfill.

The annual North Country Symposium is focused on the state of education, and how it's affecting the rest of the community. Keynote speaker John Sipple is director of the New York Center for Rural Schools at Cornell University.

He says there are no easy answers, and that the schools are inextricably intertwined with the community - they rise and fall together.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the 2013-14 budget in Buffalo on April 2, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the 2013-14 budget in Buffalo on April 2, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Scandal overshadows Cuomo's triumphant budget tour

Governor Cuomo is on a statewide tour to promote the newly-passed state budget, saying it shows that New York is functional again. But in the wake of two recent corruption and bribery arrests of state legislators, not everyone is completely convinced.  Go to full article
Congressman Bill Owens hosted a group of security officials and business leaders at Clarkson University to discuss trade and travel across the US/Canada border. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Congressman Bill Owens hosted a group of security officials and business leaders at Clarkson University to discuss trade and travel across the US/Canada border. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Travel, job creation on table at Owens US/Canada border forum

In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, crossing the border with Canada has become a much more difficult experience. Congressman Bill Owens hosted a group of security officials and business leaders at Clarkson University on Friday, April 5, to talk about how to move people and goods over the border securely, and create jobs.  Go to full article
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner. Photo: Mayor's office
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner. Photo: Mayor's office

Is Gov. Cuomo feuding with the mayor of Syracuse?

Governor Andrew Cuomo says his relationship with Syracuse's mayor is just fine. But two haven't talked in several months.

Last year Cuomo picked Mayor Stephanie Miner to co-chair the state's Democratic Party. But asked Tuesday about Miner's increasingly vocal criticism of his plan for aid to upstate cities and pension reform, Cuomo didn't treat her like much of a friend. He told reporters, "I haven't seen this particular mayor's comments."  Go to full article
Beekmantown High School Principal Diane Fox will take over July 1 as the next superintendent of the Saranac Lake Central School District. Photo: Chris Knight, via <a href="http://adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/536215/Meet-Diane-Fox.html?nav=5008">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>
Beekmantown High School Principal Diane Fox will take over July 1 as the next superintendent of the Saranac Lake Central School District. Photo: Chris Knight, via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Incoming SL school super: the problem is money

Many school districts in the North Country face cutting staff and programming in order to trim their budgets and stay under the state's property tax cap. Some are showing signs of serious financial stress.

Just last month, Tupper Lake School District leaders said the district could become insolvent and may have to close its doors in a few years unless it gets more state aid.

Neighboring Saranac Lake Central is struggling to find a way to preserve its core programs while closing a more than $1 million budget gap.

The district recently hired a new superintendent, Diane Fox, who said working within its budget constraints will be her biggest challenge.  Go to full article
The state Comptroller's Office will audit the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which operates winter sports venues like the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington. Photo: ORDA
The state Comptroller's Office will audit the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which operates winter sports venues like the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington. Photo: ORDA

State to audit Olympic authority

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is fighting deep financial woes even as its venues rebound. That's according to a financial report released this week by the state Comptroller's Office.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced Wednesday that he will launch a full financial audit of ORDA after his office discovered operational losses and a reliance on private lenders to meet expenses.  Go to full article

NYS budget finished, but squabbles continue

The state Budget was finished three days early, but lawmakers still found things to squabble about, including the timing of the voting sessions during a week where the holidays of two major religions converge.  Go to full article
A still from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's video address to the public on the budget. View that video <a href="http://www.governor.ny.gov/"> at governor.ny.gov</a>.
A still from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's video address to the public on the budget. View that video at governor.ny.gov.

Still controversy in approved $141.3B budget

The state legislature has passed a $141.3 billion state budget. Final passage occurred one week past lawmakers' s self imposed deadline, but three days before the spending plan was due to be finished.  Go to full article

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