May 31, 2013 — Governor Andrew Cuomo barnstormed across Upstate New York yesterday, trying to build political support for a new network of tax-free zones around many of the state's colleges and universities.
At least eight SUNY campuses in the North Country would be eligible for the program, from community colleges in Glens Falls and Saranac Lake to larger campuses in Plattsburgh and Canton.
One of the governor's first stops was at the SUNY campus in Plattsburgh, where he argued that this program could be a 'game changer' for a regional economy that has been struggling for decades. Go to full article
Fine, NY, Oct 03, 2012 — The North Country Regional Economic Development Council has emerged as one of the most influential groups shaping economic activity in the region.
The Council was created last year by Governor Andrew Cuomo. It helped direct more than $100 million of state aid to companies and non-profits -- from the Bombardier plant in Plattsburgh to a new energy project at Fort Drum.
But the councils, which are made up entirely of volunteers, have also sparked controversy. The group has backed costly railroad projects in southern St. Lawrence County and in the central Adirondacks that some critics say have questionable economic value.
Brian Mann spoke recently with Tony Collins, co-chair of the North Country's council and president of Clarkson University in Potsdam. Collins says the organization has already established a strong track record, helping to fund projects that are sparking new jobs and investment. Go to full article
A male Common Redpoll (photo: Larry Master, Lake Placid)
Potsdam, NY, Feb 10, 2010 — Thousands of bird watchers will take part in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend. Volunteers will count birds in their own backyards, local parks and wildlife refuges. The "citizen scientist" project helps track late-winter bird populations across North America. It also helps monitor how birds are responding to environmental change. Todd Moe spoke with birder Joan Collins, who is a member of Northern New York Audubon. She says it's been a quiet winter at the local bird feeder. Go to full article
Sep 25, 2007 — The Residents Committee to Protect the Adirondacks has emerged as one of the most influential (and often one of the most controversial) pro-environment groups in the North Country. The RCPA has taken a lead role opposing the proposed resort development in Tupper Lake and also raised early alarms about the spread of second homes in the Adirondacks. But the Residents Committee is going through a period of upheaval. Long-time executive director Peter Bauer resigned this month to take a new job in Lake George. John Collins is the former head of the Adirondack Museum and a former chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency. He was chosen last week to take over as the RCPA's chairman. Collins told Brian Mann that his group hopes to maintain its high profile. Go to full article