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US Rep. Bill Owens.
US Rep. Bill Owens.

North Country House delegation votes yes on"fiscal cliff" deal

North Country congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh, voted in favor of a zero-hour spending bill late last night that averted the so-called "fiscal cliff".

Owens was joined by Republicans Chris Gibson and Richard Hanna, who also currently represent parts of the North Country.

They helped lift the measure past opposition from conservative Republicans. The bill passed on a vote of 257 to 167.

The controversial bipartisan deal came just in time to spare the country broad tax hikes and deep cuts to Federal spending, which Owens called "dangerous."  Go to full article
Photo of the Day archive: Whit Haynes
Photo of the Day archive: Whit Haynes

Owens a reluctant "yes" on Farm Bill extension

Tucked into the fiscal package passed by Congress last night is a nine-month extension of the farm bill. The massive five-year farm bill expired last fall when the House wouldn't vote on a new version passed by the Senate.

This extension includes a safety net for dairy farmers. But it axes many popular programs.  Go to full article
Bob Andrews feeds the heifers in his barn in Fowler. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Bob Andrews feeds the heifers in his barn in Fowler. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Dairy farmers fear own "fiscal cliff"

One big item caught up in gridlock created by the current budget debate, with its "fiscal cliff" threat, is the federal farm bill.

Most farmers are still covered by crop insurance and other programs until next planting season, but that's not true of dairy.

Dairy farmers now have no safety net if milk prices fall. And with feed prices soaring, many feel they're falling off a cliff of their own.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo meets with New York's congressional delegation and county executives to discuss the financial impacts of Hurricane Sandy. Photo: Governor's office via <a href = "http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/">Flickr</a>
Governor Cuomo meets with New York's congressional delegation and county executives to discuss the financial impacts of Hurricane Sandy. Photo: Governor's office via Flickr

Cuomo seeks $41 billion from US gov for Sandy rebuilding

Governor Cuomo says Hurricane Sandy caused more damage than Hurricane Katrina, and is now asking for $41 billion from the federal government. Cuomo says New York's congressional delegation has promised the help.  Go to full article
Matt Doheny thanks supporters Tuesday night. Photo: David Sommerstein
Matt Doheny thanks supporters Tuesday night. Photo: David Sommerstein

NY21: Doheny hustle falls short

Jefferson County businessman Matt Doheny lost a second straight close election to Democratic Congressman Bill Owens. With the race neck and neck most of the night, Owens took a 4,000 vote lead late.  Go to full article
Birdsfoot Farm in Canton, NY. Photo via birdsfootfarm.weebly.com
Birdsfoot Farm in Canton, NY. Photo via birdsfootfarm.weebly.com

Some in Congress look to pass farm bill after delay announcement

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner officially confirmed Thursday that there will be no vote on the 2012 Farm Bill before the November elections. The House agriculture committee passed a bi-partisan farm bill last June. And the Senate approved a farm bill last spring. Boehner told reporters the full House would deal with it after the elections.  Go to full article

Plenty at stake in farm bill standoff

UPDATE: Thursday afternoon, the Wall Street Journal reports House Speaker John Boehner has officially confirmed that the farm bill won't be taken up until after the November elections.

North Country farmers are anxiously watching the status of the new farm bill in the House of Representatives. The current farm bill expires on September 30. The Senate passed a new five-year, $497 billion farm bill over the summer. But House leadership has yet to let its version come to the floor for a vote. "Tea Party" Republicans want to see much deeper cuts in the biggest item in the bill -- the federal food stamp program.

So what if the Farm Bill isn't passed by the end of the month? How would that affect North Country agriculture?  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. Photo: Mark Kurtz

NY 21: GOP's Sayward backs DEM Bill Owens

One of the North Country's top Republican lawmakers says she's backing Democrat Bill Owens in the race for congress. Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, who is stepping down at the end of this year, campaigned with Owens over the weekend.

The Democrat is facing a stiff challenge from Republican Matt Doheny, who lost narrowly to Owens two years ago. Sayward's endorsement comes as both candidates work to win over moderate voters and women who could decide the race.  Go to full article
Bill Owens in his first TV spot of the campaign. Photo: Owens Campaign
Bill Owens in his first TV spot of the campaign. Photo: Owens Campaign

NY21: Bill Owens launches first TV spot of campaign

Congressman Bill Owens is launching his first TV spot. With just over two months before election day, the ad will air primarily on stations that broadcast in the Glens Falls area.

That's a part of the North Country that was added to Owens' district this year.  Go to full article

Doheny wins Republican primary

Matt Doheny won Tuesday's Republican Party primary for the 21st Congressional District seat. With 99% of the vote counted last night, the Associated Press reports that Doheny had 72% of the vote. His opponent Kellie Green had 29%. Doheny will now go on to face incumbent Democrat Bill Owens of Plattsburgh in the November election. It's not the first time that the two will face run against each other for Congress.  Go to full article

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