Dec 21, 2012 — Thursday we reported that the North Country was one of the top winners of grant money and economic development funding in Governor Cuomo's statewide competition.
The region won $90.2 million for everything from waterfront development in the Thousand Islands to tourism marketing in the Adirondacks. But one of the biggest single investments that New York will make is in new housing, including apartments and multi-family homes, for the area around Fort Drum.
Brian Mann spoke about that effort, and other details of the Regional Economic Development Council spending plan, with Martha Foley. Go to full article
Learning about the new Regional Council system in Elizabethtown. Photo: Brian Mann
Potsdam, NY, Oct 20, 2011 — This year, Governor Andrew Cuomo created ten new regional economic development councils in New York. These locally led committees are developing plans designed to revive jobs and investment. The goal is to shift decision-making and planning away from the state capital, giving more flexibility and autonomy to different regions.
But the North Country Councils, made up of more than a dozen volunteers, will also be charged with grading proposed economic development projects. Their members, chosen by Governor Cuomo, will help decide which initiatives receive tens of millions of dollars in grants and tax breaks. As Brian Mann reports, the new system marks a major shift in how state dollars will be spent. Go to full article
May 02, 2006 — Girl Scouts of the North Country is planning to join forces with three surrounding councils. The North Country council - headquartered in Plattsburgh - now serves all of Franklin and Clinton Counties and parts of St Lawrence, Hamilton and Essex Counties. The new mega-council will encompass 16 counties with nearly 20,000 scouts. Douglas Hopper has the story. Go to full article
Jan 19, 2006 — A state Supreme Court judge in Saratoga Springs has dismissed an environmental group's lawsuit over a controversial cell phone tower on Lake George. The so-called "frankenpine" tower will be built to look like a huge pine tree. The Adirondack Council sued to block the plan, arguing that it would mar a scenic vista. But as Brian Mann reports, the case was dismissed on a technicality. Go to full article
Jul 21, 2005 — A historic deal to block development on more than a quarter-million acres of International Paper land in the Adirondacks remains in limbo. The conservation plan endorsed by Governor Pataki is caught up in a feud with local governments. It has also being complicated by IP's plan, announced this week, to sell off millions of acres of timberland worldwide. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
Aug 26, 2004 — A Canadian corporation that sued the Adirondack Park Agency last month has withdrawn the suit. Canadian Pacific Rail still hopes to build a series of broadcast towers in the Champlain Valley. Negotiations with the APA continue. But as Brian Mann reports, a pro-environment group now claims the project is actually being funded with state grant money. Go to full article