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Commentary: envisioning a new direction for Moriah

The state corrections officer union says it will launch an "aggressive" campaign today designed to save three prisons in the North Country. The effort will include an ad campaign and a series of rallies targeting the Paterson administration plan to close the prisons as part of its effort to close the state budget deficit.

Donn Row, who heads the guard union, says the planned closures in Moriah, Lyon Mountain and Ogdensburg will hurt public safety and cost jobs. The governor's plan to close the three prisons sent waves of anger and anxiety through the local communities. Local and state officials have vowed to do their best to keep the facilities open.

Commentator Martha Swan is a teacher and a social justice activist. She lives in Westport, not far from the Moriah shock camp. She thinks it is time for the community to take another direction.  Go to full article
The iron mining days are over in Lyon Mountain
The iron mining days are over in Lyon Mountain

In Lyon Mountain, a rally to save three North Country prisons

More than 200 people rallied yesterday in the American Legion hall in Lyon Mountain. The Clinton County community is fighting to save its state prison, which anchors the local economy. Lyon Mountain Correctional Facility is one of three prisons in the North Country slated for closure next year. As Brian Mann reports, prison guards are hoping to form a united front across the region.

Assemblywoman Addie Russell from Theresa also sent a letter to Governor Paterson this week, urging him to keep the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility open. In her letter, she accused the state Department of Correctional Facility of using "false" claims to justify the closure. According to Russell, maximum security prisons in the state are still overcrowded and too many inmates are being "double-bunked." Russell also argued that Ogendesburg's economy "will be devastated" if the correctional facility closes.  Go to full article
Maj. General Joseph Taluto will retire from the New York National Guard next month
Maj. General Joseph Taluto will retire from the New York National Guard next month

Maj. Gen. Taluto from Washington County drops bid to lead Army National Guard

A North Country officer chosen by the White House to head the Army National Guard has withdrawn his name from consideration. Major General Joseph Taluto, who lives in Fort Ann, in Washington County, was chosen by President Obama to lead the Guard nationwide back in May of 2009. But his nomination was held up by the controversy surrounding the murder of two of his officers during a deployment to Iraq in 2005. In a statement issued yesterday, Taluto said that the confirmation process had become a "distraction." He also announced that he will retire as head of New York state's national guard, ending a 44-year career. Brian Mann's report on Taluto's nomination first aired last May.  Go to full article

Story 2.0: A fresh start at Moriah Shock

Even many prison reform advocates, who want fewer New Yorkers sent to prison, say the state's so-called "shock" program offers alternatives that can benefit low-level, non-violent criminals. Inmates from Moriah Shock have long served useful roles in the region as well, helping forest rangers battle wild fires in the Adirondacks. Over the weekend, they were among the volunteers building the ice palace for Saranac Lake's Winter Carnival. A decade ago, Brian Mann spent a day behind bars at Moriah Shock, attending a graduation, talking with the inmates and their families.  Go to full article

Region's representatives to join forces to fight prison cuts

State prisons pump tens of millions of dollars into North Country communities. Gov. David Paterson's budget would close three of them: one in Ogdensburg and the others in Lyon Mt. and Moriah. nearly 500 jobs are at stake.

A day after the budget's release, the region's representatives in Albany were laying plans to fight the closures. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Budget would cut 3 North Country prisons, nearly 500 jobs

For the North Country, the biggest blow contained in the Governor's budget proposal is the planned closure of three of the region's prisons. Governor Paterson wants to mothball correctional facilities in Ogdensburg, Lyon Mountain, and Moriah putting nearly 500 high paying jobs on the line. State Senators Darrel Aubertine and Betty Little said they would join the effort to save the prisons. As Brian Mann reports, today's proposal came as a terrible shock in communities already facing hard times.  Go to full article

Challenger Sprague wins Essex County DA race

After a week of ballot recounts challenger Kristy Sprague has won the race for Essex County District Attorney. When all the absentee and affidavit ballots were counted on Monday, Sprague had prevailed by 126 votes over incumbent district attorney Julie Garcia. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Peru town supervisor convicted of official misconduct

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican is reporting this morning that Peru town Supervisor Donald Covel has been found guilty of official misconduct. According to the newspaper, Covel faces up to a year in jail. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Maria Zobniw and her daughter Chrystia in happier times (Photo used by permission)
Maria Zobniw and her daughter Chrystia in happier times (Photo used by permission)

In Binghamton, sorrow, questions and the search for a way forward after violence

Three months have passed since a gunman opened fire at an immigrant services center in Binghamton. Jiverly Wong, a mentally-ill immigrant from Vietnam, murdered thirteen people before taking his own life. Brian Mann was one of the reporters NPR sent to cover the shooting. NPR asked Brian to go back to Binghamton this summer, to talk with families and to find out what happens to a community blindsided by such devastating violence.  Go to full article
Captain Phillip Esposito, who was murdered in Iraq, with daughter Madeline and wife Siobhan (Photo provided)
Captain Phillip Esposito, who was murdered in Iraq, with daughter Madeline and wife Siobhan (Photo provided)

A double homicide in Iraq slows the rise of New York top general to national post

The top soldier in New York state is facing new questions and new scrutiny following his nomination by President Obama to head the Army National Guard. Major General Joseph Taluto, who lives in Fort Ann in Washington County, had been expected to win easy confirmation by the U.S. Senate. But now the widow of one of his officers killed in Iraq says General Taluto mishandled discipline and morale during a deployment in 2005. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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