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The Village of Potsdam voted "no" on dissolution in November, 2011. Image: Dale Hobson
The Village of Potsdam voted "no" on dissolution in November, 2011. Image: Dale Hobson

Experts weigh in on North Country dissolution pros and cons

The village of Malone and the village of Norwood are each considering dissolving layers of government in an effort to streamline services and save money. Voters in Potsdam decided against dissolving their village last year. The Cuomo administration has been pushing for smaller governments in New York to merge, or dissolve. The state offers tax breaks as an incentive.

The idea isn't new. Vicki Brown and Jaimie Saunders are researchers with the Center for Government Research, a non-profit based in Rochester. Their organization has been helping communities consider the pros and cons of merging for the past 75 years. Brown says since the 1920s, 45 towns and villages in New York have merged or dissolved. Julie Grant recently spoke with Saunders and Brown.  Go to full article
The NYS Capitol in a postcard from 1914.
The NYS Capitol in a postcard from 1914.

NY legislative session makes history: fewest bills since 1914

Governor Cuomo has touted the recently concluded legislative session as "one of the most successful in modern political history." As Karen DeWitt reports, the session also made history in another way. It featured the fewest bills passed by both houses in nearly 100 years.  Go to full article

Most NY leaders hail health care ruling

New York's politicians and major health care providers are applauding the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's health care law. Meanwhile, an Albany Law School expert says Chief Justice John Roberts may have been concerned about his legacy, and that was a factor in his decision. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Decorum, professionalism and competence in government is what weve been trying to instill...thats how we want to close out the session.

Cuomo won some, lost some in sophomore legislative session

The just-concluded 2012 legislative session brought mixed results for Governor Cuomo, who is in his second year as governor. While Cuomo and lawmakers could claim credit for a calm and functional end to the session, the Governor had to drop some of his original goals in order for that to happen.  Go to full article

Orderly session, but NY lawmakers may be back for more

The state legislature ended its session in an orderly fashion for the first time in decades. But the lack of last minute negotiations means that some issues were left unresolved, and it's likely that lawmakers will be back at the Capitol later this year.  Go to full article
Some are concerned that in smaller schools, like Canton Central School, teachers' identities will be easy to determine. Photo: Lizette Haenel
Some are concerned that in smaller schools, like Canton Central School, teachers' identities will be easy to determine. Photo: Lizette Haenel

State legislature passes Gov. Cuomo's teacher evalution disclosure bill

There was a little bit of drama Thursday in an otherwise mundane end to the legislative session as Senate Republicans agreed in the final hours to approve Governor Cuomo's proposal on how to make teacher evaluations public. Karen DeWitt is covering the story in Albany and she filed this report.  Go to full article

Session ends on time, but not all done

As the heat baking much of New York continued, state lawmakers wound down their legislative session yesterday. Despite leaving a number of unresolved issues for later, the governor declared victory.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo delivering his State of the State address to lawmakers in january.
Gov. Cuomo delivering his State of the State address to lawmakers in january.

Lots left hanging in Albany

The legislative session that's concluding in Albany seems to be more about what's not getting done that what is getting accomplished. As Karen DeWitt reports, agreements were not reached on several key issues.  Go to full article
Kate Hudson of the organization Riverkeeper speaking at Wednesday's event. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Kate Hudson of the organization Riverkeeper speaking at Wednesday's event. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Green coalition urges Cuomo to reject fracking

The state's major environmental groups have formed a new coalition, urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject a plan to begin hydraulic fracturing in select counties in New York's Southern Tier.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo in an emphatic moment.
Gov. Cuomo in an emphatic moment.

Cuomo to legislators on teacher evaluation bill: "Take it or leave it"

Governor Cuomo is telling the legislature to 'take or leave' a new bill he's released outlining how to make teacher evaluations public. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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