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State ethics panel finds $220 million spent on lobbying in 2011

The seemingly-recession-proof business of lobbying grew once again in New York last year. The state's ethics panel has announced it found a total of $220 million was spent to influence the governor and members of the legislature. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details:  Go to full article

Budget seems close to resolution

New York lawmakers are very optimistic about getting a budget done on time again this year. They say 99% of the state's spending plan has been closed down, and they will pass bills before the end of the week. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
The Keene fire hall, damaged by flooded Gulf Brook during Tropical Storm Irene. Photo: Kathy Regan
The Keene fire hall, damaged by flooded Gulf Brook during Tropical Storm Irene. Photo: Kathy Regan

Keene may relocate flooded fire station

Voters in Keene will go to the polls next month to decide whether to purchase property for a new fire station. The old station was nearly washed away when tiny Gulf Brook flooded during Tropical Storm Irene last year.

As Chris Morris reports, Keene fire officials hope to buy the Mountain Manor on state Route 73, a site that would be safe from flooding in the event of another major storm.  Go to full article
Potsdam Central School
Potsdam Central School

North Country parents await state school aid budget

Many North Country parents, students, and school officials are anxiously awaiting agreement on the state budget. Canton Central held two public forums this month, to explain the district's $2.5 million budget shortfall, and hear where residents recommend cutbacks. The district is considering up to 40 job cuts.

Rachel Wallace is mother of two third-graders in the Potsdam Schools. She's worried that class sizes will get larger, and extra-curricular activities will be eliminated. Wallace says the drop in state school aid could have lasting impacts.  Go to full article

Skelos predicts budget on time, without another all-nighter

State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says he expects the state budget to be passed on time and in daylight. The deadline for the spending plan is now less than a week away.  Go to full article

State lawmakers finish week, but not budget

State lawmakers have abandoned the idea of completing a state budget one week ahead of schedule. As Karen DeWitt reports, they were due home in their districts late Thursday without agreement on a new spending plan.  Go to full article

Comptroller says pension plan won't save NY money now

Governor Cuomo and lawmakers are deliberating behind the scenes on their remaining disagreements over the state budget. Meanwhile unions and others have expressed doubts about a recently approved pension reform plan.  Go to full article
Brian Houseal's position on the Adirondack Club and Resort has been described by critics as "dangerous."  Photo: Brian Mann
Brian Houseal's position on the Adirondack Club and Resort has been described by critics as "dangerous." Photo: Brian Mann

Green groups fall into war of words over Adirondack Club and Resort project

The Adirondack Club and Resort decision over the winter continues to send shock waves through the Park's environmental community.

APA commissioners voted 10-to-1 to allow the massive development to go forward, winning praise from local government leaders.

But green groups in the Park remain deeply divided over the decision. They've fallen into a public war of words over what the decision means and what the environmental movement should do next. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Griffo wants $5 million to defend NY military bases

Both the House and Senate versions of the state budget include money to protect Fort Drum and other military installations in New York from the chopping block.

State Senator Joe Griffo of Rome says the Department of Defense is looking to cut as much as $400 billion. Two rounds of BRAC hearings have been scheduled, where decisions are made on military base re-allignment and closure. Julie grant reports.  Go to full article

Legislature haunted by recent deals as it looks to move forward with budget

The state legislature met Monday for the first time since striking deals on pension reform and new district lines. It tried to focus on its new task, agreeing on a budget.

But as Karen DeWitt reports, the legislature found the old issues continue to have repercussions, as a major union suspended all endorsements and contributions over the pension vote.  Go to full article

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