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Hamilton county leader gives REDC process high marks

A top official in Hamilton County is praising the Regional Economic Development Council process. Earlier this month, the state awarded the North Country more than $100-million to help boost the economy. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Shana Goldman of Albany says she was pepper sprayed as police seized final tents of the encampment across from the Capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt.
Shana Goldman of Albany says she was pepper sprayed as police seized final tents of the encampment across from the Capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Occupy Albany ends with pepper spray, arrests

The dismantling of one of the last Occupy encampments in New York ended with pepper spray and arrests, as Albany City workers moved in and took down tents at the Occupy Albany encampment.  Go to full article

Comptroller predicts another tough year for New York

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has looked at state tax collections, and state obligations, says it will be another tough year for New York's finances.  Go to full article
The only real path that Senate Republicans have to maintaining their majority into 2013 is for them to draw their own lines.

Redistricting the elephant in the room in Albany

One of the biggest issues facing state lawmakers in 2012 is the redrawing of electoral district lines.
New lines are drawn after every U.S. Census and typically reflect the political power structure of the state legislature, bolstering sitting majorities. As Karen DeWitt reports, the topic has been the elephant in the room during much of this year. Gov Andrew Cuomo has repeated threats to veto any lines that are gerrymandered and drawn in a partisan manner.  Go to full article
A mobile home uprooted by Irene. Photo by Kathy Regan.
A mobile home uprooted by Irene. Photo by Kathy Regan.

Towns can't afford state's flood property tax break

A new state law aims to help property owners hurt by storms earlier this year.

The Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee Assessment Relief Act was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this month.

It lets local governments and school districts provide tax relief - including refunds - to people whose property was significantly devalued by the storms in late August and early September.

But as Chris Morris reports, some local governments may not implement the law without financial assistance from the state.  Go to full article
Lake George Village officials voted Monday to probe casino gambling impacts (Photo:  Lake George village website)
Lake George Village officials voted Monday to probe casino gambling impacts (Photo: Lake George village website)

Lake George to study impacts of casino

Village officials in Lake George have voted to launch a study that would examine possible impacts of casino gambling on the Adirondack resort. The study could cost as much as $15,000. But as Martha Foley reports, some local leaders think it's important to begin thinking about a new gambling industry now as lawmakers in Albany consider liberalizing the state's gaming laws.  Go to full article

Comptroller helping locals with tax cap paperwork

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says it's too early to tell yet what impact the new limit on property taxes will have on the local entities like schools and libraries that depend on local taxes for revenue.

In the meantime, the comptroller's office is helping municipalities comply with the complexities of the new property tax cap. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
We have a tremendous amount of work ahead of us...we should endeavor do as much of our work in open view.

Ethics commission begins work in Albany

The first public meeting of the state's new ethics commission came on the day that another state senator pleaded guilty to felony corruption charges. As Karen DeWitt reports, questions were raised about the closed door portion of the commission's meeting.  Go to full article

Trudeau a double winner of state funds

Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake was one of the big winners when it was announced earlier this month that the North Country has been awarded $103 million in state economic development funds.
The nonprofit biotech research center will receive $1.2 million to modernize its laboratory facilities and recruit additional scientists and research teams. But that wasn't all.

Tucked into the $62 million dollar award for the Capital Region was a $1 million allocation to the State University at Albany for a biotechnology corridor that includes Trudeau. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
JCOPE will need to be very deliberative and operate with as much a transparency as is allowed.

Questions already coming up about new state ethics commission

The state's new ethics commission, announced last week, is already provoking some questions. That's after it held its first meeting in private, without public notice. From Albany, Karen DeWitt has this report.  Go to full article

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