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Many questions unanswered as Potsdam Village nears dissolution vote

Next Tuesday, Potsdam village residents will vote on whether to dissolve the village. Potsdam isn't the only village to consider this--Budgets are tight and the state is offering incentives to eliminate layers of government.

Massena's looked into dissolution; and Waddington has decided not to pursue it for the moment. Malone's dissolution study committee met for the first time Wednesday night. Other villages in the region and state are moving through the process as well.

In Potsdam--a village of about 10,000 within a town of about 16,000-- arguments for and against dissolution turn on economic development, public safety, and of course, property taxes--but as Nora Flaherty reports, uncertainty may also play a very big role in how villagers vote:  Go to full article
Theres some significant changes in this revised contract.

Cuomo, PEF leadership hope for "yes" vote on new contract

The votes will be counted for the second time this fall on a contract offer between the state worker union the Public Employees Federation, and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

PEF members rejected the first offer. This time, if the contract is rejected, the governor has vowed to lay off 3500 state workers. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
This is what the taxpayers are asking for...They want government that's affordable.

Coalition wants to pay for tax cap with benefits cuts for teachers, public workers

A coalition of business lobbyists, city and village mayors, and school boards are pushing hard for reduced pension and health benefits for their employees. Karen DeWitt reports that effort is part of a package of mandate relief they say is necessary to help communities around New York live within the new 2% property tax cap law.  Go to full article

The race for St. Lawrence County Clerk

The election of a county clerk usually doesn't get much attention. The office processes paperwork: passports, pistol permits, mortgages, and vehicle registrations. But this year, people are watching the race for clerk in St. Lawrence County. And the two candidates think that's largely because the office has started making money. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article
I think that we and the public can win that discussion.

Silver: Millionaire's tax supporters can "ultimately" prevail

The planned expiration of what's often called the "millionaire's tax" on December 31st...has become a major flashpoint for Occupy Albany protesters. But it's not just the protesters--a majority of New Yorkers don't want the tax to end. Now State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver--a longtime supporter of extending the tax--says he believes his side can "ultimately" prevail.  Go to full article
Photo: Karen DeWitt
Photo: Karen DeWitt

Occupy Albany keeps warm

Weekend snow has not deterred protesters at Occupy Albany, a growing encampment across the street from the State Capitol. The demonstrators are firing up newly-acquired outdoor heaters and planning more actions, including future protests against the expiration of a millionaires tax and the possibility of state worker layoffs. Karen DeWitt paid a visit to the encampment and has this report.  Go to full article
Many people have an immediate feeling... and the conversation tends to get polarized.

Hydrofracking panel needs more time--Cuomo says that's OK

New York's Environmental Commissioner says the review process on permitting hydrofracking on some private lands in New York State may take longer than expected.

The DEC's Joe Martens even cast doubt on whether any permits would be issued in 2012. Governor Cuomo says he's willing to wait, if it leads to a rational decision making process on what's become a highly emotional issue.

In Albany, Karen DeWitt has this report.  Go to full article
Learning about the new Regional Council system in Elizabethtown. Photo: Brian Mann
Learning about the new Regional Council system in Elizabethtown. Photo: Brian Mann

Broad vision, few specifics in NC economic development draft

This week the North Country Regional Economic Development Council will vote on a strategic plan that will be sent to Albany.

The plan will be used to shape tens of millions of dollars in state spending our region. It will also compete with other regional plans submitted by councils in other parts of New York.

The plans that are judged to be the best will win an upfront infusion of cash to the tune of roughly $40 million.

But most regions will only receive about $5 million dollars. Martha Foley talked with Brian Mann about the process and the North Country council's preliminary proposal.  Go to full article
We cant be all things to all people, but it wont be for lack of trying.

Aubertine gets flood recovery update

The Cuomo administration fanned out last week for an update on recovery efforts in communities still reeling from damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine--a former state senator -- leads Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Storm Recovery Task Force. He was in Essex County to talk with elected officials from the towns of Keene, Jay and North Elba, as well as the village of Lake Placid.  Go to full article
Albany protestor Joe Lombardo. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Albany protestor Joe Lombardo. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Occupy Albany occupies the Capitol

Around 75 protesters from the Occupy movement chanted and demonstrated inside the State Capitol Thursday. They called Governor Cuomo "Governor 1 percent," and demanded he agree to extend an income tax surcharge on millionaires. Karen DeWitt was there.  Go to full article

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