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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
...Comment via the website, that's really what folks need to do.

Regional Economic Development Council puts draft plan online

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council has posted a draft of its strategic plan--and it includes supporting controversial long term federal projects such as the Rooftop Highway.

It also sets out seven visions for the North Country including: the construction of growth in the aerospace, defense, biotech and other industries; increasing the region's profile as a special destination to visit, live, work and study; creating the greenest economy in the state; and starting an agriculture revolution.

The North Country Council is one of ten around New York created by Governor Andrew Cuomo to compete for millions of dollars in state funding. Garry Douglas is co-chair. He says the draft plan was created after a series of public hearings. Before submitting the final proposal to Albany, he wants people to review the plan online.

"Because there's not time between now and November 14 to go out and do another whole round of hearings. So it's going to be website dependent. People that have interest go there, look at them, and then comment via the website. That's really what folks need to do."

The website is North Country Open For Business - dot - com.  Go to full article
My position is I will veto the lines that are drawn. I believe it should be done by an independent commission.

Cuomo renews promise to veto legislature's redistricting plans

Blogs lit up yesterday when Gov. Andrew Cuomo seemed to back away from his often repeated promise to veto new electoral district lines drawn by a special legislative task force.
On public radio's Capitol Pressroom, he told host Susan Arbetter there could be a certain amount of chaos if he vetoes new electoral district lines due after the 2010 Census. The Albany Times Union's Capitol Confidential blog noted "chaos is not Cuomoian."

But later in the day, he renewed his veto pledge, in no uncertain terms. The governor told Albany reporter Karen DeWitt he intends to veto the redistricting lines now being devised by a joint legislative commission, because they are not independent and non partisan.  Go to full article
If they insist on playing chicken...this is going to end up in the hands of the court.

Cuomo renews vow to veto district lines drawn by joint legislative commission

Governor Andrew Cuomo is stating in no uncertain terms that he intends to veto the redistricting lines now being devised by a joint legislative commission, because they are not independent and nonpartisan. Karen DeWitt has the details:  Go to full article

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