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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
Keene Central School, Keene Valley, NY
Keene Central School, Keene Valley, NY

NYS School Board Association: Schools, tax cap on "collision course"

A study by the New York State School Boards Association finds three quarters of the state's school districts would have exceeded the new 2% property tax cap, had it been in effect for the current school year budget. The group predicts that the new tax cap and schools are "on a collision course." In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Theres not enough focus on the students and actual education and performance.

Cuomo wants the focus on students

The Board of Regents proposal would give 73% of increased state aid to high-need districts. That could help North Country schools, which are among the poorest in the state.

As Martha Foley reports, Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports changes that would send more money to the neediest districts, but he wants to put students front and center as the conversation about aid to schools goes forward.  Go to full article
APA chairwoman Lani Ulrich. Photo: Brian Mann
APA chairwoman Lani Ulrich. Photo: Brian Mann

APA chair Ulrich says building "peace table" will bring progress in Adirondacks

Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo named Lani Ulrich from Old Forge to head the Adirondack Park Agency. She replaces Curt Stiles, who stepped down over the summer. Ulrich has served on the APA commission for seven years and also spearheaded the formation of a new group called the Common Ground Alliance, that has worked to defuse some of the Park's most controversial debates.

She sat down Wednesday with Brian Mann for her first in-depth interview since taking over as chair. Because of legal restrictions, Ulrich declined to answer questions about the Adirondack Club and Resort project now under review by the Agency. But she says it is time to think big about how the regulatory agency can tackle big issues that face Park communities and the environment.  Go to full article
This is partially due to the recent episodes, obviously.

Law would require sex abuse reports from coaches

Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced legislation that would require coaches at high schools and universities to report suspected incidents of child sexual abuse. As Karen DeWitt reports, the bill is in response to the alleged sex abuse charges against Syracuse University basketball assistant coach Bernie Fine.  Go to full article
I expect a much more rigorous and robust enforcement of the state ethics laws.

Cuomo, leaders name new state ethics commission

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders named 14 people to the newest version of the state ethics commission Monday. The new agency is charged with enforcing ethics in state government. It will oversee and investigate compliance by lawmakers. It will also monitor statewide elected officials as well as executive branch and legislative employees.

As Karen DeWitt reports, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, by law begins its work on Tuesday.  Go to full article

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