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Learning about the new Regional Council system in Elizabethtown. Photo:  Brian Mann
Learning about the new Regional Council system in Elizabethtown. Photo: Brian Mann

North Country Council's volunteers will grade, shape economic development projects

This year, Governor Andrew Cuomo created ten new regional economic development councils in New York. These locally led committees are developing plans designed to revive jobs and investment. The goal is to shift decision-making and planning away from the state capital, giving more flexibility and autonomy to different regions.

But the North Country Councils, made up of more than a dozen volunteers, will also be charged with grading proposed economic development projects. Their members, chosen by Governor Cuomo, will help decide which initiatives receive tens of millions of dollars in grants and tax breaks. As Brian Mann reports, the new system marks a major shift in how state dollars will be spent.  Go to full article
Tony Collins co-chairs the North Country Regional Economic Development Council
Tony Collins co-chairs the North Country Regional Economic Development Council

North Country economic development plan shaped, questioned

A new organization created this year by Governor Andrew Cuomo is drafting an economic development plan designed to jump-start the North Country's struggling economy.

As part of that process the North Country Regional Economic Development Council is developing a list of priority projects that could draw as much as $40 million in state funding next year.

The plan will be finalized and sent to Albany in the next couple of weeks, but so far the Council hasn't offered any public details about what projects will be included.

As Brian Mann reports, the lack of information drew criticism last night at a gathering in the Adirondacks.  Go to full article
Im not going to go back and forth with the political winds.

In spite of popular opinion, Cuomo says no to state millionaire's tax

Governor Cuomo is coming under increasing pressure to change his stance against renewing an income tax surcharge on the state's millionaires. A coalition in favor of continuing the tax has rebranded itself, and is gaining strength from the Occupy Wall Street movement. But Cuomo, so far, is not changing his mind.  Go to full article
It is capturing peoples anger at whats going on with the economy.

More New Yorkers would Occupy Wall Street than join Tea Party, poll finds

New Yorkers are more inclined to join the Occupy Wall street movement than they are to become members of the Tea Party, a new survey finds. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details:  Go to full article

PEF to vote again on changed contract

The executive board of the state worker union the Public Employees Federation has approved a revote on a contract with New York State, in an attempt to avoid 3500 layoffs. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article

Cuomo says yes to federal millionaire's tax--no to state tax

A group of unions and advocates for the poor have begun a new push to preserve New York's income tax surcharge on millionaires. But Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's still against taxing the rich, unless it's a federal tax change. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has these details:  Go to full article
Carl McCall in Massena during his 2002 run for governor.
Carl McCall in Massena during his 2002 run for governor.

Cuomo appoints former political rival Carl McCall head of SUNY board

Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday named a previous political rival, the former State Comptroller Carl McCall, as chair of the SUNY Board of Trustees. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
You can put a cap in place and if you dont change the mandated things all youve done is put all the pressure on the local government.

Massena considers property tax cap over ride

There's a new wrinkle in the budget process for municipalities and school districts across New York. At Gov. Andrew Cuomo's urging this spring, state legislators approved a new 2 percent cap on how much local property taxes can go up in a given fiscal year.

But with expenses rising and revenues flat, counties and towns are weighing the possibility of overriding the cap. As Martha Foley reports, one St. Lawrence County town has reluctantly taken the first step.  Go to full article

Cuomo, Public Employees Federation down to the wire

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state workers union, the Public Employees Federation, are still working on a deal to forge a new contract agreement or face 3500 lay offs. Karen DeWitt reports the situation presents a dilemma for the governor, who might have to make job cuts in a worsening recession.  Go to full article
If we should have an ice storm ... if we should have any number of events that we cannot control, we will be in serious trouble.

County budget strategies falling short

Like other municipalities around the state, St. Lawrence County is figuring out its budget for the coming year. So far its strategies to cope with rising expenses, falling state aid and a new cap on property taxes aren't working out.

Its leaders are cutting positions and programs. But they say they also need more revenue. That's where county leaders seem to be hitting a wall. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

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