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On August 30, national Guard troops cleared power lines and debris around a ruined home in the town of Jay. (Photo: Brian Mann)
On August 30, national Guard troops cleared power lines and debris around a ruined home in the town of Jay. (Photo: Brian Mann)

Jay searches for ways to finance post-Irene recovery

Flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Irene may force Essex County to borrow money to make it through the end of this year. Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas chairs the Essex County Board of Supervisors.

Douglas said he couldn't put a dollar figure on the total damages to county infrastructure. But he said individual projects relating to Irene will cost towns in the county hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Go to full article
This sign greeted volunteers during Gov. Cuomo "Labor for Your neighbor" visit last week.
This sign greeted volunteers during Gov. Cuomo "Labor for Your neighbor" visit last week.

Route 73 open, Cuomo says Adirondacks "Open for Business"

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in the Adirondacks once again Monday morning, this time to announce the reopening of state Route 73 outside Keene Valley.

Appearing in the tiny hamlet of St. Hubert's, Cuomo was joined by Joan McDonald - commissioner of the state Department of Transportation - as well as local and state lawmakers.

Cuomo stressed that reopening Route 73 is vital to the area's economic health, especially with fall foliage season right around the corner.

Chris Morris was on hand for Monday's ribbon cutting and has this report.  Go to full article
Well, folks now is the chance to come forward to be heard because we are listening...

Development council says now's the time for ideas

The North Country Economic Development Council wants to hear from people about how to improve the region's economy. The group is among 10 regional councils appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. They're under a November deadline to come up with a plan to compete for millions of dollars in state grants and loans.

The North Country council opened its regular Monday meeting in Potsdam to the public yesterday before heading on to Plattsburgh last evening for the first of seven more public meetings.  Go to full article
If they want to raise [taxes] by 20%, God bless them. If they believe they need to raise their taxes they can do it.

Cuomo: Irene-hit communities can override tax cap via "built-in relief valve"

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he does not think the 2% property tax cap enacted into law earlier this year will put a damper on local governments' efforts to raise funds to clean up flood damage from tropical storm Irene. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more:  Go to full article
SUNY Canton President Joe Kennedy at commencement ths year.
SUNY Canton President Joe Kennedy at commencement ths year.

Kennedy sees challenges ahead for Canton-Potsdam shared presidency

The State University of New York surprised the Canton-Potsdam communities last month with the news that it will put one president in charge of SUNY Canton and Potsdam colleges as part of a new initiative to share services. The plan is for SUNY Canton president Joe Kennedy to resign at the end of the academic year, with Potsdam President Jon Schwaller presumably holding the new office.

Canton leaders were dismayed that Kennedy, who's led an 18 year resurgence of the former Ag and tech school, was forced out. At a stormy meeting in early August, college council members at both schools challenged the decision, and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher's authority to merge the presidencies.

There's been push-back from local and state politicians. A week ago the SUNY Canton chapter of the United University Professions organized a public protest that drew some 200 people in support of Kennedy.

Martha Foley sat down with Kennedy recently to talk about the new plan. He said it's hard to see how the shared presidency will work. And he said the news took him by surprise, too.  Go to full article
[Average New Yorkers] deserve the opportunity to come out and have their spoken comments recorded for the public record.

DEC plans release of draft fracking report

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is due to release its final version of an environmental impact statement on hydro fracking in New York this morning. The report is being eagerly anticipated by both environmentalists and the natural gas industry.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo at the more recent tragedy, visiting Upstate NY.  (Photo: Chris Morris)
Gov. Cuomo at the more recent tragedy, visiting Upstate NY. (Photo: Chris Morris)

9-11 memorial flag unveiled

Governor Cuomo unveiled a new state flag to memorialize the New Yorkers and others who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers. He says the flag will be flown at the memorial site in lower Manhattan as well as at the State Capitol. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo pitches in during a stop in Keene on Labor Day (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Governor Andrew Cuomo pitches in during a stop in Keene on Labor Day (Photo: Brian Mann)

Cuomo says Adirondack Rt. 73 will reopen "within ten days"

Governor Andrew Cuomo says Rt. 73 from the Adirondack Northway to Keene Valley -- one of the most important travel corridors in the region -- will reopen within ten days.

He made the announcement Monday during a visit to Keene to inspect recovery efforts following tropical storm Irene. He also praised the community for rebuilding quickly but acknowledged that a lot of work remains to be done. Brian Mann was there and has our story.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo and the state got high marks for response to flooding. Photo: Brian Mann.
Gov. Cuomo and the state got high marks for response to flooding. Photo: Brian Mann.

Cuomo's visit boosts morale

Governor Andrew Cuomo made his second visit to Keene yesterday following Irene and widespread flooding in the Ausable River valley.

The trip was part of his effort to mobilize thousands of volunteers for a "Labor for Your Neighbor" day as communities across the state recover from the tropical storm. Brian Mann was in Keene for the governor's stop. He tells Martha Foley the governor got high praise from local people exhausted by the last eight days of assessment and clean-up.  Go to full article
Work was underway in Keene yesterday, here in the backyard of a home that backs up to the severely eroded river bed.
Work was underway in Keene yesterday, here in the backyard of a home that backs up to the severely eroded river bed.

Cuomo plans return to the Adirondacks today

Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans a return to the Adirondacks this afternoon. He's scheduled to come to Keene at 2 pm, as part of his "Labor for Your Neighbor" flood recovery project.

New York Senator Charles Schumer visited the North Country yesterday to view flood-stricken communities along the Ausable River. According to the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, Schumer stopped in Keeseville, Black Brook and Jay.

He urged local residents hit by tropical storm Irene to sign up with FEMA, the Federal agency that is helping with individual assistance payments. A FEMA office has been opened in the town hall in Ausable Forks.

Meanwhile, over the weekend clean-up efforts continued, with the help of National Guard troops and huge numbers of volunteers.  Go to full article

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