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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

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
A hydro fracking tower. (Photo: Innovation Trail)
A hydro fracking tower. (Photo: Innovation Trail)

Hydrofracking postponed, for now

The state's environmental agency is putting the brakes on the process to approve hydrofracking on some private lands in New York. That's after a key advisory panel says it will miss a November 1 deadline to issue a report. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Photo: Karen DeWitt
Photo: Karen DeWitt

Occupy Albany protestors a "sustained presence"

The Occupy Wall Street protesters camped out in Albany plan a rally supporting the state's "millionaire tax," as some organizers lash out at Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Media reports say Cuomo wanted state police to enforce a curfew that would have driven the demonstrators out of the park Friday. But Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, a fellow Democrat, instead allowed demonstrators to stay. There was no comment from Cuomo or Jennings yesterday.

The protesters are camped out across the street from the State Capitol. Yesterday they told Karen DeWitt they have no intention of leaving anytime soon.  Go to full article
Carl McCall
Carl McCall

McCall on SUNY, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Albany

Carl McCall, the newly appointed Chair of the State University of New York Board of Trustees, is no stranger to New York politics and policy making. He spoke with Albany reporter Karen DeWitt about his goals for SUNY, the Occupy Wall Street, and now, the Occupy Albany movement.  Go to full article

Little expects new APA chair soon

Speculation has been building for weeks over who Gov. Andrew Cuomo will choose as the next chairperson of the Adirondack Park Agency.

Lately, that speculaion has turned into concern as the agency board is about to begin reviewing one of the largest development projects ever proposed in the Park -- with no one in the chairman's seat. But one North Country lawmaker says she believes the governor is close to making a decision.  Go to full article

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