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Saranac Lake High School. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rschott/">Ron Schott</a>, some rights reserved.
Saranac Lake High School. Photo: Ron Schott, some rights reserved.

Saranac Lake School District faces deep cuts

The Saranac Lake Central School District is facing a budget shortfall of more than $1 million and is considering cuts that could include 25 teachers and teacher-assistants. That's according to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

The newspaper reports that Saranac Lake superintendent Diane Fox described the budget as a case of "shared sacrifice."

If the spending plan is enacted, Fox says class sizes would still be held at 25 pupils per classroom.

The Enterprise reports that school board budget meetings are scheduled for April 2 and 9.  Go to full article

Owens attacks Medicare privatization

North Country Congressman Bill Owens lashed out at Republicans' plan to reduce the federal deficit while backing President Obama's. Speaking in a telephone town hall meeting Thursday, the Democrat from Plattsburgh attacked House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan's deficit reduction plan. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article
New Governor Andrew Cuomo cuts a symbolic barrrier to his 2nd floor offices at the capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt..
New Governor Andrew Cuomo cuts a symbolic barrrier to his 2nd floor offices at the capitol. Photo: Karen DeWitt..

Cuomo promises openess, public trust

Andrew Cuomo is now New York's 56th Governor. In a simple ceremony before around 200 family, friends, and top aides at the State Capitol, he vowed to restore trust in government. Karen DeWitt was there.  Go to full article

Hard work ahead for Cuomo

Now that Andrew Cuomo has secured the governor's post, the hard work begins. As Karen DeWitt reports, the state faces a number of challenges, including a multi billion dollar budget deficit.  Go to full article
Randy Douglas heads the Essex County board of supervisors
Randy Douglas heads the Essex County board of supervisors

Essex County faces tough budget choices

Essex County now faces a budget deficit next year that could top 9 million dollars. That's ten percent of the county's budget that still needs to be paid for.

The soaring costs are being blamed on scheduled pay increases for county workers, rising utility coasts, and the cost of operating the Horace Nye nursing home in Elizabethtown.

The latest blow came this week, when the Board of Supervisors announced that health insurance costs could rise by as much as 46%.

Brian Mann spoke about the budget crunch with Randy Douglas. He's town supervisor in Jay and serves as county chair.  Go to full article
Chris Gibson and his family in Columbia County (Source:  Gibson campaign)
Chris Gibson and his family in Columbia County (Source: Gibson campaign)

NY-20: Republican challenger wants smaller Homeland Security department

Retired Army Colonel Chris Gibson is running as a Republican in New Yorks' 20th district House race. He hopes to unseat Democrat Scott Murphy from Glens Falls.

Gibson grew up in Columbia County and served at Fort Drum during a military career that spanned more than two decades.

During a trip to Lake Placid yesterday, he sat down with Brian Mann to talk about the economy, the size of government, and border security.  Go to full article

Comptroller says the late budget is on shaky ground

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says the state budget is based on shaky fiscal assumptions, and warns there could be another another mid year deficit if it isn't fixed. And a new poll from the Siena College Research Institute shows the more than three months late state budget is likely to have some political fallout. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County $11 million in the red

The budget crunch in Albany means a bleak financial future for many of the North Country's counties. St. Lawrence County is fighting to close an $11 to 14 million deficit next year. That's 5% of the county's overall budget. County Administrator Karen St. Hillaire has proposed a package of $4 million in cuts. It would avoid most layoffs, but it would still force a 5% property tax increase. If the fiscal picture gets worse, the county may have to cut 30 to 50 jobs. St. Hillaire says most of the deficit comes from the state and federal governments contributing millions less to mandated programs, like Medicaid and the pension fund. She told David Sommerstein the struggling economy makes matters worse.  Go to full article

One on one with Gov. David Paterson

Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt sat down with Gov. David Paterson for an exclusive interview yesterday, after the governor had delivered his new revenue bills, and the lawmakers had refused to accept them. The bills lay in stacks in the halls of the capitol as they spoke.  Go to full article

In Albany, bracing for a $1 billion no show

Senate Democrats released bills to address two major concerns of Governor David Paterson. As Karen DeWitt reports, lawmakers say they might approve them as early as Wednesday.  Go to full article

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