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Paul Maroun, Franklin County legislator
Paul Maroun, Franklin County legislator

Angered by 23rd District loss, Maroun may challenge Duprey

Political fall-out continues from this week's 23rd district congressional race. Democrat Bill Owens won, in part because of a simmering feud between conservative acvitists and Republican Party candidate Dede Scozzafava. Scozzafava dropped out of the race and endorsed Owens, instead of Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. In the wake of that contest, it appears that more rifts are emerging within the GOP. Franklin County legislator Paul Maroun says he might challenge one of Scozzafava's strongest supporters in next year's Assembly race. Maroun is from Tupper Lake, describes himself as a conservative Republican. He's pro-life and opposes same-sex marriage. He says Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, who represents the 114th district, angered many Republicans when she failed to back Doug Hoffman.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru)
Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru)

Duprey says moderates must have a place within the GOP

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, who lives in the town of Peru, was a staunch supporter of Republican congressional candidate Dede Scozzafava. The two women share a number of maverick views that clash with their party leadership, including their support for a woman's right to choose and gay marriage. In the days since Tuesday's election Duprey says her office has been barraged with angry emails, including some that threaten her with physical violence. She sat down yesterday to talk with Brian Mann about the future of the North Country's Republican Party.  Go to full article

Marriage bill passes Assembly, faces uncertain challenges in state Senate

New York's Assembly voted 89-52 in favor of legalizing same gender marriage yesterday.
The vote was bipartisan, with five Republicans joining the Democratic majority. North Country Assemblywoman DeDe Scozzafava, Theresa Sayward, and Janet Duprey were all among the five. Duprey had voted against previous same sex marriage bills. (Hear the statement she made as she rose to explain why changed her mind this time below.)
The Assembly vote moves New York closer to becoming the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. But for now, the measure remains stalled in the state Senate. Karen DeWitt has our story:  Go to full article

NC votes part of changing dynamics on same sex marruage

As we heard in Karen DeWitt's story - this is not the first time New York's Assembly has debated -- or passed -- a same sex marriage bill. But Democratic control of the Senate gives yesterday's vote new significance - and there were both somber and fiery moments as the Assembly members rose to speak. Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about how the votes of North Country representatives in the Assembly and Senate factor into the changing dynamics.  Go to full article

Feuds, lawsuits, criminal charges embroil Clinton County town of Peru

Small-town politics can be a tough business. Feuds over local taxes and skirmishes for control of village boards can be every bit as nasty as the political fights in Albany or Washington DC. But the rancor that has enveloped in the town of Peru, in Clinton County, is in a class by itself. For nearly four years, town supervisor Donald Covel has battled openly with members of his town board. There have been public shouting matches, a recall effort, and a flurry of costly lawsuits. Covel is now facing criminal charges of official misconduct and abuse of power. As Brian Mann reports, many locals say the rancor and bitterness have crippled their local government.  Go to full article

North Country lawmakers propose sale of NY parks and recreation land

A pair of North Country Assemblymembers say one way to cut the state budget -- and generate new revenue -- would be to sell off dozens of campgrounds, golf courses, and marinas run by New York state. Those recreation facilities now face a backlog of repairs and improvements with a price tag of hundreds of millions of dollars. The lawmakers say some state-owned sites no longer serve a public service and are competing with private businesses. But state Parks officials say campgrounds and other facilities are a valuable asset and actually deserve more taxpayer investment. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Nursing homes & home health services face budget cuts

The Spitzer administration is proposing a major boost to state funding for doctors in under-served areas. That could help the North Country attract more physicians. But critics say the Governor's spending plan also strips millions of dollars from nursing homes and home healthcare programs that are already struggling. As Brian Mann reports, local leaders say the budget could mean some facilities closing their doors.  Go to full article

Two Democrats consider challenging Duprey

Two names have surfaced as potential Democratic challengers to Republican Assemblywoman Janet Duprey in her re-election bid next year. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Cell phone summit in Saranac Lake

North Country lawmakers will hold a public session on cell phone coverage this morning in Saranac Lake. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

In 114th Assembly race, experience versus youth

It's been a noisy and nasty political season in New York, with allegations of scandal, vicious campaign advertisements, and truckloads of money being spent. In the 114th Assembly district, which includes Clinton and Franklin counties, the race has been far quieter, but still pretty ugly. Veteran Clinton County treasurer Janet Duprey, a Republican, faces former Hillary Clinton staff-member Andrew Brockway, a Democrat. As Brian Mann reports, most of the attention has focused on Brockway and what he himself describes as "youthful indiscretions."  Go to full article

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