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Martens could be named to DEC post

The Albany Times-Union is reporting that environmental advocate Joe Martens (mar-TENZ) could be Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo's pick to head New York's Conservation Department. According to the newspaper, Martens isn't a sure-choice, but his name has come up repeatedly during talks over the position.
Martens currently heads the Open Space Institute, which has helped to engineer major land conservation deals in the Adirondack Park. He also serves as president of the Olympic Regional Development Authority Board, which operates state sporting venues in Johnsburg, North Elba and Wilmington. Despite his work as a conservation leader, he has drawn accolades from some local government leaders in the Park.
Cuomo has begun naming his cabinet and top advisers, but has yet to pick leaders for the DEC or the Adirondack Park Agency. The DEC was hit hard by lay-offs and cutbacks over the last year and was rocked in October by the firing of commissioner Pete Grannis.  Go to full article
Ritchie will bring along her longtime assistant, Pat McMurray, to Albany.
Ritchie will bring along her longtime assistant, Pat McMurray, to Albany.

Ritchie readies to fight in Albany

State lawmakers face a daunting slate of challenges in next year's session, including a $10 billion deficit, soaring taxes, and a seemingly intractable environment of discord and partisan bickering.
It's into this dysfunctional world that the North Country's newest State Senator is preparing to go. Republican Patty Ritchie is leaving St. Lawrence County government today for the first time since she started work at the local DMV office almost 25 years ago.
Ritchie's been county clerk for 11 years. Her successes in that position were the foundation of a winning campaign to unseat Democratic Senator Darrel Aubertine.
David Sommerstein stopped by Ritchie's office to talk politics, issues, and what she's leaving behind. He has this profile.  Go to full article

Top court hears last Senate race dispute today

The dispute over the last undecided seat in the New York State Senate is going all the way to the state's highest court. The Court of Appeals will hear arguments later today on whether the Democrat in the race should be granted a full recount of all paper ballots.  Go to full article
NYS Senator Dean G. Skelos (R)
NYS Senator Dean G. Skelos (R)

Why state Senate control matters

The fight for party control of the New York State Senate will continue, at least into next week, now that the Democrat in the final disputed race is asking the state's highest court for a recount. A mid level appeals court ruled against Democrat Craig Johnson's request for a recount in the disputed race on Long Island. Republican Jack Martins is leading by around 450 votes.

Johnson, in a statement, says it's not about his personal political future. He says its a test of the new voting machines, which required paper ballots to be scanned into a computer.

The court will be setting a precedent, when it decides whether all of the paper ballots should be recounted separately, or whether a sample recount of just some of the ballots is sufficient. The appellate court, ruled against the Democrats, but conceded they raised important new questions that should be addressed by the Court of Appeals.

In a statement, Senate Republicans say Johnson should "do the right thing" and concede. The state's highest court will hear the case Monday. As Karen DeWitt reports, the fight is intense because there's a lot at stake. The party that wins the seat probably gets to draw new district lines that could help it stay in power for years.  Go to full article

More on a possible Cuomo shuffle at the APA

There are big decisions are coming in the Adirondacks -- the Adirondack Club and Resort in Tupper Lake Adirondack is just one. The spotlight, as is usual, will be on the park's chief regulators, the Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners.

In a related story today, Bureau Chief Brian Mann reports that the incoming Andrew Cuomo administration could preside over a big shuffle on the board. People and factions inside the Blue Line, and inside the state Capitol, are maneuvering for influence. Martha Foley talks with Mann about what part politics is playing, and what the indications are about where the new governor might take the agency.  Go to full article
We are more disciplined. We have very open and frank discussions within our conference, and then we come out united.

Republicans prep for Senate majority

Republicans are poised to take over the New York State Senate again, after a brief two year hiatus. As Karen DeWitt reports, GOP leaders seemed determined to do things differently this time.  Go to full article
NYS Senator Pedro Espada Jr.
NYS Senator Pedro Espada Jr.

Espada faces embezzlement charges

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn and state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo yesterday indicted state Senator Pedro Espada Jr. and his son for embezzlement.
The Bronx Democrat has been at the center of two of the most tumultuous years the New York Senate has ever seen. He helped engineer the "coup" among Democrats that tied the Senate up in gridlock for five weeks in 2009. As the new Democratic majority resolved the dispute, the freshman Senator Espada wound up in the majority leader's seat.

Now he's accused of embezzling state grants he directed to his Bronx health clinic in some of New York's poorest neighborhoods. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Those payroll dollarsall of that moneyis going right back into the community... and if it weren't there, you'd notice

State finances threaten healthcare, economy

A report published this week by the Healthcare Association of New York State found that North Country hospitals are one of the region's biggest economic engines. The study shows that, statewide, hospitals employ nearly 687,000 New Yorkers and generate $108 billion in economic activity.

As Chris Morris reports, this report is the latest salvo in a debate over how to fund hospitals and the state's healthcare system.  Go to full article
The Republican members of the Senate represent upstate more than the Democrat members doand I think this will bring more balance.

GOP resurgence could boost North Country clout in Albany

When New York's legislature convenes next session, Republicans will once again hold a razor-thin majority in the state Senate. That could give the North Country more influence at the capitol. All three North Country senators, Joe Griffo, Patty Ritchie, and Betty Little, are Republicans.

The stronger North Country voice comes as important decisions are being made, decisions that will have deep impact in the region: funding for healthcare and schools and the future of state facilities like prions and Sunmount.
Martha Foley spoke with Brian Mann about the coming shift in power.  Go to full article

Cuomo names top staff

Governor-elect Cuomo announced his top aides in the new administration. Among them: senior staff form the Attorney General's office, and a former assistant to his father, Mario Cuomo.  Go to full article

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