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You put these jobs back in, the costs go up. Im not willing to do that.

Attempt to save county jobs fails

An attempt by one Essex County lawmaker to save 10 positions eliminated in the adopted 2012 budget failed narrowly earlier this week. According to County Manager Dan Palmer, Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow moved to have the jobs restored.  Go to full article
Town leaders Sue Montgomery-Corey, Roby Politi, and Randy Preston debate Essex County budget on Monday (Photo:  Chris Morris)
Town leaders Sue Montgomery-Corey, Roby Politi, and Randy Preston debate Essex County budget on Monday (Photo: Chris Morris)

Will Essex County job cuts hurt the economy?

It took a lot of coffee and more than a little frustration, but Essex County lawmakers finally passed the 2012 budget on Monday. Lawmakers debated the spending plan for close to four hours during a special meeting called by Chairman Randy Douglas of Jay.

The budget carries a tax levy increase of slightly more than 10 percent and eliminates 10 positions. As Chris Morris reports, some town leaders say those job cuts will hurt their local economies.  Go to full article
Every single person that talked to us said we need to put money back into the budget.

Essex County may hike taxes following public outcry

It was standing room only in the Essex County Courthouse in Elizabethtown Monday night as nearly 150 people turned out for a hearing on the tentative 2012 county budget.

Twenty-three people spoke during the hearing, which lasted more than two hours. Not one person asked for additional cuts to a spending plan that proposed to increase the tax levy by 4.3 percent and lay off 30 county employees.

And as Chris Morris reports, every speaker called for the board to restore funding for contract agencies and do what they could to avoid job cuts, a move that would increase next year's tax levy.  Go to full article
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the sedum Autumn Joy.

And lastly...take care of your tools!

The forecast calls for a few more days of warmer than usual weather. But December is just around the corner, and parts of the North Country have already had their first foot of heavy snow. Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy shares a list of very mast minute things to do in the yard before winter really sets in.  Go to full article

Essex County faces tough choices in new budget plan

Budget season is heating up for town and county governments, and in Essex County that could mean some big changes.

A pair of popular county-run services - the Horace Nye Nursing Home and the fish hatchery - could be cut loose as lawmakers look to present a budget that meets the state's new 2 percent property tax cap.

Supervisors are also considering layoffs, after a key union that represents 450 workers declined to renegotiate the final year of its contract.  Go to full article
Sharon Boisen is one of the Essex County supervisors facing stiff opposition November 8th (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Sharon Boisen is one of the Essex County supervisors facing stiff opposition November 8th (Photo: Brian Mann)

Hyperlocal issues shape fierce Essex County races

Next month, voters will go to the polls across northern New York and Vermont. There any statewide or national candidates on the ballot, but scores of vitally important local races will be decided.

Essex County has a particularly fierce set of campaigns, with the long-time county clerk facing a stiff challenge, and at least two town supervisors scrambling to keep their seats. Brian Mann sat down to talk about those races with Lohr McKinstry, the veteran reporter with the Plattsburgh Press-Republican.  Go to full article

Essex County contract questions prompt "politics" charge

A special prosecutor is looking into whether Essex County's clerk and some of his employees showed favor when they awarded a contract for document scanning.

But discussion about the investigation during a board of supervisors meeting this week prompted complaints that the matter is being politicized in an attempt to hurt Clerk Joe Provoncha's re-election bid.

Chris Morris reports  Go to full article
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

Owens to visit Upper Jay, Ausable Forks

Rep. Bill Owens is expected in Upper Jay and Ausable Forks this morning to survey the impact of flash flooding with Town Supervisor Randy Douglas.

The two communities are on the banks of the East Branch of the Ausable are used to spring flooding and high waters in heavy rains. But Brian Mann describes a scene in Upper Jay that shocked even old-timers. He spoke with Martha Foley this morning.  Go to full article

Lowes closure in Ticonderoga slashes more than 80 jobs

The Lowes corporation abruptly closed its big box store in Ticonderoga Sunday night, a move that affects more than eighty employees.

The company blamed lackluster sales and shuttered six other stores nationwide.

As Brian Mann reports, efforts are already underway to help laid-off workers. But the closure could also hurt regional contractors and construction workers throughout the southern Champlain Valley.  Go to full article

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