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Horace Nye residents watch Monday's debate (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Horace Nye residents watch Monday's debate (Photos: Brian Mann)

In debate over Essex County nursing home, questions about government's role

Essex County supervisors are wrestling once again with the future of the Horace Nye Nursing Home.

At a meeting yesterday in Elizabethtown, the supervisors tabled a move to try to privatize the county-run home, which currently has about a hundred residents.

As Brian Mann reports, Horace Nye is seen by many county leaders as a valuable program, one that helps some of the region's neediest and most vulnerable people.

But they say the state property tax cap approved this summer is making it harder and harder to pay for the nursing home's mounting losses.  Go to full article
There were elderly residents there in their wheelchairs... sitting and looking at the supervisors.

Essex County postpones decision about Horace Nye nursing home

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the new 2% property tax cap into law on July 5th--and local governments are already feeling the effects. In the Essex County community of Elizabethtown, the Horace Nye nursing home cares for about 100 people. Now, county officials are trying to determine if it should be privatized.

County officials debated the home's future Monday at their regular morning meeting...Brian Mann was there, and he spoke to Nora Flaherty about what went on.  Go to full article
Organizer Severine von Tscharner Fleming, photo courtesy of Cathryn Kramer
Organizer Severine von Tscharner Fleming, photo courtesy of Cathryn Kramer

Motley crew of farmers celebrates a passion for the land

Beginning farmers from both sides of Lake Champlain gathered at the Grange Hall in rural crossroads of Whallonsburg in late June for a sort of mixer.

The mixer was organized by the Greenhorns, a nonprofit group that works on behalf of young farmers. The day included area farm tours, workshops, food, a puppet show, and camaraderie. Typical old grange-style stuff. But it wasn't farm business as usual.

Sarah Harris found the young farmers there are on a mission to change agriculture in America.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake Village workers last week, working on closing one of the gates after releasing some water. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Saranac Lake Village workers last week, working on closing one of the gates after releasing some water. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Damages emerge as floodwaters stabilize

The National Weather Service downgraded its flood warning to a "watch" along the Raquette River in St. Lawrence County. But the more severe warning stands in the Champlain Valley. Tupper Lake town and village officials have lifted the state of emergency there. Saranac Lake officials say they can now draw the swollen lakes outflow down about an inch a day.

As the waters recede, communities are getting closer looks at flood damages, with the help of federal emergency management teams.

Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
The general membership is upset they're even asking us to give back our raises. 4% of $30,000 isnt a lot of money.

CSEA local says no concessions in Essex County

Essex County is still struggling to contain a projected property tax increase of 10 percent next year. Supervisors have considered and rejected selling the county nursing home, and an across the board cut in payments to outside agencies.

Essex County Chairman Randy Douglas has also called for the Civil Service Employees Union's 400 county employees to except a pay freeze.

After months of silence, the union local president Mike McGinn said this week there's no chance the union will agree to pay freezes or other concessions.  Go to full article

Essex County won't freeze union pay raises

Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas says he doesn't think the county board will freeze guaranteed pay increases for its unionized employees in the near future. But, he says the controversial move could be on the table in the coming months if union leaders don't return to the negotiating table. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
It's about negotiating with the towns, with the counties; it's going to be a long, hard process but I think a worthy one.

Saranac Lake moves toward city status

Many villages and towns across the North Country are looking for ways to increase efficiency and reduce the property tax burden. In some cases that's led to discussions about sharing services, village dissolution or consolidation.

Trustees of one village in the Adirondacks took a step in a different direction last night, toward becoming a city. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
With the economy the way it is and more people looking for services, we?re hurting the people that really need the help.

Essex County re-thinks agency cuts

Essex County supervisors are reconsidering a plan that would slash payments to outside agencies by 10% in next year's budget. The change of heart came this week after Cornell Cooperative Extension Executive Director Anita Deming spoke to supervisors at a public hearing.

The supervisors are struggling to reduce a tax increase estimated at 10%, but told them loss of the county money would affect jobs, and hurt popular agriculture programs, including 4-H and Adirondack Harvest. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
The forest canopy is filled with color. Photo:  Brian Mann
The forest canopy is filled with color. Photo: Brian Mann

A squall of color in leaf season

Despite last week's snow, there is still a lot of fall color across the North Country. Brian Mann went for a leaf-peeping hike in the Champlain Valley just north of Westport. He sent this audio postcard from Split Rock Mountain.  Go to full article
Is it a big jump all at once? Sure it is. But still we would be lower than most any other tax rate you could find in the state.

Essex County faces 30 to 50 percent tax hike

After seven years of no increases and one of the lowest property tax rates in the state, Essex County is looking at playing catch-up--fast. The county manager estimates a hike in the 30% to 50% range. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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