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The (former) bridge on the Fisk Rd. in Moriah.  Photo by Barb Brassard.
The (former) bridge on the Fisk Rd. in Moriah. Photo by Barb Brassard.

Audio Photo Caption: A Road Washed Away

Barb Brassard of Moriah in Essex County talks about her photo she sent in for NCPR's Photo of the Day. It shows a local bridge washed out by heavy rains last week.  Go to full article

President of County Gov't Group Resigns Over Medicaid Reform

The President of the State Association of Counties has announced his resignation, after he disagreed with some members of his organization and sided with a union-led health care coalition during the recent fight over the state Medicaid budget. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
A transportation worker clears debris from a bridge over the East Branch of the Ausable River near Keene.
A transportation worker clears debris from a bridge over the East Branch of the Ausable River near Keene.

Floods Hit Essex County

Heavy rains Saturday and Sunday triggered flooding in parts of Essex County. Roads were closed near Keene, Jay, and Elizabethtown. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

County Association Chief Suspended for Medicaid Reform Stance

This year's budget battle resulted in the first on-time spending plan in 20 years. It also produced modest Medicaid reform, including a cap on the rate of cost increases and a new preferred prescription drug list. But the fight over Medicaid exposed a deep rift within the New York State Association of Counties.
NYSAC suspended its president, Clifford Donaldson, for siding publicly with the unions and with the hospital association.
The organization's board wanted deeper Medicaid cuts than the unions were willing to accept. Donaldson is manager for Essex County and lives in Saranac Lake. He plans to meet with the NYSAC board's fifteen members about the dispute tomorrow. His regular term as president of the organization expires in September. He spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

After Losing GOP Endorsement, Essex County DA Considers Future

Essex County District attorney Ronald Briggs says he's still deciding whether to seek re-election. Briggs, a three-term incumbent, lost the endorsement of the county's Republican committee last week. GOP leaders shocked political observers by supporting Julie Garcia, an attorney from Schroon Lake. As Chris Knight reports, some critics say Briggs spends too much money.  Go to full article

$30 Million Essex Jail Set for APA Approval

The Adirondack Park Agency is expected to approve plans today for the new Essex County jail. A discussion at yesterday's APA session in Ray Brook passed without controversy. Construction of the long-delayed project is set to begin this spring. But as Chris Knight reports, the price tag could now top $30 million.  Go to full article

Processor Grooms NNY Soybean Crop

When you think of soybeans, you generally think of sprawling farms and giant combines in the Midwest. But a local soy processor has an ambitious plan to make soybeans a cash crop in the North Country. Ag Pro Limited, based in Massena, wants to contract with local farmers for up to 15,000 acres of the crop. That's about 5 times the amount grown in the region last year. Ag Pro is holding workshops across the region to teach farmers about how to grow soybeans. David Sommerstein attended one and has this report.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence County's aging jail
St. Lawrence County's aging jail

Counties Bear Burden of Incarceration

The population in New York's county jails is rising fast, by almost 25% in the last five years. It comes at a time when state officials are pressuring counties to close aging facilities. The result is an explosion in new jail construction. In the North Country, the price tag will well exceed a hundred millions dollars. Warren and Washington counties have opened new jails in the past two years. St. Lawrence, Essex, Herkimer, and Clinton counties are in the planning stages. As David Sommerstein reports, the costs of building the new facilities and housing inmates will fall on local taxpayers.  Go to full article

An Old Jail Outlives Its Usefulness

The North Country is home to New York's three oldest county jails - in Hamilton, Essex, and St. Lawrence, in that order. Washington and Warren counties recently built new ones. Clinton County is expanding its 15 year-old facility. County jails have to do more than ever before. They handle all kinds of inmates. They have to follow a blizzard of state mandates. And they cost upwards of $40 million to build. But the state constitution says each of New York's 62 counties has to have one. In the first part of a series on North Country jails, David Sommerstein gets a tour of St. Lawrence County's jail, which is likely to be replaced soon.  Go to full article

APA Approves Controversial Jay Bridge

On Friday, the Adirondack Park Agency approved a controversial plan to build a new bridge across the east branch of the Ausable River. The structure - in the town of Jay -- will sit just downstream from the old covered bridge, which will now serve as a foot and bicycle crossing. As Brian Mann reports, the 7-million dollar project is still dividing locals after years of debate.  Go to full article

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