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Governor Andrew Cuomo (Source:  NYS)
Governor Andrew Cuomo (Source: NYS)

Watchdog group says big donors fund Cuomo campaign

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A government watchdog organization says its analysis of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $33.3 million in re-election campaign funds shows that 80 percent comes from donors who have each given a total of $10,000 or more.

The New York Public Interest Research Group says Thursday that 242 donors have given the incumbent Democrat $40,000 or more, and his largest single donor is Leonard Litwin, who has contributed $800,000 in this election cycle.  Go to full article
Researchers Rick Grey and Nina Schoch weigh an adult loon. Photo: BRI's Adk Center for Loon Conservation
Researchers Rick Grey and Nina Schoch weigh an adult loon. Photo: BRI's Adk Center for Loon Conservation

Adirondack loon sentinels lack funding this summer

For 15 years, researchers have been keeping an eye on loons in the Adirondacks to make sure their nests stay safe. But a funding shortfall means much of that monitoring may not happen this summer.  Go to full article
The Tupper Lake Central School District is one of the cornerstones of the central Adirondack community.  Now the district is cutting staff and reducing sports and after school programs. Photo: <a href="http://www.tupperlakeny.us/tupper_education.html">tupperlakeny.us</a>
The Tupper Lake Central School District is one of the cornerstones of the central Adirondack community. Now the district is cutting staff and reducing sports and after school programs. Photo: tupperlakeny.us

Are Tupper Lake schools "educationally insolvent"?

Later this month, four North Country school districts will take their revised budgets back to voters in hopes of winning approval for their spending plans.

The General Brown Central School District in Dexter, along with Minerva, Newcomb and Tupper Lake all asked voters last month to approve budgets that broke the 2 percent property tax cap.

All four failed to win the sixty percent super-majority needed to set the cap aside. So they'll be offering new budgets for a second vote on June 18th.

Seth McGowan, superintendent of Tupper Lake's district, says the revised budget comes in well below the property tax cap, but it will also mean a total of seven job cuts.  Go to full article
1000 high school students will gather at the New York State Museum today. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonparis/">JasonParis</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
1000 high school students will gather at the New York State Museum today. Photo: JasonParis, CC some rights reserved

Canton/ Potsdam students headed to protest in Albany

About 1,000 high school students and teachers from around New York are traveling to Albany Wednesday to lobby lawmakers to increase spending on schools. A busload of 30 students from Canton and Potsdam will be among them.

When leaders in the Canton Central schools worry publicly about losing sports, arts, pre-kindergarten, and other programs because they're going broke, they're not alone. A recent survey of New York school superintendents found that a quarter of districts in the North Country think they'll be insolvent in two years if things don't change.

Chad Raddock is organizing concerned districts under the group Educate New York-Now. He says 15 busloads of students and teachers are on their way to Albany.  Go to full article
Betsy Brooks (left) and Eva Jankowska of the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System
Betsy Brooks (left) and Eva Jankowska of the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System

North Country libraries: balancing services, budgets

Libraries aren't just quiet places filled with books. In the North Country, libraries serve as social hubs and community centers. These days, they're scrambling to keep pace with the changing ways that we use information and technology.

But decreases in funding are making it harder for rural libraries to juggle their many missions. Sarah Harris has our story.  Go to full article

McHugh attaches strings to Iraq funding

The Bush Administration has asked Congress for more than $90 billion to continue fighting the war in Iraq this year. North Country Congressman John McHugh says he's not willing to give it without strings attached. McHugh has introduced a bill that would authorize half of the President's request, and then assess how well the Iraqi government and U.S. military are using the money. The Iraqi Government Accountability Act establishes six benchmarks, which include securing Baghdad, disarming militias, and providing for economic development. McHugh spoke with David Sommerstein yesterday.  Go to full article

Proposed Financial Aid Cuts Could Affect over 100,000 NY College Students

Proposed cuts to federal financial aid might affect over 100,000 college students in New York, according to the American Council of Education. Senator Hillary Clinton is fighting the cuts with counter-legislation.  Go to full article
Sen. Clinton addresses Paul Smiths grads (Source:  Nancie Battaglia)
Sen. Clinton addresses Paul Smiths grads (Source: Nancie Battaglia)

At Paul Smiths Ceremony, Clinton Calls For Education Funding

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton gave the commencement address yesterday at Paul Smiths College, in the Adirondacks. Clinton called for more funding for higher education. As Chris Knight reports, her appearance came as the school recovers from a painful year.  Go to full article

NY Legislature Restores Education Funding

The New York State legislature is still passing budget bills, as Governor George Pataki continues to condemn the lawmakers and threaten retribution. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports. (4:47)  Go to full article

NY School Aid Funding Ruled Constitutional

Governor Pataki and the state legislature do not have to restructure the state school aid formula now that an appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling and declared that the current system of funding is indeed constitutional. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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