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George Maragos campaigning at an NYC street fair. Photo: Maragos campaign
George Maragos campaigning at an NYC street fair. Photo: Maragos campaign

Gillibrand foe George Maragos says he'll spend own money to gain senate seat

The front-running Republican challenging US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand admits he faces an "uphill battle" against the Democratic incumbent.

George Maragos - a former banker and now Nassau County Comptroller -- says he'll spend his own money to try to level the field. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Poll: NYers favor Romney over Santorum by wide margin

Republican Mitt Romney barely squeaked out a win over Rick Santorum in the Ohio primary yesterday. But a new poll shows Romney would handily beat Santorum in New York by 15 points. The Siena College Poll also shows that Newt Gingrich trails Romney in New York by 25 points.  Go to full article
Bishop Terry LaValley. Source: Diocese of Odgensburg
Bishop Terry LaValley. Source: Diocese of Odgensburg

As social issues shape 2012 campaign, North Country bishop speaks out

After the long recession, most pundits expected the 2012 political campaign to revolve around economic issues.

But politicians on the right and left have instead been reviving some surprising social questions, ranging from contraception to prenatal testing to the role of religion in politics and public life.

In an interview with Newsweek magazine, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, argued that opposition to insurance coverage for those services amounts to "an attack on women."

"Many of us are outraged, really outraged," Sen. Gillibrand told the magazine. "In the year 2012, we should not be debating access to birth control. No boss should be making a decision about what health care their employees should be eligible to take."

Polls show that the vast majority of American families use contraception and think contraception should be widely available. Surveys also suggest that a smaller majority of Americans think religious groups should provide full insurance benefits to employees.

But Bishop Terry Lavalley, who heads the Diocese of Ogdensburg, sees this very differently.

He argues that Federal changes to healthcare laws proposed by the Obama administration threaten the religious freedom of groups like the Roman Catholic Church.

Bishop LaValley met recently with Brian Mann to talk about the Church's prominent role in this year's political campaign and about the difficulties of teaching Catholic doctrine in an age when even many Roman Catholics are making very different moral choices.  Go to full article
US Congressman Bill Owens
US Congressman Bill Owens

Federal legislators introduce bill to bring more aid to farmers affected by Irene

US Congressman Bill Owens, with several other New York legislators, has introduced a bill to replenish two federal funds that help farmers rebuild after natural disasters.

The "Post-Irene Emergency Farm Aid Act", is also sponsored by US Representatives Chris Gibson, Maurice Hinche, and Paul Tonko...and Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gilibrand. It calls for 10 million dollars to go to the Farm Service Agency's emergency conservation program, and the Emergency watershed protection program.  Go to full article

US Senators Gillibrand and Schumer say they'll fight "tooth and nail" to get Clinton County individual FEMA aid

The two are calling on the President and FEMA to extend individual aid to people in Clinton County slammed by Tropical Storm Irene.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh International Airport to receive DOT Funding

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced Plattsburgh International Airport is set to receive about $760,000 in U.S. Department of Transportation funds to support long-term improvements.  Go to full article

Schumer & Gillibrand visit Adirondacks

New York's two U.S. Senators will make rare joint appearances in the Adirondacks today. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Farmers say milk pricing is "broken"

Congress is about to begin work on a new bill for America's farms. Dairy farmers are particularly concerned about what will go into the next Farm Bill.

North Country farms hemorrhaged money in 2009 when the price of milk tumbled well below the cost of production. Those that didn't sell their herds are still trying to recover.

Some of the region's dairy farmers brought their concerns to a listening session held by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Herkimer last month. Dave Bullard reports.  Go to full article

Turbine manufacturer eyes Ogdensburg

A press release from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's office surprised a lot of people in the north country last Friday. The release urged support for a major wind turbine production project that would create 1200 jobs in Ogdensburg. It's an idea that had been floated for Massena a couple years ago, but the shift to Ogdensburg was news to many. North Country Public Radio's Nora Flaherty explains what happened.  Go to full article

Gillibrand announces "entrepreneurship agenda"

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for federal legislation and funding for small businesses. As the Innovation Trail's Zack Seward reports, Gillibrand says the proposed measures would be targeted at high-tech firms.  Go to full article

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