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Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035555243@N01/29848901/">Thomas Hawk</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Thomas Hawk, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY officials agree on JPMorgan settlement funds

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have agreed to spend the first $163 million from New York's share of the national settlement with JPMorgan on mortgage relief and housing programs this year.

The first installment of the state's $613 million share will be divided, with $81.5 million going to the state's general fund and earmarked for use by New York's two housing agencies.  Go to full article
Funding for the North Country Direct Homeownership Assistance Program comes from the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US-DeptOfHUD-Seal.svg">U.S. Government</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Funding for the North Country Direct Homeownership Assistance Program comes from the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Photo: U.S. Government, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

North Country counties to turn more people into homeowners

One of the most expensive parts of buying a new home is the down payment. That can be especially tricky for low income families, who may have never bought a house before, and therefore don't have a great credit score. When buyers don't have good credit, the down payment is especially high - sometimes as high as 20 percent.

Thanks to a new kind of collaboration among seven north country counties, a couple dozen low income families will soon have an easier time with that down payment.  Go to full article
A Franklin County fire policeman stands in the middle of Church Street after the fatal fire. Photo: Chis Knightm courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
A Franklin County fire policeman stands in the middle of Church Street after the fatal fire. Photo: Chis Knightm courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Follow-up to a fatal fire in Saranac Lake

More than a week after an elderly woman died in a fire at a high-rise apartment building in Saranac Lake, investigators are still working to determine what caused the blaze.

Meanwhile, the death of Rose Schoonmaker, who was 91, has prompted managers of the DeChantal Apartments to take a closer look at their fire safety protocols and evacuation procedures.  Go to full article

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Image: NYS Senate
Image: NYS Senate

Bill encourages green homes

The state Senate has approved a bill to encourage construction of green homes in the state.

It would allow municipalities to decide if they want to give a 20-year, 35-percent tax exemption to people who want to build a green home.  Go to full article
Watertown City Council meeting on March 4, 2013. Watertown mayor Jeff Graham, presiding,  voted against making changes to the city's zoning code that essentially aimed to ban roommates. Photo: <a href="http://www.steveweedproductions.com/WCC2013.php">still from City Council video.</a>
Watertown City Council meeting on March 4, 2013. Watertown mayor Jeff Graham, presiding, voted against making changes to the city's zoning code that essentially aimed to ban roommates. Photo: still from City Council video.

Watertown catches flack for "roommate ban"

The Watertown City Council has gotten a lot of pushback and even ridicule in the media recently for passing what's being referred to as a "roommate ban." Last month, in response to a neighbor dispute, the City Council removed language from the zoning code that allowed the renting out of rooms in single-family homes. But city planning officials say the regulatory change is completely unenforceable.  Go to full article
WW II-era barracks being demolished to make way for new housing. File photo: Army Corps of Engineers
WW II-era barracks being demolished to make way for new housing. File photo: Army Corps of Engineers

North country housing market tight as Fort Drum deployments smaller, shorter

Nearly all of Fort Drum's soldiers are at the post right now, not on deployments - and that's a first for the region since the installation's expansion in 2001. That has tightened the region's housing market, for soldiers, who have fewer choices, and for civilians, who don't receive housing assistance like soldiers do and are looking for affordable housing.  Go to full article
Pat Dundon in the office, surrounded by workarounds for the energy efficiency modeling software TREAT. Photo: Matt Richmond
Pat Dundon in the office, surrounded by workarounds for the energy efficiency modeling software TREAT. Photo: Matt Richmond

New York Green Jobs off to a slow start

A recent study by the consulting firm McKinsey and Company concluded that the U.S. could, by the end of this decade, eliminate about $1.2 trillion in wasted energy every year.

But as the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, New York's attempts to get started on that goal, and support green jobs in the process, have shown that it won't be easy.  Go to full article

NY awards funds to housing agencies

New York officials say they're providing almost $16 million to 67 organizations around the state to help fight homelessness and provide housing.

Nearly $883,000 will go to groups in the North Country, including the Jefferson County Department of Social Services, ETC Housing Corporation in Clinton County, Massena Independent Living Center, and the Snow Belt Housing Company in Lewis County. Many of the grants are to renew funding for existing programs.  Go to full article
This new unit will hold accountable those who broke the law.

Obama announces mortgage crisis investigation unit

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will lead a new mortgage crisis investigation unit, announced by President Obama in his state of the union last night.

The special unit will investigate wrongdoing by banks related to real estate lending, and how that contributed to the financial collapse and the mortgage crisis.  Go to full article

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