The Glens Falls Post-Star is reporting that New York state is recognizing Warren County for having a system to keep county jail inmates from collecting unemployment benefits. The state comptroller’s office found last year that in five counties...
Nov 08, 2006 — Democrats scored major upsets in the St. Lawrence County legislature. Three long-standing Republican lawmakers lost their seats. Democrats will have a majority for the first time in 13 years. David Sommerstein reports from the Best Western University Inn in Canton, where both parties gathered last night. Go to full article
Sep 30, 2005 — A prisoner attacked and injured two corrections officers at a maximum security prison near Glens Falls Monday morning. As David Sommerstein reports, the incident has prompted the officers' union to call for a policy change regarding inmates with disciplinary violations. Go to full article
Aug 04, 2005 — The chair of the Essex County board of supervisors has filed a lawsuit, hoping to dismiss county manager Clifford Dondaldson. George Canon, a Republican from Newcomb, says Donaldson should be disqualified because he lives across the line in Franklin County. Canon has asked the state supreme court for an injunction that would block Donaldson from working or receiving any pay or benefits while the case is settled. Donaldson is a prominent Democrat and some town supervisors in Essex County have called the lawsuit a politically motivated "vendetta". North Country Public Radio telephoned Canon and also spoke with Westport Democrat Dan Connell. The two men had starkly different opinions about the dispute. We'll hear first from George Canon. Go to full article
Aug 02, 2005 — A St. Lawrence County lawmaker is lobbying his colleagues to support what conventional wisdom might consider a doubly unpopular proposition. He wants to increase the sales tax to help pay for a new jail. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Jan 26, 2005 — 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
Jan 26, 2005 — A state commission says an inmate at the Saratoga County jail committed suicide last spring after failing to receive proper medical and psychiatric care. James Pecor, age 25, had been living in Saranac Lake before his arrest. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
Jan 25, 2005 — 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
Dec 20, 2004 — St. Lawrence County will announce this afternoon its preferred locations for a new county jail in Canton. The existing jail is among the oldest in the state. The meeting marks the initial stages of a long process for a politically unpopular issue. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
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