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The six commissioners of the International Joint Commission took testimony from more than two dozen people last night in Alexandria Bay. Photo: David Sommerstein.
The six commissioners of the International Joint Commission took testimony from more than two dozen people last night in Alexandria Bay. Photo: David Sommerstein.

River residents give water levels plan thumbs up

There were no surprises last night at a public hearing in Alexandria Bay about managing water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. More than 150 area residents overwhelmingly supported a new plan that would restore wetlands, fish and wildlife, and lengthen the boating season.

The Jefferson and St. Lawrence county legislatures both support the plan. Assemblywoman Addie Russell spoke in favor, as did influential green group Save The River.

And there were no surprises the night before near Rochester, either, where residents of the south shore of Lake Ontario railed against the plan for the damage it could do to their property.

But as David Sommerstein reports, what emerged last night were personal stories that illustrate what's at stake, and the challenge the agency in charge of making the decision faces.  Go to full article
George Howard.
George Howard.

Disability Matters: Everday Challenges in Getting Around

How many times have you heard this: "If you don't have a car, you can't get around in the North Country." Buses are few and far between. Taxis are scarce and expensive. Most towns are not designed with the pedestrian in mind. It can takes hours, or even a whole day, to run an errand or make an appointment that in a car would take minutes. And limited transportation options restrict job opportunities. For people with disabilities, and especially people who use wheelchairs, these problems are magnified. Accessible vans and ambulettes are plentiful for Medicaid funded trips to the doctor or case manager. But there are few - if any - options for the errands and visits and excursions of everyday life. People with disabilities are too often restricted to their homes, isolated from and invisible to their communities. As part of our series Disability Matters, David Sommerstein reports on one man's efforts to get around on his own.  Go to full article

Canton Hosts Town Hall Meeting on Agriculture

New York lawmakers will hear firsthand from farmers about agricultural issues in a series of town meetings held across the state. The first will be held this Friday at SUNY Canton at noon. David Sommerstein talks with Assemblyman and dairy farmer Darrel Aubertine about the issues facing the dairy industry.  Go to full article

118th Assembly: A Likely Democratic Victory

The Democratic controlled Assembly in Albany created two new districts this year in the western part of the North Country, the 118th and 122nd Assembly districts. They stitched Democratic pockets in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties into one of the districts, hoping to send a North Country Democrat to Albany for the first time in almost 30 years. David Sommerstein reports it appears they were successful.  Go to full article

Colonel Assesses Fort Drum Training

David Sommerstein talks with Colonel Byron Bagby, currently Fort Drum's second-in-command, about the Mountain Peak training exercises and lessons learned from combat in Afghanistan.  Go to full article

Stream To Bring 700 Jobs To Watertown

Stream International has committed to opening a high-tech customer support center in Watertown. David Sommerstein reports the Massachusetts based company will invest $8 million and create 700 new jobs.  Go to full article

Sparkling Skiffs at the Antique Boat Show

This weekend the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton celebrates its 38th Annual Antique Boat Show and Auction. Through Sunday, thousands of people will choke the streets of the small town to gawk at slip after slip of historic skiffs, launches, and run-abouts.  Go to full article

"Cybersquatting:" Dirty Tricks in 118th Assembly Campaign

One of the three Republican Assembly candidates in the so-called "river", or 118th, district of Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties has been the victim of a world wide web-related practice called "cybersquatting". David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

118th GOP Primary: A Secret Poll

A leaked poll and secret meetings in Albany have shaken up what seemed like a tranquil Republican primary race in the 118th Assembly district. Two candidates from Jefferson County--Scott Gray and David Renzi, and one from St. Lawrence County--Patricia Ritchie--are vying for the chance to run against Democrat Darryl Aubertine in November. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Bush To Thank Troops At Fort Drum

Fort Drum near Watertown is set to host a brief visit from President Bush today. The President is expected to thank members of the Army's 10th Mountain Division for their combat role in Afghanistan last spring. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

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