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Judge sustains part of Mohawk land claim

Native tribes' claims to ancestral lands in New York haven't fared so well recently. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially dismissed the Oneida Nation's land claim, saying too much time had passed since the 18th century treaties the claims are based on. Other courts have followed that ruling with other tribes' land claims.

So this week, when a judge recommended throwing out 85% of the Mohawk land claim in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe focused on the 15% that has a chance to survive. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

New NY State law toughens monitoring of sex offenders

Aides to Governor Cuomo announced new crackdowns on sex offenders Thursday that will require some convicts on parole to renew their photos every 90 days if their appearance has changed.  Go to full article
File photot: One of the boathouses being built by the Grimditch family. Photo: Nathan Brown, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
File photot: One of the boathouses being built by the Grimditch family. Photo: Nathan Brown, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Court reverses boathouse jurisdiction ruling

A state appeals panel ruled last week that the town of North Elba does have jurisdiction over boathouses on Lake Placid. The decision could set precedent for municipalities across the North Country. The appeals court also made the surprise ruling that it had decided two past cases incorrectly. That changes the legal framework for cases like this one in the future. Chris Morris has details  Go to full article
Judge Richard Meyer
Judge Richard Meyer

DA questions judicial conduct in Scaringe trial

There are continuing complications after a high profile rape case in Franklin County. An Essex County and acting state Supreme Court judge may have violated New York's judicial conduct laws by providing legal advice to the defense in the Michael Scaringe case. Scaringe was convicted last week of raping a 13-year-old when he was director of the youth center in Saranac lake.

The Franklin County District Attorney's Office has been reviewing the testimony provided in Scaringe's trial last week by Judge Richard Meyer. Meyer, who lives in Saranac Lake, admitted sending a fax to Scaringe's former attorney that the prosecution said contained a defense strategy. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Governor Cuomo moves to ease penalties for small amounts of marijuana

Governor Cuomo is proposing the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana found during police searches. He says the change, which will apply throughout the state, will fix what he says is a "blatant inconsistency" in New York City's controversial stop and frisk policy. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article
On a school night, what are kids doing out at midnight, 1, 2, 3 in the morning? They should be home doing their homework.

Lyons Falls sets curfew after rash of teen crimes

The Lewis County village of Lyons Falls has voted to enact a new curfew. It prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from being in streets, parks or other public places without an adult, between 10:30pm and 6am.

There will be exemptions for young people going to and from work or a public event--but they'll only be allowed a half hour to get where they need to go. And a youth, parent or guardian found in violation of the curfew could face a fine of up to $250 and up to 15 days in jail.  Go to full article
Going home early?  Inmates like Hamedah Hasan could see their sentences shortened.  Photo:  ACLU
Going home early? Inmates like Hamedah Hasan could see their sentences shortened. Photo: ACLU

New drug sentencing laws could affect Federal inmates in North Country

Federal judges are beginning to review changes in sentencing guidelines that will shorten the sentences of thousands of men and women jailed on crack cocaine charges. The shift could affect inmates at the Federal prison in Ray Brook.

As Brian Mann reports, drug sentencing laws have been changing, based on concerns that crack laws unfairly targeted African Americans.  Go to full article
We said no we dont want anything to do with it. And he turned around and said, "It doesnt matter, Ill get it anyway"

Landmen, part 2: Gray area in state law can undercut landowner

Yesterday we heard a cautionary story about "landmen" - the people who handle drilling leases and mineral rights for natural gas companies. Today, a state law some say is being used to force property-owners to sign on the dotted line.

Most people agree it's wrong to just take someone's property and give it to someone else. But there's a gray area in the rules for natural gas drilling. It's called compulsory integration.
Emma Jacobs has this report for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article
NY correctional facilities in the North Country
NY correctional facilities in the North Country

Cuomo proposes closing as many as ten state prisons

As part of his plan to balance New York's budget over the long term, Governor Cuomo wants to close as many as ten prisons statewide.

He offered to compensate each community that loses a correctional facility with $10 million in redevelopment funds.

As Brian Mann reports, it's still unclear which prisons will close or how the North Country's prison industry could be affected.  Go to full article
An image from a rally last year to save Lyon Mountain prison (Photo:  Brian Mann)
An image from a rally last year to save Lyon Mountain prison (Photo: Brian Mann)

Cuomo says prisons can't be a jobs program

In his speech yesterday, Governor Cuomo fired a shot across the bow of the North Country's prison industry. For decades, correctional facilities have been used to shore up the region's economy, providing thousands of high paying, dependable jobs.

Inmate populations have been dropping the last few years, in part because of reforms to the Rockefeller drug laws last year. Those laws imposed long prison sentences even on low-level, non-violent offenders.

As Brian Mann reports, the new governor says using prisons as an economic development tool is unaffordable and morally wrong.  Go to full article

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