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Redistricting begins, amid controversy

Albany lawmakers are starting work on redistricting - drawing new electoral district lines to reflect population changes found by the last Census.

Traditionally, that's a highly political process driven by the major parties. Called "gerrymandering" -- it's held responsible for insuring long-held incumbencies in the state Senate and Assembly, and Congress.

Karen Dewitt has this report on the push to find a new, nonpartisan way to draw the districts.  Go to full article
New York State district map, nysenate.gov
New York State district map, nysenate.gov

New districts won't change prisoner count, task force says

Leaders of a legislative task force on redistricting say they won't be able to count state prison inmates as residing in their home districts, because of an ongoing lawsuit.

Karen DeWitt has more from Albany:  Go to full article

Governor signs tax cap, again

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been traveling the state, holding ceremonial bill signings for his property tax cap. The governor was in Buffalo yesterday and will be in Rochester today.

But not everyone thinks the cap is a good idea, and the state's largest teachers union predicts the measure will backfire. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
In this case, Senate inaction has put that money at risk.

Health care advocates warn New York could lose millions

The New York State legislature left town without implementing changes required under the federal health care legislation. Advocates warn that failure could cost the state millions of dollars in federal funds.  Go to full article
Marie and Louise Tyo
Marie and Louise Tyo

Same-sex marriage in New York an important stepping stone, says one Potsdam couple

On Friday night, New York became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage. And Potsdam couple Louise and Marie Tyo were watching.

Marie and Louise have been together for fifteen years, and they have a daughter. They got married in Canada a few years ago, and during the Patterson administration New York began recognizing marriages from all states and countries.

So Louise and Marie are legally married in New York already, but as far as they're concerned the passage of gay marriage in their home state is a huge symbolic victory and a stop on the road to federal recognition of their marriage.

Nora Flaherty spoke with Louise and Marie Tyo.  Go to full article
High-speed Internet in St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties, according to New York state
High-speed Internet in St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties, according to New York state

U.S. House cuts could stop expansion of rural broadband Internet

The annual Agriculture Appropriations Act passed by the U.S. House last week made sweeping cuts to programs ranging from infant nutrition to genetically engineered salmon.

Thanks to an amendment sponsored by Rep. Bill Owens, it still includes some funding for expansion of broadband Internet to rural areas. The Owens amendment saved $6 million.

That's still a significant cut from the original $22 million and even the reduced allocation is subject to approval by the U.S. Senate.

Either way, many rural residents will be left with the much slower dial-up Internet.

Slic Network Solutions is a Potsdam-based Internet provider. The Company has been using funding from last year's appropriations bill to expand high-speed access along dozens of rural North Country roads. That money isn't affected by the latest cuts.

Slic's President, Phil Wagschal, told Steve Knight that's OK for now, but in the long-term, more government help is vital.  Go to full article
I think we are on the cusp of historic progress for this state.

State legislature now set to start passing bills

The New York State legislature is apparently set to begin passing bills late Thursday to strengthen and extend New York City's rent laws, enact a 2 percent property tax cap for schools and local governments, and raise tuition at public colleges and universities.  Go to full article

Cuomo "cautiously optimistic" gay marriage will come to a vote

After days of delay as Republican senators met behind closed doors, Governor Cuomo said he's "cautiously optimistic" that a same-sex marriage bill will be voted on the floor of the State Senate before legislators wrap up their session later this week. Karen DeWitt has more:  Go to full article

Legislative leaders announce resolutions on most--not all--issues

As the legislative session drags on, it seems an end may be in sight. The senate and assembly leaders have announced a "tentative framework agreement" with Governor Cuomo to resolve all the remaining end of session issues- except- gay marriage. Karen DeWitt has the details:  Go to full article

Frustrated Cuomo threatens special legislative session

With the official legislative session set to end on the 20th, lawmakers at the Capitol remain mired in disputes Thursday over a bill to legalize gay marriage, the now-expired New York City rent regulations, and a property tax cap. Meanwhile, an increasingly frustrated Governor Andrew Cuomo threatened to keep the legislature in special session if they failed to act.  Go to full article

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