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In a year of hard choices, Melinda Little says she's focusing on community activism.
In a year of hard choices, Melinda Little says she's focusing on community activism.

A Year of Hard Choices: In a "scary time," a focus on community

This week we're launching our Year of Hard Choices project, talking about the national recession and its impact on our lives here in the North Country. One troubling trend that inspired the series has been the rapid pace of lay-offs in the North Country. Many of the region's biggest employers have slashed jobs or closed their doors for good. In some counties, unemployment already tops 10 percent, well above the national average. Last October, we profiled Melinda Little in Saranac Lake, who had been laid off from the American Management Association. Little has agreed to spend the next year with North Country Public Radio, talking and blogging about her experience and her choices. She sat down this week to talk with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Rockefeller reform adds new pressure to North Country prison industry

If the state Senate does vote to reform the Rockefeller drug laws this year, it would cut dramatically the number of inmates behind bars in New York. But state Senator Betty Little is still fighting to save Camp Gabriels, a prison camp near Saranac Lake that employs more than a hundred people. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Scott Murphy (Source:  Brian Mann)
Scott Murphy (Source: Brian Mann)

Lightning-fast 20th race pits experienced Republican against a fresh-faced Democrat

In just six weeks, voters in the 20th congressional district will choose their next representative. The special election was triggered by the appointment of Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand to the U.S. Senate. This week, Republican Jim Tedisco from Schenectady and Democrat Scott Murphy from Glens Falls hit the campaign trail. As Brian Mann reports, the Republicans start the race with some big advantages, but Democrats think they've found a fresh new face who can hold the seat.  Go to full article

In new leadership role, Sen. Little focuses on "onerous regulations"

State Senator Betty Little has been named to lead the Republican Party's Program Committee. The leadership post means she'll craft the GOP legislative approach to statewide issues. The promotion comes in the first session after Republican lawmakers lost their majority in the state Senate. Little told Brian Mann that she'll focus on what she describes as pro-business agenda.  Go to full article
NY Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco.
NY Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco.

Little out of House race as GOP backs Tedisco

State Senator Betty Little has dropped her bid to replace Kirsten Gillibrand in the House of Representatives. The decision came yesterday afternoon, shortly after Republican leaders in the 20th Congressional District backed Assembly minority leader James Tedisco. As Brian Mann reports, Republican scrambled to move ahead of the Democrats in what will likely be a short, fierce campaign. NOTE: Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt contributed to this report.  Go to full article

Sen. Little promises to win back "Republican" 20th CD seat

Kirsten Gillibrand's rise has opened a full-on battle to fill her House seat. At least four top Republicans have thrown their hats into the ring. They include Assembly minority leader James Tedisco, former gubernatorial candidate John Faso, and state Senator Betty Little. Senator Little faces an early test today, when Republican leaders from across the 20th district meet to discuss an endorsement. Little spoke with Brian Mann about the race.  Go to full article

Kirsten Gillibrand tapped by Governor Paterson for NY Senate Seat

An aide to Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand has confirmed to North Country Public Radio that she will be the next junior Senator from New York. Gillibrand was offered the post early this morning and will accept at a noon ceremony today in Albany. The New York Times and the Associated Press are both reporting that the Governor's choice was made just after 2 am on Friday. Gillibrand's rise marks the next chapter in a remarkable political journey that began in November 2006 with her upset victory over Rep. John Sweeney. Gillibrand won re-election handily last year, despite stiff opposition from North Country Republican Sandy Treadwell.

Gillibrand outlasted the other likely candidates for the Senate seat, primarily Caroline Kennedy. Kennnedy's campaign imploded following a series of missteps and confused statements about her reasons for wanting the job. She formally withdrew from the process this week.

Gillibrand is a moderate who opposes same-sex marriage and gun control. Long Island Democrat, Carolyn McCarthy, says she'll challenge Gillibrand in the primary next year. Gillibrand will be officially named today at noon at an event in Albany. She will likely face stiff opposition in a special election in 2010 and again in 2012. Possible Republican opponents include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Governor George Pataki. But Gillibrand has proved herself to be a ferocious campaigner and fundraiser.

Governor Paterson's pick sets off a round of political musical chairs across the North Country. State Senator Betty Little, a Republican, is expected to make a bid for Gillibrand's seat. Should she win, that would trigger another contest for her state Senate seat. Other likely candidates for Gillibrand's seat include Sandy Treadwell, from Essex County, who ran in 2008.

Martha Foley and Brian Mann sort through fact from fiction.  Go to full article

Paterson budget plan still targets tax payments to Adirondacks

Governor David Paterson issued his thirty day budget amendments yesterday. A coalition of Adirondack leaders had been pushing for the Governor to drop plans to cap property taxes on state land inside the blue line. But as Brian Mann reports, state officials seem committed to the idea of cutting payments to Park communities.  Go to full article
American Management Association has trained execs since the 1920s
American Management Association has trained execs since the 1920s

Saranac Lake company sees tough economy as a teaching moment

One of America's oldest management-training companies in the U.S. is also one of the biggest private employers in Saranac Lake. The American Management Association, based in New York City, offers guidance and skills-development to executives wrestling with the sour economy. But AMA is itself facing tough times. Fewer companies have the budgets to pay for AMA's training courses and declining enrollments have triggered lay-offs. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Empire Zone reform would hit North Country retail

Governor David Paterson wants a major overhaul of the controversial Empire Zone development program. Empire Zones offer tax breaks to hundreds of businesses in the North Country. But the program has been plagued for years by accusations of mismanagement and spiraling costs. As Brian Mann reports, state officials plan to scrap the benefit for retail stores and make it harder for all companies to qualify.  Go to full article

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