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North Country Short of Skilled Labor for High Tech Jobs

High speed data lines may help attract high tech industry to the north country. But many experts say the region also needs a new kind of employee. After decades of depending on low skill labor and service jobs, many workers tend to be poorly skilled, with little education. As Brian Mann reports, economic planners say part of the answer is education and retraining. But they also hope to attract younger, more diverse workers.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Ratify Casino Compact, 11 Years Later

In last minute action yesterday, the Assembly ratified the St. Regis Mohawks' compact for its casino in Akwesasne near Massena. The compact was drawn up in 1993 between then-Governor Mario Cuomo and tribal officials, but it was nullified by a court of appeals ruling last year that said the full legislature needed to approve it. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
State Senator Betty Little, R-Queensbury
State Senator Betty Little, R-Queensbury

As Session Ends, Senator Little Eyes Taxes, ATVs & Casino

New York's legislature is log-jammed over a court-ruling that is expected to reshape school funding in the state. Here in the north country, school districts and local governments are funded largely by property taxes. Brian Mann spoke with state Senator Betty Little, who says property taxes have risen to crisis levels. She passed two bills this session aimed at shifting some of the burden to sales taxes.

UPDATE: On Thursday, Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver announced that he'll block the casino compact this session, as part of an effort to push Native casinos in the Catskills. Speaking with the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, Senator Little says the Akwesasne casino's future is "precarious".  Go to full article

Little Applauds Medicaid Relief

North Country State Senator Betty Little, a Republican, was pleased with the Governor's speech. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article
Dr. Ross Whaley<br />Source:  SUNY CESF
Dr. Ross Whaley
Source: SUNY CESF

New APA Chairman Ross Whaley Confirmed By Senate

The Governor's choice to lead the Adirondack Park Agency was confirmed Tuesday by the state Senate. Ross Whaley, who lives in Tupper Lake, will take over chairmanship of the APA in October. As Brian Mann reports, Whaley begins his term with broad political support, but he also faces tough and controversial issues.  Go to full article

Timber Theft & Right To Log Bill Passed

New York's legislature has agreed to raise penalties for tree theft in the Adirondacks and the Catskill Mountains. A bill that passed the Assembly Tuesday will boost fines from just ten dollars to $250 for each tree. As Brian Mann reports, the law also includes a new "right to log" provision, designed to discourage local governments from restricting forestry.  Go to full article

Rockefeller Drug Law Reform ?Within Reach?

Lawmakers in Albany say they're closer than ever to a deal that would reform the state's Rockefeller drug laws. Under those laws, a person convicted for selling two ounces of cocaine serves a minimum of fifteen years behind bars.
With less than a week before the Senate is scheduled to adjourn for the summer, a last minute push for change is coming from a leader in New York City's hip hop community. But as Brian Mann reports, drug-law reform could hurt small towns in the north country that rely on prisons for good jobs.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff<br />Republican, 114th District
Assemblyman Chris Ortloff
Republican, 114th District

Budget Battle Divides North Country Delegation

The fight over the state budget has divided some traditional Republican allies, around the state and here in the North Country. State Senator Betty Little - from Queensbury - voted to approve new school and Medicaid funding, paid for in part by a hike in sales and income taxes. Plattsburgh assemblyman Chris Ortloff voted against the plan, which he describes as disastrous. Brian Mann spoke with Ortloff about the battle in Albany.  Go to full article
Sen. Betty Little, Rep. 45th Dist.
Sen. Betty Little, Rep. 45th Dist.

Senator Little Opposes Pataki Cuts

Senator Betty Little says she'll stand firm in her disagreement with Governor Pataki. The Republican from Queensbury says her constituents urged her to restore deep cuts in funding for schools and nursing homes. Little spoke about the budget battle with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

NY Medicaid Cuts "Threaten" Nursing Homes: Some May Close

Faced with a massive budget deficit, Governor George Pataki wants to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the state Medicaid program. Nursing homes in the north country say the plan will mean fewer services for elderly residents. Some homes are threatening to close. But as Brian Mann reports, some critics say nursing homes should operate more efficiently.  Go to full article

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