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Saranac Lake village Mayor Clyde Rabideau is pushing hard to see two new hotels built in his community. Photo:  Brian Mann
Saranac Lake village Mayor Clyde Rabideau is pushing hard to see two new hotels built in his community. Photo: Brian Mann

Rabideau's second term Saranac Lake bucket list

Clyde Rabideau has been a political fixture in the North Country for decades, first as the long-time mayor of Plattsburgh, and for the last four years as mayor of Saranac Lake. As he begins his second term as village mayor, Rabideau says he has a long list of projects he hopes to push to completion in the next four years.

Topping the list are two new hotels and a parking garage proposed for the downtown area. One of those hotels, on the shore of Lake Flower, has sparked questions about the size and the environmental impact, as well as concerns that the project might lie inside the Saranac River's flood plain.

Rabideau sat down this week with Brian Mann to talk about those challenges.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, flanked at Monday's event by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Ulster County Executive Michael Hein. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office, via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/13227891004/sizes/z/in/photostream/">Flicker</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, flanked at Monday's event by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Ulster County Executive Michael Hein. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office, via Flicker

Cuomo pushes property tax freeze as support lags in NYS legislature

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has enlisted the aid of some local government leaders to promote his tax freeze proposal, which has been losing ground in the New York State legislature. Cuomo promoted his plan Monday surrounded by several county executives from across the state.

The state legislature doesn't support the plan, but Cuomo says he's signed up 150 local government leaders as supporters.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office, via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/12757318163/sizes/z/in/photostream/">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office, via Flickr

Unease grows over Cuomo's property tax freeze plan

There's growing unease over Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tax freeze plan. A hundred local government officials have signed a letter opposing the plan, including Syracuse Mayor and state Democratic Party Co-Chair Stephanie Miner.

There are signs that the legislature may modify what critics have called an overly complex proposal when the Senate and Assembly release their one-house state budgets.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivering the 2014-15 Executive Budget Address. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/12075674644/sizes/z/in/set-72157640020641724/">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivering the 2014-15 Executive Budget Address. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Do NYS counties have a better property tax cut plan than Cuomo?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is starting a new push for the property tax freeze plan he outlined in his state budget address this January. Meanwhile, counties in the state say they have a better idea, which they say could result in lower property taxes in New York for even longer.

Cuomo's campaign is aimed at enlisting the aid of the public to help convince the legislature to approve the plan.  Go to full article
County legislators at the annual conference for the New York State Association of Counties. Photo: Jenna Flanagan/Innovation Trail
County legislators at the annual conference for the New York State Association of Counties. Photo: Jenna Flanagan/Innovation Trail

County leaders talk consolidation, sharing resources at annual meeting

The State Association of Counties wrapped up their annual meeting in Albany this week where they discussed the unique needs of New York's regional governments.

One prominent issue was consolidation. During his 2013 budget presentation, Governor Cuomo renewed his push for local governments to share more resources as part of a plan to freeze property taxes if counties stay within a 2 percent cap.

The Innovation Trial's Jenna Flanagan talked to County Executives about the push to get them to make savings of 1 percent for three years.  Go to full article
Slide from Gov. Cuomo's 2014 Budget Address last month.
Slide from Gov. Cuomo's 2014 Budget Address last month.

Counties: not everyone thinks consolidation is a money-saver

In last month's budget proposal address, Governor Cuomo put pressure on local governments to consolidate in order to reduce property taxes and save money.

The New York State Association of Counties is holding its legislative conference in Albany this week, and a new report on government consolidation is on the agenda. Not everyone is convinced mergers are a money saver.  Go to full article
Potsdam Mayor Steve Yugartis. Photo courtesy Steve Yugartis.
Potsdam Mayor Steve Yugartis. Photo courtesy Steve Yugartis.

Is Cuomo taking power away from local government?

Steve Yurgartis has been mayor of the Village of Potsdam for two years. He calls the governor's strategy for government consolidation outlined in his budget address "meddling," and he's worried about the state-local balance of power.

Yurgartis talked at length with Martha Foley shortly after Gov. Cuomo delivered his budget address. Yurgartis says the governor is right when he argues that when people complain about taxes, they complain most loudly about property taxes, But he says it comes down to an underlying trend that's led to an over-dependence on local property taxes, for all kinds of state-mandated costs.

(note: there's no transcript of their conversation. Hear the full audio above.)  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo delivering his fourth annual budget address in Albany Tuesday. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office.
Gov. Cuomo delivering his fourth annual budget address in Albany Tuesday. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office.

NY's Cuomo proposes $137.2B budget with tax cuts

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing an election year budget of $137.2 billion that he says keeps a tight leash on spending even as it provides business, property and estate tax relief.

It holds state operating costs to a 1.7% increase over last year. It relies heavily on expectations that the federal government will grant New York a $10 billion waiver on Medicaid spending.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen Dewitt
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Karen Dewitt

Cuomo quietly pursues all kinds of consolidations

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that he would close several more state prisons, using provisions of a law that allows him to by pass the legislature. It's part of a pattern of government consolidation that the governor has been quietly pursuing since he took office.  Go to full article
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Silver on the fence on pension payment-easing plan

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's pension stabilization plan could face some obstacles in the legislature.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he wants to know what the State Comptroller thinks of the idea first.  Go to full article

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