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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
St. Lawrence County administrator Karen St. Hilaire Photo: Julie Grant
St. Lawrence County administrator Karen St. Hilaire Photo: Julie Grant

St. Lawrence County leaders want sales tax hike

St. Lawrence County Legislators adopted a plan this week to raise the sales tax from three to four percent over the next five years. County administrator Karen St. Hilaire recommended the move. She says a one-percent hike in the sales tax would mean the county could reduce property taxes.  Go to full article
An economic engine, or a boondoggle?  Photo: Brian Mann
An economic engine, or a boondoggle? Photo: Brian Mann

Local governments blast, praise Adirondack land deal

Governor Andrew Cuomo made headlines across New York this week after his trip to the Adirondacks. He traveled to Essex County on Sunday to paddle and fish for trout. But Cuomo's main mission in the North Country was promoting the $50 million conservation project that will add nearly 70,000 acres to the Park's forest preserve.

Here in the North Country, that historic deal is still drawing fierce criticism from some local government leaders, and from groups that represent the Park's towns and villages. But other local government leaders are embracing the land deal and say it will be good for their communities and the Park economy.  Go to full article
NYS Sen. Patty Ritchie at Fort Drum Day gathering. Source: Ritchie website
NYS Sen. Patty Ritchie at Fort Drum Day gathering. Source: Ritchie website

Ritchie wants to ease costs, crowding in county jails

State Senator Patty Ritchie has an idea to help ease overcrowding and costs at county jails.

As WRVO's Catherine Loper reports, the issue pits New York State against local governments.  Go to full article
A tanker trucks transports water for hydro fracking operations in Susquehanna County, Pa. Photo: Marie Cusick
A tanker trucks transports water for hydro fracking operations in Susquehanna County, Pa. Photo: Marie Cusick

Towns prep for heavy fracking truck traffic

Last summer, an anti-fracking group leaked a state transportation department document estimating the financial impact on New York's roads if hydro fracking for natural gas extraction goes ahead. The total expected was $200 to $400 million annually.

As the Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports, many local governments have been working to make sure drilling companies will be accountable.  Go to full article

As local goverments struggle, NY State finances show signs of good health

Local governments in New York continue to flounder, but there are signs that the state's finances are improving as Governor Cuomo and his budget director Robert Megna announced last week that the state finally got an upgrade in an assessment from a major rating agency.

Standard & Poor's changed the state's outlook from "stable" to "positive". Megna says he hopes that lays the groundwork for an improvement in the state's credit rating, which has been ranked as weak for decades: "This outlook revision is professional evidence from an outside observer that New York is once again on the right track."  Go to full article

Gouverneur village mayor resigns after scandals

Christopher Miller resigned as village mayor of Gouverneur, N.Y., Wednesday afternoon. Deputy Mayor Ronald McDougall told multiple news sources that the two met Wednesday to discuss Miller's job, and agreed he should step down.

After Miller was elected last fall, village residents learned he was a convicted felon, for drug possession and forgery. He had also pleaded guilty to petit larceny and criminal trespass, and was on probation.  Go to full article
Celeste Beeman of Port Henry, a certified nurse's assistant at Horace Nye, protests the sale outside the Essex County Courthouse. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Celeste Beeman of Port Henry, a certified nurse's assistant at Horace Nye, protests the sale outside the Essex County Courthouse. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Deepening budget woes force local governments into "moral" dilemmas

Half a decade after the Great Recession began, many local governments around the US and here in the North Country are still hurting. Core services and programs are being scaled back, cut or privatized. Last month alone, another 9,000 public sector workers were laid off nationwide.

While the private sector economy is creaking back to life, government experts say they sources of revenue that fund local programs haven't revived. As Brian Mann reports, that's sparked a new debate over what government should look like--not at the Federal level, but at the grassroots.  Go to full article

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