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Financial picture is grim for NY's local governments

A report from New York State's comptroller finds local governments are struggling financially. Around 10 percent are running deficits or suffering from cash flow problems, and there's no end in sight. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Entering Malone, NY. Photo: sarkasmo via Flickr
Entering Malone, NY. Photo: sarkasmo via Flickr

Village of Malone considers dissolution

A new report about dissolving the Village of Malone, New York shows that homeowners could save tax money even if they create what's called a police-protection district.  Go to full article
Should the Horace Nye Nursing Home be privatized?  (Photo:  Horace Nye website)
Should the Horace Nye Nursing Home be privatized? (Photo: Horace Nye website)

Workers, residents rally to save Horace Nye nursing home

On Saturday more than a hundred people rallied at the Horace Nye nursing home in Elizabethtown. Essex County supervisors may vote as early as tomorrow to privatize the home, as a cost-cutting measure. Opponents say the home is a vital service provided by the county.

As Brian Mann reports, counties across the North Country and across New York state have been scrambling to privatize care for the elderly.  Go to full article
Tara Liloia in front of Isle La Motte town offices. Photos: Sarah Harris
Tara Liloia in front of Isle La Motte town offices. Photos: Sarah Harris

Town meeting day: VT voters decide issues big and small

Vermont's Champlain Islands are smack in the middle of Lake Champlain's northern end. Isle La Motte is the westernmost of those islands. It's isolated and rural. Living there, you might travel to New York State to see a doctor, or go to the grocery store.

But, Isle La Motte joins other towns across Vermont in town meeting day, when citizens come together to have their say on issues big and small. Sarah Harris spent town meeting day on the island and has our story.  Go to full article
City Hall in Burlington. Photo:
City Hall in Burlington. Photo:

In Burlington, electing a new mayor

Town meeting day in Vermont is one of the few examples of direct democracy in our country. It's a state holiday, and townspeople turn out to elect municipal leaders and approve local budgets.

This year local issues at town meeting reflect national debates. In Franklin, Vermont, voters will determine whether prayer should be allowed at town meeting. And 52 towns will vote on whether to pass a constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United.

In Burlington, the state's largest city, Vermonters are headed to the polls to elect a new mayor. Sarah Harris has more.  Go to full article
One IDA project, a business park adjacent to I-81 in Watertown
One IDA project, a business park adjacent to I-81 in Watertown

Reformers question IDAs' jobs creation record

Ask just about any politician these days, and he'll likely tell you that a big part of his job is to create jobs. So how does the government do that? Here in New York, Industrial Development Agencies are one of main job creation mechanisms for local communities.

The Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick explains how these obscure economic development tools work, and just how much it can cost taxpayers when they don't work.  Go to full article
Generally speaking, it was an honest mistake.

53 New York towns wrongly exceed tax cap

More than fifty towns around New York inappropriately exceeded the state's property tax cap. That's according to the office of state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.  Go to full article
Behind every mandate is a special interest, and Ö itís very hard to know which mandate we can go after and eliminate.

Skepticism as governor says it's time for mandate relief

During his state of the state speech, Governor Andrew Cuomo said it's time the state provided mandate relief to local governments.

This is welcomed news to many in the north country. But some are concerned it could be only a token gesture.

Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

Gov open to "talk" about tax cap

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has put passage of a strict cap on local taxes at the top of his administration's agenda. His plan would limit school and local government property taxes to increases of 2 percent per year.

There's pushback, as schools and municipalities consider the consequences -- especially if the cap is not accompanied by a loosening of state mandates, as promised. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
We don't want to do anything that's going to affect the current level of service we provide

Saranac Lake emergency crews worry about staff cuts

Officials with the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department say their response times to emergencies could be hampered if the village of Saranac Lake cuts two firetruck and ambulance driver positions and eliminates the village's emergency dispatch center. Village officials say they're looking at all options for dealing with a pair of fire driver vacancies, and haven't made any decisions. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

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