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Judge clears way for St. Lawrence jail

The St. Lawrence County legislature will vote to borrow money and award contracts for construction of a $33 million jail on Monday. A court ruling yesterday approving a union-only labor agreement paves the way for a project years in the making. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Strong passions at the task force meeting in Canton
Strong passions at the task force meeting in Canton

Unity Proves Elusive in NYPA Talks

St. Lawrence County leaders and citizens regrouped late last week after what they perceived as a major rebuff by the New York Power Authority. In 2003, they negotiated a settlement of $115 million and several hundred acres of land in exchange for the county's role in power production on the St. Lawrence River. But last month, Governor Pataki announced Western New York stood to get almost a billion dollars for the Niagara River power project. Many in St. Lawrence County felt cheated. At a meeting in Canton, state representatives urged calm. People preached teamwork. But what was billed as a planning session for the future became a rehashing of the past. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
State Senator Ray Meier
State Senator Ray Meier

Bill Introduced To Keep Traffic Fines Local

17 state senators, including North Country Senator Ray Meier, have introduced a bill that would repeal a controversial change in vehicle law approved in the state budget last month. The law would give the state, not towns and villages, the lion's share of the fines from speeding tickets and other traffic violations. Senator Meier told David Sommerstein the law is a direct result of the dysfunctional budget process.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)
Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent)

Aubertine Against Sales Tax Hike

Facing skyrocketing Medicaid and pension costs, county governments are mulling raising the sales tax to boost revenue next year. One North Country lawmaker who would have to approve the increase says he's against the idea. He says first, the state should take responsibility for causing the financial problems in the first place. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

New York Has Highest Local Taxes In U.S.

New York state has the highest local taxes in the country, according to a new report issued by a tax watchdog group. The Citizens Budget Commission says residents in New York pay seventy-two percent more in local taxes than the national average. Brian mann has details.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County's Administrator Faces 'No Confidence' Vote

St. Lawrence County's top unelected official faces an unusual vote of 'no confidence' at Monday's county legislature meeting. At issue is a huge budgeting error in a county department and a new human resources building that is the subject of financial problems and a lawsuit. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Erosion delta on English Brook (Lake George Association)
Erosion delta on English Brook (Lake George Association)

Lake George's Clean Water at Risk

Many people who live on Lake George still draw their drinking water directly from the shore. It's considered one of the cleanest big lakes in the country. But a new coalition of groups that met this week says accelerating development threatens that quality. As Brian Mann reports, storm-water erosion, sewage, and even road salt are changing the lake's chemistry.  Go to full article

Essex County Jail Must Close: Could Mean Higher Costs For Taxpayers

New York state has given Essex County thirty days to close its outdated jail. The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting that a new engineering report found health and safety violations. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Xmas Storm Hits Herkimer County Hardest

Herkimer County is returning to normal this morning after a Christmas day snowstorm that shut down the Thruway and many local roads. The wintry blast forced holiday travelers to find shelter, but drivers had high praise for snowplow operators who scrambled to reopen major routes. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Warren County GOP Changes Rules, Draws Criticism

The 113th Assembly district - in the eastern Adirondacks - offered one of the few competitive races in this year's election. At one point, four strong Republicans were vying for the open seat. Now, the Warren County Republican Committee has moved to tighten rules that insure party loyalty. As Brian Mann reports, some critics say the new rules will reduce the number of candidates.  Go to full article

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