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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New York state has given Essex County thirty days to close its outdated jail.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

Political Fight In Tupper Lake: Altamont Town Supervisor Asked To Resign

Town officials in Tupper Lake are caught in an ugly political feud. Last week, the Altamont town board urged veteran supervisor Dean LeFebvre to resign. The move came after LeFebvre published a scathing letter in the town newspaper, attacking local leaders. As Brian Mann reports, the fight comes as the town is struggling with a major budget crisis, that's forced lay-offs and deep program cuts.  Go to full article

Safety Against Terrorism: What Can Local Officials Do?

North Country officials say they're working to safeguard the region against acts of terrorism--but many locals are still anxious. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Local Government Conference in Potsdam

Martha Foley talks with Potsdam Mayor Ruth Garner about the 10th Annual Local Government Conference, at SUNY Potsdam. Wednesday's Conference theme is "Managing Local Government: Listening, Learning, Leading," and Vermont Governor Howard Dean will be the keynote speaker.  Go to full article

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