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Jan 09, 2006 — 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
Sep 09, 2004 — 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
Dec 25, 2003 — 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
Nov 12, 2003 — 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
Oct 30, 2003 — 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
May 02, 2003 — 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
Apr 16, 2003 — 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
Dec 27, 2002 — 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
Dec 24, 2002 — 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
Dec 11, 2002 — 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