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June O'Neill: turning Democratic gains to the North Country's advantage

June O'Neill took office as the state Democratic Committee chair in mid-December, after engineering dramatic Democratic gains in her home, St. Lawrence County. In a 40-year career, she moved through jobs in the county to eventually work for two top state Democrats, Gov. Mario Cuomo and Comptroller Carl McCall. O'Neill retired five years ago, but has continued to work part time for the comptroller's office until this month. Martha Foley asked her how the new job will benefit her home region.  Go to full article

New leadership in St. Lawrence County

Democrats swept into the majority in the St. Lawrence County legislature Tuesday night for the first time in 13 years. They picked up an unexpected five seats and toppled several veteran Republicans in the process. When Democrats take control in January, their first items of business will be whether to keep longtime county administrator Don Brining and who to choose as chairperson. David Sommerstein spoke with one possible leader, Tedra Cobb, who was unopposed to win her second term. She says Democratic campaigned for more open and thoughtful government.  Go to full article

Election Night diners on the issues

It's a rare night in rural northern New York when so many people travel into town as they do on Election night. Local fire departments and VFWs figured it was a good chance to raise some money. Hence, the election night supper. David Sommerstein asked diners at the Pierrepont fire department chicken and biscuit dinner about the war in Iraq and other issues that affected their vote.  Go to full article

Democratic tide hits St. Lawrence County

Democrats scored major upsets in the St. Lawrence County legislature. Three long-standing Republican lawmakers lost their seats. Democrats will have a majority for the first time in 13 years. David Sommerstein reports from the Best Western University Inn in Canton, where both parties gathered last night.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: My Polling Place

David Sommerstein goes to vote at the Pierrepont town hall. Built in the 1850s, it used to double as a one-room gym where basketball and volleyball games were legendary.  Go to full article

Taking voters' temperature in Massena

After Wednesday night's debate between John McHugh and Bob Johnson in Massena, David Sommerstein asked some potential voters what was on their mind as election day approached.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County GOP names new leader

St. Lawrence County Republicans chose a new leader last week. Janet Kelly will try to help the GOP maintain its 10 to 5 advantage in the county legislature. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Dems score small victories

Democrats scored small but potentially significant victories in St. Lawrence County legislative primaries Tuesday. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Dems challenge GOP in St. Lawrence County

Road repair and paying for a new jail figure to be the hot topics in St. Lawrence County this fall. All 15 county legislative seats are up for re-election. Republicans currently hold a three-seat advantage. But four Republicans and one Democrat are stepping down, leaving five open races. GOP leaders say they've made the case for another four years in the majority. But Democrats have run off a series of victories since 2000, and they believe they take the legislature for the first time in 13 years. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

North Country Dems Hope to Share Spitzer's Momentum

Members of the Democratic Party began their statewide convention yesterday in Buffalo. Party leaders have unified behind Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who leads the race to replace outgoing governor George Pataki. Some independent political analysts say the Democrats could sweep every major statewide office this year, fueled by Spitzer's popularity and by disarray in the Republican Party. It's unclear whether the momentum will carry over here in the North Country, which has been a traditional GOP stronghold. Brian Mann spoke last night with Sue Montgomery Corey, chair of the Essex County Democratic Committee. She's one of the delegates at the convention in Buffalo. Note: Republicans begin their statewide convention tomorrow on Long Island. We'll be checking in with a North Country delegate to that gathering as well.  Go to full article

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