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Aaron Hinton, outside his building in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He calls the war on drugs "the war on the poor." Photo: Natasha Haverty
Aaron Hinton, outside his building in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He calls the war on drugs "the war on the poor." Photo: Natasha Haverty

What if 10 percent of your neighbors went to prison downstate?

The North Country has more than a dozen state and federal prisons, housing thousands of inmates. It turns out a lot of those inmates come from just a few neighborhoods, and those have been at the center of the 40-year drug war. Today, Brownsville, Brooklyn has one of the highest concentrations of incarcerated or formerly incarcerated people in the country.  Go to full article

NYC jail boss details heating problems after death

NEW YORK (AP) The head of New York City's jail system says that a malfunctioning damper diverted heat to the upper-level cell where a mentally ill veteran was found dead last month.

Acting Department of Correction Commissioner Mark Cranston told a City Council committee Thursday that a gauge on the lower-level tier didn't register the high temperature on the upper level.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtgklt/2155522564/">Mike&Kelly</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Mike&Kelly, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Refreshed phone app has NY Times Square countdown

NEW YORK (AP) The breathless drama of New York City's Times Square New Year's Eve countdown is going miniature with a free app for electronic devices.

The app promises news and updates from the Times Square ball and is touted as simpler to navigate than earlier versions.  Go to full article
Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/toddmundt/5189457431/">Todd Mundt</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, NY. Photo: Todd Mundt, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Delta adding flights between NYC and Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Delta Airlines is expanding its reach in upstate New York.

New York Sen. Charles Schumer says Delta will add several new flights from Syracuse to major airline hubs in 2014, including two new daily flights to JFK International Airport in New York City.  Go to full article
Milk Not Jails' Lauren Melodia and her team want to convince New York to invest in farms, not prisons. Photo: David Sommerstein
Milk Not Jails' Lauren Melodia and her team want to convince New York to invest in farms, not prisons. Photo: David Sommerstein

What could replace the North Country's prison industry?

This week, our Prison Time Media Project is examining the North Country's vast complex of prisons. It's an industry from Cape Vincent to Chateaugay that employs thousands of people in a region with few other options.

Today we ask - what if? What if the crime rate continues to drop and the number of inmates locked up continues to fall? What if, as Governor Cuomo has advocated, New York keeps closing prisons, as it did in Lyon Mountain and Gabriels?

What's next for the North Country's prison towns?

One tiny not-for-profit from New York City has an idea. Take the money saved from shuttering prisons and spend that money on agriculture. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The  Rev. Oberia Dempsey campaigned early against drugs in Harlem. Photo: Wikipedia
The Rev. Oberia Dempsey campaigned early against drugs in Harlem. Photo: Wikipedia

Why did black leaders support America's drug war for so long?

This year, North Country Public Radio is looking in-depth at America's forty year long drug war. Tough-on-crime policies, sparked in part by New York's Rockefeller drug laws, changed the way we think about crime and justice and addiction. They also changed the North Country, as more and more prisons were built to house the swelling number of inmates.

This morning, our series continues with a look at how the drug war has been viewed within the African American community. Some black leaders see tough crime laws as racially biased and unfair. But many supporters of the drug war hoped that long prison sentences and harsh penalties would help clean up neighborhoods plagued by drugs.  Go to full article
Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner at the NYC Pride Parade last month. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/42757699@N04/9179446712/">Neon Tommy</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner at the NYC Pride Parade last month. Photo: Neon Tommy, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo likens Weiner sexting scandal to "summer theater"

Governor Cuomo refuses to get involved in the controversy surrounding former Congressman Anthony Weiner's latest sexting activities, and his refusal to drop out of the race for mayor of New York City.

Cuomo has not joined fellow Democrats who've demanded that Weiner leave the race. But the governor did comment on the recent events for the first time yesterday.  Go to full article
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. File photo: Karen DeWitt
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. File photo: Karen DeWitt

NYC Mayor: new state teacher evaluation goals "impossible"

In testimony before a legislative hearing in Albany, New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg sharply criticized Governor Cuomo's proposal to deny city schools a $240 million education aid increase because the Mayor and the teachers unions failed to meet a deadline to complete a teacher evaluation plan.  Go to full article
Christopher Battles in a Brooklyn recording studio. (photo:  the artist)
Christopher Battles in a Brooklyn recording studio. (photo: the artist)

Christopher Battles: the permanence of recorded music

Musician Christopher Battles is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic singer/songwriter in the big city. He grew up in Oswego, graduated from the Crane School of Music and now lives in New York City. He studied percussion and music education at Crane, and when he's not performing on the street or the stage at a coffee house, he's a substitute band teacher. Over the past year, he has shared his musical journey via audio postcards.

Last summer, he released his first solo EP recording, titled Miles upon Miles. EPs are usually an artist's debut recording and contain just a few musical tracks. Miles upon Miles is among the finalists for the 2012 Best Folk Song in the USA Songwriting Competition. In his final audio postcard in the series, Christopher takes us into the recording studio and shares his thoughts about the permanence of recording his music.  Go to full article
Photo: Christopher Battles
Photo: Christopher Battles

Christopher Battles: out of the classroom, into the night life

Over the last few months, singer/songwriter Christopher Battles has shared his musical journey via audio postcards. The twenty-something is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic musician in New York City. We've heard occasional stories of his new life -- the pressures, emotional highs and lows and what it's like for an upstate troubadour in the big city.

Battles grew up in Oswego, graduated from the Crane School of Music and now lives in Brooklyn. He studied percussion and music education at Crane. Recently, he took us into the classroom as a substitute teacher. In this next segment, he says sometimes life is an endless stream of teaching at a variety of schools around the city, takeout for dinner and then off to a gig at an "open mic night" or coffee house.  Go to full article

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