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Photo: Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Trump, considering NY gov's race, to head upstate

BUFFALO, N.Y. AP) Donald Trump, who says he'd consider a run for New York governor, is scheduled to head upstate to attend a Republican fundraiser.

The Erie County Republican Committee says Trump will be at its Lincoln Leadership Award event in Buffalo on Jan. 31.  Go to full article
An Amish farm in St. Lawrence county. Photo: Sarah Harris
An Amish farm in St. Lawrence county. Photo: Sarah Harris

Why more Amish aren't registering for the STAR exemption, and how it's getting fixed

New York state is urging people to re-register for their STAR property tax exemption before the deadline of December 31. Even if you've done it before, you need to sign up again - it's part of an effort by the state to curb fraud.

You can register online or by phone (here's how), but what if you don't have a computer or a phone? What if, say, you're Amish?  Go to full article
Registration for the STAR exemption, by county. Image: tax.ny.gov
Registration for the STAR exemption, by county. Image: tax.ny.gov

Why you have to register (again) for the STAR exemption

New York state is putting out the word that if you want your STAR Property Tax exemption to continue, you need to register. If you're a homeowner, you probably already know that: The state has, according to a press release, sent letters to all of the nearly 2.7 million homeowners who claimed the exemption last year. But if you've already claimed the exemption, why do you need to register again?  Go to full article

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Gun rights activist Richard Mack (L) and Clinton County Sheriff David Favro (R) hold a press conference in Plattsburgh, opposing the New York SAFE Act. Photo: Brian Mann
Gun rights activist Richard Mack (L) and Clinton County Sheriff David Favro (R) hold a press conference in Plattsburgh, opposing the New York SAFE Act. Photo: Brian Mann

Will upstate NY cops, sheriffs enforce gun control laws?

New York's tough gun law, known as the SAFE Act, was pushed through last January by Governor Andrew Cuomo, winning support from the Democratic Assembly and the Republican-controlled Senate.

Over the last six months, however, political opposition to the law has grown, especially in upstate counties where gun ownership is popular. A growing number of law enforcement officials, especially county sheriffs, now say they're deeply troubled by the law, which bans assault rifles and large ammunition clips. Some officers say they won't actively enforce the SAFE Act.  Go to full article
Inside the Capitol, twists and turns lead to the passage of many laws. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/54021469@N00/394233312/">Holley St. Germain</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Inside the Capitol, twists and turns lead to the passage of many laws. Photo: Holley St. Germain, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

How the $#%@# does a bill become a law in NYS?

As New York's legislative session wraps up this week, some of the major issues we've been hearing about for the last while remain unresolved, and it's looking like at least some of them aren't going to get resolved in this session.

Of course bills often come together and pass the legislature at the last moment, so what's going to happen in the next couple days is anyone's guess. But how is all of this happening? Turns out it's much more complicated, and less transparent, than what you might remember from Schoolhouse Rock.  Go to full article
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr

NYS DEC cuts complicate fracking picture

Proponents and opponents of hydrofracking in New York state read Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget closely for clues about fracking's future in the state.

They didn't see much. A decision on whether fracking will be allowed is expected after a health study is complete in February.

The agency overseeing the review, and in charge of permitting should fracking get the go-ahead, is New York's Department of Environmental Conservation. And it's in for a cut of five and a half percent in Cuomo's new budget.  Go to full article
Rev. Al Sharpton is among those criticizing the new Senate coalition on the grounds that it doesn't any black or Hispanic senators. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/slydeone/">Eric Wilson</a> CC<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en"> some rights reserved</a>
Rev. Al Sharpton is among those criticizing the new Senate coalition on the grounds that it doesn't any black or Hispanic senators. Photo: Eric Wilson CC some rights reserved

Senate coalition takes heat over lack of minorities

The newly formed coalition in the Senate is facing some heat from African American leaders, who says blacks and Hispanics have been left out.  Go to full article

As local goverments struggle, NY State finances show signs of good health

Local governments in New York continue to flounder, but there are signs that the state's finances are improving as Governor Cuomo and his budget director Robert Megna announced last week that the state finally got an upgrade in an assessment from a major rating agency.

Standard & Poor's changed the state's outlook from "stable" to "positive". Megna says he hopes that lays the groundwork for an improvement in the state's credit rating, which has been ranked as weak for decades: "This outlook revision is professional evidence from an outside observer that New York is once again on the right track."  Go to full article
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NY Times claims "patterns of abuse" at Sunmount in Tupper Lake

Yesterday the New York Times ran a front-page investigative story about the way New York state cares for people with developmental disabilities.

A major focus of the article was the Sunmount Developmental Center in Tupper Lake, which cares for some of the state's highest risk and most demanding special-needs clients.

Reporter Danny Hakim wrote that "patterns of abuse appear embedded in the culture of Sunmount." He pointed to four episodes last year where a supervisor was accused of physical and psychological abuse.

Adirondack reporter Brian Mann spoke with Martha Foley about the article and its impact on the debate over Sunmount's future  Go to full article

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