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Lawmakers Fail to Finish End-of-Session Business

State lawmakers are getting mixed reviews on their reform efforts as the legislative session concludes in Albany. The legislature failed to wrap up end-of-session issues last night, and will continue to seek agreement with Governor Pataki today. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
NY State Assemblyman Chris Ortloff
NY State Assemblyman Chris Ortloff

Ortloff Plan To Limit Property Tax Growth

Assemblyman Chris Ortloff, a Republican from Plattsburgh, is building support for a major property tax reform package. The bill fell short in a test vote earlier this week, but won support from 14 Democratic lawmakers. Ortloff's $5 billion plan is designed to slow increases in property taxes. It would also shift more public school and Medicaid costs onto the state b udget. That means taxpayers downstate would pick up more of the bill for education and social programs here in the North Country. Ortloff told Brian Mann that the property tax issue has become a crisis for many homeowners.  Go to full article
Great Sacandaga Lake
Great Sacandaga Lake

River & Reservoir Agency Faces More Turmoil, Criticism

A senior official with the Hudson River Black River Regulating District has quit and is leveling criticism at the agency's management. The resignation is the latest turmoil for the agency that manages dams and reservoirs across the north country. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Not-for-Profits Worry About State Funding

Not-for-profit groups are more worried than ever about the late state budget. As in past years, they're waiting for state funding they rely on to provide services. But this time, they've been told the money might not be there at all. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Budget Suspense Ends Today

Gov. George Pataki delivers his annual budget address this morning. Interest groups are anxioulsy awaiting details of spending changes Pataki hinted at during his state of the state speech earlier this month. Karen DeWitt has this story from Albany.  Go to full article
Martha Foley talks with A.G. Eliot Spitzer
Martha Foley talks with A.G. Eliot Spitzer

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer in Potsdam

Eliot Spitzer was sworn in as New York Attorney General January 1, 1999. Since then, he has emerged as a crusader of national proportions -- for his investigations of conflict of interest among major Wall Street firms, his lawsuits against acid rain-linked Midwest power plants, and his criticism of the Bush Administration's revisions of Clean Air Act rules on power plant emissions. Spitzer is a Harvard law school graduate who clerked for a federal district judge, worked at private law firms in New York City, and prosecuted orgainzed crime and political corruption cases as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan. He's also a personable family man. It all makes for a nice package that has excited Democrats looking for a gubernatorial candidate for 2006.
And judging from his appearance at the annual St. Lawrence County Democratic Dinner Friday in Potsdam, Spitzer is good at the people-to-people requirements of a political career - meeting and greeting the party's faithful with enthusiasm. he spoke with North Country Public Radio News Director Martha Foley prior to the dinner.  Go to full article

NYS 2002 Budget Debate

State lawmakers will take up the state budget debate in 2002.  Go to full article

Reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws

Reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws was one of the many issues left unfinished in 2001. It may be on the New York State Legislature’s agenda for 2002.  Go to full article

Polls Show Pataki in Good Shape for Reelection Bid

A new poll shows that Governor Pataki will be very tough to beat if Pataki, as expected, seeks reelection for Governor next year. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Mohawk Land Claim Talks Resume

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has resumed land claim talks with New York State after years of stalled negotiations. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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