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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

Albany lawmakers go home no closer to budget deal

New York State's budget is now two weeks late. Lawmakers are scheduled to return to session Monday, but the governor and legislative leaders appear no closer to an agreement on a new spending plan than when they broke for vacation a few days before the April 1 deadline.

They're still billions of dollars apart in figuring out how to close the $9.2 billion deficit. And as Karen DeWitt reports, there was renewed finger-pointing as they left Albany yesterday.  Go to full article

Albany operating on bare bones budget extender

State workers won't get raises, and construction projects are still idle, but New York lawmakers didn't have much choice but to adopt Gov. Paterson's stripped-down budget extension yesterday. The alternative was a government shutdown. The governor wants to keep the pressure on lawmakers to pass a new budget soon. "You just can't keep hesitating or dithering or just ignoring the fact that the state is in dire financial straits," he said. Karen DeWitt has the story.  Go to full article
Crown Point historic site could close due to the state budget crisis
Crown Point historic site could close due to the state budget crisis

John Brown?s farm, Crown Point historic site eyed by state for closure

State officials are considering a plan that could shut down two of the most cherished historic sites in the North Country. John Brown's farm, just outside of Lake Placid, and the Crown Point State Historic Site in the Champlain Valley would stay closed in the spring. According to two reports published yesterday, the move is part of Governor David Paterson's sweeping statewide budget cutting plan. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

2009 in New York's capitol: turmoil in the economy, deadlock among lawmakers

Yesterday, NCPR's David Sommerstein and Brian Mann helped Martha Foley sort through the top North Country stories of 2009. The economy topped the list. That was predictable, even as long as a year ago. But politics was number two, and no one could have predicted what a dramatic and ongoing story that would have been for the region.

Similarly, in Albany, observers expected a bad year economically. But who knew how bad the political scene would look by the end of the year: with the "coup" in the state Senate, the governor's plunging popularity, gridlock over the budget, and the conviction of longtime Republican Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno on corruption charges?

Martha Foley and Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt look back, and ahead:  Go to full article
Mike Carr (at center in blue) of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy
Mike Carr (at center in blue) of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy

Big Adirondack land deals crash into NY economic crisis

As New York's fiscal crisis deepens, much of the debate in Albany has focused on schools and healthcare. But Governor David Paterson has also proposed using part of the Environmental Protection Fund, or EPF, to help close the budget gap. In the past, that money has been used to finance big conservation deals in the Adirondacks. Green groups want the state to buy tens of thousands of acres of forestland and add it to the Park's forest preserve. But as Brian Mann reports, a growing number of critics say land purchases should wait until New York's economy recovers.  Go to full article

Unfinished business threatens senior services

A key issue left hanging at the close of the 2008 legislative session was reform of Industrial Development Agencies across the state. As Karen DeWitt reports, not for profit groups that run nursing homes and senior citizens centers say that's left them in limbo, unable to borrow money and complete $2 billion dollars worth of projects.  Go to full article

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

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