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The Port of Oswego, waiting for opening next week. Photo: Gino Geruntino, WRVO
The Port of Oswego, waiting for opening next week. Photo: Gino Geruntino, WRVO

St. Lawrence River ice slows ships, delays Port of Oswego opening

Ice floes slowing ships in the St. Lawrence River are delaying the opening of the shipping season at the Port of Oswego till next week.

Executive director Zelko Kirincich says the shipping season was scheduled to begin last Friday. But ships waited in line earlier this week as thick ice forced the Canadian Coast Guard to send out ice breakers to reopen shipping lanes.  Go to full article

State Department of Health says Encephalitis not headed to North Country

A New York State Department of Health spokesperson says people in the North Country don't need to fear Eastern Equine Encephalitis spreading to the area.

Jeffrey Hammond declined an interview, but said the disease is only present in Oswego and Oneida counties...with the highest risk areas being those, Onondaga, and Madison counties.  Go to full article

Villages consider - and reconsider - consolidation

This spring, residents of Potsdam will get their first look at a study of whether the village of Potsdam should disappear as a government body.

Governor Cuomo has said he wants to provide financial help for villages that consolidate into their surrounding towns.

Several other villages are also looking at the issue, including Mannsville in southern Jefferson County.

In 2009, a new law made it easier to dissolve local governments. But so far, every village that has voted on the issue has chosen not to dissolve. One exception is the village of Altmar in Oswego County. Reporter Dave Bullard explains the issue is more complex than it might seem.  Go to full article
Ritchie will bring along her longtime assistant, Pat McMurray, to Albany.
Ritchie will bring along her longtime assistant, Pat McMurray, to Albany.

Ritchie readies to fight in Albany

State lawmakers face a daunting slate of challenges in next year's session, including a $10 billion deficit, soaring taxes, and a seemingly intractable environment of discord and partisan bickering.
It's into this dysfunctional world that the North Country's newest State Senator is preparing to go. Republican Patty Ritchie is leaving St. Lawrence County government today for the first time since she started work at the local DMV office almost 25 years ago.
Ritchie's been county clerk for 11 years. Her successes in that position were the foundation of a winning campaign to unseat Democratic Senator Darrel Aubertine.
David Sommerstein stopped by Ritchie's office to talk politics, issues, and what she's leaving behind. He has this profile.  Go to full article
Darrel Aubertine makes his case at a senior health fair he sponsored in Fulton.
Darrel Aubertine makes his case at a senior health fair he sponsored in Fulton.

Aubertine leans on experience, rural roots

The 48th State Senate district is shaping up to be one of the most closely watched races in New York State on Election Day. Republican Patty Ritchie's effort to unseat Democratic Senator Darrel Aubertine could tip the balance of power in the Senate back to the GOP.

State campaign committees of both parties have spent more than a million dollars in the 48th just since October 1st. Most of that money went to TV ads.
Darrel Aubertine is seeking his second full term in the Senate after several years in the Assembly. He's the legislature's only farmer. And he's running as a bipartisan lawmaker who lives rural issues and knows how to get things done. David Sommerstein has this profile.  Go to full article
Everybody seems to be butting each other's head. A little cooperation, I think...instead of fighting each other.

Seniors lay out election issues

It's a little over two weeks until Election Day. David Sommerstein went to the Senior Health and Information Fair in Fulton, in Oswego County, to ask senior citizens what's on their minds with the mid-term election approaching. Here's what some of them said.  Go to full article

Several thousand still without power

Several thousand utility customers in the North Country are still dark this morning, mostly in Franklin, Lewis, St. Lawrence and Oswego counties Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Will Barclay
Assemblyman Will Barclay

Barclay to run for vacated NY Senate seat

Just days after State Senator Jim Wright announced he'll step down at the end of the month, Republican party leaders have settled on the man they hope will fill the seat. Oswego County Assemblyman Will Barclay made three stops Friday to declare his candidacy. He framed the campaign as a fight to keep Upstate New York relevant in Albany politics. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

State disaster emergency declared for Oswego County

Snow squalls battered the New York snowbelt for a fifth day yesterday, and there's more to come. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Parish snowfall

The snow is more than seven feet deep in the Oswego County town of Parish. And it's that area of New York's snow belt where we go for this Heard Up North.  Go to full article

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