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New York Republicans face hard times

Republicans in New York state face a difficult election year and an uncertain future. Governor George Pataki is leaving office and is likely to be replaced by the state's Democratic Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer. Republican candidates are lagging in every major statewide election. Democrats are also mounting serious challenges in upstate congressional districts that have long been safe GOP strongholds. Today and tomorrow, we'll be looking at the Republican Party's struggles here in New York state. This morning, Brian Mann talks with Fred LeBrun, a veteran political columnist with the Albany Times-Union.  Go to full article
Gov. Pataki talks to the press outside the Olympic Arena. ORDA photo
Gov. Pataki talks to the press outside the Olympic Arena. ORDA photo

Pataki announces more money for Lake Placid

Governor George Pataki was in Lake Placid yesterday to announce $5 million from the state for upgrades at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. The news comes just three weeks after Pataki delivered $20 million for a new Lake Placid conference center. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Energy industry supports top NY politicians

Government reform groups tracked campaign contributions given by the energy industry to government officials. They found Governor George Pataki has received the most money, but that Democratic candidate for Governor, Eliot Spitzer, is a close second. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki urged to approve welfare-to-work funds

Advocates for the poor are calling on Governor Pataki to release $100 million dollars for welfare to work programs that they say could save the state money in public assistance costs. The funding was left unresolved at the end of the legislative session. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Clayton Opera House gets boost

An effort to make the Clayton Opera House a year-round anchor of the Thousand Islands village got a big boost yesterday. Governor Pataki announced a $700,000 grant for restoration work. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Solitary confinement bill going to Pataki

Family members whose loved ones died while in solitary confinement in state prison, are urging Governor Pataki to sign a bill banning the practice for prisoners with diagnosed mental illness. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki pledges $20 million for Lake Placid conference center

More than two years after Governor Pataki first announced plans to upgrade Lake Placid's convention center space, the funding to move the project forward has now been set aside. Pataki traveled to the Olympic village Monday and told a crowd of local and state officials, community leaders and residents that the state is committing $20 million to build a new, state of the art Lake Placid conference center to be managed by the Olympic Regional Development Authority. As Chris Knight reports, it could be the last announcement of its kind from Pataki, who leaves office in less than six months.  Go to full article

Pataki vetoes early retirement bill

Governor Pataki has vetoed an early retirement plan for state workers passed by the legislature. Budget watchdog groups are urging Governor Pataki to veto a number of other public pension sweetener bills as well. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Mapping the Adirondack Park's future
Mapping the Adirondack Park's future

Adks After Pataki, Pt. 2: Beef Up APA?

This week, we're talking with some of the politicians and activists who will shape the Adirondack Park Agency's future after Governor George Pataki leaves office in January.
Over the last year, state Senator Betty Little, a Republican from Queensbury, has called for the APA's power to be curtailed. A few local government leaders say the agency should be abolished. But with Democrat Eliot Spitzer leading the governor's race by a comfortable margin, some pro-environment groups see this as an opportunity to strengthen the APA regulations and enforcement power. Brian Mann spoke with the Adirondack Council's John Sheehan, who says the political vacuum created by Pataki's departure has triggered new tension. (Yesterday, Brian talked with state Senator Betty Little; tomorrow: Ross Whaley, chairman of the APA.)  Go to full article

Pilots to Pataki: Veto Background Checks

The national Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is threatening to sue New York State over a new law that would mandate criminal background checks on new pilots before they start training. One Potsdam aviator says it could hurt small town airports most of all. Gregory Warner has more.  Go to full article

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