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Paterson starts delaying tax refunds

Governor David Paterson is delaying state income tax refunds by about two weeks for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to make sure the state has enough cash on hand to meet financial obligations. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Activist Martha Swan from Westport and historian Andrew Buchanan from Whallonsburg
Activist Martha Swan from Westport and historian Andrew Buchanan from Whallonsburg

Fight to save "sacred ground" of John Brown's farm and burial site

Protesters will gather in Albany tomorrow to try to save dozens of New York state parks and historic sites. Governor David Paterson wants to close the parks this spring as part of an effort to cut an $8.2-billion budget deficit. At least nine parks in the North Country are targeted. Historians and civil rights activists are especially furious over the plan to shut down John Browns Farm in Lake Placid. As Brian Mann reports, the burial site of the famous Civil War-era abolitionist has been a pilgrimage site and a symbol of freedom for more than 150 years.  Go to full article
Governor David Paterson (File photo)
Governor David Paterson (File photo)

Paterson mulls political future following devastating NY Times article

Governor David Pateson says he's weighing his options and talking with political allies, following a devastating article that appeared in yesterday's New York Times. The paper is reporting that Paterson and his state police security detail intervened in a domestic violence case involving one of the Governor's top aids. As Brian Mann reports, the case has already prompted one top state official to resign.  Go to full article
Peter Hornbeck in his Olmstedville shop (Source:  Hornbeck Boats website)
Peter Hornbeck in his Olmstedville shop (Source: Hornbeck Boats website)

Hornbeck nomination to Adirondack Park Agency board clears key hurdle

The nomination of environmentalist and businessman Peter Hornbeck to serve on the Adirondack Park Agency cleared a key committee today in the state Senate. Hornbeck, a boatbuilder from Olmstedville, faces opposition from local government leaders in the Park. But Democrats on the committee said they were under pressure from Governor David Paterson to approve Hornbeck. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Paterson announces gubernatorial campaign

Governor David Paterson formally announced his candidacy for governor over the weekend. He began with a speech on Long Island at his law school alma mater, Hofstra University, and then made stops in Rochester and Buffalo. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Paterson to announce re-election campaign soon

Governor David Paterson will soon formally announce his campaign to win election to the position he inherited nearly two years ago. The timing could not be worse for the beleaguered governor, who is struggling with a massive budget deficit, low poll numbers, and fighting off damaging rumors. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
The iron mining days are over in Lyon Mountain
The iron mining days are over in Lyon Mountain

In Lyon Mountain, a rally to save three North Country prisons

More than 200 people rallied yesterday in the American Legion hall in Lyon Mountain. The Clinton County community is fighting to save its state prison, which anchors the local economy. Lyon Mountain Correctional Facility is one of three prisons in the North Country slated for closure next year. As Brian Mann reports, prison guards are hoping to form a united front across the region.

Assemblywoman Addie Russell from Theresa also sent a letter to Governor Paterson this week, urging him to keep the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility open. In her letter, she accused the state Department of Correctional Facility of using "false" claims to justify the closure. According to Russell, maximum security prisons in the state are still overcrowded and too many inmates are being "double-bunked." Russell also argued that Ogendesburg's economy "will be devastated" if the correctional facility closes.  Go to full article

Governor meets with newspapers in Rochester

With all the heat he's getting in Albany, Governor Paterson is touring the state, defending his budget and his candidacy. He was in Rochester yesterday. On the way into the sit-down with upstate newspapers, he passed through a gauntlet of budget protesters. Advocates for the disabled had staked the building out -- the governor promised them a meeting Monday. Once in the building, he faced another tough audience. Rachel Ward reports.  Go to full article

Lawmakers fail to agree on charter schools

State lawmakers missed a deadline to expand charter schools in time for the federal Race to the Top funding competition, after they failed to reach consensus by the 4:30 time limit yesterday afternoon. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

BREAKING: Paterson's budget closes prisons in North Country

In his State-of-the-State address two weeks ago, Gov. David Paterson predicted this would be "a winter of reckoning."

This morning, he and his budget director began to fill in the details. For the North Country, they include closure of three prisons--in Ogdensburg, Lyon Mountain and Moriah--as well as both Adirondack Park Visitors Interpretive centers, at Paul Smiths and Newcomb. Roughly 480 high-paying government jobs are at stake.

State Sen. Betty Little's spokesman Dan Mac Entee told North Country Public Radio the prisons will close in 2011, "Obviously the Senator is very concerned. It's not altogether surprising that upstate facilities are once again targeted for closure. Given the concentration of power downstate it's hard to fight back against something like that."

The governor said New York's budget is caught between rising fixed costs and an addiction to overspending. It's crashed, he said, and the state can't put off a remedy. Paterson said the state is facing a $7.4 billion deficit in the coming year.

The $134 billion budget the governor proposed today closes that gap, and lays out a four-year plan for recovery. The governor is asking for a 5% cut in school aid--$1 billion overall--as well as $1 billion in new taxes and fees. In addition to the billion-dollar cut in school aid, Paterson wants a $1 billion cut in health care spending, much of which goes to hospitals and nursing homes.

He said: "This is not a budget of choice, this is a budget of necessity."

We'll have more during All Before Five this afternoon, and The Eight O'Clock Hour tomorrow morning.  Go to full article

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