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Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate at a Rochester Town Hall meeting in 2010. Photo: Still from Youtube video
Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate at a Rochester Town Hall meeting in 2010. Photo: Still from Youtube video

Business group praises Senate GOP voting record, pans Democrats

An upstate pro-business group is out with ratings for the Senate and Assembly and finds, not surprisingly, that more liberal Democrats are at odds with the group's agenda than conservative leaning Republicans.

Unshackle Upstate says this could have implications for the group's interests if Democrats take over the Senate in November.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/nyng/9160618316/in/">New York National Guard</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: New York National Guard, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Senators back disaster aid for upstate New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Both of New York's senators are asking President Barack Obama to quickly approve the state's request for federal disaster aid for upstate counties recently hit hard by storms and flooding.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking a federal major disaster declaration for 11 central and western New York counties.  Go to full article
Incumbent Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne is in a close race with PC leader Tim Hudak. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/30799612@N03/6964550182/">Ontario Chamber of Commerce</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Incumbent Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne is in a close race with PC leader Tim Hudak. Photo: Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

As June 12 election approaches Ontario leaders step up offense

As the Ontario election campaign winds down, Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne is stepping up her attacks on her rivals. Kathleen Wynne says P-C Leader Tim Hudak and the NDP's Andrea Horwath are being dishonest when it comes to the gas-plant scandal that has dogged her campaign.  Go to full article
Photo: National Grid US
Photo: National Grid US

National Grid customers will see some billing relief, for now

National Grid customers should get some relief in their next power bill. Prices skyrocketed during a frigid winter, but supply costs for electricity have ticked down slightly. The company says customers can expect their next electric bill to fall some 40 percent from the last one.

The utility predicts supply costs two months ahead based on the market. February turned out to be lower than expected, so April bills will be down.  Go to full article
Interior, New York state Capitol. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/-jvl-/5194928546/">JvL</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Interior, New York state Capitol. Photo: JvL, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY budget talks continue at Capitol, deadline near

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York's legislative leaders are negotiating over property tax relief and pre-kindergarten funding a week before a new budget is due.

Leaders emerging from closed-door talks Monday at the Capitol say they continue to make progress to get a deal by April 1.  Go to full article
NY Senate Independent Democratic conference leader Jeff Klein. Photo: Karen DeWitt
NY Senate Independent Democratic conference leader Jeff Klein. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Senate says "no" to cuts in bank taxes, says it will use money to help families

A Senate co-leader is claiming victory for the Senate's rejection of a cut in banking taxes proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Jeff Klein is the leader of the Independent Democratic conference that shares leadership with Republicans in the state Senate. He says the resolution will use the $350 million in savings to help families.  Go to full article
Lake Ontario. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/88664052@N00/4468113212/">non-euclidean photography</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Lake Ontario. Photo: non-euclidean photography, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bill would spend $300M on Great Lakes restoration

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) A spending bill crafted by congressional leaders would allocate $300 million to a Great Lakes cleanup that had been threatened with a deep cut during last year's budget battle.  Go to full article
State senators listen to a farmer detail his frustrations with government regulation at a forum in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards
State senators listen to a farmer detail his frustrations with government regulation at a forum in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

NY senators say state has too many regulations

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A group of New York state senators say they've identified more than 2,000 rules and regulations that put the state at a competitive disadvantage.  Go to full article
The seal of St. Lawrence County rendered in stained glass at the county building in Canton. Photo: Mark Kurtz
The seal of St. Lawrence County rendered in stained glass at the county building in Canton. Photo: Mark Kurtz

St. Lawrence County tries to fix its budget

The Watertown Daily Times reports that St. Lawrence County legislators are trying to fix the 2014 county budget.

The original draft of the budget included $1.5 million dollars that the county is due to receive from St. Regis Mohawk casino revenue.

But state-tribal compact funds have been delayed in the past because of disagreements between the tribe and New York state.  Go to full article

James Calnon wins Plattsburgh mayoral race

The city of Plattsburgh has a new mayor this morning, with Republican James Calnon taking the seat that was vacated by Mayor Donald Kasprzak, who chose not to run again.

Calnon beat independent party candidate Chris Rosenquest by fewer than 500 votes according to the latest unofficial tally, with Democrat Mark Tiffer running a distant third.

While absentee ballots are still being counted, Rosenquest has declined to concede the race.

Calnon, who is a long-time member of the city council, told the Plattsburgh Press-Republican that he's grateful to voters for their "expression of support."  Go to full article

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