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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
Photo of the Day archive: Whit Haynes
Photo of the Day archive: Whit Haynes

NY21 candidates push Congress to pass Farm Bill

Congressman Bill Owens of Plattsburgh is calling on the Republican-led House of Representatives to take up the 2012 Farm Bill before the previous Farm Bill expires at the end of the month.

The bill already passed the Senate, and been approved by the bipartisan House Agriculture Committee. Owens, a Democrat, and Republican Chris Gibson of Columbia County, are both members of that committee.

Farmers and farm groups are rallying at the Capitol today to push Congress to act on the Bill. Meanwhile, Politico reports that divisions are surfacing among House Republicans over their leadership's decision to block action on the farm bill. Republican Matt Doheny, who is running against Owens in the 21st District, has also called for a vote on the bill.  Go to full article

Community college modernization stalled

Essex and Franklin counties are balking at fronting the money for a $65 million project to modernize and renovate the Saranac Lake campus of North Country Community College.

NCCC President Carol Brown told county lawmakers this week that the 40-year-old campus is long overdue for a renovation. But they're are skeptical about the cost of the project, and whether they can count on reimbursement promised by New York State. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Inaugural Address of President Barack Obama (Full audio and text)

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis. . .  Go to full article

McHugh's office releases inauguration tickets

Scoring a ticket to the Obama Inauguration next month has become all the rage, coast to coast. In the North Country, more than a thousand people looked to Congressman John McHugh for help. Each Representative was given nearly 200 tickets to the event. McHugh decided to give them away, but got many more requests than tickets.  Go to full article

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