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Canton Central School. Photo: Lizette Haenel
Canton Central School. Photo: Lizette Haenel

Is budget boost enough to save North Country schools?

Schools are digesting news of a $1.1 billion increase in state aid in the budget deal announced over the weekend.

State Senator Patty Ritchie says that's the largest increase in five years, which includes $20 million extra for schools within her 48th Senate district in Jefferson, Oswego, and part of St. Lawrence Counties.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomma/4906491235/">Thomas Marthinsen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Thomas Marthinsen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Car stopped in Queensbury held 500 bags of heroin

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. (AP) State police say a Vermont man and two people from New Jersey have been charged after troopers say they found hundreds of bags of heroin inside a vehicle they pulled over on an upstate New York highway.

Police say a trooper stopped the car for speeding in Interstate 87's northbound lanes Thursday afternoon in the Warren County town of Queensbury, 50 miles north of Albany.  Go to full article
NY State Sen. Betty Little (file photo). Photo: Mark Kurtz
NY State Sen. Betty Little (file photo). Photo: Mark Kurtz

Sen. Little faces changed political climate

State Senator Betty Little ran unopposed this week and will once again represent a big chunk of the North Country in the state legislature. But she returns to office in a changed political landscape.

Her district has changed, absorbing a new chunk of St. Lawrence County. Her Republican Party also took major hits this week, losing the North Country's House seat and possibly possibly losing its long-standing majority in the state Senate.  Go to full article
Queensbury town supervisor Dan Stec during a visit to Keene this week (Source: NYS Governor's office)
Queensbury town supervisor Dan Stec during a visit to Keene this week (Source: NYS Governor's office)

Queensbury supervisor Stec makes case for 114th Assembly seat

The race to fill Teresa Sayward's Assembly seat has narrowed to just two candidates, former Glens Falls Mayor Robert Regan and Queensbury supervisor Dan Stec, both Republicans.

Stec has taken an early lead in the contest for the 114th District, building a strong list of endorsements, including the nod from Sayward and from most Republican and Conservative Party leaders.

Stec spoke this week with Brian Mann about the challenges he will face if elected, representing a district that now stretches from Glens Falls to Saranac Lake. Stec says his experience in local
government gives him a head-start on understanding the issues.

Editor's Note: In the days ahead, we will speak with the other Republican candidate in the race,
former Glens Falls Mayor Robert Regan. So far, Democrats haven't found a candidate to run for the seat.  Go to full article

State Senate mired in politics, wrestles with budget & gay marriage

Last night's confusion in the state Senate caps an ugly year for the institution. First a Republican coup toppled the new Democratic majority back in June, leading to weeks of gridlock. Then Federal prosecutors charged former Republican majority leader Joe Bruno with corruption. Now, the Senate has grappled clumsily with the state's budget crisis. Brian Mann checked in yesterday with North Country Senator Betty Little, a Republican from Queensbury.  Go to full article

UpNorth Music: Joe Mama Band

The Joe Mama band cares a lot about music, and about experimenting with different genres, but most of all they like to have fun when they're performing. Their 2007 CD release "Green Pepper Air Freshener" reflects the varied musical interests of the band members. The Queensbury-based group spoke with Jill Breit following their UpNorth Music recording session last August in North Creek.  Go to full article

North Country Red Cross helps Midwest flood victims

Flooding continues to plague the Midwest as a massive surge of rainwater pours down the Mississippi River. At least three Red Cross workers from the North Country have flown to the region to help with recovery efforts. Ed Gordon, from Queensbury, is a former fireman who volunteers with the Adirondack-Saratoga chapter of the Red Cross, headquartered in Glens Falls. Gordon told Brian Mann that he's helping to coordinate the huge number of volunteers pouring into the region.  Go to full article

Queensbury tax protestor faces fines, jail

A federal judge slapped another injunction on a Queensbury man who advocates against paying income tax. This is the second ruling in less than a year against Robert Schulz and his organization "We The People." Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article

Senator Little Dismayed By GOP Budget Rift

State Senator Betty Little from Queensbury was one of the lawmakers voting to override Governor Pataki's vetoes yesterday. She has been a close ally of Pataki, a fellow Republican. Speaking with Brian Mann, she says the rift between top GOP leaders is troubling.  Go to full article

Conference Committee Considers State Budget

The state Assembly and Senate will convene a joint conference committee this morning to work on the state budget. The Republican-led Senate began passing budget bills yesterday. The Senate measures lacked the agreement of the Democrat-controlled state Assembly, but the move was considered necessary to get the two chambers working through a conference committee to resolve differences. Republican state senator Betty Little, of Queensbury, says the Senate is moving forward on what she calls a "good budget".  Go to full article

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