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The Occupy Albany encampment in early November. Photo: Karen DeWitt
The Occupy Albany encampment in early November. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Occupy Albany arrests prompt legal showdown

About a dozen Occupy Wall Street protesters were back in Zuccotti Park in Manhattan's financial district early this morning, talking and trying to stay awake. A judge ruled yesterday that the protesters could return to the park but could not set up camp, or sleep there.

They sat on the park's marble benches, occasionally chanting. About 30 police officers were looking on.

A new poll finds many New Yorkers are supportive of the Occupy movement, and a majority believes they should be allowed to remain in the parks 24 hours a day.

Governor Andrew Cuomo doesn't agree. He's directed state police to arrest demonstrators in Albany.

Protesters have camped out at the city's Academy Park since October 21st. Since this past weekend, dozens have been arrested for crossing into adjacent state-run Lafayette Park.
Demonstrators say they will keep challenging the curfew until the arrests stop. That's set up a three-way showdown between protesters, the governor, and the local prosecutor.

And now, the governor is being asked to appoint a special prosecutor to follow through with those arrests.
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I don’t believe that an election 14 months before another election is a predictor of what’s going to happen.

Pollster says GOP win not just about Obama

While many are portraying the outcome of New York's 9th Congressional district race as a message to President Obama, a New York based pollster and political analyst says it's more complicated than that. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Will gay marriage be legalized in New York?
Will gay marriage be legalized in New York?

Ogdensburg shoppers weigh in on same sex marriage

This week, it's been all about same sex marriage in Albany. Supporters, led by Governor Cuomo, have been lobbying hard for a vote in the State Senate. Now they're one vote shy of passage.

According to a Siena College poll this week, 55% of New Yorkers support legalizing same sex marriage. Sarah Harris chatted with shoppers in Ogdensburg to get their opinions.  Go to full article

Republican leader willing to support Regional Economic Councils

A member of the Republican leadership has had a change of heart about the Governor's plan for growing jobs. Emma Jacobs has more for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article
Ritchie will bring along her longtime assistant, Pat McMurray, to Albany.
Ritchie will bring along her longtime assistant, Pat McMurray, to Albany.

Ritchie readies to fight in Albany

State lawmakers face a daunting slate of challenges in next year's session, including a $10 billion deficit, soaring taxes, and a seemingly intractable environment of discord and partisan bickering.
It's into this dysfunctional world that the North Country's newest State Senator is preparing to go. Republican Patty Ritchie is leaving St. Lawrence County government today for the first time since she started work at the local DMV office almost 25 years ago.
Ritchie's been county clerk for 11 years. Her successes in that position were the foundation of a winning campaign to unseat Democratic Senator Darrel Aubertine.
David Sommerstein stopped by Ritchie's office to talk politics, issues, and what she's leaving behind. He has this profile.  Go to full article
The Republican members of the Senate represent upstate more than the Democrat members do—and I think this will bring more balance.

GOP resurgence could boost North Country clout in Albany

When New York's legislature convenes next session, Republicans will once again hold a razor-thin majority in the state Senate. That could give the North Country more influence at the capitol. All three North Country senators, Joe Griffo, Patty Ritchie, and Betty Little, are Republicans.

The stronger North Country voice comes as important decisions are being made, decisions that will have deep impact in the region: funding for healthcare and schools and the future of state facilities like prions and Sunmount.
Martha Foley spoke with Brian Mann about the coming shift in power.  Go to full article

Hoffman confirms that he'll stay in NY-23 race even if he loses GOP primary

Conservative Republican Doug Hoffman says he will continue his fight to win the 23rd district House seat, even if he loses the GOP primary later this month.

Hoffman will appear on the Conservative Party ballot line and says he's promised to continue campaigning against Republican Matt Doheny and Democrat Bill Owens.

As Brian Mann reports, the decision has infuriated many Republican leaders.

And it raises questions about the Republican Party's ability to take back a seat that had been a GOP stronghold since before the Civil War.  Go to full article
Matt Doheny (left) hoped to convince Republicans that he's a movement conservative. Doug Hoffman hopes his fame from last year's special election will carry him to victory this year.
Matt Doheny (left) hoped to convince Republicans that he's a movement conservative. Doug Hoffman hopes his fame from last year's special election will carry him to victory this year.

NY-23: In fierce debate, Hoffman and Doheny land punches

Matt Doheny and Doug Hoffman slugged it out last night in Plattsburgh, when the two Republicans met for their first debate.

They're fighting for the chance to face Democratic Representative Bill Owens in the November election.

With the primary just two weeks away, both men agreed on most of the issues.

But they spent ninety minutes questioning each other's integrity and arguing over who has the best shot to reclaim a House seat that was once a Republican stronghold.

As Brian Mann reports, more than 200 people turned out to hear what the two men had to say.  Go to full article
Matt Doheny looks on as David O'Brien Martin endorses him.
Matt Doheny looks on as David O'Brien Martin endorses him.

Doheny wins former Congressman endorsement

Republican Matt Doheny is tapping into North Country GOP tradition in his campaign for Congress. Longtime Congressman David O'Brien Martin endorsed Doheny for the 23rd district Republican primary yesterday in Watertown. And he took some shots at Doheny's competition. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
At tea party event, Doug Hoffman meets with activists Frank and Lynn McKinney (Photo: Brian Mann)
At tea party event, Doug Hoffman meets with activists Frank and Lynn McKinney (Photo: Brian Mann)

NY-23: Tea Party backs Hoffman; Republican Party backs Doheny

The North Country's strongest tea party organization, known as UNYTEA, has endorsed Conservative-Republican Doug Hoffman in the 23rd district congressional race. The announcement came yesterday at press conferences in Plattsburgh and Watertown.

A growing number of Republican leaders, meanwhile, are backing Watertown businessman Matt Doheny. Some conservatives worry that this growing rift between the Republican Party and tea party activists could benefit Democratic congressman Bill Owens in the fall.  Go to full article

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