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I believe if we continue doing what we're doing, the state goes down the road to ruin.

Austere budget proposes deep cuts to schools, Medicaid

Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered the painful news he has been promising yesterday. He released an austere state budget that leaves no aspect of state government untouched. There are deep cuts to schools, health care, the prison and university systems, and the potential for almost 10,000 state worker layoffs. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany and David Sommerstein has reaction from North Country lawmakers.  Go to full article
NYS Senator Patty Ritchie (R)
NYS Senator Patty Ritchie (R)

Ritchie praises State of the State Address

Cuomo's speech drew praise from North Country Republicans. Freshman Republican Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush of Jefferson County said Cuomo's tax cutting message was "on point."

New State Senator Patty Ritchie, also a Republican, gave the speech high marks.  Go to full article

Ritchie rides momentum in tight race with Aubertine

The 48th Senate district race between incumbent Democrat Darrel Aubertine and Republican Patty Ritchie is one of a handful in New York that will determine who controls the State Senate. A new poll shows the race remains locked in a near dead-heat. Ritchie goes into the final day of campaigning riding the momentum of two key endorsements. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Darrel Aubertine makes his case at a senior health fair he sponsored in Fulton.
Darrel Aubertine makes his case at a senior health fair he sponsored in Fulton.

Aubertine leans on experience, rural roots

The 48th State Senate district is shaping up to be one of the most closely watched races in New York State on Election Day. Republican Patty Ritchie's effort to unseat Democratic Senator Darrel Aubertine could tip the balance of power in the Senate back to the GOP.

State campaign committees of both parties have spent more than a million dollars in the 48th just since October 1st. Most of that money went to TV ads.
Darrel Aubertine is seeking his second full term in the Senate after several years in the Assembly. He's the legislature's only farmer. And he's running as a bipartisan lawmaker who lives rural issues and knows how to get things done. David Sommerstein has this profile.  Go to full article

Ritchie announces state senate bid

Patty Ritchie says she's running to unseat Darrel Aubertine. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

County clerks proclaim victory over license plate fee

A protest led by a North Country official turned into a celebration yesterday in Albany. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

118th Assembly: A Likely Democratic Victory

The Democratic controlled Assembly in Albany created two new districts this year in the western part of the North Country, the 118th and 122nd Assembly districts. They stitched Democratic pockets in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties into one of the districts, hoping to send a North Country Democrat to Albany for the first time in almost 30 years. David Sommerstein reports it appears they were successful.  Go to full article

118th Assembly: A Wider Debate in the River District?

With under three weeks to Election Day, the 118th Assembly, or "river," district race looks to be among the closest in the North Country. Democrat Darryl Aubertine, a dairy farmer and former Jefferson County legislator, faces Republican St. Lawrence County Clerk Patricia Ritchie. If he wins, Aubertine will be the first North Country Democrat in Albany in almost 30 years. Meanwhile, a third candidate is trying to widen the debate beyond the two major parties. David Sommerstein reports on Tuesday night's candidate forum in Watertown.  Go to full article

118th GOP Primary: A Secret Poll

A leaked poll and secret meetings in Albany have shaken up what seemed like a tranquil Republican primary race in the 118th Assembly district. Two candidates from Jefferson County--Scott Gray and David Renzi, and one from St. Lawrence County--Patricia Ritchie--are vying for the chance to run against Democrat Darryl Aubertine in November. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

118th GOP Primary

The new 118th Assembly district is known as the "river district", because it runs from Watertown in the south, along eastern Lake Ontario to the Thousand Islands, then along the St. Lawrence River to Massena. Most agree it was created to help Democrats, specifically former Jefferson County legislature chair Darryl Aubertine, win the seat. Three Republicans are running for the GOP bid. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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