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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
Mayor Clyde Rabideau (Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy of Adirondack Daily Enterprise)
Mayor Clyde Rabideau (Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy of Adirondack Daily Enterprise)

Profile: Saranac Lake's Mayor Rabideau sparks with ideas and controversy

Clyde Rabideau has emerged as one of the North Country's most enduring, colorful and sometimes controversial politicians. Rabideau was mayor of Plattsburgh for a decade in the 1990s and ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 1998.

Sixteen months ago, the Democrat was elected mayor of Saranac Lake, the largest community in the Adirondack Park. His latest adventure in politics has been marked by some big successes, including a public campaign to convince the Trudeau Institute to keep its laboratories in Saranac Lake.

But he has also clashed publicly and fiercely with other leaders in the North Country and his brash style is sparking criticism. Brian Mann sat down to talk in-depth with Rabideau and has our profile.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro)
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro)

Sayward: "shut government down for a day or two" to restart Albany talks

Albany is reacting this week to the news that state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is officially a candidate for governor. But the current governor, David Paterson, still has seven months in office.

With the state facing a $9-billion budget deficit, and the legislature bottle-necked on a new spending plan, it's unclear what will happen next. Brian Mann checked in with Teresa Sayward, a Republican Assemblywoman from Willsboro.  Go to full article

Sayward convenes Adirondack "caucus"

Republican Teresa Sayward, the New York State Assemblywoman from Willsboro, on Lake Champlain, hopes a new coalition will begin to come together at a meeting tonight in Chestertown. She's invited local leaders, other state representatives, interest groups and the public to form a broad-based, bi-partisan group that will focus on the needs and issues of the Adirondacks. Martha Foley has more.

Tonight's forum begins at 7 pm in the Town of Chester Municipal Center Auditorium, on Route 9 in Chestertown.  Go to full article

Sayward, Adirondack Lawmakers Pushing for ?Adirondack Empire Zone?

A newly-formed coalition of state lawmakers representing the Adirondacks hopes to chart a new agenda for the Park in Albany.

Last week, Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward from Willsboro convened the Adirondack Legislators' Caucus for the first time. The goal is to create an economic development zone for the Park and to change the way Park Agency commissioners are chosen. Chris Morris has details.  Go to full article
Modified network tied arch bridge design. Source: NYSDOT
Modified network tied arch bridge design. Source: NYSDOT

North Country leaders choose new Crown Point bridge concept

An advisory committee has recommended a last-minute design as the replacement for the closed Lake Champlain Bridge, set to be demolished in the coming weeks. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro)
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro)

Assemblywoman Sayward: conservative Republican, unlikely gay rights activist

This week, New York's state Senate rejected a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The North Country's three Senators, Darrel Aubertine, Betty Little and Joe Griffo all voted against the bill. The vote was a blow to gay rights activists. One of the most unlikely advocates for same-sex marriage is Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. Sayward is a former dairy farmer who lives in Willsboro. She describes herself as a Roman Catholic and a conservative Republican. But after wrestling with homosexuality in her own family, Sayward has become a national spokeswoman for what she views as marriage equality. She has traveled to Florida and New Jersey to campaign for gay rights. Sayward spoke in depth with Brian Mann about her personal and political journey - and about this week's vote.  Go to full article
Workers repair the cement supports of the Crown Point bridge (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Workers repair the cement supports of the Crown Point bridge (Photo: Brian Mann)

Lake Champlain bridge in worse shape than believed, fix could take years

One of the most important land crossings between Northern New York and Vermont is in worse shape than once believed. According to transportation officials from New York, some of the most important steel girders and cement pilings that support the Crown Point bridge are deteriorating rapidly. The route is used by more than 3,000 vehicles every day. About half of those cars and trucks are driven by people going to work. The bridge is also an important route for tourists. As Brian Mann reports, state and Federal agencies say replacing or permanently repairing the bridge could take half a decade.  Go to full article
The Farm Bill focuses on workers like these in the Champlain Valley (Brian Mann)
The Farm Bill focuses on workers like these in the Champlain Valley (Brian Mann)

NY farm worker bill stirs debate, controversy

One of the bills tangled up in the NY Senate meltdown is a controversial measure that would give far more legal rights to New York farm workers. Senator Pedro Espada has been pushing the bill, which would allow farm laborers to unionize more easily. It would also guarantee workers at least one day of rest each week and provide for overtime pay. The bill has strong backing from a variety of labor, immigrant and religious groups, including New York's State Catholic Conference.

But the Farm Bureau and most of the North Country's Albany delegation opposes the bill. In a statement released this week, Democratic state Senator Darrel Aubertine said the bill would force many farms to close down. "I thought we had put this bill behind us for this session," Aubertine wrote, "but now Senator Espada has listed it among his priorities."

We checked in with another lawmaker who opposes the bill. Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward is a Republican and a former dairy farmer from Willsboro. Sayward told Brian Mann that Federal agriculture laws already provide farm workers with enough protections. She called the rules in this proposed law unrealistic.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro)
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro)

Assemblywoman Sayward: Tax cap won't hurt region's economy

Questions about the impact of property tax reform on the North Country's economy are complicated and controversial. Republican Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, from Willsboro, is a strong supporter of the tax cap. She has also introduced a bill that would tie property taxes to personal incomes, the so-called "circuit breaker" rule. Sayward spoke with Brian Mann about the impact on jobs, schools and local governments in her district.  Go to full article

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