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North Country lawmakers propose sale of NY parks and recreation land

A pair of North Country Assemblymembers say one way to cut the state budget -- and generate new revenue -- would be to sell off dozens of campgrounds, golf courses, and marinas run by New York state. Those recreation facilities now face a backlog of repairs and improvements with a price tag of hundreds of millions of dollars. The lawmakers say some state-owned sites no longer serve a public service and are competing with private businesses. But state Parks officials say campgrounds and other facilities are a valuable asset and actually deserve more taxpayer investment. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Moratorium on Park land purchases would affect Finch, Pruyn deal

We first reported yesterday that state Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward from Willsboro is proposing that new state land purchases in the Adirondacks and the Catskills be suspended. Sayward says a court battle over property tax payments, known as the Dillenburg case, should be settled before any more land is added to the forest preserve. A judge ruled late last year that the state's system for paying taxes on public land is arbitrary and unfair and should be scrapped. The loss of those revenues would destroy local governments in the Adirondacks. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has appealed the Dillenburg ruling. But in a public letter, Sayward urged Governor Spitzer and DEC Commissioner Peter Grannis to "place a moratorium on any further land purchases...until the issue is resolved in the courts." Sayward's proposal comes at a time when the Adirondack Nature Conservancy is hoping that the state will purchase big chunks of land and conservation easements on the former Finch, Pruyn lands. Mike Carr is the Nature Conservancy's executive director. The Nature Conservancy borrowed more than $100 million to finance the Finch, Pruyn deal, which covers roughly 161,000 acres in the Adirondacks. In an interview with Brian Mann, held before Assemblywoman Sayward proposed the moratorium, Carr said parts of the property could be sold to the state as early as next spring. But Carr acknowledged that the Dillenburg case had raised new questions.  Go to full article

Cell phone summit in Saranac Lake

North Country lawmakers will hold a public session on cell phone coverage this morning in Saranac Lake. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Hamilton County bucks Democratic tide

Hamilton County, in the central Adirondacks, voted a straight Republican ticket last Tuesday. It was one of only two counties in the state to do so. The other was rural Wyoming County, south of Rochester. The rest of New York -- and even much of the North Country -- voted staunchly Democratic. As Brian Mann reports, even many Republicans in this very conservative part of the state say their party has to expand its appeal.  Go to full article
National Grid defends storm response
National Grid defends storm response

National Grid Defends Response To "Devastating" Storm

Because the power outage lasted more than three days, National Grid will have to file a report with the state Public Service Commission. David Flanagan, a spokesman for the regulatory agency, told the Associated Press, "We will look at the company's response and the restoration." National Grid officials say they have done their best to deal with the aftermath of a devastating and unpredictable storm. More than 300 utility polls were snapped by the wind or by falling trees. Brian Mann spoke with Steve Brady, corporate communications manager for National Grid, based in Buffalo.  Go to full article

Nat'l. Grid Criticized For Storm Response

State and local officials are taking issue with National Grid's response to a wind storm Friday that left hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers without electricity. About 11,00 customers were still in the dark this morning. State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward has filed a complaint with the state Public Service Commission over what she calls National Grid's inadequate service and communication. Sayward represents Warren, Essex and Hamilton counties and part of Saratoga County. Sayward says crews didn't begin working to restore power in parts the district until two days after the storm. The Red Cross set up four shelters this weekend. Two were still open yesterday afternoon, one in Glens Falls and another in Johnsburg. About 300 people have used the shelters. That includes people who just grabbed a cup of coffee and people who stayed the night. Gregory Warner checked in with Chief Steve Studnicki of Johnsburg Fire Department yesterday afternoon. He said most people seemed to be coping on their own.  Go to full article

Sayward Says Gas Tax Repeal Easy

Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward is asking Governor Pataki to call an emergency session of the state legislature to remove the state's gas tax for the rest of the year.  Go to full article

Ortloff Leads In 114th, Sayward Dominates in 113th

A bitter race for the 114th assembly district ended with harsh words last night from both candidates. Incumbent Republican Chris Ortloff declared victory and slammed the state Democratic Party for working to unseat him. But Challenger Bernie Bassett refused to concede defeat until absentee ballots are tallied. Brian Mann reports.

113th District Update: As expected the assembly race in the 113th assembly district was a blow-out. Incumbent Republican Teresa Sayward defeated Democrat Dennis Tarantino by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, 113th district
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, 113th district

North Country Republican Praises Democrats For Reform Effort

In the past, reform in Albany has been stifled by deep divisions between Republicans and Democrats. North country assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, now in her first term, says things are so broken that she'll support a bipartisan effort to bring deep changes to state government. Sayward, the former Willsboro supervisor who represents the 113th district, spoke yesterday with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Ortloff/Sayward Propose Emergency Relief Package for Medicaid

While the state Senate was laying out a proposal to ease Medicaid problems long-term, their Republican colleagues in the state Assembly were announcing short-term fixes. North Country Assemblyman Chris Ortloff and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward yesterday proposed a $200 million emergency relief package for Upstate counties. Individual counties would be reimbursed for some of their Medicaid costs, from $78,000 in Hamilton County to $2.5 million in Saratoga County. Sayward says the money would help local governments.  Go to full article

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