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McHugh sounds off on new border rules

New rules took effect yesterday at the international border with Canada. Motorists entering the United States now must provide proof of citizenship, like an original birth certificate, in addition to a drivers license. Lawmakers from across the northern border region, including Senators Clinton, Schumer, and Leahy and Congressman John McHugh, have written letters to Department of Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff. They asked Chertoff to put off the new rules until June 2009, a date Congress voted for implementation of a passport requirement at the border. McHugh told David Sommerstein Thursday he's not happy at all.  Go to full article

Analysis: new tone, old troubles for Spitzer?

There's a preliminary budget meeting set today between representatives of the executive branch, the legislature and state comptroller. They're to discuss revenue and spending estimates for the coming fiscal year. But there's not much else on the schedule. Months of rancor between Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Republican leadership were compounded by opposition to Spitzer's adamant announcement of a plan to issue driver's licenses to people who are in the country illegally. This past weekend, the governor appeared to soften his tone. Martha Foley talked with Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt.  Go to full article

DHS may withdraw passport requirement

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security may be backing down from a requirement that travelers show a passport when entering the U.S. at the northern border. That's what Senator Charles Schumer told a group of about 20 business and civic leaders during an economic development roundtable in Lake Placid on Friday. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
Sheriff David Favro and NY Homeland Security chief Michael Balboni in Plattsburgh
Sheriff David Favro and NY Homeland Security chief Michael Balboni in Plattsburgh

Region plans tighter border security

Just days after a scathing Federal report found big gaps in security along the US-Canada border, a coalition of New York state, Quebec Provincial, and local officials from the North Country say they plan to step up their efforts to stop illegal traffic. New York State Homeland Security Secretary Michael Balboni held a meeting yesterday in Plattsburg. As Brian Mann reports, they say better communication is the first step.  Go to full article

Border guard in TB scandal steps down

Federal officials say a border officer who waved a man with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis through the Champlain crossing north of Plattsburgh has "retired." As Brian Mann reports, the officer had been widely criticized by the media and by officials within the Department of Homeland Security.  Go to full article
Congressman John McHugh (R-Pierrepont Manor)
Congressman John McHugh (R-Pierrepont Manor)

McHugh, Johnson spar on foreign policy

Congressman John McHugh and Democratic challenger Robert Johnson sparred often in a debate at Massena town hall last night. The candidates for the 23rd district disagreed on health care funding, stem cell research, and the Bush Administration tax cuts. But as David Sommerstein reports, the biggest differences were over the war in Iraq and other foreign policy.  Go to full article

US Proposes Border Card, like EZ Pass

The Department of Homeland Security sparked controversy earlier this year with a proposal to require passports or similar documents at the US Canadian border. Critics say it would hamper tourism and slow border traffic. The Bush administration has been working on a compromise. It offered a plan last week. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article

"Minutemen" to Patrol Canadian Border

Civilian border patrols have generated fierce debate in the Southwest. Now they're planning to come north. The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps had a recruitment meeting in Long Island last weekend. They're making a massive push to find volunteers to patrol sections of the border with Canada and Mexico throughout the month of October. They say they have volunteers in Canada as well. But as Gregory Warner reports, local law enforcement are uneasy.  Go to full article
Andrew Vitek, with bandanna.
Andrew Vitek, with bandanna.

Bandanna Ban Lesson in Free Speech

Earlier this month, students at Potsdam High School staged an act of civil disobedience. They were protesting the new principal's ban on bandanas and headbands. She said they could be used as gang related symbols. Commentator Andrew Vitek is a student at the school and participated in the demonstration. He says now, more than ever, you have to stand up for what you believe in.

Principal Holly Ledger declined to give her version of the bandanna policy. She said it's not an issue. Potsdam High School has announced Ledger has taken an unexpected leave of absence for personnel reasons.  Go to full article

SUNY Canton Seeks Homeland Security Center

SUNY Canton is making a bid to house an emergency response training center for terrorist or natural disasters. As David Sommerstein reports, the initiative is a part of a statewide effort to attract federal homeland security dollars.  Go to full article

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