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Senate Republicans Crack Down on Auto Insurance Fraud

Senate Republicans passed a one-house bill to crack down on auto insurance fraud in New York, and urged Assembly colleagues to follow suit. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

Medicaid Costs Driving State Budget Problems

There's a growing nervousness over what Governor Pataki may propose in his budget plan next week. In anticipation of possible cut backs, hospitals across new York made clear Tuesday that any further declines instate aid could be harmful to patients. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Senator Little Faces Budget Challenges, Sets Agenda

State Senator Betty Little, who represents the 45th district, took the oath of office just six days ago. She's busy opening new offices in Glens Falls, Plattsburgh, and Albany. And she's already been named to chair the Senate Local Government Committee. Last week, Senator Little spoke at the annual meeting of the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation. As Brian Mann reports, she outlined an agenda for her first term.  Go to full article

Good Government Groups Want Greater Scrutiny of Lobbyists

Good government groups say the circumstances of a Bronx Assemblywoman's conviction on bribery charges reveal a need for greater scrutiny of lobbyists at the state capitol. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

State Senate Leader Warns Budget Problems Could Get Worse

New York's Senate Majority Leader says the combined projected state budget deficit of $12 billion dollars could be even bigger. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
Senator-elect Betty Little
Senator-elect Betty Little

45th Senate District: After 37 Years, A New Voice

Glens Falls Republican Betty Little cruised to a senate seat, in the newly drafted 45th district. Little defeated Malone Democrat Boyce Sherwin and will now replace Plattsburgh veteran Ron Stafford. As Brian Mann reports, Little expects to be a dominant force in North Country politics.  Go to full article

45th District Senate Race: Democrat Struggling To Compete

On November 5th, voters will choose a new state Senator to replace 37-year veteran Ron Stafford. Stafford announced his retirement this spring, but the race for his seat hasn't generated much excitement. A much-anticipated Republican primary never materialized. Now, Republican Assemblywoman Betty Little is facing Boyce Sherwin, an under-funded Democrat from Malone. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

U.S. Senate Approves Prescription Drug Bill

The U.S. Senate has passed Senator Charles Schumer's legislation to make the access to prescription drugs easier. But the plan still hasn't been acted upon by the Republican-controlled House and faces opposition from the White House. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

NY Senate Asked to Ban Smoking in Restaurants

Anti-smoking groups are demanding that Senate Republicans pass a bill to ban smoking in New York's restaurants before they adjourn for the summer. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Senate Debates Smoking Ban

A bill to ban smoking in restaurants is one of several issues remaining in the legislative session. One of the sponsors says he's confident the bill will become law before the legislature adjourns for the summer. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

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