Good (late) morning! Today at ncpr.org, all about Sen. Charles Schumer’s visit to Massena yesterday, wherein the senator urged the Environmental Protection Agency to approve a final cost for Alcoa’s cleanup of the Grasse River. The EPA...
Update, 2/28/13: Watertown reporter Joanna Richards reported on this question for today’s NCPR news, with a particular focus on Fort Drum. Find that story here.
Federal sequestration is seeming more and more likely as we approach the March 1...
Washington, DC, Mar 12, 2013 — The union representing border patrol agents says it's being unfairly targeted for spending cuts under the sequester, and that there will be less of a law enforcement presence along the North Country's border with Canada. Go to full article
St. Regis Mohawk tribal government building in Akwesasne. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Hogansburg, NY, Mar 11, 2013 — The effects of across the board federal spending cuts - known as the sequester - are still being sorted out. Mohawks in Akwesasne are bracing for cuts to health care and law enforcement. Go to full article
Federal prison officials have packed more beds into wards at correctional facilities to house rising inmate populations. Photo: US BOP via GAO)
Ray Brook, NY, Mar 01, 2013 — The sequester is upon us and Federal workers at facilities are bracing for across-the-board cuts that begin phasing in tomorrow. Tensions are particularly high in the country's Federal prison system.
Two different congressional reports released in the last year found that inmate overcrowding at Federal prisons like the one in Ray Brook, near Saranac Lake, has already made it difficult for guards to maintain safety behind bars.
Attorney General Eric Holder says furloughing more corrections officers could make safety problems even worse. Go to full article
Washington, DC, Mar 01, 2013 — North Country Congressman Bill Owens says the impact of cuts at the federal prison in Ray Brook is on his mind. He says officials there will have some discretion as far as where to cut. "I'm counting on management in those circumstances," says Owens, "to make sure that they do their furloughing in such a way that they do manage this for the safety of the officers and obviously the prisoners."
Owens held a telephone press conference yesterday afternoon to discuss the impacts of the across-the-board federal cuts known as the sequester. The Democrat says the standoff in Washington may only change if the public feels some pain. Go to full article