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A homecoming ceremony at Fort Drum. NCPR file photo
A homecoming ceremony at Fort Drum. NCPR file photo

Sequester may mean more cutbacks at Fort Drum

Fort Drum may be facing personnel cutbacks as a result of the federal budget reductions known as sequestration. The post submitted recommendations to the Department of the Army about how it would want to make the cuts, if needed.  Go to full article
NY Congressman Bill Owens at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Fort Drum's Warrior Transition Battalion Complex in May 2012. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/armymedicine/">Army Medicine</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
NY Congressman Bill Owens at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Fort Drum's Warrior Transition Battalion Complex in May 2012. Photo: Army Medicine, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Owens: Sequester cuts could directly affect Drum soldiers

Furloughs for civilian workers begin this week at Fort Drum, as part of the congressional budget cuts known as sequestration.

North Country congressman Bill Owens, who sits on the defense appropriations subcommittee, says the automatic budget reductions could directly affect men and women in uniform as well.  Go to full article
Border patrol vehicles await the bus in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein
Border patrol vehicles await the bus in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein

Sequester means fewer agents along Canadian border

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.
St. Regis Mohawk tribal government building in Akwesasne. Photo: David Sommerstein.

How the sequester could affect Mohawk health care

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)
Federal prison officials have packed more beds into wards at correctional facilities to house rising inmate populations. Photo: US BOP via GAO)

Will sequester make Federal prisons less safe?

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
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens.
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens.

Owens: most people will feel pain of sequester

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

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