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North Country lawmaker ?shocked? after Spitzer?s apology

Governor Eliot Spitzer was scheduled to meet this morning with local government leaders from the North Country. The session was canceled following disclosures that the Governor was a client in a high-priced prostitution ring. North Country state Senator Betty Little, a Republican, called the news "shocking."  Go to full article

UPDATE: Aubertine calls on Spitzer to resign

The New York Times is reporting that Governor Eliot Spitzer's top aides expect that he will resign in the wake of a prostitution scandal. Lieutenant Governor David Patterson is said to be preparing for the transition. Democratic State Senator Darrel Aubertine is calling for Spitzer to step down. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Gov. Eliot Spitzer. (NCPR archive photo)
Gov. Eliot Spitzer. (NCPR archive photo)

New York Times reports Spitzer implicated in prostitution ring

Gov. Eliot Spitzer apologized to his famiily and the public today, but did not explain or take questions about a report of his involvement with a prostitution ring. Reading a statement, the governor said: "I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family and violates my, or any, sense of right and wrong. I apologize first and most importantly to my family. I apologize to the public, whom I promised better."

The once-popular Governor has experienced a turbulent and sometimes controversial first year in office, but had been riding high following the Democratic Party's upset win in the 48th Senate District special election.  Go to full article

Nursing homes & home health services face budget cuts

The Spitzer administration is proposing a major boost to state funding for doctors in under-served areas. That could help the North Country attract more physicians. But critics say the Governor's spending plan also strips millions of dollars from nursing homes and home healthcare programs that are already struggling. As Brian Mann reports, local leaders say the budget could mean some facilities closing their doors.  Go to full article

Ethics panel meets

The New York State Ethics Commission met Friday, and discussed several on-going cases, including an investigation of a former business partner of Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. But the panel made no mention of a continuing probe of top aides to Governor Eliot Spitzer. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Spitzer on the road to sell tax cap idea

The governor quickly hit the road to begin selling the idea of capping school property taxes. Bud Lowell reports on one stop that brought the media crowding into a suburban Rochester couple's living room.  Go to full article

Wyeth plant sold, 800 North Country jobs saved

The North Country scored a major economic victory on Tuesday, as Governor Eliot Spitzer unveiled a plan to save the pharmaceutical plant in Rouses Point. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals announced two years ago that the facility would close no later than 2009. But with the help of a three million dollar taxpayer subsidy, a new company stepped in. As Brian Mann reports, Akrimax Pharmaceuticals plans to maintain more than 800 high-paying jobs.  Go to full article

Spitzer surprises farm leaders, promises money

Governor Eliot Spitzer made scant reference to agriculture in his State of the State message Wednesday. He says he's saving farm issues for his State of Upstate speech next week. But he tipped his hand yesterday, with a surprise visit to New York's annual agricultural conference in Syracuse. David Sommerstein was there and has this report.  Go to full article
Spitzer says property tax cap is a "blunt instrument" but may be necessary (File photo)
Spitzer says property tax cap is a "blunt instrument" but may be necessary (File photo)

Property tax cap would reshape North Country economy

One of the most anticipated parts of Governor Spitzer's State of the State address was his proposal to confront spiraling property taxes. Spitzer established a new bi-partisan commission that will search for answers to the problem, possibly including a cap on property tax hikes. But here in the North Country, property taxes fuel everything from local highway departments to senior health care and after-school sports. They also fund a huge percentage of high-paying jobs. As Brian Mann reports, a cap on property taxes would shift the foundation of the North Country's economy.  Go to full article

Spitzer to strike conciliatory tone in speech

Governor Eliot Spitzer is due to deliver his state of the state message on Wednesday. The governor, who had a turbulent first year in office, has given signs that he hopes to make a new start in 2008.  Go to full article

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