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The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2003 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2003 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.

Rooftop highway study details still foggy

Tuesday, Governor Cuomo made yet another mention of Route 98, aka the rooftop highway between Watertown and Plattsburgh. But he didn't clear up confusion about what he means.  Go to full article
Elected officials and Alcoa leaders break ground at the Massena East plant last July. Photo: Julie Grant
Elected officials and Alcoa leaders break ground at the Massena East plant last July. Photo: Julie Grant

Alcoa, Cuomo cite "good first steps" on cutbacks in Massena

Governor Cuomo's top aides say they had "a positive conversation" in New York City yesterday with officials from Alcoa. But they repeated warnings that the aluminum giant has to honor its contract with the state.

The emergency meeting came the day after the aluminum giant announced it will close the two remaining pot lines at its East plant in Massena by the spring. Alcoa is trying to streamline in the wake of poor earnings reports and a weak aluminum market. More than 300 jobs are at stake.

David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Alcoa's Massena East smelter plant
Alcoa's Massena East smelter plant

Alcoa to close two more pot lines in Massena

Alcoa announced Wednesday it will close the last two pot lines at its Massena East plants by the spring. The news comes after the aluminum giant closed another pot line last summer. And as David Sommerstein reports, it leaves Alcoa's future plans unclear.  Go to full article
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2003 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2003 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.

Cuomo's savvy "rooftop highway" reference

Last week in his State of the State message, Governor Andrew Cuomo surprised pretty much everyone when he made specific reference to Interstate 98 - the name used these days to talk about a "rooftop highway" between Watertown and Plattsburgh.

Here's all 16 seconds of what Cuomo said: "In the North Country, the proposed route 98 could reduce travel times and speed up commerce. Let's see if we can make it a reality. We've been talking about it for years. Let's get DOT to undertake a study and see if we can make this project happen."

North Country officials--almost all of them supporters of the rooftop highway idea--cheered Cuomo's remarks.

But interestingly, so did opponents of the Interstate.  Go to full article
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2003 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.
The general sketch of a "rooftop highway" as envisioned in a 2003 report for the Development Authority of the North Country.

Did Cuomo support the 'rooftop highway'?

Update, 1/10/14: We have received confirmation from Gov. Cuomo's office: The North Country transportation study in in the State of the State address is for a Canton-Potsdam bypass - NOT a I-98 Interstate / rooftop highway.

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In his State of the State message Wednesday, Governor Cuomo spent an unexpected 16 seconds seemingly stumping for a North Country transportation upgrade that's been talked about for half a century.

Cuomo said this about the so-called 'rooftop highway' between Watertown and Plattsburgh - more recently known as 'I-98': "In the North Country, the proposed route 98 could reduce travel times and speed up commerce,"Cuomo said. "Let's see if we can make it a reality. We've been talking about it for years. Let's get DOT to undertake a study and see if we can make this project happen."

But language in the detailed report for the Governor's agenda suggests a more modest picture. As David Sommerstein reports, the study may actually be about a bypass for the Canton-Potsdam area.  Go to full article
The St. Lawrence County Courthouse's grand staircase. Photo: Mark Kurtz
The St. Lawrence County Courthouse's grand staircase. Photo: Mark Kurtz

In pictures, the history of the St. Lawrence County Courthouse

The county courthouse is the hub of a county's government, but most of us only visit for the county clerk, DMV, or (if we're unlucky) a trip to court or the county jail.

Most of the county courthouses in New York were built in the 1800s, with updates and even rebuilds since then. Some courthouse buildings are mundane, others - like St. Lawrence County's, in Canton - are magnificent.  Go to full article
The former General Motors site in Massena. Photo: RACER Trust
The former General Motors site in Massena. Photo: RACER Trust

Massena's former GM site in limbo until cleanup completed

The federal trust in charge of redeveloping General Motors' property in Massena says its clean-up is on schedule. The land by the St. Lawrence River is a Superfund site because GM dumped tons of cancer-causing PCB oil there for decades. As David Sommerstein reports, it's not easy to sell real estate that's still contaminated.  Go to full article
State trooper Bob Smith went door to door to check on residents possibly without power. Photo: David Sommerstein
State trooper Bob Smith went door to door to check on residents possibly without power. Photo: David Sommerstein

Facing ice & cold, first responders go door-to-door

Some 2,000 utility workers from across the Northeast struggled to restore electricity in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties yesterday - even as ice-coated tree limbs kept pulling down power lines.

In St. Lawrence County, officials set up shelters in Gouverneur, Edwards, Colton, and Harrisville as residents braced for last night's sub-zero temperatures.

National Guard troops and state police went door-to-door to check on residents in the hardest hit parts of the county. David Sommerstein went along and has this report.  Go to full article
National Grid using my backyard as a fix it shop. Photo: David Sommerstein.
National Grid using my backyard as a fix it shop. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Power crews were prepared for an Ice Storm '98 repeat

While many remain without power, and some people have sought shelters, this storm wasn't as devastating as the Ice Storm of 1998. But residents - and the power companies - were preparing as if it could have been.  Go to full article
Checking out at the Canton Price Chopper. Photo: Nora Flaherty
Checking out at the Canton Price Chopper. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Where your money goes when you give at the store

The holidays are a very big time for charitable giving, and that means when you're out shopping, you may be called upon to donate at the register. But if you're feeling charitable and you make that donation, where exactly does the money go - and just how local is "local?" Not surprisingly, it depends on where you drop your coins.

Price Chopper and Stewart's Shops are two major chains in our area that do holiday charitable drives, and they offer very different takes on how your local donation stays local.  Go to full article

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