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Pataki, Mohawks Sign Land Claim Deal

Governor Pataki and the Akwesasne Mohawks yesterday formally signed an agreement to settle the 23 year-old Mohawk land claim in St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence County's aging jail
St. Lawrence County's aging jail

Counties Bear Burden of Incarceration

The population in New York's county jails is rising fast, by almost 25% in the last five years. It comes at a time when state officials are pressuring counties to close aging facilities. The result is an explosion in new jail construction. In the North Country, the price tag will well exceed a hundred millions dollars. Warren and Washington counties have opened new jails in the past two years. St. Lawrence, Essex, Herkimer, and Clinton counties are in the planning stages. As David Sommerstein reports, the costs of building the new facilities and housing inmates will fall on local taxpayers.  Go to full article

St. Hillaire Honored for Economic Development Work

The Executive Director of St. Lawrence County's Chamber of Commerce is receiving statewide recognition for her economic development efforts in the North Country. The Chamber Alliance of New York State gave Karen St. Hillaire this year's Excellence in Leadership Award at a ceremony last week in Albany. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

An Old Jail Outlives Its Usefulness

The North Country is home to New York's three oldest county jails - in Hamilton, Essex, and St. Lawrence, in that order. Washington and Warren counties recently built new ones. Clinton County is expanding its 15 year-old facility. County jails have to do more than ever before. They handle all kinds of inmates. They have to follow a blizzard of state mandates. And they cost upwards of $40 million to build. But the state constitution says each of New York's 62 counties has to have one. In the first part of a series on North Country jails, David Sommerstein gets a tour of St. Lawrence County's jail, which is likely to be replaced soon.  Go to full article

Coalition Developing Homeless Safety Net

A shortage of affordable housing is also pinching people outside the Adirondack Park. An influx of 5000 new soldiers to Fort Drum near Watertown has caused a real estate boom in Jefferson, Lewis, and western St. Lawrence Counties. As David Sommerstein reports, a new coalition wants to help low-income people struggling to find a place to live.  Go to full article

Biodiesel Plant Shapes Up Slowly

Plans to build a biodiesel plant in St. Lawrence County are taking longer than expected. Canton College officials want to double the capacity of the factory. But they're still waiting for investors and federal legislation to make the project financially feasible. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Mohawks Proceed on Land Claim Deal

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe was awaiting word last night on a request to stay the 22-year old Mohawk land claim court case. The request comes after the traditional government in Akwesasne failed to approve a proposed settlement of the lawsuit, but it did throw its support behind two other tribal councils to pursue the deal. David Sommerstein explains.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Prepares to Build New Jail

St. Lawrence County will announce this afternoon its preferred locations for a new county jail in Canton. The existing jail is among the oldest in the state. The meeting marks the initial stages of a long process for a politically unpopular issue. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

New Life for Half of Kraft's Plant

A half-century relationship between Kraft Foods and the village of Canton is all but finished. Only a signed deed is left to finalize Kraft's sale of its cheese-making plant to Missouri-based Bristol Manufacturing. The company will manufacture and repair bulk cheese containers under the name St. Lawrence County Manufacturing and Properties. It expects to open in the spring with 10 to 15 workers. When Kraft closed last summer, it employed 65 people. David Sommerstein spoke with St. Lawrence County economic developer Raymond Fountain about the sale and its effect on the North Country dairy industry. He says the plant's new owners want another tenant.  Go to full article

Distrust Lingers Over Mohawk Vote on Land Claims Settlement

Deliberations continue in the Mohawk community over a proposed land claim deal with New York State worth tens of millions of dollars. After 22 years of negotiations and lawsuits, two tribal governments have approved the deal. But the traditional Council of Chiefs says it will take at least another two weeks to discuss the proposal. As Brian Mann reports, even Mohawks who support the settlement say deep distrust remains.  Go to full article

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