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In the final hours of the legislative session, North Country lawmakers pushed through sales tax hikes for four counties. The the largest was a 1 percent hike in St. Lawrence County. Essex County also boosted its sales tax by a quarter...
The Environmental Protection Agency has made official what we reported earlier this morning. The agency released a final plan for cleaning up PCB-contaminated sediment Alcoa released into the Grasse River until the chemical was banned in the 1970s....
Matt Doheny is the prohibitive favorite in this week’s Republican primary. He’s run a far more aggressive, well-funded and vibrant campaign than Kellie Green. After his high-profile contests with Conservative Doug Hoffman and Democrat...
Amy Ivy and I talk today about satisfying that itch to rush the gardening season. It’s always there, as the days get longer and the snow clears. There are mornings you walk outside and smell earth and water in a mix that is unmistakeably...
Did you get a chance to take part in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count this past weekend? I admit I put it off until Monday afternoon – the last day of the count – and decided to count birds during the first part of an afternoon walk with...
News stories tagged with "st-lawrence-valley"
Jan 12, 2004 — The Aluminum Company of America is cutting more than a hundred jobs at its smelting plant in Massena. The decision announced late last week comes just after a one year reduction in power costs expires. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Jan 09, 2004 — Governor Pataki's most prominent reference to agriculture in his State of the State speech Wednesday was a commitment to expand the state's farmland preservation and conservation program. Yesterday Pataki announced $12 million in grants to protect active farmland statewide, including on two North Country farms. As David Sommerstein reports, other good news for agriculture was hidden in the details of Pataki's message. Go to full article
Jan 06, 2004 — The state health department has fined half a dozen North Country businesses for violating the smoking ban that went into effect in July, according to recently released records. Some bar owners are meeting next week to plan a strategy to fight back. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Dec 26, 2003 — Last week, the Army announced California-based housing developer, Actus Lend Lease, won a contract to build 1200 new homes around Fort Drum for the base's soldiers and their families. The construction is expected to cost more than $300 million over ten years. Decisions the company makes will affect the base itself, as well as towns in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties, where many soldier families live. The plan is a part of a massive nationwide project to privatize military housing, called the Residential Communities Initiative, or RCI. David Sommerstein spoke with John Deans, chairman of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, about the privatization plan. Deans has toured bases around the country to learn more about RCI. He says on many bases, soldiers live in aging homes. Go to full article
Dec 25, 2003 — Facing skyrocketing Medicaid and pension costs, county governments are mulling raising the sales tax to boost revenue next year. One North Country lawmaker who would have to approve the increase says he's against the idea. He says first, the state should take responsibility for causing the financial problems in the first place. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Dec 24, 2003 — This fall, county governments across the North Country faced what many called 'a perfect storm' of financial distress. Increased pension and health care costs and skyrocketing payments into New York's Medicaid system were sucking money out of county coffers. But budget cuts and property tax hikes weren't as bad as expected. As David Sommerstein reports, the real problem may be next year. Go to full article
Dec 18, 2003 — Yesterday, Colton-Pierrepont schools closed due to a large number of students reporting flu-like symptoms. According to the Watertown Daily Times, Guardino Elementary School in Clayton stayed open despite 15% of the student body being home sick. David Sommerstein got two opinions on whether closing school for a day helps stall spreading the flu. Go to full article
Dec 11, 2003 — A mild fall and early winter is leading officials on both sides of the St. Lawrence Seaway to give shippers an extra two days to transport goods in and out of the Great Lakes. As David Sommerstein reports, officials hope the extension makes up for a slight slowdown in cargo traffic from last year. Go to full article
Dec 10, 2003 — Corning Incorporated's announcement last week that it will consolidate two of its product lines in Canton is good news for the plant and the St. Lawrence County economy. But the number of new jobs to be created is already more modest than original estimates. And as David Sommerstein reports, expansion brings additional pressures. Go to full article
by Martha Foley
Dec 10, 2003 — The state Senate hopes to fill the gaps in rural cell phone service. Sen. Jim Wright of Watertown chairs the Senate Committee on Energy and Telecommunications and presided over testimony this week from consumer advocates and industry representatives. He spoke with Martha Foley. Go to full article