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Community leaders meeting in Chateaugay to orchestrate fight to save the state correctional facility. Photo: Brian Mann
Community leaders meeting in Chateaugay to orchestrate fight to save the state correctional facility. Photo: Brian Mann

How prisons became the North Country's normal

This year, North Country Public Radio has been looking in-depth at New York's Rockefeller drug laws and how those laws reshaped our state over the last forty years.

This week, the series will focus on the North Country, which is home to more than a dozen state and federal prisons.

Corrections work has grown into one of the region's biggest and most controversial industries, providing thousands of high paying jobs, and anchoring the economies in towns from Malone to Moriah.

As part of our Prison Time Media Project, Brian Mann has a special report on how the North Country became a magnet for new prisons and how the industry is facing new scrutiny.  Go to full article
Late State Sen. Ron Stafford
Late State Sen. Ron Stafford

Gone but not forgotten: politicians keep cash, influence

A report published by the Albany Times Union has found some surprising pockets of political money floating around the North Country. One of the biggest campaign war chests is that of the late state senator Ron Stafford. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Pataki Remembers Stafford

In past state of the state addresses, Governor Pataki made direct references to future North Country projects. This year, he remembered state senator Ron Stafford, from Plattsburgh, who died last June. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article
Sen. Ronald Stafford
Sen. Ronald Stafford

Stafford Remembered As Statesman and Neighbor

Hundreds of dignitaries, family and friends gathered yesterday at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh to remember Senator Ron Stafford. Sen. Stafford passed away last Friday at the age of 69. He served more than half his life in the New York State Senate. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Brooke Stafford Remembers a Father and a Politician

Senator Ron Stafford passed away last week at the age of sixty-nine. He dominated north country politics for nearly four decades. But he was also afamiliar figure to many in the region, deeply connected with the lives of his constituents. At yesterday's funeral ceremony at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh, his daughter Brooke offered this personal remembrance.  Go to full article

Senator Ron Stafford, Legendary North Country Lawmaker, Dead at 69

One of the north country's most powerful statesmen passed away on Friday. Senator Ron Stafford was first elected to the state senate in 1965. He died of lung cancer at his Plattsburgh home. Brian Mann has details.

Calling hours for Senator Stafford will be held Monday from noon until 8 p.m. at St. Peter's church on Cornelia Street in Plattsburgh. The funeral will be held at St. Peter's, Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.  Go to full article

Stafford's Enduring Legacy: A Conversation With Bob Grady

In 2002, when Sen. Stafford announced his retirement, Martha Foley spoke with Bob Grady, managing editor of the Plattsburgh Press Republican. They talked about Sen. Stafford's incredible rise and his long career as one of the most powerful leaders in New York's Republican Party.  Go to full article

Stafford Battles Lung Cancer

Former state senator Ronald Stafford is once again fighting lung cancer. The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting that Stafford made the announcement over the weekend at an American Cancer Society event. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Stafford to Serve As SUNY Trustee

Governor Pataki has named former state senator Ronald Stafford to help govern New York's public universities. When confirmed by the senate, Stafford will serve on the SUNY board of trustees. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Senator Stafford: In Retirement, A Force To Be Reckoned With

Republican Senator Ron Stafford announced this spring that he'll step aside after nearly four decades in office. But documents filed this month with New York's Board of Elections, show that Senator Stafford's campaign war chest continues to grow. As Brian Mann reports, that money will help give the Senator political clout, long after his retirement.  Go to full article

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