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APA process may complicate flood recovery

The National Weather Service says some parts of the North Country will see more than four inches of rain before this latest storm passes. That's pushing Lake Champlain's waters back toward record-high levels. The Ausable and Raquette rivers also surged over the weekend. Most of the region is once again under flood warnings or watches.

For homeowners, businesses and local governments, recovering from the disaster will be tough. For communities inside the Adirondack Park blue line, rebuilding could be complicated by the need for project reviews and permits from the Adirondack Park Agency. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Four dead, three injured at group home fire in Hamilton County

Four elderly residents died at a group home in Hamilton County on Saturday following an early morning fire. The blaze struck the Riverview home in the town of Wells, which is operated by New York state. Two staff members and a fifth patient were also injured. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Governor plans 1,300 job cuts in state prison system

Governor Paterson want to cut more than 1,300 jobs from the state prison system over the next year. That includes corrections officers and civilian workers. The massive downsizing plan would mothball inmate work camps and prison farms across the North Country, including Camp Gabriels north of Saranac Lake, Mount McGregor in Saratoga County, and part of Clinton Correctional in Dannemora. The Governor also wants to use parole and alternative-sentencing programs to shrink the number of inmates behind bars. Brian Mann reports has details.  Go to full article
Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent) and Will Barclay (R-Pulaski)
Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent) and Will Barclay (R-Pulaski)

Special election today; Barclay gains Independence ballot line

Polls are open in one of the most hotly contested elections in North Country history. Voters in Oswego, Jefferson, and the western half of St. Lawrence County will decide whether Democrat Darrel Aubertine or Republican Will Barclay take Jim Wright's Senate Seat. Wright stepped down last month to take a job with an energy lobbying firm. Today's results will have huge statewide implications. As David Sommerstein reports, the Barclay campaign scored a big win in court late yesterday.  Go to full article
A fight over $5.5 for North Creek's ski bowl
A fight over $5.5 for North Creek's ski bowl

ORDA, local leader feud over $5.5 million ski fund

A fight has erupted between the Olympic Regional Development Authority and one of the Adirondack Park's most influential local government leaders. At a meeting this week, ORDA's board decided to re-open the question of how to spend a $5.5 million fund. The money had been set aside for a chair lift that would connect North Creek's local ski bowl with the stat-run Gore Mountain ski area. That project has been delayed by litigation and by a review of possible environmental impacts. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reported yesterday that several ORDA officials say the money might be lost if it's not spent on other projects. According to the newspaper, other proposals for the fund include upgrades to the Gore Mountain base lodge and construction of a learning center. But Johnsburg Town Supervisor Bill Thomas, whose community includes North Creek, accused ORDA of trying to raid money that locals fought hard to win. Thomas, who also sits on the Adirondack Park Agency board, spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

State Senate Wants Retirement Benefits for Blinded North Country Guardsman

A bill passed by the state Senate yesterday would offer extra retirement pay and health coverage to a North Country prison guard. Christopher Paiser was blinded by shrapnel last year while serving in Iraq with the National Guard. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Great Sacandaga, a HRBRRD reservoir
Great Sacandaga, a HRBRRD reservoir

River Agency May Close Albany Office

The Hudson River Black River Regulating District may be forced to close its Albany office and cut staff. Regulating District officials say their office in Watertown will remain open. The state authority that controls north country dams and reservoirs faces a growing budget shortfall. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

State to Return Mohawk Wampum Belt

The State Museum in Albany will return a more than 200 year-old wampum belt to the Akwesasne Mohawks. The Board of Regents, which oversees the museum, approved the move yesterday. The artifact may document a founding moment in the history of the Mohawk community that straddles the international border near Massena. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article

NYS Tax Collections Down

A study by the Rockefeller Institute of Government finds that New York's tax collections were down by almost 20% in the first quarter of the budget year. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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