Apr 22, 2003 — A school board in Clinton County voted last night to close Champlain Elementary. The move is meant to narrow a 700 thousand dollar budget shortfall, triggered in part by cuts in state aid. The district will also lay off at least six teachers and administrators. As Brian Mann reports, locals will still face a property tax hike that could top eleven percent.
For other stories on the region's education crisis, search under "education". Join us Thursday, when David Sommerstein reports on school budget woes in the St. Lawrence valley. Go to full article
Apr 03, 2003 — Faced with a massive budget deficit, Governor George Pataki wants to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the state Medicaid program. Nursing homes in the north country say the plan will mean fewer services for elderly residents. Some homes are threatening to close. But as Brian Mann reports, some critics say nursing homes should operate more efficiently. Go to full article
122nd District Assemblywoman Dierdre "Dee Dee" Scozzafava
Jan 08, 2003 — The 2003 legislative session opens today in Albany. The budget crisis and the economy are sure to be the top issues this year. But as David Sommerstein reports, one North Country lawmaker says conflicts arising over recreational vehicles will also be important. Go to full article
Dec 09, 2002 — Governor Pataki has said little about how he will solve the state's budget crisis, and that has led a number of interest groups to worry that they might be the targets of budget cuts. Many are issuing pre-emptive strikes to gain support for their programs. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
Sep 11, 2002 — In addition to the personal and public tragedies wrought by the events of September 11th, the terrorist attacks also devastated parts of New York?s economy. The damage may be felt in next year?s state budget. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
Jul 24, 2002 — The continuous drop in stocks on Wall Street will likely have a negative effect on New York State's budget next year, say economists and other experts. They've already begun a philosophical war, whether to raise taxes, or cut spending. Karen Dewitt has details. Go to full article
Courtney Perkins (top), Jessica Goesthlaw and Susan Hendershot (bottom, L to R) want to see their BOCES programs continue.
May 21, 2002 — Educators in New York were breathing a sigh of relief last week when state leaders added more than 400 million dollars for schools to the state budget. Today New Yorkers vote on school budgets in their districts. But all of them were crafted well before the extra education money was announced. Many include high property tax increases and deep program cuts. That may change over the summer, but schools are struggling to provide quality education for all students when their funding is a guessing game. David Sommerstein reports on two programs in Franklin County. Go to full article
May 15, 2002 — Governor Pataki and legislative leaders say they may finally have a state budget in place later this week. They say they're putting the final touches on a budget that will likely contain some new fees, including an extra surcharge on cell phones. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
May 09, 2002 — Tribal members of the Seneca Nation are preparing to decide the future of casino gambing on the reservation and in Western New York. David Sommerstein reports next week's tribal referendum on Seneca casinos is expected to be close. Go to full article
May 01, 2002 — Governor Pataki and state legislative leaders are scrambling to close a more than $1 billion gap that's opened up in the state budget. One possibility for savings, say drug reform advocates, is to ease the state's Rockefeller Drug Laws. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article