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Assemblyman Dan Stec says the Adirondack Park's dialogue has "evolved."  NCPR FILE Photo: Brian Mann
Assemblyman Dan Stec says the Adirondack Park's dialogue has "evolved." NCPR FILE Photo: Brian Mann

Stec says APA reform unlikely in Albany

Last week, Adirondack Explorer magazine held a day-long conference at the Paul Smiths VIC, asking big questions about the future of the Adirondack Park and the APA.

A growing number of environmental activists and government officials say the regulations that shape the Park's environment are outdated. Most of those rules haven't been updated for more than forty years.

As part of the conference, Brian Mann interviewed Republican Assemblyman Dan Stec, who took office last year.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Dan Stec says the Adirondack Park's dialogue has "evolved."  Photo: Brian Mann
Assemblyman Dan Stec says the Adirondack Park's dialogue has "evolved." Photo: Brian Mann

In Adirondacks, maybe we really can get along

When the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance formed seven years ago, it seemed like a rare, small voice calling for a better dialogue.

Former Adirondack Park Agency chairman Ross Whaley once said that the political culture inside the blue line was so combative that people "would rather fight than win."

But even many skeptics now say the Common Ground Alliance -- which held their annual meeting Thursday in Newcomb -- has helped shift the conversation and even produced some tangible victories.  Go to full article

Candidates make final push

With Election Day looming Tuesday, candidates running for office have taken to the streets, going door to door to make their final pitches to voters.

Candidates say there are still undecided voters to win over. And they're encouraging people to simply go the polls, no matter whom they support.  Go to full article
Queensbury town supervisor Dan Stec during a visit to Keene this week (Source: NYS Governor's office)
Queensbury town supervisor Dan Stec during a visit to Keene this week (Source: NYS Governor's office)

Queensbury supervisor Stec makes case for 114th Assembly seat

The race to fill Teresa Sayward's Assembly seat has narrowed to just two candidates, former Glens Falls Mayor Robert Regan and Queensbury supervisor Dan Stec, both Republicans.

Stec has taken an early lead in the contest for the 114th District, building a strong list of endorsements, including the nod from Sayward and from most Republican and Conservative Party leaders.

Stec spoke this week with Brian Mann about the challenges he will face if elected, representing a district that now stretches from Glens Falls to Saranac Lake. Stec says his experience in local
government gives him a head-start on understanding the issues.

Editor's Note: In the days ahead, we will speak with the other Republican candidate in the race,
former Glens Falls Mayor Robert Regan. So far, Democrats haven't found a candidate to run for the seat.  Go to full article

Polls and politics: the 2010 election shapes up in New York and the North Country

Politics is in our news today. A day after Gov. David Paterson wrapped up an upstate tour to launch his election campaign, a Siena College poll showed Republican Rick Lazio pulling ahead of the Paterson in the race for governor. It also showed Lazio making making small gains against potential Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo.

It looks like Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is fighting off a potential primary challenge from former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr.. The Siena poll reported Gillibrand with the support of 42 percent of Democrats, 16 percent for Ford. The former Tennessee congressman is expected to announce soon whether he'll challenge Gillibrand. Looking at a potential general election matchup, former Republican Gov. George Pataki outpolls both Gillibrand and Ford. Pataki has not indicated he will run.
(The poll surveyed 805 registered voters from last Sunday through Friday. It has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.)

Meanwhile -- the North Country's two representatives in the House will defend the seats they won just last year in special elections.
Brian Mann is Adirondack bureau chief and helps keep an eye on politics for North Country Public Radio and our blog the In-Box. He joined Martha Foley this morning for a look at New York's complicated political picture.  Go to full article

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