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Representatives want shared border talks revived

Representatives of northern New York's border regions have new hope for sharing border crossing facitlies and procedures with Canada. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article
Stephen Maselli, at Old Adirondack in Willsboro
Stephen Maselli, at Old Adirondack in Willsboro

Building the Adirondack brand, one chair at a time

The North Country's manufacturing industry continues to decline. Jarden Plastics, in Tupper Lake, closed earlier this month. Some companies are holding on and looking for ways to survive and grow. But they face big challenges, with rising energy costs and foreign competition. Brian Mann spoke with Stephen Maselli, president of Old Adirondack Furniture in Willsboro. His company employs more than twenty craftsmen and salespeople. Maselli says the region needs to do more to develop and protect the Adirondack brand. One of the national furniture catalogs that used to sell his company's Adirondack chairs now buys chairs from a plant in Asia.  Go to full article

House vote shows broad support for ballast water rule

The U.S. House of representatives voted 395 to 7 yesterday on legislation to force ocean-going freighters to treat ballast water for invasive species before they enter US waters, like the St. Lawrence River. Ballast water is blamed for introducing foreign species like the zebra mussel, sea lampreys and the round goby. The new regulation sets tough standards for the number and size of living organisms that ships can release when they jettison ballast water. New ships have to have treatment technology by next year; all ships must treat ballast water by 2016. The new standard has support from the Great Lakes shipping industry and several environmental groups. Jennifer Caddick is executive director of Save the River, an environmental group based on the St. Lawrence River in Clayton, NY. She spoke with Martha Foley this morning.  Go to full article

Seaway study released; charting shipping future

The U.S. and Canada released a long-delayed binational study of the St. Lawrence Seaway late yesterday. The report calls for more ship traffic within the Great Lakes and supports efforts to reduce the impact of invasive species. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Sheriff David Favro and NY Homeland Security chief Michael Balboni in Plattsburgh
Sheriff David Favro and NY Homeland Security chief Michael Balboni in Plattsburgh

Region plans tighter border security

Just days after a scathing Federal report found big gaps in security along the US-Canada border, a coalition of New York state, Quebec Provincial, and local officials from the North Country say they plan to step up their efforts to stop illegal traffic. New York State Homeland Security Secretary Michael Balboni held a meeting yesterday in Plattsburg. As Brian Mann reports, they say better communication is the first step.  Go to full article
Politicians have spent hundreds of millions of dollars improving border crossings like this one north of Plattsburgh (Source: USGSA)
Politicians have spent hundreds of millions of dollars improving border crossings like this one north of Plattsburgh (Source: USGSA)

Report: US-Canada border "dangerously vulnerable"

Investigators for the Government Accountability Office say they were able to smuggle fake contraband designed to look like a dirty atomic bomb into the United States. The GAO is the investigative arm of Congress. In a report released yesterday, GAO officials say they crossed easily at seven different remote rural sites, including four unidentified spots on the US-Canada border. As Brian Mann reports, there's a growing bipartisan consensus that the Bush Administration's strategy for security on the northern border isn't working.  Go to full article

Proposed border rules spark bipartisan anger

New York's congressional delegation is leveling bi-partisan criticism at the Bush administration's plan to improve security along the US-Canada border. As Brian Mann reports, lawmakers say a new policy could limit legitimate trade, while failing to stop illegal traffic.  Go to full article

NY lawmakers push back on passport plan

Republican Congressman John McHugh is joining with a Democratic colleague from Rochester to keep fighting a passport requirement for border crossing. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Framing Latin America's Left for the North

Bush nemesis Hugo Chavez is giving free heating oil to Akwesasne, Daniel Ortega's back in Nicaragua, and Democratic control of Congress could alter free trade with Latin America. The Miami Herald's Andean region bureau chief, Steven Dudley, talks with David Sommerstein about how Latin America's trend of leftist politics could affect us in the North Country. Dudley gives a talk, entitled "Latin America's leftist tilt: how much weight will it have?" tonight at 7:30 in Kellas Hall at SUNY Potsdam.  Go to full article

Clinton, farmers critical of Canadian trade equity

Canada may be our closest metropolitan market, but it's a tough one to access for New York farmers. That's according to a report released Thursday by Senator Hillary Clinton's office, and coauthored by the New York State Apple Association and other farm lobby groups. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

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