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Jim Wright
Jim Wright

GOP hopes for Wright's return

North Country GOP leaders were pleasantly surprised to hear rumors over the weekend that former State Senator Jim Wright may seek his old job. Wright left the Senate in January to join an energy lobbying firm. Democrat Darrel Aubertine captured the seat in an upset special election. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Aubertine expected to announce Senate run Saturday

Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine is widely expected to announce his candidacy for State Senate this weekend. The Democrat from Cape Vincent has scheduled three press conferences Saturday, in Oswego, Watertown, and Canton. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Aubertine to decide soon on Senate run

North Country Democratic leaders say they're "hopeful" that Assemblyman Darrel Aubertine will run for the State Senate seat soon to be vacated by Republican Jim Wright. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Spitzer undecided about when to call special election

Governor Spitzer still hasn't decided when he'll call a special election to fill the seat of State Senator Jim Wright. The Republican is stepping down next week. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Will Barclay
Assemblyman Will Barclay

Barclay to run for vacated NY Senate seat

Just days after State Senator Jim Wright announced he'll step down at the end of the month, Republican party leaders have settled on the man they hope will fill the seat. Oswego County Assemblyman Will Barclay made three stops Friday to declare his candidacy. He framed the campaign as a fight to keep Upstate New York relevant in Albany politics. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Wright leaving NY Senate after 15 years

One of the North Country's state senate seats is up for grabs next year. Republican Senator James Wright confirmed yesterday he'll resign on December 31st to join a national lobbying and consulting firm. Wright's district includes all of Jefferson and Oswego counties and part of St. Lawrence County. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
NYS Sen. James Wright
NYS Sen. James Wright

Watertown Sen. Wright to join D.C. lobbying firm

State Senator Jim Wright plans to take a job with a national lobbying and consulting firm. The Watertown Republican told the Watertown Daily-Times that he's "looking for new challenges and new opportunities. This timing happened to be good." Wright has served in New York's Senate for fifteen years. Asked why he chose to depart mid-term, Wright told the Watertown newspaper that "there is never a good time" to leave office. Martha Foley talks with David Sommerstein about Wright's departure from the state Senate.  Go to full article

Newspaper reports state Sen. Jim Wright to step down

A columnist with the New York Daily News is reporting today that North Country state Senator Jim Wright (R-Watertown) plans to resign. A staff member at Sen. Wright's Watertown office couldn't confirm or deny the report. When offered a chance to dispute the report and dispel rumors swirling in the district, Wright's spokeswoman said only, "There's no comment at this time." The Daily News article cites "numerous" sources inside the state GOP, who claimed anonymously that Wright plans to take a job with a lobbying firm. If confirmed, the news could trigger a major battle for the seat. Possible candidates whose names have been floated include Democratic Assemblyman Darryl Aubertine and Republican Assembly members Dede Scozzafava and Will Barclay. The contest could also help decide the make-up of the state Senate, which is now controlled by the GOP. Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer has pushed hard to build a Democratic majority. Brian Mann and Jonathan Brown will have more on this story during All Before Five.  Go to full article

North Country in Spitzer's speech

There were some direct North Country references in Governor Spitzer's State of the State speech. Martha Foley has a summary, including reactions from regional lawmakers.  Go to full article

Board of Ed to decide accredition for troubled-teen school

The Academy at Ivy Ridge is a school for troubled teens in Ogdensburg. It functions like a boarding school, but it's not yet accredited by the state. That caused problems last year when the Attorney General's office caught the school handing out high school diplomas. Ivy Ridge was ordered to refund some of the falsely graduated seniors' tuition, and to stop advertising itself as an accredited school. Currently the school is being sued by parents and students for misrepresenting itself. Next Monday the State Board of Education decides whether to finally award the school accreditation. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article

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