Ted Morgan

Podcast Tuesday 5/21/13

WNBZ News 7am Podcast 052113

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Talk of the Town Tuesday 5/21/13

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Local School Board Elections May 21st

AUDIO – 052013 – School Board Budget Votes and Elections Tomorrow

Budget Votes and School Board Elections are tomorrow -  In Saranac Lake, the vote takes place in the district offices at SaranacLakeHigh School from 7am until 8pm…  Candidates in Saranac Lake include Incumbents Esther Arlan, and Clyde Baker.. Tracey Schrader and Shir Filler are also vying for the two available seats on the board..  The School Board is asking the community to approve a budget which approaches $28 Million Dollars..  an increase of 2.91%.

Two seats are also available on Lake Placid’s School Board. There are three candidates, John Hopkinson is the Boards Appointee and has served on the school board for just over a year, He’s seeking to retain his seat for another three year term. Two other candidates, Rick Preston, and Jennifer Tufano are vying for one of the two seats on the board. The Lake Placid School Board is asking voters to approve a budget of $17,264,976.00   One resolution on the ballot ask residents to allow the district to apply for an additional 10% in state building aid.. Board president Mary Deitrich says this resolution is a win win..  Polls in Lake Placid will be open from 2pm until 9pm…

In Tupper Lake, The school board has proposed a budget that will exceed the state’s 2% tax cap..  The Property Tax Levy would increase by 8.35% and includes a spending increase of 7.64% to just over $17,000,000 dollars, up from $16,000,009 in 2012..  Voting In Tupper Lake will take place at the Middle High School from Noon until 8pm Tomorrow and will require a “Super Majority” of 60% of voters voting in favor of the increase in order for it to pass.

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Talk of the Town Monday 5/20/13

Talk of the Town

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Podcast Monday 5/20/13

WNBZ News 7am Podcast – 052013

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Round the Mountain Canoe Racing

AUDIO – 052013 – Round the Mountain Canoe Race – Edited 47 boats and many more paddle the Round the Mountain Canoe Race on Saturday Morning. The Event Sponsored by The Adirondack Watershed Alliance.

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A Sewer Repair Dilemma in Saranac Lake

AUDIO – 051413 – Dr Neil Miller – Saranac Lake Sewer Dilemma

If you live on a state highway in Saranac Lake, fixing your sewer line to the street could be more expensive than you might think.. In fact, it could be as much as $20,000 more expensive. Dr Neil Miller owns property at 88 Church Street. He and his family find themselves in a difficult and expensive situation following the collapse of their sewer line which connects to the church street line..

Click Below for Dr Miller’s entire presentation;

AUDIO – 051313 – Dr Neil Miller Speaks to Saranac Lake Village Board – unedited

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CBS Weekend Roundup 5/19/13

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Town of Harrietstown – Affordable Care Act Work-Session

AUDIO – 051513 – Burnham Benefit Advisors Meets with Town of Harrietstown Board Work Session

Click the link above to listen to unedited audio from the work-session with Ian Coryea on the Affordable Care Act.

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North Elba OKs Live Music Past Sunset in Raybrook

AUDIO – 051713 – North Elba Approves Tail of the Pup Live Music Permit North Elba has given permission for Live Music to continue past Sunset at the Tail of the Pup during the Summer until 9:30pm.

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Owens-Backed Legislation Moves Forward with Farm Bill

Washington, DC – This week, the House Agriculture Committee approved its version of the Farm Bill, moving the legislation to the floor for consideration of the full House of Representatives.  Congressman Bill Owens, who has long advocated for the Farm Bill to move forward, praised the bipartisan effort and called on his colleagues to swiftly…

Sneak Peek: The War in Chicago

AUDIO – 051713 – CBS – WAR IN CHICAGO – Dan Raviv Interview

An honor student shot dead, an innocent victim of a gang war. A “48 Hours” investigation into drugs, guns, gangs and the battle for Chicago. Maureen Maher and Armen Keteyian report Saturday, May 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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Talk of the Town Friday 5/17/13

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K&J – Interviews John Hopkinson – Lake Placid School Board Candidate Series

K&J – 051713 – John Hopkinson – Lake Placid School Board Candidate

We’ll speak with Lake Placid School Board Candidate John Hopkinson about his feelings on standardized testing, BOCES, technology and more…

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Podcast Friday… 5/17/13

WNBZ News 6am Podcast 051713

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K&J – Volunteer Week in Lake Placid

K&J – 051613 – Jim McKenna – ROOST – National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week in Lake Placid concludes on Saturday at 3pm with a tree planting and a 4pm reception at the LPCA. We Speak with ROOST Director James McKenna about Volunteerism, Iron Man, The Adirondack Challenge, and Lake Placid’s relationship with Governor Cuomo.

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The Affordable Care Act In Depth

K&J – 051613 – Burnham Benefit Advisors – Ian Coryea speaks on Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act is turning out not to be so affordable..  Not only according to republicans, but also according to some of the authors of the legislation. And in order to navigate through the extremely complex new regulations, we’re going to need a consultant, just to help us understand all of the implications… That’s exactly who we found at a recent Town of Harrietstown Work-session where we hear from an expert on the ins and outs of health care reform which in most cases takes effect January 1st, 2014..  Burnham consults on many different levels of health care ranging from working with individuals to help them understand their options (A free service by the way) to consulting for over 43 municipalities including Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties, Lake Placid, and where we caught up with them – The Town of Harrietstown…

If you’re an employee in a company with under 50, and you have a flexible spending account, The maximum you can contribute is $2,500 through payroll deduction. The employer can contribute more but you can’t deduct more than the $2,500.. In addition, All Employers will be required to notify their employees of a new Health Care Exchange in New YorkState.. They’ll have to make you aware that there’s a new access point for health insurance..

If you’re a group under 25 employees and your average wages are less than $50,000 and you pay more than half of the premiums, you’ll be eligible for a tax credit until 2016. Clearly a talking point for the authors of the program as very few employers will fall into this category..  And as for the Health Care Exchanges, you may find an inexpensive program but it may not apply to our region as the choices are not as plentiful in the North Country.. And so what about pre-existing conditions, why are prices going to go up?

It seems difficult to understand how citizens of the united states can be forced to do anything they don’t want to and so I asked Ian at this point to clarify for us how the government can require us to pay for health care, or penalize us for that matter if we don’t participate..

But wait, there’s more…. Not only do you have to pay a penalty if you don’t participate, which congress has conveniently called a health care tax… There’s also a huge list of increases simply in the form of additional government taxes which will no doubt increase your premiums over and above the other anticipated increases..

Coryea says It’s too early to tell but using mid year increases as a barometer, some groups renewing in June are seeing 16% increases in premiums, and by year end, your premiums may exceed 20%

Just to clarify – If your premium is say $667 per month and you multiply by 12, you’ll get just over $8,000 and those are basic insurance premiums for a single payer.. if you go over $10,200 annually, employers will be subject to a tax as high as 40% of the premium. Coryea says you could reach the threshold in less than two years under this scenario.. There is, however, one bit of good news for small business owners..

So consider this… If you were working 40 hours a week, you may become the victim of corporate planning to adjust for the new 30 hour classification for requiring employers to pay health insurance..  here’s an example..

Health Care Reform will most likely not be repealed, but consider that it costs nearly $100 Million Dollars to run the Health Insurance Exchange in just New York alone.. That’s expensive..  Tish Beismeyer is still at the table with us and we asked when people should start talking about these issues and for individuals, considering options, for Companies, considering new policies.. Luckily, one thing that hasn’t changed is that Burnham’s advice is free to individuals, small businesses municipalities and large corporations. Beismeyer says they can provide the consulting services for free because the broker costs are already included in the annual premium, whether or not you use a broker, so for anyone considering health insurance, Burnham can help you keep up with all of the best solutions for you, your company and your family..  and as Ian has said several times.. stay tuned because even the government hasn’t answered all of the questions yet.. One things for sure, the premium your paying right now is going up.. perhaps as much as 20% plus another 7% in taxes…  it’s no wonder there have been so many attempts in congress to repeal the entire legislation..

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Evans Looks At Developing Saranac Lake’s Sand Pit

AUDIO – 051613 – Jeremy Evans – Saranac Lake Sand Pit

The Community Development Office in Saranac Lake previews opportunities for the Municipal Sand Pit once the mining is complete..  We’ll speak today with Community Development Director Jeremy Evans on a few of those concepts..

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St Armand Considers Building a New Town Garage on Existing Footprint

AUDIO – 051613 – Charlie Whitson – Town of St Armand Garage Project

A committee tasked with developing recommendations for construction of a new town garage speaks with the St  Armand Town Board on Tuesday.

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Talk of the Town Thursday 5/16/13

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