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NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart’s Car Kills Fellow Driver

A police investigation into what happened at a NASCAR race at Canandaigua in upstate New York is under way after a 20-year-old driver named Kevin Ward Jr. was killed when he got out of his vehicle. He was run over by three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. On the 14th lap of the Super Sprint Race, Ward’s no.…

Alliance for Quality Education Pushing for Funding Equity

A new report published by the Alliance for Quality Education and Opportunity Action, says New York State is not only behind on what it owes to schools – $5.9 billion in total Foundation Aid and Gap Elimination Adjustment funding…. But that it owes 2.3 times more to high need schools than wealthy schools. This regressive…

K&J – DEC Wilderness Technician Ben Tabor on Nusiance Bears

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The number of reports of nuisance bears targeting more populated areas in July increases noticeably over May and June.. and Today in the K&J Show, we’re speaking with Ben Tabor who is a Wildlife Technician at the DEC in Raybrook…  We caught up with Ben at “Colby Camp” which is a weekly summer camp for…

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Extreme Environmental Group Appeals ACR Project Ruling

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The Extreme Environmental Groups that originally filed the Article 78 Lawsuit trying to put a halt to the Adirondack Club and Resort Project in Tupper Lake report they’ve filed a motion seeking an appeal of the appellate’s unanimous decision striking down their law suit. According to papers from PROTECT and the Sierra Club, The return…

Oil Train Task Force is Going County-Wide

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Plattsburgh Councilwoman Rachelle Armstrong has been spearheading the development of a task force to look into the issue of trains loaded with Bakken Crude Oil rolling through the City and she’s recently developed a plan that includes not only local officials, but also county emergency management officials and representatives from many different communities affected by…

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Gillibrand Introduces New Cyber-Security Laws

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A New Cyber Information Sharing Tax Credit Would Incentivize Critical Infrastructure Businesses to Join Information-Sharing Organizations to Strengthen Their Cyber Security On the tenth anniversary of the release of the 9/11 Report last week, the report’s authors outlined current threats to our national security in a document called “Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of The 9/11 Commission Report.” The authors – members of the original 9/11 Commission – concluded that…

Gillibrand Takes Aim at Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

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New, bipartisan legislation introduced Wednesday takes aim at sexual assaults on college and university campuses by protecting and empowering students, and strengthening accountability and transparency for institutions—including establishing stiff penalties for non-compliance with the legislation’s new standards for training, data and best practices. AUDIO – 073114 – Gillibrand Discusses New Legislation to Protect Students from…

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VA Bill passes House Conference

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Congressman Bill Owens votes to approve the Veterans Access, Choice & Accountability Act of 2014.. It’s a bill we’ve been hearing about for the past few days which will reform the Department of Veterans Affairs.. It went to conference to combine the Senate and House differences and conference report was approved by a wide bipartisan…

Owens Presented with “Spirit of Enterprise” Award

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognized Congressman Bill Owens on Wednesday with a prestigious “Spirit of Enterprise” award for his leadership on economic and business issues during the 113th Congress. “My focus as a representative has always been economic growth and job creation, which depends first on the health and success of the private sector,”…

K&J – Senator Gillibrand Announces Legislation to FIght Invasive Species

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The K&J Show on WNBZ..  Today, with the help of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillbrand, we’re focused on Invasive Species..  Senator Gillibrand visited Lake Placid on Monday to discuss new legislation she’s proposed which would add another level of regulations in the fight to prevent the spread of invasive species in New York.. and during her presentation,…

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New Funding for Boarder Law Enforcement

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Congressman Bill Owens announces new funding allocations for local law enforcement agencies through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Operation Stonegarden (OPSG) state and local preparedness grant program for Fiscal Year 2014. OPSG provides funding to support operational preparedness along the northern and southern U.S. borders and to improve coordination among Federal, state, territorial and local…

Opinion – Congressman Bill Owens

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Congressman Owens has written an editorial called “Creating a Competitive, Sustainable Global Workforce” we’ve posted the editorial here; This month, in a rare and encouraging show of bipartisanship, the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved an overhaul of federal job training programs with passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Now headed to the…

Cuomo, Shumlin Tie in Adirondack Whitewater Challenge

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo held the 2014 Adirondack Challenge over the weekend, an exciting afternoon to highlight the summer tourism opportunities in the region, including outdoor activities such as rafting and fly fishing. The event, held in Indian Lake, attracted elected officials, tourism industry leaders and summer enthusiasts to Upstate New York. In today’s award…

Bipartisan Panel Discusses Sustainable Forestry

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Congressman Bill Owens participated in a bipartisan panel discussion addressing international and domestic issues and trends in the forest products industry. The event was hosted by the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF). “A successful forest products industry is vital to the North Country economy and depends on the long-term health of our forests as a…

K&J – Trudeau Research Looks at How Aging Affects Immunity

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Today on the K&J show, we’re speaking with one of the researchers at Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake.. Dr Marcy Blackman.. About the impact of Aging on the Response and Repertoire of Influenza Virus Specific CD4 T cells.. This is ongoing research being carried out by Kathleen Lanzer, Lawrence Johnson, David Woodland and Dr Blackman..…

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Schumer, Gillibrand Call to Reclassify Broadband as a Utility

Advocates And Businesses Join Lawmakers In Support Of Letter Sent To FCC’s Wheeler As the comment period comes to a close for the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposed rulemaking on its Open Internet order, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, along with eleven Senate Democrats, are calling on the Commission to reclassify the transmission component…

NY Counties Struggle with Sputtering Revenue Streams

New York State has released the most recent sales tax data, and for the most part there is little change to report. The total collections for counties (outside of New York City) are basically flat for the first six months of 2014. Excluding the four counties that increased their sales tax rate, the average percentage…

Owens Votes to Replenish Federal Highway Trust Fund

Congressman Bill Owens votes to adopt a bipartisan short-term solution to replenish the Highway Trust Fund. If similar legislation is approved by the Senate, it will provide about $11 billion in infrastructure funding expected to last until spring of 2015. Congressman Owens says “The Highway Trust Fund is a critical pillar supporting many industries throughout…

State Plans Review of Adirondack Rail Corridor Unit Management Plan

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Review could mean a split between rails and recreational trails…  The department of transportation and the DEC have announced their decision to reopen the Unit Management Plan covering the Rail Corridor in the Adirondack Park.. The Corridor runs from Lake Placid through Saranac Lake to Tupper Lake and then down through Thendara to Old Forge..…

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“Financial Practices Need to Improve” at ORDA

STATE AUDIT FINDS ORDA NEEDS TO IMPROVE FINANCIAL PRACTICES” The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) relies on loans and outside contributions to cover cash shortages and in recent years has used a line of credit to cover its basic operating costs, including payroll, according to an audit released today by New York…