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Gillibrand Pushing Legislation towards Paid Leave

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With 4.1 million New Yorkers serving as family caregivers, today U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand reintroduced legislation that would create paid family leave, including maternity and paternity leave, personal medical leave, and spousal support. Gillibrand’s Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act would establish a national, gender-neutral paid family and medical leave insurance program, ensuring that…

Environmental Coalition Calls for Larger Oil Spill Fund

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After four recent oil-by-rail disasters in North America in less than a month, it could not be more clear that New York’s “Oil Spill Fund” must be increased so that it is adequate to cover the response costs and damages associated with loss of life and destruction of property that have been caused by rail…

Duprey Continues Work to Enact Meaningful Ethics Reform

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Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R,I – Peru)Thursday reiterated her support for a more open and transparent state government in light of an ethics reform agreement between Gov. Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. Duprey, a longtime advocate for ethics reform, was appointed to a bipartisan search committee earlier this year for an executive director for the new…

Farm Bureau: “Keep Minimumum Wage at Federal Levels”

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During a conference call today with reporters, farmers spoke out against plans to raise the minimum wage to $10.50 or higher.  It would strain farmer income and place farmers in this state at a further competitive disadvantage. New York Farm Bureau has compared other minimum wage rates across the country, including those states New York…

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NYSUT says New Yorkers Trust their Teachers

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A new Quinnipiac University poll clearly shows that New Yorkers value their public schools and trust teachers and their unions to do what’s right for students, rejecting by wide margins Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s false narrative about public education and condemning his corporate-backed “reforms. That’s According to the New York United Teachers Union. According to the poll,…

K&J – Discussing the Impact of Albany’s Education Policy on Teachers

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Today on the K&J show we’re listening in on a conversation about education. A local group called Voters For Change hosted a forum on Tuesday Night at Blue Seed Studios in Saranac Lake.. The event focused on the impact to local educators of statewide policies on education… “Any member of our group can develop a…

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N.C. Chamber Welcomes US/Canada Pre-Clearnace Agreement

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     The North Country Chamber of Commerce is welcoming the announcement by the U.S. and Canadian governments of a long sought agreement on pre-clearance within the framework of the Beyond the Border Action Plan.”The Beyond the Border process has provided an important opportunity for the U.S. and Canada to jointly build our connections while…

NY Assembly Sends Human Trafficking Legislation to State Senate

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Speaker Carl Heastie joined together with members of the Assembly Majority and advocates on Monday to announce that the Assembly intends to pass a comprehensive package of legislation to combat human trafficking. This critical legislation is aimed at implementing protections for victims, expanding access to services to empower survivors and strengthening criminal penalties for persons convicted…

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SUNY Plattsburgh – Queensbury Hosts “Aspects of Climate Change”

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Aspects of climate change — from areas of science and sustainability to its effect on culture and the arts — is the subject of a one-day conference This Saturday (March 21st) at the SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury Branch Campus. Adirondack Climate Reality 2015 is focused on helping people interested in discovering how they can help…

Lake Champlain Basin Program Awards $662,471 to Local Groups and Municipalities

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The Lake Champlain Basin is awarding $662,471 in grants to communities and organizations in Vermont and New York who are implementing projects to improve the future of the Lake Champlain watershed. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, whose support was essential in securing the funds for the grants, commented, “These grants to scores of communities, watershed…

Education Alliance Says Cuomo Should Not Delete Emails

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The Alliance for Quality Education is asking Governor Cuomo to desist in his practice of deleting all electronic communications after 90 days, especially from hedge fund managers, campaign contributors and charter school advocates as well as any state agency or official as it relates to education policy. Their letter to the Governor coincides with three…

NY Assembly / Senate to Work out Budget Differences This Week

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The Assembly and the State Senate will be meeting this week in conference committees to begin working out differences between the competing budget proposals.. State lawmakers have until April 1 to adopt an on-time budget. Senator Betty Little continues to vote in support of increased aid to public schools… Late last week she supported a…

Indian Lake Reserve Funds Don’t Meet OSC Requirements

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The Town of Indian Lake is in some hot water this week following a New York State Audit which finds that the town’s reserves weren’t properly established…  Indian Lake has about $614,266 in their reserve funds but the audit says the board doesn’t have OSC approval for establishing these funds and two of them totaling…

Gillibrand Announces New Medical Marijuana Bill 

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood with Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Rand Paul (R-KY) and with patients, their families and advocates to announce new bipartisan legislation that will allow the use of medical marijuana in states where it is legal without fear of federal prosecution. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act would reschedule…

Praise for Assembly Budget from Education Alliance

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The Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) praised the New York State Assembly for proposing a $1.8 billion school aid increase, expanding full-day pre-K and rejecting Governor Cuomo’s proposals to double down on high stakes testing and divert hundreds of millions in tax dollars to private schools and privately run charter schools. By putting $1 billion…

Duprey Advocates for Local Road Funding

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  Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I – Peru) recently met with highway superintendents and local town officials from Clinton, Franklin and Essex counties at the state Capitol to advocate for additional funding for roads and bridges in the upcoming state budget. Duprey highlighted the critical nature of the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), which provides…

Clinton County Oil Train Task Force Outlines Key Issues

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The Clinton County Oil Train Task Force is moving forward to finalize two resolutions.. One for the State of New York and one which would be delivered to the U.S. Department of Transportation. “This community decided that the least we would like to do is address and identify the problem and then to reasonably expect…

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NY Assembly Releases their proposed Budget

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Calling it an investment in the health, safety, economic success and social well-being of New York’s families, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr.  released the State Assembly’s 2015-16 “Families First” budget proposal. The $150.7 billion proposal makes strategic investments focused on New York’s families in education, health…

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SUNY Presidents Ask Legislators to Invest in Higher Education

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Presidents from North Country area State University of New York campuses and local community leaders urged state elected officials on Monday to continue their bold leadership in supporting New York’s public higher education sector, asking for the creation of a new Investment Fund and an extension of NYSUNY 2020 — including the broadly successful rational…

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Village Honors Saranac Lake Alpine Ski Team

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At the start of Monday’s 5:30 PM regular Village Board Meeting in the Harrietstown Town Hall Auditorium, two high school teams hailing from Saranac Lake Central High School were saluted by the Board as Deputy Mayor Tom Catillaz read a special Proclamation naming March 10th Saranac Lake High School Girls Alpine Ski Team Appreciation Day. AUDIO…

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