Politics

Singer Janis Ian now in “Audio Books”

AUDIO – 061313 – Audio Books – Dan Raviv Interview

A famous singer is now a spokeswoman for the “Audio Books” industry. Janis Ian explains, in this interview with CBS News Correspondent Dan Raviv

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CBS News Surveilance Poll

AUDIO – 061213 – SURVEILLANCE CBS NEWS POLL

CBS’s Dan Raviv takes a look at the latest opinion poll on the government’s counter-terrorism surveillance program.

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Farm Bill Vote in Senate Today / Fuel Prices

AUDIO – 061013 – Farm Bill Senate Congressman Bill Owens and Fuel Prices

The Senate is expected to pass their version of the farm bill tonight (Monday 6/10/13) but it’s prospects remain uncertain in the House. Correspondent Bob Fuss has a preview plus Congressman Owens gives us his take on where the vote in the House may go..  and a bonus.. Fuel prices in the united states remain steady but there is volatility from place to place.

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Gillibrand seeking Tariff Exemptions for NY Wineries

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, says regulations on wines and craft beverages in New York are creating a burden for producers.. and she is seeking a provincial sales tax exemption for all wine and craft beverages grown and produced in New YorkState. Gillibrand tells WNBZ “Burdensome trade regulations are holding New York back from selling these products…

Cuomo Tours SUNY campuses – Touts Tax Free Initiative

AUDIO – 053113 – Governor Cuomo Continues to Push NY Tax Free Initiative

Governor Cuomo says Tax-Free NY,” a game-changing initiative that will transform SUNY campuses and university communities across the state.

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The Mississippi Freedom Trail

AUDIO – 053013 – Ericson Blakney Interview

The Mississippi Freedom Trail dedicates a marker on the site of the infamous 1963 Woolworth Store “Sit In” on Capital Street in Jackson this week.  Erickson Blakney tells the story.

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Gillibrand Speaks out on Senate Farm Bill

AUDIO – 052213 – Gillibrand Speaks out on Senate Farm Bill

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is Leading One-Third of the Senate in Calling to Protect Critical Food Assistance for Community’s Most Vulnerable. Gillibrand says the Senate’s version of the Farm Bill will drop $4.1 Billion dollars in Food Stamps for Veterans, and Seniors.

The Senator in an email to WNBZ says she’s deeply disappointed with the bill’s drastic cuts… “Just as important as the health of our agriculture industry, she says is the health and nutrition of our children and families.”

She continues by saying Families who are living in poverty – hungry children, seniors, troops and veterans who are just trying to figure out how to keep the lights on and put food on the table were not the ones who spent this nation into debt and the Senate should not be trying to balance the budget on their backs. They deserve better from this Congress than they’re getting she says.

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Tupper Lake is already Counting their Chickens

AUDIO – 052113 – Tupper Lake Counts their Chickens

Saranac Lake says “Don’t count your chickens until you have all the ducks in a row” but Tupper Lake is already there. They just have to wait 20 years. More to do about nothing and the livestock and chicken population inside village limits..

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Tupper Alternates Days for Watering Gardens / Lawns

Starting June 1st, The Village of Tupper Lake will restrict watering of lawns and gardens.. Mark Robillard says No Watering of Lawns will be permitted on Mondays and then from Santa Clara Avenue Uptown in Tupper Watering will be permitted on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and From Santa Clara Downtown to the Junction watering will be…

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..

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

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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…

Don’t Count Your Chickens Just Yet

AUDIO – 051513 – Livestock in Saranc Lake – Jeremy Evans

A hearing is scheduled in the Village of Saranac Lake to discuss a local law which would temporarily restrict the housing of livestock until the board can formalize a policy which falls in line with the comprehensive plan.

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Village Trustee Enters Franklin County Politics

AUDIO – 051413 – Barb Rice gets into Franklin County Legislator Race

Saranac Lake Village Trustee Barb Rice announces her intention to run for the seat vacated by outgoing Legislator Tim Burpoe.

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Essex County Board hears from “Families First”

AUDIO – 051313 – May is Mental Health Month – Families First speaks with Essex County Board

Joanne Caswell is Executive Director of Families First…  She tells the Essex County Board of Supervisors May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. At a recent Essex County Meeting, Caswell says  21% of children age 9 to 17 have a diagnosable mental health or addictive disorder.. and she says “Unfortunately 79% of those don’t receive any services so the stigma associated with mental health is still here with parents and their kids”

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Tupper Lake Holds Emergency Services Building Referendum Today

The Tupper Lake Committee working on plan for the new Emergency Services Building will be watching the polls today at the Goff Nelson Library. Voters will answer yes or no to the referendum which asks “Can the Village of Tupper Lake borrow up to $3.2 Million towards construction of a new emergency services building on…

NY Court Upholds Small Towns’ Fracking Bans

A New York Appeals Court has ruled in favor of two upstate towns, Dryden and Middlefield, saying a lower court was right in upholding bans the towns placed on fracking – or the fracturing of underground shale rock to extract natural gas. Dryden passed a zoning ordinance in 2011 prohibiting oil and gas drilling, including…

Should Money go to Hollywood or Developmental Disabilities?

 

A coalition of lawmakers from the Assembly are proposing to cut Hollywood tax credits by $90 million and use the savings to restore cuts from not-for-profits supported by the Office of People With Developmental Disabilities..  Assemblyman Dan Stec is part of the coalition..

ARTA asks DOT to review of UMP

Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates (ARTA) today filed a formal request with New York’s Departments of Environmental Conservation and Transportation and the Adirondack Park Agency pressing for an immediate review of the 1995 management plan for the corridor, a review scheduled in the plan itself for each of 2001, 2006, and 2012 but never undertaken. The rail-to-trail conversion…

Local Parent Teacher Alliance to screen “Race to Nowhere”

A group of parents, teachers and school administrators are presenting A groundbreaking documentary on education tonight called “Race to Nowhere” – This film is one of the first to identify and challenge a one-size-fits-all achievement culture in American schools, and to document its impact on students..

The Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Education Alliance is sponsoring the screening of the documentary and plans to lead a discussion Afterwards…  Zoe Smith is a leading organizer of the Alliance..

Smith says The Parent Faculty Alliance is dedicated to improving education in their schools, and they’ve joined together because of a deep concern for the growing impacts of high-stakes standardized testing on our children. The Screening begins at 6:30pm this evening (Thursday, April 18th) in the Petrova School Auditorium.

Race to Nowhere is a film that the group says has sparked a national conversation and is an opportunity for parents, faculty, and community members to join together to discuss the current system of education.

AUDIO – 041813 – Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Education Alliance – Road to Nowehere

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Called a “must-see movie” by The New York Times and “compelling” by Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education, the film has succeeded in exposing how excessive homework, high-stakes testing, and a cyclical trap of busyness and competition have led to an epidemic of anxious, overworked, and unhealthy young people.  The film has been screened in more than 6,000 public and community settings in all 50 states and more than 30 countries since its release in 2010.

“The “Race to Nowhere” is another inconvenient truth. It’s a wake-up call to all of us who care about children, the purpose of schools, and how we define success in American education. And, importantly, it provides viewers with excellent, actionable suggestions of how to begin to address change locally in our schools.” – George Lucas Education Foundation

The film is being sponsored by the SLPFEA, the Saranac Lake Teachers’ Association, and the North Country Community College Massage Club.

To learn more about Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Education Alliance, like them on Facebook.  For more information about the film, www.RacetoNowhere.com

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Tupper Lake Asks; Who Should Pave the Road?

AUDIO – 041713 – Tupper Lake Amell Road Issue

The Village of Tupper Lake is considering a request by Roger Amell on the acceptance of Amell Lane as a village road.

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