Politics

State is Making Progress according to New York Spending Report

DiNapoli: Budget Challenges Remain Despite Progress Spending in 2012 was $6,859 per New Yorker New York State has made progress toward aligning the state’s spending and revenue, according to the annual report of the Financial Condition of New York State released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. “State policy decisions in the past two years have…

Register to Vote – Today is the Last Day

Today is the last day to register for the November 6th general election. Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked no later than midnight, tonight and received no later than October 17th to be valid for the upcoming general election. Candidates for President, Vice-President, U.S. Senator, U.S. House of Representatives, NYS Senate, NYS Assembly and…

Governor Cuomo Tours North Country Regional Economic Development – Checks Progress

Gov. Cuomo tells aNorth Countrygroup of residents that he believes they are the perfect example of how the Regional Economic Development Council program should work. “There is noNew Yorkstate economy. It doesn’t exist,” “There are regional economies that, as an aggregate, wind up being the state economy,”  The governor visits the region Wednesday touring Regional Economic…

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Catillaz Suspends Campaign

The Campaign for Town of Harrietstown Supervisor is a little quieter today following an announcement from his campaign that Saranac Lake Village Trustee Tom Catillaz is Suspending his “Active Campaign” 101012 – Catillaz Suspends Campaign In a statement emailed to WNBZ, The Catilliaz campaign noted a serious family medical situation out-of-state as the reason for the…

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Harrietstown Budget is Under 2% Tax Cap –

The Town of Harrietstown steps into Round One of their Budget Work-Sessions Monday night with a presentation from Budget Officer Mike Kilroy…  Tax Rates are divided by “Division” and only certain residents are required to pay portions of the assessment – Village Residents, for example, will only pay the assessment on the General Fund and…

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Saranac Lake Village Board Honors Pendragon Founders

The Village of Saranac Lake will honor  Bob Pettee and Susan Neal, co-founders ofSaranacLake’s renowned Pendragon Theater. Pettee and Neal moved toSaranacLakein 1980 and started what became the Pendragon Theater in a local school auditorium before moving to theLake PlacidCenterfor the Arts and eventually to their current location inSaranacLake, in a former ice cream warehouse,…

New York Pharmacists Go Postal on Medicaid Drug Policies

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Pharmacists Society of the State of New York (PSSNY) and several pharmacies have filed a legal challenge in State Supreme Court against state Medicaid policies that force certain beneficiaries to receive some of their medications by mail.  Pharmacists charge that blocking access to local pharmacies and the additional support they  routinely…

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey Debates challengers

Incumbent Republican Assemblywoman Janet Duprey is seeking a 4th term in the New York State Assembly. She faces a challenge from 2 opponents in November in the newly redrawn 115th Assembly District that covers all of Clinton and Franklin Counties and 4 towns in St. Lawrence County in Northern New York.  Conservative Party candidate Karen…

Activists and Coporate CEOs Together at Last!

“Oil and Water” Meet on Wall Street What happens when social activists and corporate executives are thrown together in a conference setting over two days in a Wall Street meeting place? The people who put together Commit!Forum2012 say good things happen, and that the world moves a little bit toward a better place. The forum,…

GAO Says States are Making it Harder to Vote!

New state laws that make it harder for millions of voters to cast ballots are detailed in a Government Accountability Office report released today. The comprehensive study was requested by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). Local senators are asking the non-partisan research arm of Congress to…

Democrats honoring Joe Pickreign

Harrietstown Democrats announce an event to Honor Long-Time Chairman Joe Pickreign.. The Town of Harrietstown Democratic Committee will honor recently retired Chairman, Joe Pickreign, during a “Tribute” event on Thursday, October 18th at Charlie’s Inn in Lake Clear.  Pickreign served as Chair of the Town of Harrietstown Democratic organization for 13 years and was also…

Saranac Lake Trustee Presents Open Letter to Harrietstown Board

Saranac Lake Village Trustee Paul Van Cott recently delivered a letter to the Harrietstown Town Board regarding the possiblity of Annexing Trudeau Institute to the Village of Saranac Lake…  We asked Paul to Join us for a conversation about the letter, and about the Local Development Corporation.. <<<< CLICK HERE TO LISTEN – K&J –…

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Harrietstown Councilman responds to tax concerns

Harrietstown Councilman Bob Bevilacqua responds to concerns about property tax increases in the Town ofHarrietstown…  Bevilacqua is a candidate for the Supervisor position in the Town ofHarrietstownand says he shares the concern about property tax increases.   In a recent statement, Bevilacqua says the state mandated 2% tax cap is one important element in managing municipal…

Harrietstown Supevisor Candidates Clarify their positions on Business Park

The Town of Harrietstown is going to have a new Supervisor come Election Day…   and in a regular feature here on WNBZ, we’re taking a regular look at the positions of the two candidates..  We’re going to look more closely at the Town’s Business Park, On Friday, we heard from Town Councilman Bob Bevelacqua…. Today,…

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Who Really Doesn’t Pay Taxes?

The Backstory on Who “Doesn’t Pay” Taxes NEW YORK – Pundits and politicians are throwing around a lot of numbers these days. When it comes to taxes and who is or isn’t paying them, one group aims to separate the facts from fiction. Chuck Marr, director of federal tax policy for the Center on Budget…

Voter Rights – on the Mind of Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand teams with Rep. John Lewis, who is well recognized for his work in Civil Rights..  introducing companion legislation in the Senate for the Voter Empowerment Act.  Gillibrand says “We’ve come too far in our nation’s history to re-fight old battles over voting rights that have already been won,” and she says…

Harrietstown Candidates clarify their positions on Business Park

The Town of Harrietstown is going to have a new Supervisor come Election Day…   and in a regular feature here on WNBZ, we’re taking a regular look at the positions of the two candidates..  We’re going to look more closely at the Town’s Business Park and more specifically today, we’ll hear on Candidate lay out…

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Department of Labor Says New York Adds 102,700 Private Sector Jobs in 2012

In 2012,New YorkState’s economy added 102,700 private sector jobs, the State Department of Labor reported today.  This year-to-date increase in the job count contributed to the state’s recovery of 348,000 private sector jobs since November 2009. New YorkStatehas regained all of the private sector jobs it lost during the state’s recession.  Only four other states have…

New Tax Cap Training for Local Officials – Easier Forms

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announces an easier version of the the 2012-13 tax cap reporting forms for local officials.. It’s about their ability to report the tax levy limit.. The changes are a result of analysis of reporting errors from the first year of implementation, And in response, the Division of Local Government and…

NEW YORK FARM BUREAU DEMANDS ACTION ON 2012 FARM BILL

 New York Farm Bureau members attended the Farm Bill Now Rally in Washington, DC today pushing for quick action on the 2012 Farm Bill before the current bill expires at the end of September.   Already the delay has rolled back the safety net for New York’s dairy farmers and further inaction puts critical programs in…