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NYSUT Applauds Proposed Evaluation Plan Extention

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Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch says the State Education Department is extending the deadline for school districts to submit new teacher evaluation plans…   The new deadline will be September of 2016…    New York State Teachers Union President Karen Magee says this is a “responsible step” toward acknowledging the need for more time..   Magee says “The teacher…

State Purchases 6,800 Acre MacIntyre East Parcel

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The State of New York has purchased 6,800 acres in the Adirondack High Peaks.. From the Nature Conservancy… The parcel, known as MacIntyre East is adjacent to the High Peaks Wilderness and conservation easements lands, and is located just west of the Boreas Ponds parcel also purchased by the Nature Conservancy. Both were part of…

K&J – Solar Energy – Wayne Davison

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In 2012 we spent some time on the air with Wayne Davison discussing solar energy in the Adirondacks and this week as our focus on energy continues, we listened in on that conversation during the K&J show on Friday..

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NYSUT calls on Regents to hold public hearings

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New York State United Teachers today called on members of the Board of Regents to hold public hearings in their regions to solicit input as they begin developing regulations to implement the governor’s complicated new teacher/principal evaluation law. Based on the rushed and trouble-filled implementation of the Common Core, NYSUT President Karen E. Magee said…

Chamber Joins Cuomo’s Trade Delegation to Cuba

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that leaders from business and higher education will be joining New York’s trade mission to Cuba – the first Governor-led state trade mission to Cuba since President Obama began the process to normalize diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. The trade mission delegation will depart on April…

K&J – Beekmantown School’s Proposed Budget

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Today on the K&J show, we spent Tuesday evening in the Cumberland Head Elementary School Library and Media Center with the Beekmantown School Board for a presentation of the administration’s proposed budget..  It was good timing for the presentation of the budget again because as part of the $39 point 9 Million Dollar Budget, Administrators had…

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Saranac Lake Middle School Principal Discusses State Tests

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Students from Grades 3 through 8 are headed shortly into Standardized Assessment testing for English Language Arts and for Math.. On Thursday Saranac Lake’s Middle School Principal Bruce VanWeelden met with parents to discuss the question of having their children opt out of the tests.. We had an opportunity to speak with Mr VanWeelden just…

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K&J – Stefanik Visits St Joseph’s Veterans Facility

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik spent Wednesday visiting with Veterans in Tupper Lake and Touring St Josephs Veteran’s Facility in Saranac Lake… For veterans in rural settings, Stefanik says she’s been hearing one common theme.. And that was the focus of the conversation in Tupper Lake.. “Transportation is a problem for veterans who live in rural areas,…

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Saranac Lake Formalizing Consolidated Funding Application

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Another round of Consolidated Funding Applications are coming due this spring.. and Village Trustee Paul VanCott, along with Mayor Rabideau and the Community Development Director Jeremy Evans, is working on identifying needs in the community.. “We’ve been working closely with members of the Local Development Corporation, and the Downtown Advisory Board to take a look at what…

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More Support, and A Detailed Look at the State’s Budget

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Local municipal leaders continue to add their thoughts to the newly enacted budget in the State of New York…  Randy Douglas is the Town of Jay Supervisor and the Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors… He says..  “The people of upstate New York are the real winners… Whether it’s the $1.5 billion Upstate…

Assembly Minority Disappointed with State Budget Initiatives

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“The 2015-16 State Budget was billed as an ‘Opportunity Agenda’ and a ‘Families First’ initiative. The final agreement turned out to be neither. Far too much time was spent promoting ideologies rather than developing meaningful financial programs that help New Yorkers put food on the table.” That’s the word from Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.…

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NYS Budget Offers Hope to Small Adirondack Communities & Clean Water

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The NYS budget for the next fiscal year includes much-needed investments in clean water, wilderness, wildlife and communities of the Adirondack Park, including a three-year, $200-million capital program to repair wastewater treatment and drinking water facilities, the Adirondack Council said today. Under the three-year capital investment plan, the state would set aside $50 million this…

NYSUT ; “Assembly Helps to Mitigate Cuomo’s Education Agenda”

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 “The Legislature, led by the Assembly, mitigated some of the worst elements of Gov. Cuomo’s toxic agenda after parents and teachers stood up to his bullying,” said NYSUT President Karen E. Magee. “School aid for our kids is moving forward and public schools and colleges will get much-needed state increases. However, while Gov. Cuomo’s attempt…

North Country Chamber Welcomes $1.5 Billion for Upstate Revitalization

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The North Country Chamber of Commerce welcomes the on-time state budget and is pointing to the inclusion of several key items supported by the regional business community. Garry Douglas is President of the North Country Chamber… He says “We’re already starting to take two things for granted… The on time budget.. and the 2% growth…

State’s Budget Includes Logger Training at Paul Smiths

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Senator Betty Little Monday said the state budget will include funding to establish a logger training program at Paul Smith’s College.  Little proposed the new program in response to concerns from paper and pulp mills and other wood product manufacturers about a logger labor shortage in New York. “Sustainable forestry supports jobs, contributes millions of…

NY State Legislators Reach Agreement on Budget

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced an agreement on the 2015-16 State Budget. The Budget agreement includes what Governor Cuomo calls landmark education reforms and investment, an ethics package with the nation’s strongest disclosure laws for legislators with outside income, and new investments in rebuilding…

K&J – North Country Education Alliance Talks 3-8 Testing

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The North Country Alliance for Public Education consists of parents, families, teachers, administrators, and others concerned with what is happening in our schools. The group represents different schools, districts, and points of view, but have found strength and community coming together. They have four goals: to reach across district lines; to make connections with communities concerned about…

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Beekmantown School Board; “PILOTs are Hurting School Budgets”

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The Beekmantown School Board is asking the Clinton County Legislature, The Development Corporation and the Town of Plattsburgh for a moratorium on adding new PILOT agreements within the Beekmantown School District. The Board in their resolution says they are opposed to any agreement that allows Payments in Lieu of Taxes that result in a reduction…

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Work Begins This Week on two I-87 Bridges in Clinton County

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Work starts this week on a $10.5 million project to replace four bridges on the Adirondack Northway –Interstate 87 – in Clinton County. The bridges are among the first under contract as part of New York State’s Scour Critical/Flood Prone Bridge Program. The Governor has requested $518 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management…

Canada’s Counsul General Delivers Address at SUNY

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John F. Prato, consul general of Canada in New York, will deliver the Distinguished Canadian Address  Tuesday, March 24, at the Valcour Educational Conference Center, Route 9, Valcour. The Distinguished Canadian Address, sponsored by The Development Corporation in partnership SUNY Plattsburgh’s Center for the Study of Canada, recognizes select individuals who have made a profoundly…