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Silver Corruption Causing Problems for Assembly

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is out on bail after being arrested on corruption charges..  His arrest has thrown the legislature for a loop as it begins work on the Governor’s proposed Budget… Assemblyman Dan Stec and others are calling for his resignation.. AUDIO – 012315 – Silver out on Bail – Stec Calls for His…

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Farm Bureau Supports EPF – Unhappy with Cuomo’s Minimuim Wage Proposal

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The New York Farm Bureau weighed in on the State of the State Speech saying  “If we want to have a growing agricultural sector in New York, it’s important for the State of New York to partner with the industry and invest in growing our farm economy. Governor Cuomo’s State of the State offered some…

Adirondack Council identifies Pro-Adirondack Agenda in State of the State

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Pro-Adirondack Park proposals that build on New York’s 123-year legacy of preserving this global treasure, its clean water, wilderness, wildlife and rural communities, were among the priorities expressed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his team in his 2015 combined State of the State address and Executive Budget summary today. “We applaud the Governor for making…

Education Alliance Disappointed with Cuomo’s Committment to Pre-K

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In a statement following Governor Cuomo’s State of the State speech, The Alliance for Quality Education says “The Ready for Kindergarten Ready for College Campaign is deeply disappointed that the Governor’s budget does not match his rhetoric. Governor Cuomo executive budget does not  include any new funding for expanding full day pre-K for four year…

K&J – Governor Cuomo says “Reform Education”

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Governor Cuomo spent a great deal of time during the State of the State Address on education reform and spoke about several sweeping changes he’s proposing…  According to the Governor.. As of this year, school aid is at its highest level ever and over 65 percent of recent increases were directed to high-need school districts.…

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Governor Cuomo’s State of the State

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s State of the State was a combination of his regular State of the State speech and his proposed 2015 budget.. He spent close to 20 minutes of a 90 minute speech on Education, proposing $4.8 Billion in new education spending and reforms with incentives coming directly from the state. He’s already…

Lake Champlain Salmon Restoration Shows Continued Gains

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Officials from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation today announced that 2014 assessment results show continued gains in the Lake Champlain landlocked Atlantic salmon fishery restoration program. “It’s extremely encouraging to see the collaborative efforts of New York, Vermont and federal…

New Terminal Opens at Adirondack Regional Airport

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The Adirondack Regional Airport has been undergoing some major upgrades recently.. and on Tuesday afternoon, airport officials along with the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) and the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce helped to celebrate the grand re-opening of the airport terminal with a larger.. modern version of what used to be just one…

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A Call to FIFA for Soccer Equality

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U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand with six other U.S. Senators today renewed their call for organizers of the 2015 International Association of Federation Football (FIFA)Women’s World Cup, to work with players to reach an agreement on the playing surface. The Senators sent a letter to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, following a meeting…

Lt Gov. Kathy Hochul In Lake Placid to Announce $500 Million for Broadband

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Lt Gov. Kathyh Hochul Announces $500 Million for broadband in New York..  She made the announcement in Lake Placid at the Convention Center Friday Morning to a crowd of legislators, including Assemblyman Dan Stec and The Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors Randy Douglas. Essentially, the Cuomo administration has outlined the third component…

K&J – Honoring Martin Luther King Jr

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With the Holiday Weekend upon us honoring the late Reverend Martin Luther King Junior.. We’re talking with Reverend Joanne White who is the Pastor at the Presbyterian Church in Saranac Lake.. and Father Bill Small, a retired Episcopal Priest. He remains active on many ecumenical groups in the community..  Father Small was in Washington when…

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Schumer, GIllibrand Announce Funding for Greater Adirondack Conservation

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U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1.5 million in federal funding for Greater Adirondacks agricultural conservation projects. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and will be used to improve water quality, soil health, and resolve habitat issues in and around the Upper…

Open Enrollment Continues on New York Heath Exchange

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Today marks one of two deadlines for consumers in the North Country looking to sign up for health insurance in 2015… January 15th is the last day to sign up and become eligible for Health Insurance in February… Donna Frescatore, is the Executive Director, New York Health Benefit Exchange.. She says New York State is…

Duprey Calls for Vote on Women’s Equality Act

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In light of the passage of eight Women’s Equality Act bills in the State Senate, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R, I – Peru) renewed her support for the complete proposal – including the proposal which codifies Roe v Wade in the State of New York and ensures safe healthcare for women across the state. This is…

Alliance Weighs in on Charter School Agenda in Albany

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The Alliance For Quality Education Weighs in on the Debate over Privately-Run Charter Schools On Tuesday, the leaders of the Assembly and the Senate made statements regarding the cap on privately-run charter schools. Billy Easton is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education. He says  “Inequality in our public schools is the burning education…

Owens Joins Law Firm Focused on Cross Border Commerce

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Congressman Bill Owens Joins McKenna Long & Aldridge’s Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs Practice Owens is teaming with the firm’s Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs practice as a senior strategic advisor in the Washington, D.C. office. Based on his extensive experience in federal policy in the context of the Canada-U.S. relationship, Congressman Owens will advise Canadian…

St Joe’s Makes List of “Best Places to Work” in 2014

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For the fourth year in a row, St Joseph’s Addiction and Treatment Center in Saranac Lake has been named one of the best places to work in New York State…  And Monday night Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau touted their success…Mayor Rabideau was speaking with St Joeseph’s Chief Talent Officer in Human Resources, Katie Kirkpatrick…

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Saranac Lake Train Depot; The Focus of Special Village Work-Session on Wednesday

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The Village of Saranac Lake is holding a special work-session to discuss the implications and whether or not to renew their lease of the Train Depot by the Village…   On Monday evening the board received several new items outlining different points of view from the Department of Transportation who owns the Building. When the topic…

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Senate Approves 8 Point Women’s Equality Agenda

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The New York State Senate today approved an eight-point women’s equality agenda, including two bills sponsored by Senator Betty Little. This is the first action on bills in the 2015 legislative session. All of the bills passed with unanimous support. Senator Little says “With six months in the scheduled session, the state Assembly will have…

Adirondack Council Weighs in on Boy Scout Camp Development

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According to WIllie Janeway,Executive Director of The Adirondack Council, the Adirondack Development Proposal for the Boy Scout Camp in the Southern Adirondacks Highlights Need for Adirondack Park Agency Reforms; In a recent blog post on his website, Janeway says A 1,118-acre development proposal at the former Woodworth Lake Boy Scout Camp in the Adirondack Park…