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NY Comptroller Finds Slow Property Tax Growth for Local Governments

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Municipalities and school districts face growing challenges to keep pace with increasing costs, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s 2014 Annual Report on Local Governments. The report found that property tax levy growth has slowed over the past several years, from a peak increase of 7.7 percent in 2003 to a 2 percent…

Minority Leader Kolb Says “Get Education on the Right Track”

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In a message to New Yorkers, The Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb says ensuring children have access to a high-quality education is among the most important duties we have as elected officials. “This legislative session, I am renewing the call to take a long, hard look at improving New York State’s education system and finally…

$3.7 Million towards Fight against Motor Vehicle Theft in New York

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $3.7 million in grant funding to fight against motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud. The grant awards will go to district attorneys’ offices and police departments in seven counties and New York City, the Fire Department of New York, as well as to two training organizations, all…

Stefanik Votes for Hire More Heroes Act

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Saying Bipartisan Legislation Would Help Our Nation’s Veterans;    Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) voted in support of House passage of H.R. 22 – the Hire More Heroes Act — and released the following statement: “Far too many of our nation’s bravest remain unemployed,” said Rep. Stefanik. “This is unacceptable, as those who put their lives on…

No State of the State today for Governor Cuomo

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Today would have been a big day for Governor Andrew Cuomo but with the death of his father and former Governor Mario Cuomo and with Calling hours on Monday and the funeral yesterday at St Ignatius Loyola Church in Manhattan, the Governor’s State of the State will now be heard two weeks from today on…

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Witherbee Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

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On January 5, 2015, State Police arrested 53-year-old Kirkland C. Smith of Witherbee, New York for possession of child pornography. Smith was arrested at his residence after State Police secured warrants for his arrest. On October 30, 2014, Smith was arrested for DWI after his vehicle crashed on State Route 73 in Keene. His blood…

Stefanik Becomes Youngest Woman Ever to Serve in Congress

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When the new Congress is sworn in Tuesday, it will include the most diverse group in history, with a record number of minorities and women. Elise Stefanik, a Republican, in the 21st NY Congressional District becomes the youngest woman ever to serve.”It’s very exciting. It’s a humbling feeling. And I’m just excited to add an additional…

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Happy Holidays

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Just in case you forgot what snow looked like on the trees, we decided to save a few pictures from the big “Dumping” a few weeks ago that helped reign in winter a little early this year.. Needless to say there’s more to come. Until then, enjoy these views of the snow and Happy Holidays…

Religious leaders celebrate ministry at Adirondack Health

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An interfaith meeting of Adirondack regional clergy and pastoral care providers was held recently at Adirondack Medical Center.  Sponsored by Adirondack Health and hosted by Pastoral Care Director Rev. Steve Kovacevich, the annual event promotes knowledge and builds greater awareness around service, support and healing.  The gathering also offers pastors and pastoral care workers of…

Adirondack Scenic Railroad Benefits from NY Capital Grants Program

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NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week that the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society (ARPS), the nonprofit operator of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad will receive $791,000 in state funding. Through the Governor’s Aviation Capital Grants Program $26.8 million was allocated to 38 rail and aviation safety programs. Since the Adirondack Scenic Railroad lost its lease agreement…

Governor Cuomo Signs Dark Skies Bill

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The Adirondack Park’s largest and most influential environmental organization today praised the Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing into law a bill designed to preserve dark night skies in the Adirondack Park and other rural areas. The new law will protect sensitive wildlife and save taxpayers money, while offering economic opportunities to Adirondack communities and businesses,…

Adirondack Council Applauds Molpus Investment in Park

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The Adirondack Park’s largest environmental organization today applauded Mississippi timberland investment and management company Molpus Woodlands for making a significant investment in the future of New York’s Adirondack Park by purchasing the 112,238-acre holdings of The Forestland Group. A price was not disclosed. The purchase makes Molpus Woodlands of Philadelphia, Miss., the Adirondack Park’s second-largest…

K&J – Final Weeks for Congressman Bill Owens

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On January 2nd, 2015, Democratic Congressman Bill Owens.. Having decided not to run again for re-election… Will vacate the seat he’s held either in the 21st district.. Or the 23rd, since 2009. On Today’s K&J Show, (Click on the link below to listen) we’re speaking with Congressman Bill Owens about the latest issues in the news as…

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Clinton Community College Announces Layoffs

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Plattsburgh, New York – Clinton Community College Board of Trustees has approved the retrenchment of three full-time and two part-time positions, and the adjustment of three 12-month positions to 10-month positions, at Monday’s Special Meeting. Reduction in faculty and staff positions was approved to aid in closing an expected $600,000 budget deficit next fiscal year.…

Pages Turn to New Chapter for Congressman Owens

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A message from Congressman Bill Owens; As I turn the page to a new chapter, I want to express my appreciation to all of you for allowing me to serve as your Congressman.  I have often said that our district is made up of Rockefeller Republicans and Reagan Democrats, and I have done my best…

$3.2m in REDC Grants For Essex County

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Town of Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board of Supervisor’s Chairman Randall Douglas is pleased to announce that he has received word that the North Country Regional Council has received $63.4 million in grant funding with approximately $3.2 mill ion of that going to Essex County . Douglas was quick to praise Mike Mascarenas the Director of Essex…

$63.4m Awarded to North Country Regional Economic Development Council

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday that $709.2 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative. A centerpiece of the Governor’s strategy to jumpstart the economy and create jobs, the Regional Councils were established in 2011 to transform the State’s approach to…

Owens recognized by Canadian Embassy for cross-border advocacy

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Congressman Bill Owens was presented with a Canadian flag that was flown over the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. in recognition of his work supporting U.S.-Canadian relations. “For many years, investments in the vast and growing economic partnership between the U.S. and Canada have paid off in the form of jobs and economic growth in…

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Pushes Military Justice Act

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In Light of a recent report on Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says “For a year now we have heard how the reforms in the previous Defense bill were going to protect victims, and make retaliation a crime. It should be a screaming red flag to everyone when 62% of…

AQE Report Calls for Moratorium on Charter School Expansion

A New Report from the Alliance for Quality Education Reveals New York State’s Charter Schools Pose a possible financial risk to Taxpayers… The Alliance is calling for Moratorium on Charter School Expansion… According to the Center for Popular Democracy the report reveals vulnerabilities in the state’s charter oversight system that could potentially cost New York…