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$80 Million in Support for “Struggling Municipalities”

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced an agreement on legislation that will create a Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments as well as reform the binding arbitration process to help eligible municipalities manage their finances and provide public services in a more…

Rabideau Supports Binding Arbitration Reform

Saranac Lake Mayor “Strongly” Behind Governor’s Binding Arbitration Reform Proposal  Mayor Clyde Rabideau announced “strong and unequivocal support” for binding arbitration reform as recently proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The measure would take into consideration a municipality’s ability to pay and its financial condition in the new era of the 2% tax cap when making…

Legislative Session Running Out on Environmental Advocates

The 2013 legislative session is nearing its end in Albany, but Environmental Advocates of New York is holding out hope that several environmental measures will make it to the Senate floor for a vote. Deputy Director David Gahl said there is legislation concerning hydro-fracturing, climate change and child safety ready for an “up or down”…

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Signs of the Times in Saranac Lake

AUDIO – 061913 – Signs in Saranac Lake

Saranac Lake is taking control of a different kind of invasive species this summer, the political sign and banners of all shapes and sizes… and the implementation phase begins on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

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Third Thursday Art Walks in Saranac Lake

AUDIO – 061913 – Third Thursday Art Walks in Saranac Lake

Saranac Lake’s art walks begin again this Thursday (June 20th, 2012) with artists and musicians presenting their trade in their studios and on the streets. We speak with Tim Fortune and Jill Wenner about the event.

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K&J – Lake Placid Horse Shows

K&J – 061813 – Lake Placid Horse Shows – Lori Martin

The Lake Placid Horse Show is June 25th through the 30th and the I Love New York Horse Show runs July 2nd through the 7th. We spent some time with Lori Martin..  She’s the executive director of the Lake Placid Horse show Association.

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Comptroller uncovers $3 million improperly spent at Dept. of Labor

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli uncovered up to $3 million in inappropriate unemployment insurance payments made by the Department of Labor (DOL), including payments to recipients who were ineligible because they were employed, had collected more than the maximum weekly benefits or were not authorized to work in the United States, according to a report released today.…

Advocates Seeking Relief for Surprise Medical Bills

It even happens to New Yorkers who have good health insurance coverage – surprise medical bills that can total tens of thousands of dollars.

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That’s why consumer and health advocates are calling on lawmakers to protect consumers from the unexpected. Joclyn Krevat says she was on life support and clearly in no position to be thinking about out-of-network providers.  Her husband is a New York teacher with good health benefits. She was at a New York hospital, so they figured everything would be OK.  But, about two weeks after she got home they checked the mail.  “I started getting enormous bills,” she recalls. “You know I thought this was a huge mistake, because I went into this thinking I had really good health insurance, but it wasn’t a mistake, this is what they do.” Krevat was hit with more than $70,000 in surprise medical bills because out-of-network doctors saved her life. With the help of Consumer Health Advocates and the State Department of Financial Services, her bill has been greatly reduced, but she believes lawmakers need to pass legislation to protect fellow New Yorkers from surprise medical bills. Chuck Bell with New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage says his organization gets a steady flow of thousands of complaints about unexpected, and often very expensive, medical bills. “We have about 2,000 people every year complaining that they have surprise medical bills,” he says. “We think we need better ground rules in the market place to give consumers fair warning when they’re going to have a bill that’s going to come in much higher than they would expect.  “So, we’ve been talking to the governor and Senate and Assembly leaders about passing legislation to prevent this problem.”

New York lawmakers have already proposed measures that require hospitals to provide patients with information about the network affiliation of doctors. Bell says greater disclosure is needed and New Yorkers should be held harmless if they were not aware providers were not in their network.

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Pew Research Center Surveys LGBT Community

AUDIO – 061413 – LGBT research

A new PEW Research Center survey show life has changed for the better for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. CBS’s Erickson Blakney speaks with PEW’s Paul Taylor about the results.

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No Human Gene Patents for Biotechs

AUDIO – 061413 – Supreme Court ruling on Gene Patents

The Supreme Court on Thursday is unanimous in their decision to throw out attempts to patent human genes. The decision will affect Biotech for years to come.

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Cuomo Touts Emergency Preparedness

Governor Cuomo is pushing legislation that he says will help improve New York State’s ability to coordinate preparation and response for disaster emergencies. The legislation has three parts… One.. to make technical updates to current emergency laws, Secondly it will allow the State to accept certain gifts and donations to assist with emergencies, and thirdly it will help implement the NY-Text emergency alert system which will provide immunity from liability to mobile service provider intermediaries that are acting on behalf of the State in sending emergency alert messages.

Gillibrand Not Happy with Committee Chair

AUDIO – 061313 – Sexual Assault

The Senate Armed Services Committee has rejected legislation that would have sidelined military commanders in sexual assault cases, a plan authored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand which had bi-partisan support.

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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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State Senate Votes to Support Veteran Owned Businesses

The New York State Senate sends a package of legislation to the assembly today which would help New York’s military veterans achieve success in business, employment and education.

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Lake Placid Film Forum Gets Underway

Day one of the Lake Placid Film Forum and the schedule includes two screenings – one at 6:30 and one at 9pm – All of the screenings will take place at the LPCA -The Sleepless in Lake Placid portion of the Film Forum begins Friday at 8:45…

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Petapalooza Returns to Ray Brook

Curtis Lumber’s President and Owner, Jay Curtis and wife Kendra, along with the Curtis Family of 600+ employees announce the 4th Annual PetAPalooza Pet Adoption Day being held at select Curtis Lumber locations including Ray Brook. Volunteers are hosting one of the biggest one-day pet adoption event in New York State and Vermont! Curtis Lumber says…

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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Building Codes and Comprehensive Planning in Lake Placid

AUDIO – 061213 – Joint Planning Meeting to Update Building Code

About a year ago, a committee tasked with proposing changes and updates to the village building codes found their document almost entirely incorporated into those codes.. A joint meeting Tuesday Night with both the Lake Placid Village Board and the Town of North Elba netted motions for an update to that document which includes adjustments and modifications to that code..  Both boards appear very supportive of the efforts of the planning committee…  Dean Deitrich Chairs the Technical Steering Committee – He says it takes the whole community..

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