Politics

Dupery: “Out of State Licenses Should be Accepted for Military Spouses”

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Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I-Peru) is calling on state legislators to join her in supporting legislation that would help military families across the state gain employment when they are relocated for military service. More specifically, the bill would allow military spouses to use their out-of-state licenses to continue to practice their profession when they are…

Stefanik visits with Fort Drum Soldiers in Afghanistan

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), member of the House Armed Services Committee, returned from an official bipartisan Congressional Delegation visit to Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Stefanik was one of few Members invited to attend this Congressional delegation. Upon returning from her visit, she released the following statement: “Over the last week,…

North Country Teachers Plan Advocacy Event

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A coalition of teachers in the North Country are planning a series of advocacy events raising awareness of Governor Cuomo’s proposals for education.. On Saturday February 28th.. Superintendents from area schools, members of their school boards of education, Parent alliances and Teachers Associations will begin the day in Plattsburgh and traveling across the North Country..…

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Sanders Supports Obama’s Tuition Free Public Colleges

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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), speaking Tuesday at Johnson State College, called for a “revolution” in the way higher education is funded in the United States. He proposed tuition-free courses for freshmen and sophomores at all public colleges and universities. He also called for reforms in federal student loans. “In a highly competitive global economy we…

DOT / DEC Commissioners Weigh in on WV Train Derailment

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NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald and NYSDEC Commissioner Joseph Martens weigh in on the Crude Oil Train Derailment in West Virginia. The two Commissioners say that yesterday’s derailment of 25 rail cars carrying crude oil through West Virginia and the resulting house fire is exactly the reason why the U.S. Transportation Department should not wait any…

Duprey Appointed to Ethics Search Committee

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Earlier this week, Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I – Peru) was appointed by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to a panel that will conduct a national search for an executive director for the new Office of Ethics and Compliance. The panel will recommend a list of potential directors, with Heastie making the final selection. The committee…

Governor Cuomo Visits Plattsburgh with Opportunity Agenda

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Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Plattsburgh Thursday morning to highlight portions of his Opportunity Agenda for New York State. Among his Opportunity Agenda proposals, Governor Cuomo focuses on the following initiatives affecting the North Country: Provide the North Country with high-speed broadband access by the end of 2018: Governor Cuomo has set an ambitious goal to ensure…

An Intriguing Policy Change for City Council Meetings

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If you’ve ever been to a municipal meeting, then you know there are usually opportunities during public meetings for audience members to stand and make any comments they like, usually for a limited amount of time.. The goal, if you ask most community leaders is to be sure that the process is open and that…

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Stefanik Votes in Support of Keystone XL Pipeline

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik(R-NY-21) voted in support on Wednesday afternoon of S. 1 – the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. This bipartisan legislation that has passed out of the Senate would authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. “I am proud to support this commonsense, bipartisan energy project,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “This project will create as…

Stefanik Named Vice-Chairman of Key Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness

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The House Armed Services Committee announced that Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) has been selected by her colleagues on the Committee to serve as Vice-Chairman for the Subcommittee on Readiness. “I am grateful to Chairman Thornberry and my colleagues on the Committee for the opportunity to serve in this important position,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “The Readiness…

Carl Heastie Replaces Sheldon Silver as Majority Leader

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Carl Heastie has replaced ousted speaker Sheldon Silver as the new Majority Leader in New York’s Assembly. He was first elected as an Assembly Member in 2000 and represents the 83rd District, which covers the Williamsbridge, Wakefield, Edenwald, Eastchester, and Baychester sections of the Northeast Bronx. Heastie is a Democrat. Heastie is also the county leader…

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Stefanik Announces Plattsburgh Office Opening, New District Staff

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik(R-NY-21) announced the opening of her Plattsburgh office on Wednesday morning.. “I am excited to have our doors open to serve the Plattsburgh community,” said Rep. Stefanik. “Whether you need help with a federal agency, information about services my office can provide, or wish to share your opinion on issues before Congress, I…

Stefanik Weighs in on Obama’s Budget

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is commending President Obama for putting forth his budget on time this year. There is much she disagrees with but Stefanik tells WNBZ she is pleased that the President’s plan “Includes needed relief from the sequester’s automatic defense spending cuts. As a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, restoring this funding…

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…

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…

Plattsburgh’s New Charter Commission Identifies Three Priorities

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Plattsburgh’s Mayor Jim Calnon has commissioned a group of 12 city residents to study the advisability of amending the City’s Charter.. or Adopting a new Charter altogether..   Many of the issues which the Commission will face have already come up in one way or another through the City Council over the past 12 months..  The…

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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…