Betty Little's News items

State legislation to make village consolidation easier

Lee Coleman, Schenectady Gazette
Posted: June 5, 2009

CAPITAL REGION — A bill passed by the state Legislature that makes it easier for villages to dissolve has come at a time when several area villages are considering such a move.

The bill, which was proposed by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, now goes to Gov. David Paterson for his expected signature.

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June 8, 2009
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DOT planning road work on state Route 73, Cascade pass

Safety of Ironman athletes a concern

HEATHER SACKETT, News Staff Writer POSTED: June 4, 2009

LAKE PLACID — The State Department of Transportation is planning a resurfacing project for state Route 73 through Cascade pass, just in time for 2,200 Ironman athletes to ride their bikes down it on race day.

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June 5, 2009
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Senate Passes Bill to Ease Government Consolidation

By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE, The New York Times - June 4, 2009

ALBANY — The Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would make it easier to cut or consolidate layers of local government in New York, a measure that supporters hailed as a significant step toward relieving tax burdens across the state.

June 4, 2009
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New law can seal felons' records

Legislators, DAs are contesting reforms made to drug laws

By Don Lehmandlehman@poststar.comWednesday, June 3, 2009 9:15 AM EDT

Local district attorneys and legislators are among a group calling for a change to a recently passed state law that would allow criminals to have up to four drug-related convictions wiped from their criminal records.

June 3, 2009
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State hopes group will draw, keep young professionals

By JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: June 3, 2009

Efforts are under way to attract young professionals to upstate New York and to keep them here, but not everyone believes that such efforts will be enough to make the area livable for many young people.

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June 3, 2009
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Talk whirls about candidates to replace McHugh (3rd update)

By NATHAN BROWN and JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writers and JON HOCHSCHARTNER, Enterprise Intern POSTED: June 3, 2009 

If the U.S. Senate confirms Rep. John McHugh as Army secretary, the governor will probably call a special election to fill his seat for New York's 23rd Congressional District. The speculation on who will run is in full bloom.

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June 3, 2009
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Talk whirls about candidates to replace McHugh

By NATHAN BROWN and JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writers, and JON HOCHSCHARTNER, Enterprise Intern POSTED: June 2, 2009

If the U.S. Senate confirms Rep. John McHugh as Army secretary, the governor will probably call a special election to fill his seat for New York's 23rd Congressional District. The speculation on who will run is in full bloom.

June 2, 2009
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Obama announces McHugh as Army secretary to bipartisan praise (2nd update)

By NATHAN BROWN and JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writers, and JON HOCHSCHARTNER, Enterprise Intern POSTED: June 2, 2009  The Army's gain is expected to be the North Country's loss of a popular, centrist Republican representative who for 15 years has represented the largest congressional district east of the Mississippi River.

John McHugh, who has represented most of the North Country in Congress since 1993, was nominated as secretary of the Army by President Barack Obama at noon Tuesday.

June 2, 2009
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Who should pay for police overtime on Ironman weekend?

By JON HOCHSCHARTNER, Enterprise Intern POSTED: June 2, 2009 

LAKE PLACID - State police, Ironman triathlon organizers, the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau and other local leaders are in discussions regarding who should foot the bill for state police overtime incurred at future Ironman races.

June 2, 2009
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North Country congressman nominated as Army secretary

By JOE LOTEMPLIO, Press-RepublicanStaff Writer

June 02, 2009 02:07 pm

— PLATTSBURGH — President Barack Obama nominated North Country Congressman John McHugh on Tuesday as secretary of the Army.

McHugh, a Republican from Pierrepont Manor near Watertown, has represented the North Country in Congress in the 23rd District since 1993. He is ranking GOP member of the House Armed Services Committee and has frequently visited the troops in Iran and Afghanistan.

June 2, 2009
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‘Green’ borrowing pushed

$5B state bond sought for water, sewer, transit projects

By Stephen Williams, Daily Gazette.  Posted: May 30, 2009

CAPITOL — A coalition including environmental groups, labor and mass transit organizations is pushing for a $5 billion environment-oriented bond proposal to be put before state voters this fall.

The leaders of the Assembly and Senate environmental conservation committees are endorsing the plan, which would simply put the funding request before voters.

June 2, 2009
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Paving the road to tax reform

OUR VIEW: Circuit breaker is not perfect, but it will work for nowGlens Falls Post-Star Editorial. Posted: Friday, May 29, 2009

A circuit breaker isn’t the best solution to high property taxes.

By itself, it’s not even a good solution. It might even be counterproductive to cutting taxes over the long run.

But at this time during a crippling economic recession, when New Yorkers are struggling to pay their rising property taxes, the circuit breaker provides immediate, stop-gap tax relief for many residents.

June 2, 2009
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Bill could ease local government mergers

Petitions would need 1/10 of registered voters instead of current 1/3

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: May 29, 2009

SARANAC LAKE - A law that could pass this year would make it easier for municipalities to start the process of consolidation or dissolution.

The New York Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act has gone through the Local Government committees of both the Senate and Assembly, Dan Mac Entee, spokesman for state Sen. Betty Little of Queensbury, said Wednesday. He said it is now going through other committees.

June 2, 2009
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Stimulus money to renovate South Street

By MAURY THOMPSONthompson@poststar.com

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 1:16 AM EDT

GLENS FALLS - The Glens Falls Community Development Office will get $150,000 in federal stimulus funding, which it plans to use to make streetscape improvements near two buildings being renovated at opposite ends of South Street.

While the money is guaranteed, the plan for how to use it must still be approved by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

May 27, 2009
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Bill to merge local governments clears a hurdle

BY JAMES T. MADORE, Newsday

james.madore@newsday.com

10:03 PM EDT, May 26, 2009

ALBANY - A bill being pushed by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to consolidate local governments cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday but not before some lawmakers raised objections.

Five members of the 20-member Assembly Local Governments Committee urged caution, saying the proposed petition process to abolish governments could be perverted by nonresidents.

May 27, 2009
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Grant for pipeline sought

By DENISE A. RAYMOStaff Writer

May 26, 2009 03:28 am

— MALONE — Franklin County will spend $5,750 to try to secure millions in grant money to close the remaining funding gap for a proposed $20 million natural-gas pipeline.

Applications are being accepted for a portion of a $120 million pool of money available to upstate entities through the Regional Blueprint Program, which is part of a $1 billion Upstate Revitalization Fund administered by Empire State Development Corp.

May 26, 2009
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Crown Point musters 141st Memorial Day parade

By KIM SMITH DEDAMStaff Writer

May 26, 2009 06:21 am

— CROWN POINT — The first parade honored fallen soldiers here in May of 1868, three years after the Civil War ended.

When Decoration Day was officially renamed, Crown Point kept marching.

Monday marked the 141st lineup of one of the oldest Memorial Day parades in the nation.

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May 26, 2009
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Old Mountain Road decision raises concern

By KIM SMITH DEDAMStaff Writer

May 24, 2009 03:28 am

NORTH ELBA — Last week's McCulley decision has stirred interest over what's next for Old Mountain Road.

After years of lawsuits, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis ruled the route through the wilderness is a town road, never formally closed or abandoned.

Grannis dismissed DEC enforcement action against Jim McCulley, who drove a snowmobile onto the road seven years ago and was ticketed for using a motorized vehicle on state land.

May 26, 2009
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Power line finished; amendment is not

By JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writer -- May 21, 2009

TUPPER LAKE - A new power line into Tupper Lake from the west was recently activated, making electrical service more reliable, but it is still awaiting passage of the state constitutional amendment that will allow it to exist.

Tupper Lake municipal electric Superintendent John Bouck announced at a village board meeting Monday that the line was switched on May 1. He called it a seamless transfer.

May 22, 2009
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New North Star Building Dedicated

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer -- May 22, 2009

SARANAC LAKE - Citizen Advocates now has a new office for its mental health and substance abuse services work.

The building was completed in March, and Thursday marked the official dedication of the organization's new office building for North Star Behavioral Health Services on Edgewood Road.

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May 22, 2009
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