Betty Little's News items

Glens Falls, Abe Wing school districts get money to study merger

By OMAR RICARDO AQUIJE oaquije@poststar.com | Posted: Monday, August 23, 2010 6:08 pm

GLENS FALLS -- A merger between the two public school districts in the city is a topic that has surfaced at times in the last two decades.

Now it is back, after the state Department of State announced Friday that a $37,800 grant will pay to study if it's feasible for the Glens Falls City School District to merge with the Glens Falls Common (Abraham Wing) School District.

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August 25, 2010
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Washington County Fair starts with a bang

By THOMAS DIMOPOULOS tdimopoulos@poststar.com | Posted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 9:00 am

EASTON — Amid the celebration and excitement of opening day at the Washington County Fair was an underlying mood of concern about the future of farming.

State Sen. Elizabeth Little helped open the fair on Monday by praising local farmers for the pride they take in their agricultural work, despite the economic ups and downs of the industry.

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August 25, 2010
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Officials gearing up for Lyon Mountain closure

By ANDREA VanVALKENBURG Press Republican Staff Writer

— DANNEMORA -- As the closure of Lyon Mountain Correctional Facility looms, state and local officials are already discussing possible future uses of the site.

Officials gathered recently for a special meeting to share ideas about development of the site.

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August 25, 2010
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Officials gearing up for Lyon Mountain closure

By ANDREA VanVALKENBURG Press Republican Staff Writer

— DANNEMORA -- As the closure of Lyon Mountain Correctional Facility looms, state and local officials are already discussing possible future uses of the site.

Officials gathered recently for a special meeting to share ideas about development of the site.

To read more click HERE.

August 24, 2010
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Little not big on Little City plan

By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer POSTED: August 5, 2010

SARANAC LAKE - State Sen. Betty Little cast doubt this week on the prospects of the village becoming a city, saying the chances are slim without the support of the three towns and two counties that overlap the village boundaries.

"They can try to become a city, but looking at the big picture, the likelihood of it seems remote," Little told the Enterprise Tuesday.

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August 6, 2010
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EDITORIAL: Shared services, good government

Press-Republican -- July 23, 2010

The push for municipal governments to share services and consolidate programs to save money has Franklin County officials talking, and they have approached Essex County supervisors as partners.

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July 23, 2010
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Paterson signs legislation to close drunken-driving loophole

By Cara Matthews -- Ithaca Journal Albany Bureau

July 12, 2010 

ALBANY -- Gov. David Paterson signed legislation Monday that expands the list of medical professionals authorized to draw blood from alleged drunken drivers without physician supervision, closing a loophole that has allowed some intoxicated motorists to escape prosecution.

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July 13, 2010
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Senate passes bill for out-of-state health care professionals at Ironman

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, POSTED: June 18, 2010 

ALBANY - The state Senate passed a bill Thursday that would allow out-of-state health care professionals to provide services to Ironman competitors in Lake Placid.

June 21, 2010
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Essex County expects about $350k in cuts

Majority are in state health, social services

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: June 15, 2010   

ELIZABETHTOWN - The $327 million in cuts to mental health and social services that the state Legislature passed Monday evening are expected to have a $350,000 annual impact on Essex County, according to county Manager Dan Palmer.

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June 15, 2010
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Area loses a friend

Post-Star, Maury ThompsonPosted: Monday, June 14, 2010 5:42 pm

Officials in Johnsburg, in the early 1990s, were developing a strategy to save the railroad line that runs through the town.

Willsboro, in Essex County, needed a new sewer system around the same time.

The man that town leaders turned to for help navigating the way through the government bureaucratic process was state Assemblyman James King, a Republican from Ticonderoga.

June 15, 2010
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Local lawmakers vote against extender

Press-RepublicanJune 15, 2010 By JOE LoTEMPLIO, and CASEY RYAN VOCK Staff Writer, Contributing Writer

ALBANY — All three lawmakers from the North Country voted Monday evening in opposition to the state's emergency spending bill.

The measure squeaked through the Senate, 34-27, and gained Assembly approval with ease.

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June 15, 2010
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Bridge groundbreaking starts with ferry ride

Press-RepublicanJune 11, 2010 By LOHR McKINSTRY Staff Writer

CROWN POINT — The governors of New York and Vermont arrived majestically by ferry Friday as the groundbreaking for the new Champlain Bridge kicked off.

Commuters watched in awe as New York Gov. David Paterson and Vermont Gov. James Douglas came into the Crown Point Ferry docks standing on the bow of the ferry.

Both men then walked from the ferry landing to the ceremony, which was being held at the end of the approach to the bridge on the New York side.

June 11, 2010
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Local hospitals hit with state funding cuts

By MAURY THOMPSON thompson@poststar.com | Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 5:52 pm

Glens Falls Hospital will lose an estimated $739,000 in revenue under a new round of state budget cuts, according to a statewide industry organization.

Saratoga Hospital will lose an estimated $316,000, while Moses-Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga will lose an estimated $46,000, according to the Health Care Association of New York State.

June 9, 2010
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Veteran, political aide is parade’s grand marshal

By MAURY THOMPSON-thompson@poststar.com

Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:30 am

SOUTH GLENS FALLS - Dante Orsini was playing basketball at the Naval War College the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.

“They interrupted the game at about halftime to tell us the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor,” said Orsini, a member of the Marine Corps Institute basketball team at the time.

May 27, 2010
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Little brings broadband interests together

By JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: May 25, 2010

LAKE PLACID - With quite a few broadband projects at various stages around the North Country, state Sen. Betty Little brought them all together recently to find out where broadband access in the area has been, where it is now and where it's going.

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May 27, 2010
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Broadband summit planned for Lake Placid

Press-Republican,  May 19, 2010

LAKE PLACID — State Sen. Betty Little and Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, New York State chief information officer and director of the Office for Technology, will co-host a broadband summit to talk about closing the North Country digital divide.

The public event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid.

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May 19, 2010
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APA to ease permit process for ‘horizontal co-location’ of cell towers

By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer POSTED: May 15, 2010

RAY BROOK - The state Adirondack Park Agency wants to ease the permitting process for installing a second cell tower in a site that already has an APA-approved cell tower.

The agency's Regulatory Programs Committee got its first look Thursday at a draft general permit geared for the "horizontal co-location" of cell towers.

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May 17, 2010
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AMC’s Ralph to be recognized by state Senate

   SARANAC LAKE - Adirondack Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Chandler Ralph will be recognized as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction at a ceremony in Albany later this month, state Sen. Betty Little announced Friday.

   To read more click HERE.

May 17, 2010
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New firm celebrates downtown location

By MAURY THOMPSON thompson@poststar.com | Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2010 5:05 pm

GLENS FALLS -- Billions of dollars of Internet-based "reverse auction" transactions are now being handled at the new Aeon Nexus corporate headquarters in downtown Glens Falls, bringing significant cost savings for government agencies, municipalities and school districts.

May 14, 2010
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Editorial: APA board needs more balance

Glens Falls Post StarPosted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 10:58 pm

Another day. Another Adirondack Park Agency horror story.

First off, relax. This isn't another one of those, "Get rid of the APA" appeals. For the time being, at least, that seems like an impractical and unrealistic short-term goal.

What's not impractical or unrealistic is appointing a membership of the APA board that represents a greater balance between the concerns of environmentalists and those of property rights advocates and developmental interests.

May 6, 2010
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