Betty Little's News items

Lawmakers draw line in the sand at unfunded mandates

By KIM SMITH DEDAMPress Republican Staff WriterJanuary 15, 2010 03:28 am

SARANAC LAKE — State budget cuts should come with a hitch: Remove unfunded mandates.

This was the key message North Country lawmakers delivered early Thursday at a Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast.

Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) and Assemblywomen Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro) and Janet Duprey (R-Peru) discussed dire budget concerns in unison with area business, civic and political leaders here.

January 15, 2010
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Senator hopes governor’s message is heard

By JOE LOTEMPLIOPress Republican Staff Writer

January 12, 2010 02:51 pm

— PLATTSBURGH — State Sen. Betty Little is hoping that Gov. David Paterson’s State of the State speech last week will spur the legislature to make the necessary changes to bring the state back to financial stability.

“I don’t know how they (state legislators) can’t see the handwriting on the wall,” Little said during a recent interview with the Press-Republican Editorial Board.

January 12, 2010
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Series about agency sparks reactions by area representatives

By NICK REISMAN - reisman@poststar.com | Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 12:25 am

Greater local control, reasonable enforcement and a cap on excessive fines would make the Adirondack Park Agency more responsive to property owners' needs, area officials said on Monday.

January 12, 2010
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With our leaders failing, we need to take control

Ken Tingley -- The Post Star

Posted: Saturday, January 9, 2010 4:55 pm

It was just a few months ago that Gov. Paterson was being portrayed by "Saturday Night Live" as a blind-as-a-bat buffoon whose only redeeming quality was his ability to insult New Jersey. On Wednesday, when he gave his State of the State address, he was likely the only one in the room with a lick of sense or integrity.

January 11, 2010
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Sen. Little to run again

By JOE LoTEMPLIOPress Republican Staff WriterJanuary 08, 2010 06:43 am

PLATTSBURGH — Many statewide political observers believe Assembly and Senate incumbents could be vulnerable in this year's election, given the state's fiscal mess.

But State Sen. Betty Little is not deterred and will seek re-election.

To read more click HERE.

January 8, 2010
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PRESS REPUBLICAN EDITORIAL: Get our forests healthy again

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

— If you've ever driven up or down the Northway, you've probably noticed areas here and there where "blowdowns" have left rotting trees on the ground, suffocating new growth and providing nothing for wildlife.

Many people have wondered why the state hasn't contracted with loggers to get rid of this collection of forest-fire-threatening waste and getting those areas back into the ecological cycle.

To read more click HERE.

January 5, 2010
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Dannemora Town Highway Garage destroyed by fire

By DAN HEATHPress Republican Staff Writer

DANNEMORA — Fire destroyed the Town of Dannemora Highway Garage New Year's Day morning.

Lyon Mountain Assistant Fire Chief Ron Chase said the large, metal structure is a total loss. That includes almost all of the department's equipment.

To read more click HERE.

 

 

January 4, 2010
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A more difficult sell

By dayelin roman droman@poststar.com | Posted: Thursday, December 24, 2009 2:35 pm

BOLTON -- Andrew Genovese wants to sell his parents' condo but the state Health Department stands in the way.

The condo at The Sagamore resort sits off the main hotel building among a string of privately owned units.

To read more click HERE.

December 28, 2009
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Editorial: Many reasons for frustration

Post Star Editorial -- Saturday, December 19, 2009 8:15 pm

And rather than cut spending, they invent new fees, charges and surcharges so they can, as Sen. Little said, get "every nickle they can get" from the people.

Finally, as if the Senate coup over the summer that shut down state government didn't do enough to erase any shred of credibility the Legislature might have had left, former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno went and got himself convicted on federal fraud charges in a trial that exposed Albany's power-for-money culture.

December 22, 2009
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Betty Little: N.Y.'s government has gone mad

By MAURY THOMPSON thompson@poststar.com | Posted: Friday, December 18, 2009 7:15 am

GLENS FALLS -- Dysfunction in state government is the worst it has been in her 14 years in the Legislature, said state Sen. Elizabeth Little.

"It is now beyond dysfunction. It is madness, or something," Little, R-Queensbury, said Thursday at a meeting with The Post-Star editorial board.

To read more click HERE.

December 18, 2009
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State aid delay prompts spending freeze for Tupper schools

All local school districts, counties are affected

By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer POSTED: December 16, 2009

Gov. David Paterson's plan to preserve the state's cash flow by delaying December aid payments to schools by 10 percent has led one local school district to implement a spending freeze.

"Anything that's not critical to school operations, safety or programs is not going to be approved," Tupper Lake Central School District Superintendent Seth McGowan said.

December 18, 2009
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South Street project to get $1M shot in the arm

By MAURY THOMPSON, thompson@poststar.com | Posted: Monday, December 14, 2009 6:05 pm

GLENS FALLS -- In this case, city officials don't mind going back to the drawing board.

The original plan was to make infrastructure and streetscape improvements around two key development projects at either end of South Street.

To read more click HERE.

December 15, 2009
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POST STAR EDITORIAL: Last chance to speak up

Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 3:00 am

This is your last shot.

If you don't go to tonight's public hearing on the Warren County budget and tell them what you think, you'll be stuck with whatever they dish out.

Warren County government has been in the spotlight this year as the poster child for what happens when you spend too much during the good times and don't plan for the bad times.

To read more click HERE.

December 10, 2009
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South Street project funding clears another hurdle

By MAURY THOMPSON, thompson@poststar.com | Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 12:35 pm

GLENS FALLS -- A $1 million federal funding request for the city's South Street revitalization project has cleared another hurdle, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

The funding was retained in the latest version of a federal transportation, housing and urban development budget bill that was approved this week by a joint House and Senate conference committee, said Max Young, a spokesman for Schumer.

December 10, 2009
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Plans abound for Rogers Island

By NICK REISMAN reisman@poststar.com | Posted: Monday, December 7, 2009 5:00 pm

FORT EDWARD -- The wish list of things to do on Rogers Island is pretty long.

For officials and residents in Fort Edward, the hope is to start improvements at the island's northern end and work toward the southern end.

To read more click HERE.

 

December 8, 2009
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Spa City reaction is mixed as Bruno guilty of corruption

By DREW KERR - dkerr@poststar.com | Posted: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 1:00 am

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The sign hovering above the mineral water spring at the Saratoga Spa State Park has long been a source of frustration for Saratoga Springs resident Louise Goldstein.

Now she thinks she might finally be able to do something about it.

To read more click HERE.

December 8, 2009
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Lawmakers: Bruno case points to need for reform in Albany

By CASEY RYAN VOCKContributing Writer

December 08, 2009 03:28 am

PLATTSBURGH — Local state representatives hope the conviction of former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno on two counts of felony corruption could change how politics works in the state's capital.

"This is just a perfect example of why we need to have serious ethics reform in Albany," Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro) said Monday.

To read more click HERE.

December 8, 2009
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State shouldn't buy land it can't afford

By SEN. BETTY LITTLEIn My Opinion

November 27, 2009 06:39 am

— "Just how is it that all of that public land ended up in the hands of private ownership?"

That is the question I was asked by a Senate colleague following a lengthy debate we had just finished on a bill specific to the Adirondack Park. I answered, because the people were there first, before the park was created and much of the land protected forever wild.

To read more click HERE.

November 30, 2009
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Judge rules against towns, counties on APA shoreline regs

Judge sides with munucipalities, however, on hunting cabins and subdivisions

By MIKE LYNCH, Enterprise Outdoors Writer POSTED: November 25, 2009 

SARANAC LAKE - State Supreme Court Judge Robert Muller has ruled against nine counties and eight towns that attempted to overturn new state Adirondack Park Agency shoreline and wetland subdivision regulations, but he did rule in their favor on two other regulatory revisions.

November 30, 2009
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Little, County Clerks Cheer License Plate Reversal

Senator Betty Little is pictured with Warren County Clerk Pam Vogel on the West Capitol Park steps in Albany on Monday, November 16.

Vogel, Essex County Clerk Joe Provoncha and more than a dozen county clerks from across the State were in the State's Capital to applaud the reversal of a plan that would have required all motorists to buy new license plates next April.

A statewide petition drive and public outcry has led to the reversal.  Senator Little voted against the ill-conceived plan which was included in this year's budget.

November 16, 2009
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