— 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.
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.
— 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.
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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.
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.
— "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.
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.
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.