State aid in support of libraries was the focus of a meeting with Senator Betty Little in Albany on Wednesday, February 25. With work continuing on the state budget, librarians and trustees representing the Southern Adirondack and Northern New York Library Systems made the case for increased aid, noting that library aid is currently $86.6 million annually, about $16 million short of what is required by New York State Education Law. According to a January 2015 Siena Poll, library usage is up 10 percent statewide
The Pember Library and Museum were established in Granville, NY, in 1909, by Franklin Tanner Pember and his wife Ellen Wood Pember. Both institutions continue to operate in the building designed and built for this purpose. The Pember Library is housed on the first floor of the marble structure and The Pember Museum of Natural History is located on the second floor
I had the pleasure of welcoming Quebec’s Minister of International Relations, the Honorable Christine St-Pierre, to my office in Plattsburgh on Thursday, January 29th. She was accompanied by the Delegate General Jean-Claude Lauzon. Earlier in the day, Minister St-Pierre was the featured guest at a gala luncheon sponsored by SUNY Plattsburgh’s Institute on Quebec Studies and The Development Corporation.
The name of Constable Volunteer Firefighter Timothy “Benny” Lamere was added to the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall at the Empire State Plaza in Albany on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Lamere died August 21, 2012, at the age of 47, of a heart attack following a rigorous training session teaching firefighters to escape structures using a rappeling technique.
Queensbury High School students spoke about their Youth & Government experiences at a YMCA “Healthy Kids Day” advocacy event in Albany earlier today. Pictured from left are Tyler Hancock, Cameryn Quinan, Marcie Fraser of Time Warner Cable News, Keelin Zwynenburg, Madeline Corder and their YMCA advisor, Dan Kane.
Students participating in the New Vision Government and Law program talk with Senator Betty Little in her Albany office on Tuesday, April 29. The Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES program gives college-bound students interested in pre-law, political science and law enforcement a chance to interact with a wide range of legal and elected officials and learn skills and responsibilities of each field. Earlier in the day, the group met with Assemblywoman Janet Duprey. The group included Kaitlin Fye, Louis Goodrow and Mike Smith, all from St.
Three SUNY Plattsburgh students were invited to exhibit undergraduate research projects at the Innovative Exploration Forum in Albany on Tuesday, April 1. Pictured (from left) in the Well of the Legislative Office Building are Matthew Rusek, Michael Haynes, Senator Betty Little and Justin Andrews. The event featured more than 100 student-produced poster displays in a range of academic disciplines by some of SUNY’s most talented undergraduate scholars.
A contingent of North Country veterans are pictured with Senator Betty Little in her Albany office on Tuesday, March 18. The veterans visited the State Capital to discuss numerous issues including funding for veterans’ programs and the creation of a New York State veterans ceremony. Little is cosponsoring legislation to provide a state contract preference for service-connected, disabled veteran-owned small businesses. Pictured from left are: Mario Cristaldi, Joseph Proulx, Robert St. John, Randy Farmer, Senator Little and Clinton County Veterans Service Agency Director Steve Bowman.
Alvin Smith of Champlain was honored as a New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYSACCE) 2014 “Student of the Year.” Mr. Smith shared his journey as an adult education student with Senator Betty Little in her Albany office on Wednesday, March 12. Pictured from left are Senator Little, Mr. Smith and adult literacy instructors, Lanelle Wood and Gay Ellen Carlsson.
Senator Betty Little (center) talks with county and town highway superintendents during the annual “Local Roads Matter” lobby day in Albany on Wednesday, March 5. Under the executive budget proposal, funding for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) and the Federal Municipal Streets and Highways Program (“Marchiselli”) would be held at current levels.
CROSS-BORDER ISSUES DISCUSSED IN ALBANY – Senator Betty Little is pictured with Quebec’s New York delegate general, Dominique Poirier, in the senator’s Albany office on Monday, March 3. Little and Poirier discussed tourism, the success of Canadian companies operating in New York and the importance of the cross-border trade relationship.
Senator Betty Little discusses the Jobs for Heroes program at a press conference in the State Capitol on Monday, February 10. Little is a sponsor of the proposal that would establish a five percent goal in the awarding of State contracts to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. She is working to have the measure included in the state budget.
Granville High School's Team 4305A, SIX SIGMA, has advanced to the VEX Robotics World's Championship in Anaheim CA in April. Only 400 high school teams from around the world are invited to compete. The team is one of six representing New York State. Pictured from left to right are Marc Billow (Holding Trophy), Josh Sumner, Adam Browe, Gabrielle, Hilder, Hollis Pauquette, Matt Bixby, and coach Gary Gendron. The team is now raising $7,000 to make the trip out west and the coach said anyone wishing to support them in this effort can do so through the Granville Central School.
Officials representing the Clinton, Warren, Essex and Washington County Offices for the Aging were in Albany Tuesday, February 4 to talk with Senator Betty Little about issues important to those they serve and to discuss the proposed state budget. Pictured from left are: Crystal Carter (Clinton), Christie Sabo (Warren), Senator Little, Patty Bashaw (Essex) and Gina Cantanucci-Mitchell (Washington).
I had the incredible honor and good fortune of setting the last piece to complete the North Creek Mosaic Project. Over 500 volunteers, including local residents, seasonal guests, students and artists, had a hand in creating this masterpiece, a more than 180-foot mural depicting recreation and wildlife in the Adirondacks. The mosaic comprises tens of thousands of broken bits of glass, tiles, seashells and stained glass, much of which was donated.
When a disaster strikes, being prepared is never a regret. This month is National Preparedness Month, a time designated to raise awareness and encourage families and communities to think about emergency plans.
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Senator Betty Little is pictured with Jack Higgins, a World War II veteran who landed on Omaha Beach during the Normandy Invasion. Jack was the Grand Marshall of the North Warren Bicentennial Parade in Pottersville on Saturday, August 24, 2013.
Senator Betty Little is pictured with Michael and Jen Parker at the Essex County Fair on Friday, August 2, 2013. The fair celebrated its 165th anniversary, welcoming families and tourists for another great year celebrating Adirondack agricultural heritage with lots of fun and food for all to enjoy.