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.
By NATHAN BROWN and CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Staff Writers POSTED: January 7, 2010
Three of the North Country's Republican representatives in Albany offered general praise for Democratic Gov. David Paterson's State of the State speech, with one saying it provides "a glimmer of hope."
January 5, 2011 - By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer
Cutting spending, capping property taxes, cutting unfunded mandates to local government, cutting the size of state government - overall, the North Country's legislators agreed with much of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's message in his first State of the State address Wednesday.
Statement by Senator Betty Little -- Wednesday, January 5, 2011
"I agree with many of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ideas outlined to build toward a better future of responsible government spending and cultivate an economic climate that attracts investment, rewards success and encourages innovation and entrepreneurship.
"If we aren’t optimistic about the future, the fortitude to make the tough decisions will be lacking. There’s no question that closing the $10 billion deficit will require significant cuts to services and programs. Difficult choices have to be made, but they can and should be smart choices. The divisiveness of hyper-partisan politics has to end and be replaced with a constructive dialogue that leads to sensible policy decisions.
The tragic shooting at an Arizona "Congress on Your Corner" event on Saturday should not stop the tradition of free and open dialogue between elected officials and the public, legislators from the region said.
"What separates us from other cultures and other governments is our approachability," said U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam.
February 23, 2011 - By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer
In 2009, the town of Newcomb had to pay a $1,000 fine to the state because the town didn't notify the town 30 days before the town applied to renew the liquor license for the town golf course.