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Moriah Shock employees, families gather, hope to help ‘Save Shock’

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: January 29, 2010    PORT HENRY - Due to recent changes in the drug law, more people are eligible for Shock incarceration in this state than ever before - which makes it all the more baffling to local officials why the state would choose to try to close one of the state's four shock facilities now.

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February 1, 2010
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Senator Little Pushes Job Growth Plan

Would provide tax credits for new jobs created

  A job-growth plan proposed today by Senator Betty Little and her Republican Senate colleagues would provide a new tax credit, averaging between $2,500 and $5,000, for every new job created by businesses throughout the state.

January 26, 2010
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Glens Falls schools to study possible merger

By OMAR RICARDO AQUIJE - oaquije@poststar.com | Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2010 9:20 pm

GLENS FALLS - A study to determine if it is feasible for the city's two public school systems to merge could begin this summer.

Thomas McGowan, the superintendent of the Glens Falls City School District, said it's more practical for the study to occur over the summer than during the school year so that the consultants hired for the job have easier access to the schools.

January 26, 2010
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Production levels seen as a key to milk prices

By DAN HEATHPress Republican Staff Writer

January 24, 2010 03:28 am

Reigning in milk production levels is seen as one way to stabilize volatile milk prices that have left many local dairy farms in dire straits.

Ellenburg dairy farmer James Normandin organized a meeting with state Sen. Betty Little and representatives of two dairy cooperatives last month. Normandin said Clinton County dairy farmers lost an estimated $20.9 million in 2009. Across the state, that figure is believed to have been $669 million, he said.

January 26, 2010
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Meeting on the VICs’ future

Paul Smith’s College will host summit but says it cannot run a visitors’ nature center

By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer POSTED: January 23, 2010   

PAUL SMITHS - Paul Smith's College will host a meeting next week on the future of the state Adirondack Park Agency's Visitor Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths, which Gov. David Paterson has proposed closing along with the Newcomb VIC.

January 26, 2010
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Calling for Haiti: Local club help through telethon

Glens Falls Post Star: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 9:50 pm

GLENS FALLS -- Helping the people of Haiti became a community effort in Glens Falls on Wednesday night.

The Glens Falls Rotary Club teamed up with WNCE-TV8 to broaden relief efforts across the area through a telethon.

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January 21, 2010
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Local officials assess how the North Country will be impacted

By JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: January 20, 2010

As local politicians and organizations assessed the potential impacts of Gov. David Paterson's proposed budget on the North Country, many were concerned about how cuts would affect the region, but some saw some bright spots.

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January 20, 2010
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Governor plans to close 3 more North Country prisons (2nd update)

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: January 19, 2010

ELIZABETHTOWN - Gov. David Paterson Tuesday announced a plan in his state budget to close four more prisons, including three in the North Country: in Moriah, Lyon Mountain and Ogdensburg.

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January 20, 2010
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Land purchase moratorium proposed

By MAURY THOMPSON thompson@poststar.com | Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 11:40 pm

Gov. David Paterson, in his state budget proposal on Tuesday, called for a one-year moratorium on forest preserve and open space acquisitions.

The moratorium would prohibit the state from buying land or conservation easements in the Adirondack Park and elsewhere in the state until at least April 2011.

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January 20, 2010
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PRESS REPUBLICAN EDITORIAL: Progress on cell coverage

January 20, 2010 03:25 am

The Adirondack Park Agency and cell companies, especially Verizon, deserve credit for the progress that has been made in cell coverage along the Adirondack Northway over the past couple of years.

January 20, 2010
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2 local prisons doomed

By LOHR McKINSTRYPress Republican Staff Writer

January 20, 2010 06:27 am

MORIAH — Prison staffs in Lyon Mountain and Moriah were shocked Tuesday to learn their facilities are now slated to close.

As part of sweeping budget cuts announced by Gov. David Paterson, Lyon Mountain Correctional Facility in Clinton County is expected to close January 2011, with Moriah Shock Incarceration Facility in Essex County to follow in April 2011.

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January 20, 2010
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Legislature Begins Review of Governor's Executive Budget

Statement by Senator Betty Little

 “There’s no question in anyone’s mind of the economic challenge New York State government faces this year and next

January 19, 2010
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Local reps discuss state government at NCCC

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

SARANAC LAKE - Gov. David Paterson will unveil his 2010-11 state budget next Tuesday, and it is being reported that it will contain a $2 billion spending increase.

Although this is much less than the $11 billion increase, including $8 billion in new taxes and fees, that led to the current $133 billion state budget last year, three North Country legislators said they would prefer a budget that doesn't increase spending at all.

January 15, 2010
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North Country representatives want APA curbed

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer

SARANAC LAKE - The Tri-Lakes area's three representatives in Albany said they think the state Adirondack Park Agency has strayed much too far from its original role, but they stopped short of calling for its abolition.

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January 15, 2010
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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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Reaction to State Comptroller DiNapoli’s Audit of Bridges

STATEMENT BY SENATOR BETTY LITTLE

     “Anyone in Albany who has a doubt about the importance of making bridge repair a priority this year should visit the businesses and families affected by the closure in Crown Point.  Or try adding a self-imposed two hour detour to their daily commute for a week or two to get a glimpse of what it means to lose something as vital as a bridge in their community.  

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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North Country reps like governor’s State of the State speech

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."

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January 8, 2010
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