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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.

To read more click HERE.

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."

To read more click HERE.

January 8, 2010
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Schumer hits South Street

By MAURY THOMPSON thompson@poststar.com | Posted: Thursday, January 7, 2010 11:10 pm

GLENS FALLS -- Downtown revitalization takes "a whole lot of steps," said U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

"To rebuild a downtown and rebuild a community, you don't just do one thing," he said. "You do one thing and then you build on that, and then do the next and build on that, and then do the next and build on that."

January 8, 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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Senator Little Outlines 2010 Legislative Priorities

STATEMENT BY SENATOR BETTY LITTLE

“There are several clear priorities for this year’s legislative session.

January 6, 2010
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Independence and Productive Living Focus of Glens Falls Meeting

Senator Betty Little is pictured with Bill VanDenburg and his sisters, Vanessa Millis and Mary Sutliff, following a meeting in the senator's Glens Falls office.  The meeting, which was organized by Tim Place, President and CEO of Community, Work and Independence, Inc., focused on helping individuals strive to reach their potential to be productive and included members of their local community.  CWI is a not-for-profit community rehabilitation provider located in Glens Falls that offers a myriad of services to meet the needs of the medically frail, developmentally disabled, me

January 5, 2010
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Christmas Eve March Honors Soldiers

State Senator Betty Little participates in the annual Queensbury National Guard Soldiers Christmas Eve March, a tradition to recognize the sacrifices being made by all American soldiers and service members who are serving away from their families.

New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Queensbury Armory, local veterans and families of those serving our nation spent the morning of Christmas Eve conducting a three to five mile march to express support for their loved ones serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and locations around the world.

 

January 5, 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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