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AMBER Alert: America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response

The Amber Alert Plan is a voluntary partnership between TV and radio stations and law enforcement agencies to broadcast an urgent bulletin in child abduction cases.  Statistics show that a quick response is of the essence and one of the most crucial factors in finding a missing child.

You may have seen an Amber Alert on TV or heard one on the radio, but I wanted you to know that updates are also available via email and cell phone.  To register to receive updates please visit: http://amber.ny.gov/.

December 15, 2009
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South Street project to get $1M shot in the arm

By MAURY THOMPSON, thompson@poststar.com | Posted: Monday, December 14, 2009 6:05 pm

GLENS FALLS -- In this case, city officials don't mind going back to the drawing board.

The original plan was to make infrastructure and streetscape improvements around two key development projects at either end of South Street.

To read more click HERE.

December 15, 2009
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FAQ -- What happens to all of the Lottery Revenue?

I am frequently asked how much does the New York State Lottery contributesto state education funding. 

Below is a simple breakdown of school funding statewide and the Lottery's impact.

Where Do Schools Get Their Money?

Local Taxes:     46 percent ($22.92 billion)

State Sources:     39 percent ($19.23 billion)(other than NYS Lottery)

NYS Lottery:     5 percent ($2.36 billion)

December 14, 2009
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POST STAR EDITORIAL: Last chance to speak up

Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 3:00 am

This is your last shot.

If you don't go to tonight's public hearing on the Warren County budget and tell them what you think, you'll be stuck with whatever they dish out.

Warren County government has been in the spotlight this year as the poster child for what happens when you spend too much during the good times and don't plan for the bad times.

To read more click HERE.

December 10, 2009
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South Street project funding clears another hurdle

By MAURY THOMPSON, thompson@poststar.com | Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 12:35 pm

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.

December 10, 2009
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Medical Malpractive Focus of Senate Hearing

State Senator Betty Little listens to the response of a question she posed during a New York State Senate hearing about medical malpractice reform.  While the health care debate continues in Washington, D.C., Little and her colleagues are examining ways to control health care costs in New York State.

Little is pictured next to Sen. Neil Breslin of Albany during the December 1 hearing in the state Capital.

 

December 8, 2009
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Plans abound for Rogers Island

By NICK REISMAN reisman@poststar.com | Posted: Monday, December 7, 2009 5:00 pm

FORT EDWARD -- The wish list of things to do on Rogers Island is pretty long.

For officials and residents in Fort Edward, the hope is to start improvements at the island's northern end and work toward the southern end.

To read more click HERE.

 

December 8, 2009
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Spa City reaction is mixed as Bruno guilty of corruption

By DREW KERR - dkerr@poststar.com | Posted: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 1:00 am

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The sign hovering above the mineral water spring at the Saratoga Spa State Park has long been a source of frustration for Saratoga Springs resident Louise Goldstein.

Now she thinks she might finally be able to do something about it.

To read more click HERE.

December 8, 2009
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Lawmakers: Bruno case points to need for reform in Albany

By CASEY RYAN VOCKContributing Writer

December 08, 2009 03:28 am

PLATTSBURGH — Local state representatives hope the conviction of former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno on two counts of felony corruption could change how politics works in the state's capital.

"This is just a perfect example of why we need to have serious ethics reform in Albany," Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward (R-Willsboro) said Monday.

To read more click HERE.

December 8, 2009
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In My Opinion -- Hold off on Adirondack land purchases until further review

Op-ed by Senator Betty LittleTuesday, November 24, 2009

November 30, 2009
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State shouldn't buy land it can't afford

By SEN. BETTY LITTLEIn My Opinion

November 27, 2009 06:39 am

— "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.

To read more click HERE.

November 30, 2009
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Judge rules against towns, counties on APA shoreline regs

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.

November 30, 2009
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Little, County Clerks Cheer License Plate Reversal

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.

November 16, 2009
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Little: Conflicting building codes a problem

By Dayelin Roman droman@poststar.com | Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2009 5:35 pm

LAKE GEORGE -- State Sen. Elizabeth Little said the state Department of Health will stop enforcing its own set of building codes after complaints that those rules conflict with other state guidelines, and have forced otherwise compliant local motel and hotels to make costly and perhaps unnecessary repairs.

"There’s really no need for the Department of Health to get involved with building codes," Little said.

November 16, 2009
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CROWN POINT, BATCHELLERVILLE RESIDENTS RALLY AT STATE CAPITOL

Want to focus attention on New York’s crumbling infrastructure

The sudden closure last month of a roughly half-mile bridge spanning Lake Champlain in Essex County points to the need to immediately address New York State’s deteriorating bridges and roadways.

November 10, 2009
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A lifeline 'up there' is severed

By FRED LEBRUN COMMENTARY

First published: Sunday, October 25, 2009 -- Times Union A bridge is a lifeline.

Four thousand cars a day cross the Champlain Bridge that connects Crown Point on the New York side with Addison, Vt. At least that was the case until Oct. 16, when state engineers declared the bridge unsafe for travel and shut it down indefinitely. Gov. Paterson declared a state disaster emergency, which theoretically triggers all manner of relief and federal funding to restore a lifeline quickly.

October 27, 2009
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Stairs, roof being fixed at St. Armand Town Hall

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: October 26, 2009

BLOOMINGDALE - There are no stairs in front of the St. Armand Town Hall.

The old stairs, which were badly cracked after years of water getting in and freezing, have been removed, and new ones, which are designed so this won't happen, are going to be put in. For now, people can use the side entrance.

To read more click HERE.

 

October 27, 2009
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Altering Forest Preserve is rare, but it's necessary

Post Star EditorialPosted: Friday, October 23, 2009 10:00 am

You'd think the last thing any loyal, tree-hugging environmentalist would support is a power line cut right through the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

But in a rare display of kinship between environmental groups, Adirondack community leaders and big business, they're supporting a statewide ballot proposition to run a three-mile electrical line through the environmentally sensitive state forest preserve to provide emergency power to the community of Tupper Lake.

October 27, 2009
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Stimulus: Is it working up here?

It’s hard to say; even state officials have trouble following the money. It does seem to be helping bolster the North Country’s roads, bridges, schools and a medical research lab, but it’s not creating long-term jobs

By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer POSTED: October 24, 2009

Federal stimulus money has been trickling into the North Country over the past six months, but whether it's helped to boost the region's economy or has created anything more than seasonal jobs so far is debatable.

October 27, 2009
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Crown Point Bridge Updates -- October 27

Crown Point Bridge Update -- Tuesday, October 27

For Immediate Release: October 26, 2009NY Contact: Marissa Shorenstein | Marissa.Shorenstein@chamber.state.ny.us | 212.681.4640 | 518.474.8418VT Contact: Dennise Casey | State of Vermont | 802.828.3333

NEW YORK GOVERNOR PATERSON AND VERMONT GOVERNOR DOUGLAS ANNOUNCE TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES TO ASSIST RESIDENTS IMPACTED BY THE LAKE CHAMPLAIN BRIDGE CLOSURE

October 22, 2009
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