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Lost link, disrupted lives

Closure leaves few options for users of Champlain Bridge    By BRIAN NEARING, Times Union Staff writer

First published: Tuesday, October 20, 2009  CROWN POINT -- Harvey and Geraldine Wood sat in their parked SUV, looking out Monday at the closed Champlain Bridge and into Vermont. There, about 25 miles away in Middlebury, their seriously ill son is in a nursing home. And the way to see him just got a lot longer, time consuming and more expensive.

October 20, 2009
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Montreal-New York City high-speed rail a priority for Quebec

By DAN HEATHPress Republican Staff WriterOctober 20, 2009 03:28 am

PLATTSBURGH — High-speed rail service between Montreal and New York City is one key way to make North America's first green transportation corridor.

Pierre Arcand, minister of international relations for the government of Quebec, said that was one of the topics of discussion when Quebec Premier Jean Charest and New York Gov. David Paterson met two weeks ago.

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October 20, 2009
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Vital bridge at Crown Point closed

By LOHR McKINSTRYPress Republican Staff WriterOctober 17, 2009 03:28 am

CROWN POINT — After an inspection showed it could collapse, the massive Champlain Bridge connecting New York and Vermont was closed indefinitely Friday afternoon.

Two of the bridge's concrete piers had significant erosion below the water line, State Department of Transportation Regional Structural Engineer Thomas Hoffman said.

To read more click HERE.

October 19, 2009
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Crown Point bridge closed indefinitely

By MAURY THOMPSON thompson@poststar.com | Posted: Friday, October 16, 2009 3:40 pm

CROWN POINT -- The Lake Champlain Bridge was closed indefinitely on Friday after an inspection revealed problems with the bridge's foundation.

Closure of the main traffic route between Crown Point and Chimney Point, Vt., has resulted in a 100-mile detour on Route 4 through Whitehall, and on Vermont routes 22A and 17.

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October 16, 2009
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Crown Point Bridge closed indefinitely

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: October 16, 2009    The state Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation closed the Crown Point Bridge Friday afternoon due to structural problems with two of the bridge's supports.

The state found that two of the piers, which are concrete supports anchored in the water, had "deteriorated to the point where they're not structurally sound to support the weight of the bridge above the pier," said Dan Mac Entee, spokesman for state Sen. Betty Little.

October 16, 2009
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Paterson pitches plan to cut deficits by $5B

Wire and staff reports GLENS FALLS POST STAR

Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2009 11:00 pm

ALBANY -- In a defining moment for Gov. David Paterson, the Democrat proposed Thursday a rare midyear school aid reduction as well as cuts to hospitals, nursing homes and aid to college students, all to contend with the state's growing deficit.

"It's pain that is indescribable, but it is the only way to keep this state from going into default," Paterson said. "I would expect I will come into harsh criticism."

October 16, 2009
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FUNDING AWARDED FOR GAS PIPELINE PROJECT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY

The St. Lawrence Gas Distribution Project has been awarded a $2.5 million grant for construction of a natural gas pipeline that will spur economic growth in Franklin County.  The funding was announced by Governor David Paterson on Tuesday, October 13 at the Franklin County Courthouse.Senator Betty Little, who previously secured $2 million for the project, joined the governor along with Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, county and town elected officials, business and civic leaders and representatives of St.

October 14, 2009
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Paterson in Malone - with cash

By DENISE A. RAYMOPress Republican Staff Writer

October 14, 2009 03:28 am

MALONE — Gov. David Paterson came to Malone Tuesday to announce that St. Lawrence Gas will get $2.5 million to extend its natural-gas pipeline through Franklin County.

The proposed 48-mile project would enter through Moira and follow a preferred path along an abandoned railway to the Village of Chateaugay, bringing potential energy savings to businesses along the route.

October 14, 2009
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Paterson announces $2.5M for natural gas pipeline

By CHRIS KNIGHT, Enterprise Senior Staff Writer POSTED: October 14, 2009

Paterson Gov. David Paterson made a rare visit to the North Country Tuesday to announce $2.5 million in funding for a natural gas pipeline into northern Franklin County.

St. Lawrence Gas wants to extend a natural gas pipeline 48 miles, from the town of Stockholm in St. Lawrence County to the village of Chateaugay in Franklin County.

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October 14, 2009
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Remote dispatching would increase Tupper patrols

By DENISE A. RAYMOPress Republican Staff Writer

TUPPER LAKE — A six-month pilot program would put an extra patrol car on the street in Tupper Lake while dispatching is handled by Franklin County 911 staff.

Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost said remote dispatching would take place only between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. on each Friday, Saturday and Sunday — the times Police Chief Thomas Fee identified as needing the most personnel out on patrol.

October 7, 2009
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Local officials rap camp re-use effort

By KIM SMITH DEDAMPress Republican Staff Writer

GABRIELS — Local officials question how much effort the Department of Correctional Services put into marketing closed Camp Gabriels prison for re-use.

"I plan to find out how much marketing DOCS did," Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) told the Press-Republican.

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October 7, 2009
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No takers for Camp Gabriels

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: October 1, 2009  

GABRIELS - A reuse report released Thursday names two users who may still be interested but contains no suggested or planned reuse for former minimum-security prison Camp Gabriels.

Interested users can still inspect the facility, but the state Department of Correctional Services plans to file a certificate of abandonment with the state Office of General Services.

October 7, 2009
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No takers for Camp Gabriels

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: October 1, 2009  

GABRIELS - A reuse report released Thursday names two users who may still be interested but contains no suggested or planned reuse for former minimum-security prison Camp Gabriels.

Interested users can still inspect the facility, but the state Department of Correctional Services plans to file a certificate of abandonment with the state Office of General Services.

October 7, 2009
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Water quality was focus of Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Hearing

Senator Betty Little and Senator Antoine Thompson, chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, listen to testimony at a water-quality hearing in Albany today.  The public hearing drew testimony from experts on many issues including sewage treatment, drinking water quality, storm water infrastructure, detection of pharmaceuticals in drinking water supplies and aquatic invasive species.

October 1, 2009
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CVPH receives $5.1 million in state grants

September 29, 2009 03:28 am

PLATTSBURGH — CVPH Medical Center has received two state grants totaling slightly more than $5.1 million for infrastructure for the Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot and to advance ambulatory cardiac care.

The grants were part of a total of $436 million awarded under the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law of New York State to further improvements to the state's health-care system.

To read more click HERE.

September 29, 2009
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FORUM FOCUSES ATTENTION ON NEEDS OF VETERANS ATTENDING COLLEGE

Senator Betty Little along with the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs sponsored a roundtable discussion at Adirondack Community College on Friday, September 25 that focused attention on the needs of veterans attending college.

More than two dozen college officials and veterans’ advocates from throughout the North Country and Vermont attended, discussing ideas to make area college campuses more veteran-friendly.

September 28, 2009
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Little asks for refunds on big cigarette fees

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: September 25, 2009 

BLOOMINGDALE - The 2009-10 state budget increased the cost of a retail license to sell tobacco from $100 to $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000, depending on a retailer's gross sales.

Although a Long Island judge put a temporary restraining order on the collection of the new, higher fees last month, some stores had already submitted their 2010 license applications and paid the higher fees.

September 28, 2009
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LITTLE: COURT ACTION HALTS FEE HIKE ON RETAILERS

Writes letter to state tax department urging refund for businesses that already paid

Senator Betty Little today said she is pleased by a State Supreme Court judge’s decision late last week that has prevented the state from collecting a huge cigarette fee increase on North Country retailers and others throughout the state.  In a letter to the New York State Tax Department, Little today requested that businesses that have already paid the higher fee be refunded the money immediately.

September 24, 2009
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Business leaders outline concerns on doing business in New York

By DAN HEATHStaff Writer, Press Republican

September 24, 2009 03:28 am

PLATTSBURGH — Local business leaders complained Wednesday about how state fees, taxes and regulations are hindering their competitiveness and ability to create and retain jobs.

The setting was the third of five statewide hearings to gather business input, Unshackle Upstate Executive Director Brian Sampson said. The purpose is to create a record to bring to state government officials to develop a pro-growth agenda for the state.

September 24, 2009
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Senator Betty Little talks about Samuel de Champlain at Crown Point Celebration

State Senator Betty Little was one of the guest speakers at the Crown Point Quadricentennial Day Celebration on Saturday, September 19, 2009.

The event commemorating Samuel de Champlain's discovery of beautiful Lake Champlain also featured historic, cultural, educational and family activities, a special ceremony rededicating the Crown Point Lighthouse and a fireworks show.

September 23, 2009
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