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Obama announces McHugh as Army secretary to bipartisan praise (2nd update)

By NATHAN BROWN and JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writers, and JON HOCHSCHARTNER, Enterprise Intern POSTED: June 2, 2009  The Army's gain is expected to be the North Country's loss of a popular, centrist Republican representative who for 15 years has represented the largest congressional district east of the Mississippi River.

John McHugh, who has represented most of the North Country in Congress since 1993, was nominated as secretary of the Army by President Barack Obama at noon Tuesday.

June 2, 2009
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Who should pay for police overtime on Ironman weekend?

By JON HOCHSCHARTNER, Enterprise Intern POSTED: June 2, 2009 

LAKE PLACID - State police, Ironman triathlon organizers, the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau and other local leaders are in discussions regarding who should foot the bill for state police overtime incurred at future Ironman races.

June 2, 2009
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North Country congressman nominated as Army secretary

By JOE LOTEMPLIO, Press-RepublicanStaff Writer

June 02, 2009 02:07 pm

— PLATTSBURGH — President Barack Obama nominated North Country Congressman John McHugh on Tuesday as secretary of the Army.

McHugh, a Republican from Pierrepont Manor near Watertown, has represented the North Country in Congress in the 23rd District since 1993. He is ranking GOP member of the House Armed Services Committee and has frequently visited the troops in Iran and Afghanistan.

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‘Green’ borrowing pushed

$5B state bond sought for water, sewer, transit projects

By Stephen Williams, Daily Gazette.  Posted: May 30, 2009

CAPITOL — A coalition including environmental groups, labor and mass transit organizations is pushing for a $5 billion environment-oriented bond proposal to be put before state voters this fall.

The leaders of the Assembly and Senate environmental conservation committees are endorsing the plan, which would simply put the funding request before voters.

June 2, 2009
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Paving the road to tax reform

OUR VIEW: Circuit breaker is not perfect, but it will work for nowGlens Falls Post-Star Editorial. Posted: Friday, May 29, 2009

A circuit breaker isn’t the best solution to high property taxes.

By itself, it’s not even a good solution. It might even be counterproductive to cutting taxes over the long run.

But at this time during a crippling economic recession, when New Yorkers are struggling to pay their rising property taxes, the circuit breaker provides immediate, stop-gap tax relief for many residents.

June 2, 2009
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Bill could ease local government mergers

Petitions would need 1/10 of registered voters instead of current 1/3

By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: May 29, 2009

SARANAC LAKE - A law that could pass this year would make it easier for municipalities to start the process of consolidation or dissolution.

The New York Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act has gone through the Local Government committees of both the Senate and Assembly, Dan Mac Entee, spokesman for state Sen. Betty Little of Queensbury, said Wednesday. He said it is now going through other committees.

June 2, 2009
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Little: Weakened Drug Law Puts Residents At Risk

Urges immediate repeal of Rockefeller reform provision

Senator Betty Little says a provision of the Rockefeller drug law reform adopted in this year’s budget and scheduled to take effect June 8 will effectively hide the records of many drug felons from criminal background check review.

June 1, 2009
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