Of course bills often come together and pass the legislature at the last moment, so what's going to happen in the next couple days is anyone's guess. But how is all of this happening? Turns out it's much more complicated, and less transparent, than what you might remember from Schoolhouse Rock.Go to full article
Jun 18, 2013 — State conservation Commissioner Joe Martens is at the center of some of the biggest debates in the North Country.
Under Martens' leadership, the DEC has agreed to reopen the management plan for the rail corridor that runs through the Adirondack Park. He's also a key player in the planning process for tens of thousands of acres of former Finch Pruyn lands that are now being added to the Park's forest preserve.
As the session in Albany winds to a close Martens is also pushing hard to win approval in the state Assembly for a controversial land swap in Essex County. That deal would allow a company called NYCO to expand its mining operation onto state Park land. In exchange, NYCO would purchase roughly 1500 acres that would be added to the forest preserve.
Martens spoke about those issue with our Adirondack bureau chief, Brian Mann. Go to full article
Jun 18, 2013 — There's three days left in the legislative session, and chances are dimming for a settlement on an abortion rights provision in the Women's Equality Act, and for reform of campaign financing and other anti-corruption measures.
Jun 18, 2013 — Another Canadian mayor is in political trouble. Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum was arrested on multiple corruption charges early yesterday morning. Now, Quebec premier... Go to full article
Jun 18, 2013 — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki was in Syracuse last week, to mark the 60th anniversary of the city's VA Medical Center. He also helped to formally open a new... Go to full article
Jun 18, 2013 — Cuomo and legislative leaders hold private talks on Monday and reveal very little. Authorities still haven't determined what caused six U.S. border agents to fall ill after... Go to full article
Jun 18, 2013 — The author of a new book of soup recipes from sixty ski resort towns around the country will be in Lake Placid for a book party on Thursday. Jennie Iverson's Ski Town...Go to full article
Jun 18, 2013 — Each year Canada's Council for the Arts awards the Governor General's Literary Awards to the best books of the year. The winning novel for 2012, The Purchase, chronicles what... Go to full article
Glens Falls, NY, Jun 18, 2013 — Akron Ohio is the Mecca of soap box derby racers and references to "going to Akron" was heard often on the Murray Street hill in Glens Falls this past Saturday. Since being... Go to full article