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NCPR News Staff: Nora Flaherty

Digital Editor, News

Nora Flaherty began her career in public radio as a reporter and on-air host at Michigan Radio, where she did stories on environmental issues, housing, the arts, among other things. Nora moved to New York City in 2005, and became a producer at WFUV. At WFUV, Nora hosted a weekly interview program and reported on the long-term issues faced by September 11th survivors, education, and less serious topics like fairy tales, freak shows and pop music.

At NCPR, Nora has hosted the daily news program All Before Five, and reported on local politics, the arts, agriculture and entrepreneurship. She has recently taken on a new role as Digital Editor for News.

Nora’s work has won awards from the Associated Press, New York State Broadcasters Association, and Public Radio News Directors, Inc., as well as a Gracie Award.

A serious dog person, Nora loves hanging out with her "pack" (her husband and their two dogs), cooking, and driving in foreign countries. E-mail

Stories filed by Nora Flaherty

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Flooded homes in Tupper Lake. Photo: Jim Bisson.
Flooded homes in Tupper Lake. Photo: Jim Bisson.

Northern New York will wait for FEMA aid

People are still waiting to hear about federal aid for repairing and rebuilding in the areas damaged by the flooding that started in April.

Governor Cuomo asked President Obama on May 25th to declare a major federal disaster in New York. That request was a step in the process of receiving aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

At the time it seemed like a foregone conclusion -- but nothing's happened yet and FEMA aid now seems less certain.  Go to full article
It has the potential for people to be homeless, for people to be without electricity, for people to be without heat.

Local aid groups coping without FEMA

Federal Emergency Management come in when major natural disasters hit, but few people know they provide aid for much less dramatic emergencies through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

Earlier this year, however, FEMA told expectant organizations that they don't know when -- or if -- they can expect the money.  Go to full article

Local support for SUNY tuition change

SUNY Canton president Joe Kennedy was in Albany today talking with legislators in support of a bill to raise tuition 5 percent.

Kennedy said although tuition increases are unpopular, students might well end up saving money.  Go to full article
They've never received an antibiotic or a growth-promoting hormone or an animal byproduct in their feed.

Company seeks high-end beef from North Country farmers

A Maine-based beef company wants North Country farmers to raise beef cattle for a high-end retail market.

Pineland Farms Natural Meats is looking to buy between 150 and 200 head of cattle a month from North Country farmers and it's holding a meeting Friday to tell farmers about company requirements.  Go to full article
We'll just have to wait and see how it plays out...whether we make it up the rest of the year or not is questionable.

Farmers struggle to catch up after a month of floods

The economic effects of the flooding that began in late April are still being felt by many in the north country--the rains have left homes and communities heavily damaged; tourism dollars have been lost.

And after more than a month of exceptionally wet weather, area farmers are saying they may not be able to catch up with the planting they need to do for the fall harvest. Fields have been too wet in many cases to plant corn, or to harvest grass for hay--and it's getting down to the wire.  Go to full article

"New" Paul Smiths VIC opens with new outlook

Early last year after state budget cuts, the Adirondack Park Agency announced it couldn't afford to keep running the visitor interpretive center at Paul Smiths.

It seemed natural the school would take over the much-loved interpretive center. But nothing is simple. It ended up working out, and Paul Smiths VIC reopened this weekend. Nora Flaherty has the story of how the college is making the VIC its own.
(Tomorrow, Brian Mann reports on the rebirth of the Newcomb VIC.)  Go to full article
Andrew Cuomo inspects flood damage in Port Henry (File photo/Brian Mann)
Andrew Cuomo inspects flood damage in Port Henry (File photo/Brian Mann)

On the road to FEMA aid, Cuomo seeks major federal disaster designation for NY

Governor Cuomo formally requested Wednesday that President Obama declare a major federal disaster in New York, in the wake of the rain and flooding that have been going on since April 26. The move comes as local officials continue to raise concern about state and Federal aid for recovery efforts across the region.

As Martha Foley reports, Cuomo's request has the support of North Country congressman Bill Owens.  Go to full article
High water persists at Crown Point. Photo by Sarah Harris
High water persists at Crown Point. Photo by Sarah Harris

Lake Champlain shores up against floods--again

Lake Champlain rose again this week, thanks to 20 to30 mile-an-hour winds Monday that pushed water back onto some roads and waterfront.

The damages are still mounting. After weeks of high water, the lake remains at flood stage, threatening roads, homes, wells and septic systems.

Clinton County Emergency Services Director Eric Day yesterday called this the "slowest natural disaster ever experienced" in the county.

Day predicts it'll take many weeks of effort to bring hard-hit areas back to normal, and said some of the shoreline may always look more like an ocean coastline than serene lakeshore.

Nora Flaherty talked with Day late yesterday.  Go to full article

Brasher to loan to local businesses

The town of Brasher has taken the first step toward creating a local development corporation to make loans to local businesses.

Brasher's right next door to the Akwesasne Mohawk casino, and under the gambling compact that made way for that casino, the town gets a share of the profits--so do Massena, Fort Covington, and Bombay. That Mohawks give the money to the state, and the state passes it back to the towns, earmarked for tourism, infrastructure, gambling addiction education--and local economic development. Nora Flaherty reports.  Go to full article
It came down to that the only thing left to cut was programs and people.

In face of budget cuts, county health departments must make tough choices

Cuts in federal and state aid and a potential 2% property tax cap mean North Country County public health departments are facing some tough choices. What those choices are likely to be is just now starting to come out as the departments are beginning to formulate their budgets for next year.  Go to full article

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