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Essex County officials testify during a mandate relief hearing at the Conference Center at Lake Placid on Friday. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Essex County officials testify during a mandate relief hearing at the Conference Center at Lake Placid on Friday. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Local officials press Lt. Gov. for mandate relief

Gov. Cuomo's Mandate Relief Council continued its statewide tour Friday with a three-hour hearing on at Lake Placid's new conference center.

The council consists of state lawmakers and members of Cuomo's administration. The group listened to concerns about unfunded mandates presented by officials from across the North Country; the system "is broken," they told the council.

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy moderated Friday's hearing. He said the forums have been educational, and he hopes mandate relief can be accomplished as quickly as possible.

Chris Morris has our story.  Go to full article
In 2008, a technician was found to be falsifying data at the State Police Forensic Investigation Center in Albany. He escaped detection for 15 years. Photo: Mike Melita, Innovation Trail
In 2008, a technician was found to be falsifying data at the State Police Forensic Investigation Center in Albany. He escaped detection for 15 years. Photo: Mike Melita, Innovation Trail

Can New York labs handle more DNA?

There's a new effort in Albany to pass a bill that would bring about a major expansion to the New York's DNA databank.

Both prosecutors and defense attorneys agree that having more DNA can help solve more crimes, but not everyone agrees that this bill does enough to ensure justice. WMHT's Marie Cusick reports for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article

Siena Poll on Teachers

A new poll finds that half of New Yorkers believe the recent agreement on a new teacher evaluation system in every school district will improve education. The poll was taken by the Siena Research Institute.

At the insistence of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the State Education Department and the teachers' unions agreed on the new evaluation system.

The Siena Poll finds that while 50% of New Yorkers think the evaluations will improve education, 38% say it will have no effect, and 3% say it will make things worse.

A majority of those surveyed also said the agreement is fair to teachers.

The poll finds that Cuomo, himself, continues to have strong favorability and job performance ratings, although both are down slightly this month.

The Siena Institute telephone more than 800 New Yorkers in the last month of February for the poll. It has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.4%.  Go to full article
The road to hell is paved in amortizing pensions.

As budget due-date draws closer, pension reform still a major sticking point

Pension reform remains a tough issue as budget talks between Governor Cuomo and the legislature enter the last month before the April deadline.

Mayors and local officials pleaded their case for reform this week. Unions oppose the governor's plan, and state lawmakers are divided. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
The North Country REDC's award, announced December 8, 2011, was the second-largest in the state.
The North Country REDC's award, announced December 8, 2011, was the second-largest in the state.

Adirondack Environmental advocate says environmental spending creates jobs

Some of the $103 million in grants the North Country Regional Economic Development Council won, will come out of the state's Environmental Protection fund. And the spokesman for the conservation group the Adirondack council says that makes sense.  Go to full article
Ryan Martin, CHS sophomore, faxing legislators while we wait. Photo: Carol Pynchon
Ryan Martin, CHS sophomore, faxing legislators while we wait. Photo: Carol Pynchon

Students say advocacy trip to Albany was persuasive

Three busloads of students and parents from Canton Central Schools are recovering today from a roundtrip to Albany yesterday (Wednesday). They were among 600 rural school advocates there from around the state to lobby for a bigger share of the state budget.
Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Its not a philosophical debate. Its about saving money.

Citing high costs, local leaders support Cuomo's pension reform plan

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and mayors and county leaders from around the state came to the state Capitol to support Governor Andrew Cuomo's push for pension reform. They say they are "crashing and burning" under the rising costs. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Students from Canton's AP Government class after an assembly to explain state aid cuts to other students.
Students from Canton's AP Government class after an assembly to explain state aid cuts to other students.

Canton students led the way to Albany advocacy trip

What started as a field trip for a Canton Central School Government class has become a live-issue that has busloads of students, parents, and school officials headed to Albany Wednesday.

They're worried that Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal for school aid this year will mean huge cutbacks to their programs.

Cuomo has called himself the lobbyist for students. These were his comments during his budget proposal speech last month, talking about refocusing education on student needs, "This was not supposed to be about the adults, it was supposed to be about the children. It was supposed to be the best way to educate children, and respecting the tax dollar to do it."

Cuomo has proposed a 4.1% hike in education funding. But that still leaves Canton Central with a $2.5 million shortfall.

The students want the Governor to see how his budget is affecting kids in poor, rural districts. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article
What we have seen in Albany over these last couple of months is a complete circus. We need to end the sideshows.

Federal court will redraw congressional district maps

A federal court is taking over the drawing of new congressional district maps in New York, after lawmakers failed to meet their own self-imposed deadline to draw new lines.

Lawmakers have already released new maps for Senate and Assembly lines. Now, a coalition that includes former State Attorney General Robert Abrams is urging Governor Cuomo to use a veto threat as leverage to win changes for next time. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
That is all about corporate CEOs driving an agenda that tells future [state workers] to give up hope of future security.

Cuomo says he's flexible on state employee pensions, to a point

Governor Andrew Cuomo took a step back Monday from his proposal to give new state workers the option of defined contribution 401k-style retirement plan. But the governor says without pension reform, local governments in New York could end up "bankrupt." Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

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