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Photo: David Sommerstein
Photo: David Sommerstein

NY dairy farms will get surprise inspections from OSHA

Workplace safety rules are about to get a little stricter on New York dairy farms. There's an ongoing, national debate about workplace safety on farms, which are exempt from many federal regulations.

In 2012, the Department of Labor proposed rules that would protect children from the most dangerous farm tasks. The Labor Department ended up withdrawing that proposal. About a year later, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, announced plans for a program of surprise inspections for New York dairies. The random visits are set to begin in July, in response to an alarming trend of frequent accidents in the industry.  Go to full article
Deryl Kolanko, at right, owns the Potsdam Agway. He explains his business to Congressman Bill Owens (left) and Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf (right). Photo: Sarah Harris
Deryl Kolanko, at right, owns the Potsdam Agway. He explains his business to Congressman Bill Owens (left) and Democratic candidate Aaron Woolf (right). Photo: Sarah Harris

Owens endorses and campaigns with Aaron Woolf in NY21 race

Democratic and Working Families Party candidate for Congress Aaron Woolf was in St. Lawrence County yesterday. He was campaigning and he wasn't alone. Current Congressman Bill Owens, who plans to retire at the end of this term, joined Woolf for an official endorsement as they visited local businesses.  Go to full article
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Export-Import Bank president Fred Hochberg, and Congressman Bill Owens in Ogdensburg. Photo: Zach Hirsch
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Export-Import Bank president Fred Hochberg, and Congressman Bill Owens in Ogdensburg. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Exporting North Country goods with fewer headaches

Each year, billions of dollars in material goods flow between New York and Canada. On the North Country side of the border, more and more businesses are realizing they could make good money when they export their products.

For smaller businesses, though, dealing with foreign customers and distributers can be complicated and expensive.

But at a roundtable discussion in Ogdensburg on Friday, officials told North Country business owners they can make it easier to jump into the game of international trade.  Go to full article
Watertown businessman Matt Doheny as he gave his concession speech in 2012. Photo: David Sommerstein
Watertown businessman Matt Doheny as he gave his concession speech in 2012. Photo: David Sommerstein

Doheny hopes fourth time's a charm in NY-21 run

CORRECTION ADDED 6/7/14: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Matt Doheny lost a "primary bid" leading up the special election in the then-23rd Congressional district, following the selection of Congressman John McHugh as Secretary of the Army.

In fact, there was no primary in that race. However, Matt Doheny did seek selection from North Country GOP leaders to be chosen as their candidate for that special election. Instead, the leaders chose Dede Scozzafava.

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The plot twists keep coming in the effort to win the 21st District Congressional seat that Bill Owens currently occupies. Yesterday morning, Republican Matt Doheny upended the race by announcing his fourth run in the district. Doheny narrowly lost to Owens in 2010 and 2012, and lost an internal party bid in 2009.

He joins a crowded GOP field that includes the party's endorsed candidate, Elise Stefanik, and several lesser known candidates. The Alexandria Bay native's decision riled some North Country Republican leaders.  Go to full article
Congressman Bill Owens and farmer Richard Eakins talk about corn storage. Owens voted in favor of the Farm Bill. Photo: Sarah Harris.
Congressman Bill Owens and farmer Richard Eakins talk about corn storage. Owens voted in favor of the Farm Bill. Photo: Sarah Harris.

Farm Bill moves on to Senate

The bipartisan compromise version of the Farm Bill sailed through the House of Representatives yesterday, with 60% of lawmakers voting yes. David Sommerstein reports on the 5 year, $500 billion package.  Go to full article
A train in Casselton, North Dakota carrying crude oil derailed and exploded on Dec. 30, 2013. Photo: Ken Pawluk / Associated Press / latimes.com, via NTSB press release
A train in Casselton, North Dakota carrying crude oil derailed and exploded on Dec. 30, 2013. Photo: Ken Pawluk / Associated Press / latimes.com, via NTSB press release

U.S., Canada push for safer oil tankers on North Country rails

Late Friday, U.S. and Canadian agencies made an unprecedented joint call for tough new safety rules for train cars carrying crude oil. As David Sommerstein reports, the tankers in question roll through North Country towns where speed limits have recently been increased.  Go to full article
The new, low-level bridge going up last summer underneath the old span to Cornwall. Photo: Mohawk Council of Akwesasne  Communications.
The new, low-level bridge going up last summer underneath the old span to Cornwall. Photo: Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Communications.

New Cornwall bridge opens, but it still feels closed to Mohawks

Friday at 7am, Canada opens a new bridge across the St. Lawrence River to Cornwall. Officials said the $75 million project will speed up travel and contribute to economic growth.

The port-of-entry into Canada has been plagued by long wait times since it was moved off Cornwall Island four years ago.

But Akwesasne Mohawks say the new bridge won't make traffic move faster. And they say the new bridge won't do anything to ease travel between Mohawk communities divided by the international border. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Former Gouverneur mayor and Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava works now as Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government (Source:  NYSDOS)
Former Gouverneur mayor and Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava works now as Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government (Source: NYSDOS)

Scozzafava doesn't rule out NY21 House bid

Former North Country Assemblywoman and House candidate Dede Scozzafava says she's not ruling out another run for Congress, now that Democrat Bill Owens is stepping aside.

Scozzafava, who works now for the Cuomo administration's Department of State, spoke yesterday in Plattsburgh during an interview with Mountain Lake PBS.  Go to full article
Rep. Bill Owens was an odds-on favorite to win in November.  His decision to step aside clears the way for another political brawl. NCPR file photo: Mark Kurtz
Rep. Bill Owens was an odds-on favorite to win in November. His decision to step aside clears the way for another political brawl. NCPR file photo: Mark Kurtz

Owens steps aside, opening fierce NY 21 battle

In a shocking political development, North Country congressman Bill Owens announced yesterday that he will not seek reelection in November. This announcement throws a seat which had been a safe hold for Democrats into what will likely be fierce contention.

In a press conference yesterday afternoon, Owens said he was stepping down following about six weeks of introspection about his role in Washington. He said gridlock and partisan venom contributed to his decision, but that "wasn't the driving force."

Owens predicted that Democrats would have a serious shot holding the 21st district. He noted that Barack Obama won the North Country region in 2012.  Go to full article
A train in Casselton, North Dakota carrying crude oil derailed and exploded on Dec. 30, 2013. Photo: Ken Pawluk / Associated Press / latimes.com, via NTSB press release
A train in Casselton, North Dakota carrying crude oil derailed and exploded on Dec. 30, 2013. Photo: Ken Pawluk / Associated Press / latimes.com, via NTSB press release

Lawmakers seek reform on 'unsafe' rail cars

North Country Congressman Bill Owens is joining a bipartisan effort to require rail companies to retrofit tanker cars the federal government deemed unsafe years ago. Owens became involved in the issue after a series of reports by North Country Public Radio. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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