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Pataki signs ?Timothy?s Law?

Governor Pataki, in one of his last acts in office, signed into law a mental health parity bill known as Timothy's Law. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Sustaining Lake Placid's Olympic heritage costs tens of millions of dollars
Sustaining Lake Placid's Olympic heritage costs tens of millions of dollars

Debating Lake Placid's cost and effect

This year, Lake Placid's sports and tourism venues received more than $40 million in state subsidies. That's roughly $15 thousand for every man, woman and child living inside the village limits. Governor George Pataki has described Lake Placid as an economic engine that helps drive the entire Adirondack economy. But as he leaves office next week, some are asking whether the massive public investment in the Olympic village has paid off. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Charter school advocates remain hopeful

Governor Pataki will end his tenure without getting an increase in the number of charter schools in the state. But advocates are hopeful that the new Governor, Eliot Spitzer, will allow more charter schools to open. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Governor Pataki distributes $26 million to North Country

Governor George Pataki made what's expected to be his last official visit to the North Country on Friday. While in the region, he handed out taxpayer-funded grants worth roughly $26 million. As Brian Mann reports, most of the cash went to subsidize tourist trains and to promote winter sports.  Go to full article

Pataki considers mental health bill

During last week's special session, the state Assembly approved Timothy's Law. It requires that insurance companies cover mental illnesses as comprehensively as they treat physical ailments. It only needs Governor Pataki's signature to become law, but as Karen DeWitt reports, that occurrence is far from certain. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki, Silver in spat over failure of civil confinement plan

A day after an unsuccessful special legislative session, two of the state's top politicians, Governor Pataki and Assembly Speaker Silver, were trading blame for what went wrong. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki, GOP Senate confirm APA commissioners

During their special session yesterday in Albany, the state Senate confirmed two new members to the Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners. As Brian Mann reports, the move was part of Governor Pataki's last minute blitz of appointments.  Go to full article

Unions urge lawmakers to keep hospitals open

Teachers, nurses, and university workers unions will hold a rally at the Capitol today to urge state lawmakers to reject Governor Pataki's plan to close nine hospitals and consolidate dozens of others. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Groups voice concerns over civil confinement plan

Tomorrow, the state legislature will return for a special session called by Governor Pataki to address the civil confinement of sexual predators. Last month, New York's highest court ruled the state wrongly kept violent sex offenders in psychiatric facilities after they served their prison sentences. Pataki has proposed a bill that would make the practice legal. The state has already retrofitted the former St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg to become a high-security facility for up to 80 sexually violent predators. Yesterday in Albany, a coalition of groups asked lawmakers to oppose the civil confinement plan. They say it wastes money and does not address the real problems with sex offenders. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers to return for special session

On Wednesday, the legislature will return for a special session called by Governor Pataki to address the civil confinement of sexual predators. Other issues could come up as well, including a possible pay raise for lawmakers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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