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State Senate Approves Measure to Raise ‘PANS’ Awareness

From the Office of State Senator Betty Little Would help combat neuropsychiatric syndrome affecting children The State Senate today gave final legislative approval of legislation (S5750) sponsored by Senator Betty Little to raise awareness of pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome, known as PANS. “PANS attacks the brain. It comes on quickly and can be challenging to […]

Assemblyman Jones’ Bill Passes Assembly

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced a bill he introduced that would increase awareness about a syndrome affecting children has passed the Assembly. The measure would add pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS) to the state’s health care and wellness education and outreach program (A.7614). “As a parent, few things are more heart-wrenching than seeing our children […]

Assemblyman Billy Jones to host town hall meeting to discuss state budget, address community issues Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced he will be hosting an informational town hall meeting to discuss the 2017-18 state budget with residents as well as address local concerns. The meeting will take place on Thursday, May 11, from 4–5 p.m. […]

From the Office of Assemblyman Billy Jones

Assemblyman Jones helps secure funding to deter crime through rehabilitation Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that the 2017-18 state budget he helped pass includes $17,500 in funding to create a substance use disorder counselor position at the Clinton County Jail in partnership with the Champlain Valley Family Center. “Time and time again, those struggling with […]

Assemblyman Jone’s 2017 Women of Distinction Announced

From the Office of Assemblyman Billy Jones   Throughout the month of March, Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) received almost 100 nominations in honor of Women’s History Month for his upcoming 2017 Women of Distinction Awards. Award recipients will be honored at a ceremony this weekend. Jones noted, “This event will serve as a great opportunity to […]

Little Says Budget Funds Issues Important to the North Country

From the Office of State Senator Betty Little State Senator Betty Little today said the newly approved 2017-18 state budget provides funding for many programs and services identified as North Country priorities for the upcoming fiscal year.  Little said the new budget makes the largest investment in clean water infrastructure in state history, enacts workers’ compensation reform to reduce […]

Assemblyman Jones: Budget Works for North Country Families, Economy

From the office of Assemblyman Billy Jones Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that he helped pass a $153.1 billion 2017-18 state budget that will improve North Country roads and bridges, invest in public education and close the skills gap to get people back to work. “We’re investing in opportunity, supporting those who need a helping […]

Assemblyman Jones Favors Ride-hailing Expansion Beyond NYC

From the Office of Assemblyman Bill Jones Assemblyman Jones: Ride-hailing is long overdue for upstate New York “While New York City has reaped the benefits of ride-hailing services for years, upstate communities have been unfairly left out. It’s time to change that. That’s why I support allowing these valuable services to operate in all corners […]

From the Office of Assemblyman Bill Jones

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that the Assembly’s 2017-18 state budget proposal helps grow the economy, gives North Country communities the resources they need and invests in vital agriculture programs. “During my recent district tour, North Country residents voiced their concerns with many of the governor’s proposals and local officials made it clear that a […]

DEC Statewide Forest Ranger Highlights

Forest Ranger Actions for 2/26 – 3/5/17 Recent missions carried out by DEC Forest Rangers include: Town of Coxsackie Greene County Recovery: On Feb. 26 at 6:33 p.m., Lt. Kevin Beiter was alerted that a human skull was found in the Vosburgh Swamp Wildlife Management Area in Coxsackie, just off of Four Mile Point Road. […]

Assemblyman Jones Co-Sponsored Legislation to Fix STAR Program Passes Assembly

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that legislation he co-sponsored, to reform the state’s School Tax Relief (STAR) program to fix changes made in last years’ budget and remove barriers to prompt tax relief (A.5969) has passed the assembly. “The changes made last year hurt middle-class families the most,” said Jones. “Homeowners in the North Country […]

Assemblyman Jones is Coming to a Town Near You

From the Office of Assemblyman Billy Jones Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced the launch of his districtwide tour to hear the concerns of residents and let them know how his office can help them. The tour will kick off on Feb. 20 in the town of Champlain. “As your voice in Albany, it’s my job […]

Can tiny North Hudson serve as the Adirondack Park’s gateway? | NCPR News

Source: Can tiny North Hudson serve as the Adirondack Park’s gateway? | NCPR News

Kayleigh Mae’s Law Would Protect Infants and Toddlers from Drug Exposure

From the Office of State Senator Betty Little Named in honor of 13-month-old who died of drug overdose The New York State Senate today approved legislation that would require drug testing of children less than three-years-old if they are in the vicinity of a parent or legal guardian arrested on a drug charge. The bill […]

From the Office of Assemblyman Billy Jones

Assemblyman Jones announces committee appointments Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced he has been appointed to five Assembly standing committees including Aging, Agriculture, Economic Development, Small Business and Tourism. “I am honored to be entrusted to serve on these distinguished committees as a newly elected member,” said Jones. “Serving on these vital committees will aid in […]

A Statement from Assemblyman Billy Jones

Budget should include middle-class tax cuts and increased education aid. “As the budget process goes underway, I’ll fight for a budget that will help North Country families succeed right here at home. We must ensure a fair budget that includes tax relief for middle-class families, an increase in education aid for North Country schools, a […]

Officials voice concern about Obamacare repeal | Local News | pressrepublican.com

State says more than 16,500 would be affected in Clinton, Essex, Franklin counties. Source: Officials voice concern about Obamacare repeal | Local News | pressrepublican.com

2016 Final Election Results and Other Interesting Statistics

Clinton County 46,203 registered voters 24,188 women 22,015 men 35,340 Clinton County voters are affiliated with a political party. 10,863 Clinton County voters are not affiliated with a political party. 17,006 (26%) are Registered Democrats. 14,270 (30%) are Registered Republicans. 10,863 (24%) are Non-Affiliated Voters. 3,243 (7%) are Registered Independence Party Voters. 3% are registered […]

‘Truly a Champion’: Retiring Assemblywoman Duprey honored at gathering | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Colleagues, officials, constituents recalled Janet Duprey’s help, achievements during career in politics Source: ‘Truly a Champion’: Retiring Assemblywoman Duprey honored at gathering | Local News | pressrepublican.com

No pay raises for state legislators, commission says – Times Union

The situation developed after Cuomo appointees on a special pay commission withheld their votes for an increase as the Nov. 15 deadline passed. Barring a last-minute decision to return to the Capitol in a special session — which Cuomo wants, but lawmakers appear to reject — legislators will start their next session in January earning […]

Trump, Schumer, Lawliss, Stefanik, Little, Mulverhill, Bruno and Favreau Carry Peru

Peru’s 2016 Unofficial Election Totals are as follows not including any absentee ballots: President of the United States Hillary Clinton – 1183 Donald J. Trump – 1352 Jill Stein – 42 Gary Johnson – 134 U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer – 1506 Wendy Long – 1100 Robin Wilson – 23 State Supreme Court Justice Mark […]

Sample Ballot for the November 8th Election

Voting in Peru for the 2016 General election will take place on Tuesday, November 8th from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the St. Augustine’s Parish Center, 3030 Main St. Click below to see a sample ballot. Click here to see a sample ballot.  For more information on voting go to the Clinton County Board […]

State Senate candidate arrested in Tupper Lake | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Green Party candidate Steve Ruzbacki, opponent to Betty Little, charged with marijuana possession. Source: State Senate candidate arrested in Tupper Lake | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Bharara: Percoco-Kaloyeros charges show ‘systemic problem’ in state government – Capitol Confidential

Source: Bharara: Percoco-Kaloyeros charges show ‘systemic problem’ in state government – Capitol Confidential

Workers Compensation rates are rising – Times Union

The state Department of Financial Services has approved an average 9.3 percent increase in workers’ compensation insurance rates starting in October, highlighting an issue that the state’s business community has long hurt New York’s competitiveness but which employee advocates say is still plagued with problems for the injured. Among the reasons for the approval by […]

$10 million coming to city downtown | News | pressrepublican.com

Governor in Plattsburgh to announce winning application. Source: $10 million coming to city downtown | News | pressrepublican.com

State Senate Approves Plan to Improve ‘Mobile Home’ Housing

From the Office of State Senator Betty Little The State Senate today approved legislation (S6954a) sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would establish a mobile and manufactured home replacement program. Little is chair of the Senate Housing, Construction and Community Development Committee. Little said the objective is to improve affordable home options by funding the […]

Ethics reform appears dead as New York lawmakers near end of session – Times Union

[…] lawmakers approved a flurry of bills pertaining to everything from creating a terrorist registry list to requiring that dogs and cats used as experimental subjects by state-funded research facilities be put up for adoption if they don’t have to be euthanized. The lack of action created proposals for a second one-year extension of state […]

Adirondack and Catskill Land Bank Proposed

From the Office of State Senator Betty Little  Senator Betty Little today announced a proposed New York State Constitutional amendment (S.8026) and corresponding enabling legislation (S.8027) to create a 750-acre land bank for the Adirondack and Catskill Parks.The land bank could be utilized to approve important local projects on state Forest Preserve lands without a […]

Kevin Mulverhill joins Assembly race | News | pressrepublican.com

Franklin County sheriff will run as a Republican; Democrat candidate Billy Jones has been endorsed by Franklin County Democratic Committee. Source: Kevin Mulverhill joins Assembly race | News | pressrepublican.com

Janet Duprey to retire | News | pressrepublican.com

Assemblywoman won’t seek re-election this fall. Source: Janet Duprey to retire | News | pressrepublican.com

After saying he’s ‘truly sorry,’ Silver gets 12 year prison sentence | POLITICO

Also fined $1.75M, forced to forfeit $5.3M Source: After saying he’s ‘truly sorry,’ Silver gets 12 year prison sentence | POLITICO

Empire State Development Launches Global NY Find in the North Country

GRANTS UP TO $50,000 AND LOANS UP TO $500,000 AVAILABLE TO HELP BUSINESSES ENTER THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE  (News Release from Empire State Development (ESD) Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the Global NY Fund Tour visited the North Country region this week, stopping first in Watertown yesterday, Monday, April 4, before heading to Plattsburgh today. […]

Cuomo takes $15 minimum wage, paid leave victory lap – Capitol Confidential

Source: Cuomo takes $15 minimum wage, paid leave victory lap – Capitol Confidential

Cuomo suggests wage ‘modification’ for farms – Times Union

Asked what he would propose, the governor remained vague: “There are special conditions on farms — we understand that — and we’re putting together a special package for farmers, because they pose a unique problem, they really do,” Cuomo said. The state Farm Bureau has been adamantly opposed to the proposed $15 hourly wage, and […]

As shortage looms, state rethinks how it recruits and treats its teachers | POLITICO

‘It’s pretty clear we’re headed for trouble’ Source: As shortage looms, state rethinks how it recruits and treats its teachers | POLITICO

Schools Don’t ‘Tech’ Advantage of $2B Bond Act – NY Daily News

Only about 50 of the more than 700 school districts in the state have even submitted applications for the money, officials said. Source: Schools don’t ‘tech’ advantage of $2B bond act – NY Daily News

After recession, social service agencies still feel the squeeze | NCPR News

Source: After recession, social service agencies still feel the squeeze | NCPR News

Lawmakers, advocates push for ‘aid in dying’ bill – Capitol Confidential

Source: Lawmakers, advocates push for ‘aid in dying’ bill – Capitol Confidential

Biz group pleased, labor upset with Cuomo’s reforms to workers’ comp | Crain’s New York Business

But the Business Council of New York State says its top priority has yet to be addressed Source: Biz group pleased, labor upset with Cuomo’s reforms to workers’ comp | Crain’s New York Business

Bharara: Not enough evidence to bring charges after Moreland Commission shutdown – Capitol Confidential

Source: Bharara: Not enough evidence to bring charges after Moreland Commission shutdown – Capitol Confidential

NY lawmakers convene: $15 wage, schools, ethics top agenda – Times Union

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers on Wednesday kicked off their 2016 session, which is expected to be dominated by debates over government corruption, education funding and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. While the Senate’s Republican majority will be an obstacle, Heastie told The […]

Lawmakers promise, again, to seize felons’ pensions | POLITICO

Cuomo, Heastie, Flanagan promise action on deal that fell through Source: Lawmakers promise, again, to seize felons’ pensions | POLITICO

Public servants, private pay – Times Union

Federal prosecutors successfully proved to a jury that former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of Manhattan took millions in bribes and kickbacks disguised as legal fees. The annual disclosure forms legislators are required to submit to the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics only asks the elected officials to provide income ranges, not specific dollar amounts, […]

Cuomo Gets Timely New York Budget but Pays Price

Cuomo Gets Timely New York Budget but Pays Price – NYTimes.com.

Cuomo Official Lays Out Surplus Plan

Cuomo official lays out surplus plan | Capital New York.

Pre-emptive Strike Aims to Save Ft. Drum

State’s legislators speak out against possibility of closing Pre-emptive strike aims to save base – Times Union.

Oil Train Foes Rally – Times Union

Oil train foes rally – Times Union.

School Business Officials Report on “The Road Ahead”

The people most in the know analyze the financial challenges facing NYS schools. The report was issued in January 2104, but it’s still very relevant. School District Insolvency by the NYS Association of School Business Officials

The Majority of Peru’s Residents Did Not Vote

By John T. Ryan Party leaders say 49% was a good turnout; nevertheless, 51% of Peru’s registered voters failed to exercise their civic responsibility in the November 2014 election. They took no part in electing a member of Congress, New York State Governor, Member of the New York State Assembly and Peru Town Justice. In […]

Prosecutor Bharara: After Silver arrest, ‘stay tuned’ for more

Capitol Confidential » Bharara: After Silver arrest, ‘stay tuned’ for more.

Assembly Democrats Standing by Their Man

Standing by their man – Times Union.

Sheldon Silver Arrested, Speaker of New York Assembly, Is Accused of Taking Millions in Graft

Sheldon Silver, Speaker of New York Assembly, Is Accused of Taking Millions in Graft 

NYS Senate Approves Women’s Equality Agenda

From the office of State Senator Betty Little The New York State Senate today approved an eight-point women’s equality agenda, including two bills sponsored by Senator Betty Little. This is the first action on bills in the 2015 legislative session. All of the bills passed with unanimous support. “With six months in the scheduled session, the state […]

Photos: Schenectady, this is what your casino will look like – Times Union

Photos: Schenectady, this is what your casino will look like – Times Union.

After Ethics Panel’s Shutdown, Loopholes Live On in Albany – NYTimes.com

After Ethics Panel’s Shutdown, Loopholes Live On in Albany – NYTimes.com.

Little Ausable River Trail is Officially Open

Story by John T. Ryan Photos by Tim Mitchell Developing a walking trail in Peru’s hamlet was first suggested in about 2005. On Sunday, October 5, 2014, years of discussions, planning, grant writing, financing, and construction climaxed at a Ribbon Cutting Opening Ceremony for the Little Ausable River Trail. Click here for individual photos. Click […]

Empire State Development Approves $20 Million To Fund Projects Including $3.6 Million for Trudeau Institute

The Empire State Development (ESD) Board of Directors met today in New York City and approved $20.4 million in funding for 30 projects that are spurring economic growth and opportunity in all 10 regions of New York State. The projects will directly create 30 new jobs and enable the creation of hundreds more while also […]

NYS Local Government is Very, Very Good to Some Employees — Especially Police

Capitol Confidential » Local government is very, very good to some employees — especially police.

DiNapoli: Town of Altona Official Misused $23,500

From the Office of NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli The former bookkeeper in the town of Altona in Clinton County altered cash receipts in order to embezzle $23,500 in public funds, according to an audit and investigation released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. “This individual controlled town finances with little oversight and had no difficulty […]

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