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 Bill Owens' political fortunes have been married to the Affordable Care Act since November 2009.  NCPR file photo
Bill Owens' political fortunes have been married to the Affordable Care Act since November 2009. NCPR file photo

NY21: Democrat Owens will campaign on health reform

The Affordable Healthcare Act is expected to be front and center in next year's congressional campaign. Republicans are hoping to turn dissatisfaction with the law into a wave of victories in 2014.

Democrats, meanwhile, have been pressuring President Barack Obama to improve the program sometimes known as "Obamacare," which was designed to make insurance more affordable to millions more Americans.

Some Democratic lawmakers have even been distancing themselves from the policy.

But North Country's congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh, appears comfortable campaigning on his support for the Healthcare Act and says the program is working for people in his district.  Go to full article
Non-profit leaders and government officials met last week at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake to talk about growing the region's non-profit sector. Photo: Brian Mann
Non-profit leaders and government officials met last week at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake to talk about growing the region's non-profit sector. Photo: Brian Mann

North Country non-profits struggle to grow jobs and attract dollars

This week NCPR is looking at the role that non-profit organizations are playing in the North Country's economy.

Hospitals, research labs, and universities provide some of the best jobs, bringing new investment and grant money to our small towns. But even as non-profits work to grow and attract even more economic development to the region, they face big hurdles, including the loss of government dollars.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Zack Seward
Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Zack Seward

Cuomo: Washington gridlock won't affect Obamacare in NY

Governor Cuomo says threats in Congress to defund Obamacare won't have any effect on the federal Affordable Health Care Act going forward in New York.

Cuomo says even if Congress is gridlocked over funding for the federal health care act, New York will still be going ahead on October 1st with the required health care exchanges.  Go to full article
EJ Noble would be renamed Gouverneur Hospital in a new partnership with Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Photo by Julie Grant
EJ Noble would be renamed Gouverneur Hospital in a new partnership with Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Photo by Julie Grant

Gouverneur hospital to fold, join forces with Canton-Potsdam

A downward slide has ended for the small rural hospital in Gouverneur.

In a press release late yesterday, the chairs of the EJ Noble Hospital and Canton-Potsdam Hospital boards of directors announced the sale and dissolution of the small hospital after decades of financial struggles.

Most of EJ Noble's assets and services are expected to survive in a newly created two- hospital system led by nearby Canton-Potsdam Hospital. EJ Noble will be renamed Gouverneur Hospital.  Go to full article
St. Lawrence Health Initiative Exec. Director Ruth Fishbeck says all 13 of her employees have similar standing desks in their offices. Photo: Todd Moe
St. Lawrence Health Initiative Exec. Director Ruth Fishbeck says all 13 of her employees have similar standing desks in their offices. Photo: Todd Moe

The health effects of workplace mobility

Recently on NPR's Morning Edition, we've heard stories about health-conscious office workers standing at work, at special elevated work stations. In America, we tend to spend more than half of our waking hours sitting down. On an average day this will probably consist of driving, working at a desk, and then relaxing in front of the TV.

A Potsdam organization - St. Lawrence Health Initiative - has been using standing desks for all 13 employees for more than a year. Executive Director Ruth Fishbeck says she'd also like to experiment with treadmill desks. Todd Moe stopped by recently to talk with Fishbeck about the health benefits of standing at work - weight loss, more energy and better concentration. And, she says, it doesn't mean standing all day.  Go to full article
File Photo: Karen DeWitt
File Photo: Karen DeWitt

Senate candidate opposes abortion, even in rape cases

Republican Wendy Long says she thinks abortion should be illegal in the US, even in cases when the pregnancy results from rape.

Long is running for the US Senate against Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand, who is pro-choice.

Abortion and rape have become major issues on the campaign trail, as more Republican Senate candidates have embraced the idea that women who are victims of sexual violence should be denied access to abortions.

The latest Siena Research Institute poll, released Friday morning, shows Long winning support from just 24 percent of voters in New York. Gillibrand is winning 67 percent of the vote.  Go to full article
Democrat Bill Owens (at left) and Green Party candidate Donald Hassig. Photo: Brian Mann
Democrat Bill Owens (at left) and Green Party candidate Donald Hassig. Photo: Brian Mann

NY21 Debate: Owens, Doheny, Hassig spar over healthcare

Tuesday night's congressional debate in Queensbury ranged over a wide range of topics, but the issue that ignited the candidates and the crowd was health care. Republican Matt Doheny argued for repealing the Affordable Care Act and warned that the Democratic reform measure was "anti-constitutional."

That sparked a fierce reaction from Democrat Bill Owens, Green Party Candidate Donald Hassig and from the audience at Queensbury High School.  Go to full article
Celeste Beeman of Port Henry, a certified nurse's assistant at Horace Nye, protests the sale outside the Essex County Courthouse. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Celeste Beeman of Port Henry, a certified nurse's assistant at Horace Nye, protests the sale outside the Essex County Courthouse. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Deepening budget woes force local governments into "moral" dilemmas

Half a decade after the Great Recession began, many local governments around the US and here in the North Country are still hurting. Core services and programs are being scaled back, cut or privatized. Last month alone, another 9,000 public sector workers were laid off nationwide.

While the private sector economy is creaking back to life, government experts say they sources of revenue that fund local programs haven't revived. As Brian Mann reports, that's sparked a new debate over what government should look like--not at the Federal level, but at the grassroots.  Go to full article
Tedra and Ted Cobb
Tedra and Ted Cobb

Swimming a mile for hospice

Dozens of swimmers will gather in Hannawa Falls for the Third Annual "Swim a Mile for Hospice" event on Saturday. It's a non-competitive mile long swim to benefit the work hospice does in the St. Lawrence Valley. Last summer, swimmers young and old took to the water at Postwood Park Beach.

Todd Moe caught up with members of Team Cobb--a father-daughter swim team, Ted and Tedra Cobb-- before a practice swim in the pool at St. Lawrence University. Tedra's mother was a hospice patient a few years ago, and Tedra will be back in the water on Saturday.  Go to full article

Most NY leaders hail health care ruling

New York's politicians and major health care providers are applauding the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's health care law. Meanwhile, an Albany Law School expert says Chief Justice John Roberts may have been concerned about his legacy, and that was a factor in his decision. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

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