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Elizabethtown Community Hospital VA Clinic (SOURCE:  VA)
Elizabethtown Community Hospital VA Clinic (SOURCE: VA)

VA may cut Elizabethtown clinic; considers Saranac Lake branch

Federal officials in Albany are considering shutting down the oldest VA clinic in the North Country. The clinic in Elizabethtown, operated by the Elizabethtown Hospital, has been service military veterans since 1988. VA officials say the region's doctor shortage and the need to serve more vets in the Tri-Lakes area could prompt them to move the clinic to Saranac Lake. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Richard Iannuzzi (Source: NYSUT)
Richard Iannuzzi (Source: NYSUT)

Top teachers union leader calls for property tax reform

Today across the North Country, voters will elect new school board members. They'll also decide the fate of their local school district budgets, which are largely funded by local property taxes. Propety tax reform is on many minds this year. In Albany, Gov. David Paterson has renewed his call for property tax reform. He meets with legislatve leaders today to push for reform legislation before the end of the session in late June. The national economic crisis has reshaped the discussion of public education. Many districts in the region are being forced to cut teachers and other staff, while raising property taxes. Brian Mann spoke with Richard Iannuzzi, head of New York State United Teachers, the most powerful teachers union in New York. Iannuzzi says federal stimulus money has given New Yorkers time to rethink the way we pay for our schools.  Go to full article
Thomas Golisano talks to reporters
Thomas Golisano talks to reporters

Golisano says taxes, Governor are "forcing" him to move out of state

Billionaire businessman Tom Golisano says he has to move out of state because of high taxes. The three-time gubernatorial candidate went to Albany yesterday to blame his exodus on Governor David Paterson. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Resigning head of state ethics panel blames "witch hunt"

The head of the state ethics commission resigned yesterday, several days after the state inspector general charged him with violating the public officers law in connection with the Troopergate scandal. Meanwhile, Governor David Paterson says he wants to abolish the panel and set up a new one. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Paterson wants restaurants to count calories

Governor David Paterson wants to require chain style restaurants across New York to post the caloric content of the foods they serve, as a means of combating obesity. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

The Hudson as a classroom

Two Lake Placid students are taking their senior project to a historic waterway this month. Ian McMullen and Nick Kulina will paddle kayaks down the Hudson River from the Adirondacks to Manhattan. They've done their homework. Planning began last fall for the two-week trek. It's a personal challenge and a way to promote kayaking. Ian McMullen told Todd Moe he'd like to inspire more teens to enjoy outdoor recreation.  Go to full article

North Country braces for loss of corrections camps and jobs

Governor David Paterson has ordered the state Department of Correctional services to cut more than 2,000 jobs statewide. According to a letter sent to state agencies, the lay-offs will begin by July. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Absentee tally begins in 20th district race

County officials will begin tallying absentee ballots today in the hotly contested race for the 20th congressional district seat. Republican Jim Tedisco currently leads the race by just 17 votes over Democrat Scott Murphy. Brian Mann has an update.  Go to full article

Republicans fight over a North Country office they already hold

The election for Essex County District Attorney is half a year away, but it's already sparking controversy. Last week, the county's Republican committee declined to endorse incumbent District Attorney Julie Garcia--herself a Republican. Instead, the GOP is backing Kristy Sprague, currently an assistant DA in neighboring Clinton County. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Teen pianist Joey Izzo balances music, sports

14-year old Lake Placid teen pianist Joey Izzo balances his time between home schooling, skiing, mountain biking and music. He joined Todd Moe live in the studio for music and conversation shortly after stealing the show at the Saranac Lake Winter carnival in February. Here's a reprise.  Go to full article

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