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NYS Ag chief Darrel Aubertine and former GOP Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava top the list of potential Democratic candidates for the NY-21 Congressional race.
NYS Ag chief Darrel Aubertine and former GOP Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava top the list of potential Democratic candidates for the NY-21 Congressional race.

We could have a Democratic NY-21 candidate by end of day today

Democratic leaders in the North Country say they'll hold a daylong meeting today in Long Lake to review possible candidates for the 21st District House seat.

In December, Plattsburgh Democrat Bill Owens announced that he wouldn't seek another term. That sparked a political scramble in the region.  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

Essex County faces tough choices in new budget plan

Budget season is heating up for town and county governments, and in Essex County that could mean some big changes.

A pair of popular county-run services - the Horace Nye Nursing Home and the fish hatchery - could be cut loose as lawmakers look to present a budget that meets the state's new 2 percent property tax cap.

Supervisors are also considering layoffs, after a key union that represents 450 workers declined to renegotiate the final year of its contract.  Go to full article
Can Jane Corwin avoid Dede Scozzafava's fate? (Photo: Corwin Facebook site)
Can Jane Corwin avoid Dede Scozzafava's fate? (Photo: Corwin Facebook site)

NY GOP scrambles to avoid repeat of Scozzafava-Hoffman debacle

Next week voters in western New York will elect a new member of Congress.

The 26th district is conservative territory, but Republicans are worried that they could see a repeat of the debacle in the North Country that already cost them one House seat.

In 2009, tea party candidate Doug Hoffman and Republican Dede Scozzafava split the conservative vote in the 23rd district House race.

That opened the door to a special election victory by Bill Owens.

Now the GOP is scrambling to hold onto a seat against a Democrat and a well-known businessman who's running on the tea party line.

Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Scozzafava has emerged in a new role as Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government
Scozzafava has emerged in a new role as Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government

Scozzafava takes on reform and downsizing of local governments

Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing to downsize state government in New York by more than $10 billion. But he's also trying to shrink the number of local governments and school districts. Cuomo is cutting aid to towns and villages, while also pushing for a cap on local property taxes.

One of the people leading that effort is former North Country Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava from Governeur. Cuomo picked Scozzafava in January to serve as Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government. As Brian Mann reports, Scozzafava says the state isn't trying to force communities to dissolve or consolidate their local governments.  Go to full article
Doug Hofffman speaks to reporters in Watertown during last fall's special election.
Doug Hofffman speaks to reporters in Watertown during last fall's special election.

Hoffman out; 23rd race looks simpler

A race that threatened to complicate the conservative vote in the North Country's 23rd congressional district got simpler yesterday.

Conservative Doug Hoffman dropped out, urging his supporters to cast their ballots for Republican Matt Doheny. That clears the way for Doheny's challenge of Democratic incumbent Bill Owens, and ends a remarkable political adventure that began more than a year ago in the NY23 special election.

In a statement yesterday, Hoffman wrote he never intended to split the Republican vote in the 23rd District. But it's not clear whether the endorsement will send all Hoffman's supporters Doheny's way. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
After the explosion, the bridge's skeleton remained (Photos:  Mark Kurtz)
After the explosion, the bridge's skeleton remained (Photos: Mark Kurtz)

After eight decades, historic Crown Point bridge meets fiery end

The Crown Point bridge across Lake Champlain was demolished yesterday morning, just after ten o'clock. The span had served as a major link between Vermont and upstate New York for eight decades. It became a part of the North Country landscape and lore. Deterioration of the bridge and its closure in mid-October have crippled the Champlain Valley economy, straining ties between communities on both sides of the lake. As Brian Mann reports, many local people hope that yesterday's massive explosion marks a first step toward getting their lives back to normal.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Brian Kolb heads the GOP caucus in the Assembly (Source: NYS Assembly)
Assemblyman Brian Kolb heads the GOP caucus in the Assembly (Source: NYS Assembly)

Republican Assembly leader: Moderates welcome

The Republican Party in New York state has suffered some painful blows in the last decade. The GOP has lost every statewide election and seen its congressional delegation nearly wiped out, even losing House seats here in the North Country. Brian Kolb leads the GOP's minority caucus in the state Assembly. His caucus holds only about a quarter of the seats in the Assembly. In large part that's because the increasingly conservative Republican Party has struggled to compete in New York City. Kolb spoke with Brian Mann this week about the future of his party. He says a nearly two-to-one voter-enrollment advantage gives Democrats a big headstart.  Go to full article

Hacketts' bankruptcy no surprise

An iconic North Country retailer has filed for bankruptcy. Hacketts stores filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday. President and COO Herbert Becker said in a press release the move will allow the company to "assure its financial viability while repaying creditors". He said Hacketts intends to keep its existing stores in Ogdensburg, Massena, Tupper Lake, and Sackets Harbor open.

Hacketts was founded in Ogdensburg in the mid-1800s. At its peak two years ago, Hacketts had expanded to nine stores as far-flung as Pulaski and Hamilton. But that growth hid massive debt in Hacketts' parent company, Seaway Valley Capital Corporation, owned by Thomas Scozzafava, brother of Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava. Martha Foley talks with David Sommerstein, who has reported extensively on Seaway Valley and Hacketts, about what the bankruptcy means.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru)
Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru)

Duprey says moderates must have a place within the GOP

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, who lives in the town of Peru, was a staunch supporter of Republican congressional candidate Dede Scozzafava. The two women share a number of maverick views that clash with their party leadership, including their support for a woman's right to choose and gay marriage. In the days since Tuesday's election Duprey says her office has been barraged with angry emails, including some that threaten her with physical violence. She sat down yesterday to talk with Brian Mann about the future of the North Country's Republican Party.  Go to full article

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