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A Warren County supervisor will launch her campaign for the New York State Assembly this week.

North Country officials are mulling over New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State speech and the more than 300-page book that details the Democrat’s proposals.  As WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, there are a number of policies that area officials are optimistic about.

New York state Senator Betty Little announces she will not run for re-election in 2020
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Longtime Republican New York state Senator Betty Little announced today that she will not run for re-election in 2020. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, Little is the second Republican in a week to make such a move.

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New York State Senator Betty Little, a Republican from the 45th District, will not seek re-election in 2020. Little joined the Senate in 2003 after seven years in the state Assembly. 

The panel consisted of (from left) Dave Wolfe, Neal Woodworth, Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman D. Billy Jones with host Thom Hallock
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The importance of getting broadband service into underserved areas of the Adirondacks and North Country region was the focus of a recent forum in Plattsburgh.

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The New York Senate and Assembly members representing the Adirondack region have introduced legislation intended to limit road salt pollution.

Eight-term Republican New York state Senator Betty Little has spent most of her career in the majority. But now she’s adjusting to being in the minority after Democrats took control of the Senate in November’s elections.  The changes include a smaller budget. To compensate, the northern New York Senator has cut staff salaries and closed her regional Plattsburgh office.  Little tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that not having a regional office will be difficult but will not change her commitment to constituents.

Legislators have a number of issues to tackle including marijuana, education, climate change and infrastructure spending.
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With Gov. Andrew Cuomo promising an aggressive agenda during the first 100 days of his third term, it figures to be a busy session when the full state legislature convenes in Albany January 9.

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The Troy City Council President is apologizing two days after being arrested by New York State Police for driving while intoxicated.

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It looks like New York's 213 state lawmakers are getting a pay raise despite some last-minute hopes the package could be modified.

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Awards were announced today at the Capital Center in Albany for the eighth round of Regional Economic Development Council funding.

New York state Senator Betty Little represents the 45th district, which includes Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Warren and parts of St. Lawrence and Washington Counties. She served seven years in the Assembly before her election to the upper chamber in November 2002. The Republican is now facing Democrat Emily Martz as she seeks another term. Little says she is seeking her 9th term because she loves what she’s doing.

Senator Betty Little (left) and Assemblyman D. Billy Jones (right) visit Plattsburgh with state Housing Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas (center)
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In January, Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the New York state Health Department to study the impact of legalization of marijuana. Issued in July, the report concluded: “The positive effects of a regulated marijuana market in New York State outweigh the potential negative impacts.” During a visit to Plattsburgh this week the region’s state Senate and Assembly representatives weighed in about the potential for pot legalization.

One of the losing Democratic candidates in last week’s Democratic primary in New York’s 21st District is now mounting a challenge to incumbent Republican state Senator Betty Little.

Regional representatives discuss state issues during annual legislative forum in Plattsburgh
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The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Legislative Breakfast today.  It’s an opportunity for the region’s officials and business interests to hear from and question their representatives in Albany. This year, much of the focus was on the proposed state budget.

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In January, New York state Senator Betty Little outlined her agenda and goals for the legislative session.  Now that the session has adjourned, the Republican from the 45th district tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley she was successful at passing a number of bills, but frustrated with the lack of substantive movement on issues such as ethics reform. She believes one of the session’s successes was finally ending the education funding Gap Elimination Adjustment.

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State education commissioner MaryEllen Elia made an appearance Thursday at the Early College Career Academy on the campus of SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, in southern Warren County.

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A packed room of business and non-profit leaders from across the northern tier gathered Friday morning to hear from their state representatives on the progress of initiatives in Albany.

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A bill passed by the New York State Senate would allow towns more freedom in controlling the speed limit on roadways. 

The legislation passed by the state Senate Tuesday would allow towns in New York with populations of 50,000 or less to set the speed limit within their jurisdictions. Under current law, towns are required to petition the New York State Department of Transportation in order to change a speed limit – a process that can take a considerable amount of time.

However, villages, cities, and several larger communities are exempt from having to petition.

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A high profile Republican in the 21st Congressional District says she will not run for the seat being vacated by Democrat Bill Owens.