Plattsburgh, NY – North Country Assemblyman Chris Ortloff is offering a proposal that he hopes will allow for cellular coverage throughout the Adirondack region without the need to erect new towers. If his proposal is viable, it could mean quicker access to cell service, because it would also bypass the Adirondack Park Agency's regulatory process. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Albany, NY – Students from the State and City Universities of New York say the quality of public higher education in New York is at stake because the state has fallen short in its commitment to fund its institutions. SUNY and CUNY student trustees spoke out Thursday, hoping to head Governor George Pataki off at the pass and prevent funding cuts for higher education as Tuesday's budget address draws near.
WAMC's Jessica Bloustein spoke with SUNY and CUNY students at the State Capitol.
Albany, NY – As Senators decide wether Samuel Alito will be the next US Supreme Court justice, women's groups on both the left and the right are working hard to influence the opinions of the Senate and the public.
Albany, NY – The 2006 race for governor in New York State is heating up-Assemblyman Pat Manning said publicly that he is officially in the running, pursuing both the republican and conservative nominations. He warns the heavily favored democratic candidate Eliot Spitzer that he is in for "the race of his life."
Albany, NY – Cuts to civil service positions in New York State in the last two decades have several lawmakers and labor unions claiming the state has discriminatory hiring practices. The Department of Civil Service disagrees. The stage is set this legislative session for what could either be cooperation or confrontation when it comes to increasing the minority presence in the state workforce.
WAMC's Jessica Bloustein spoke with DCS and lawmakers about minority hiring practices.
South Burlington, VT – The federal government wants state and local governments to be ready if the avian flu or any other disease spreads to the U-S. The US Department of Health and Human Services is holding forums on pandemic planning in each state. The most recent was held in Vermont on Thursday. WAMC's North County Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the morning session.