Officials in Essex County, New York have been working to close a 13-million dollar budget gap in the 2013 budget. While they hope a pending sale of the county-run nursing home will make a difference, they say mandate relief from the state would be more helpful.
The rural Adirondack County has one of the lowest tax rates in New York State and has been using their fund balance to hold the line on property tax increases. Essex County Manager Dan Palmer says that may not be possible much longer.
Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources is helping cities and towns control stormwater runoff.
Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears says the state will invest federal money to help communities.
He said in Northfield, for example, officials are considering a proposed biomass plant and a plan to treat resulting wastewater. In Isle La Motte, officials are seeking money for engineering services that might improve stormwater runoff.
A Vermont board says budgets for Vermont's 14 hospitals for the next fiscal year are not on a sustainable path.
The Green Mountain Care Board says it has approved budgets that will result in a 5.1 percent increase in hospital net patient revenue for fiscal year 2013. The board had set a target increase of 3.75 percent.
Anya Rader Wallack, chairwoman of the Green Mountain Care Board, says the budgets reflect the board's priorities in reducing costs and investing in health reforms, but she says more work needs to be done.
The proposed 2013 budget for the city of Plattsburgh has been released. The Mayor says “lack of meaningful reform” in Albany and an “underperforming pension fund” made it one of the most difficult to craft since he has been in office.
A 23-year-old Vermont man is being held on charges stemming from a crash that killed a 17-year-old girl in Rutland.
Police say Alex Spanos of Rutland was inhaling chemicals before his car went off the road Wednesday and into a parked car, pushing it into 17-year-old Carly Ferro, a pedestrian who had just walked out of a store.
Ferro died in the hospital. Her father, who was in parked car, was hospitalized with a head injury.
Spanos pleaded not guilty Friday to manslaughter and other charges for his role in the crash that killed Ferro.
Police in Barre are looking for a man who fled the scene after nearly running down a sheriff's deputy who was working on a traffic control detail.
Barre police say the deputy was working a traffic detail at the intersection of Washington and Academy streets early Friday when a white Subaru Impreza came toward the deputy and forced him to jump into his cruiser to avoid being hit.
The car then hit a utility pole and the driver jumped out and fled. The sheriff tried to pursue the man, but was limited by his own injuries suffered by jumping out of the way.