The Democratically-controlled Vermont Legislature adjourned last Friday despite budget veto threats from the Republican governor over the failure to reach a deal on a new teacher health insurance negotiation plan.
After a decade in office, former North Country New York state Assemblywoman Janet Duprey of the 115th district retired last year due to vision problems. But she was back at the capital in Albany recently to lobby in support of the proposed Medical Aid in Dying Act. She says her support of the measure is deeply rooted in personal experience.
Northern New York Assemblyman D. Billy Jones is in his first term representing the 115th district. He has held a series of town halls, the most recent last night in Malone. Despite the animus being seen at Congressional town halls, the Democrat says he has no qualms and finds them a useful tool.
The Vermont House has voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana, making it the first state in the country to legalize pot via its legislative body. But it’s unclear if the governor will sign it into law.
Vermont lawmakers returned to the statehouse Wednesday to try to wrap up the session. Among the issues they were expected to review is the governor’s last-minute proposal to change how teachers' health insurance plans should be negotiated.
First-term Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read campaigned on the need for the city to move away from annual one-time budgeting to a long-term fiscal planning process to stabilize finances. He has already started the 2018 budget process, working with the city council to create a five-year fiscal plan. Late last week he announced that the city has a $2 million structural deficit that must be addressed. He says it’s a situation that’s been building for years.
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a Republican from New York’s 21st district, taped a forum at the public television station in Plattsburgh Monday evening. The majority of questions focused on her vote last week in favor of the American Health Care Act.
About two dozen people filled the meeting room in the North Elba Town Hall in Lake Placid Thursday evening to hear about and ask questions about the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan for an Adirondack rail-trail plan.
A number of issues affecting the Adirondacks are pending in New York state agencies. Other will be affected by the recently passed budget. Environmental and municipal advocates discuss key priorities they say need to be addressed.
The Northeast ski season, for the most part, has ended and people are now focused on planting gardens and swimming. The season began strong, tapered off and then saw a resurgence of natural snowfall. Looking back, experts say the ski season appears to have been better than average for the region’s resorts.
Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott's office says his proposal to have teachers negotiate their health care benefits with the state, rather than their local school district can still become law despite being rejected by the Democrat-controlled Senate.