STONY POINT – A proposed high-voltage power line that would extend from Canada to New York City, and pass through the Hudson Valley, would run right by the Historic Waldron Cemetery in Stony Point, the final resting place for Revolutionary War colonists.
A group of business, labor and community leaders gathered in Stony Point Monday to declare independence from foreign power on July 1, Canada Day as the Champlain Hudson Power Express Line is being proposed.
One of the most glaring effects of the sequester budget cuts was the furloughs of air traffic controllers, which led to delays for many travelers. After two days of heated debate, a bill to end those furloughs overwhelmingly passed both houses of Congress on Friday.
The looming automatic federal budget cuts - or sequestration - will trickle down to all parts of the economy. During a meeting on business confidence, northern New York officials predicted serious consequences for some economic sectors in the region. They are also disappointed that Congress can’t, or won’t, work to find the 2-percent cuts in the federal budget.
The new Congress is getting settled in Washington with a long to-do list. In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he’s anxious to stay busy on behalf of his district.
President Obama chastised Congress for its partisan bickering and lack of progress in tackling the nation’s imperatives during his State of the Union address.
“The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem,” the president said. “They don’t expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put the nation’s interests before party. They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can.”
Democratic Congressman Bill Owens has been sworn in to a new term as the new 113th Congress convenes. On today’s Community Corner the Congressman talks about some changes he faces as he enters his new term - from a newly drawn district to a change in his committee assignment.