Albany, NY – Groups that want a state legislature that is more open, and not under the iron hand control of the majority leaders, will be in Albany this week to put pressure on lawmakers to implement reforms. WAMC's Senior Correspondent Brian Shields reports.
Albany, NY – Good government groups in New York announced today that they plan to hold Albany lawmakers accountable for their pre-election reform promises by issuing an annual "Report Card on Reform". The groups' assessments will be based on ten reform measures they issued in October. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Woodstock, NY – The owners of a shop in Woodstock, New York, are leaving for South India at the end of the week to help with rebuilding efforts in the wake of the recent tsunami. The couple sells goods imported from the community in India to where they are headed, a community in which certain parts were devastated. Other Woodstock residents are busy helping to collect funds for the couple to take with them. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Catskill, NY – The Cayuga Indian Nation of New York reportedly will not renew its contract with Sullivan County-based Empire Resorts. The two had been working towards building a casino next to the Monticello Raceway, where Empire Resorts currently operates a so-called racino. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Albany, NY – New York's legislative session gets under way this week, and reform groups have put Governor George Pataki and the legislature on notice. They say they'll be watching to make sure lawmakers follow through on campaign promises to change their ways. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt has the story.
Hartford, CT – A bipartisan group of Connecticut legislators is hoping to convince the General Assembly to sign onto major structural reforms for the State Ethics Commission. WAMC's Connecticut Correspondent Av Harris reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership proposal failed to pass in this session of Congress. The legislation, sponsored by Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords, would help preserve the historic, cultural and recreational resources of the Champlain Valley region. But critics say the measure favors Vermont, and want to see changes in the proposal. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Montpelier, VT – Instant run-off voting will again be an issue in the upcoming legislative session in Vermont. Advocates plan to introduce at least two proposals and the Vermont Secretary of State says she will help supporters push for such a system. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.