Plattsburgh, NY – A preliminary budget has been presented to city of Plattsburgh councillors. The budget they will review calls for a one-point-zero-seven percent property tax increase with no reduction in city services. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Pittsfield, MA – An historic baseball park in Berkshire County with an embattled history was finally on the road to renovation this year. But now its future is once again in jeopardy, over differences in a union dispute. WAMC's Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Plattsburgh, NY – More than 150 people gathered in a meeting room at Plattsburgh State Thursday night to watch and then discuss the presidential debate between John Kerry and George Bush. Organizers formatted the subsequent discussion so that there would be no media influence over post-debate comments. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has the story.
Williamstown, MA – A Massachusetts Congressman is taking complaints about mail delivery in Berkshire County straight to the United States Postmaster General. Residents in a mobile home park that's also a retirement community say a new mail arrangement prevents some of them from getting their own mail...and they say a compromise that was supposed to fix the situation has been ignored. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
Poughkeepsie, NY – Environmental organization Clearwater has set sail on a new course. Clearwater's Executive Director says it's familiar water. It's just that something happened from the time of the launch of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater 35 years ago, to now. Clearwater's mission to save the river became clouded. Clearwater Executive Director Andy Mele has plans for the organization's renewed direction, and shared them with WAMC's Allison Dunne, in the second part of a two-part interview.
Plattsburgh, NY – Are consumers getting a raw deal on the price of milk? From June to July, the average retail price of milk decreased three cents, while the price to farmers decreased 28 cents. New York Senator Charles Schumer is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate why dairy farmers are getting less for their product while consumers are paying more for dairy products.
Albany, NY – State officials will conduct expanded testing for lead contamination in the neighborhoods near the former NL industries site in Colonie near the city line of Albany. A state legislator says radioactive contamination at the site is more widespread than previously known. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Poughkeepsie, NY – America's Environmental Flagship has sailed for thirty-five years. It's primary founder -folk singer and musician Pete Seeger- was instrumental in launching the Clean Water Act. In the first part of a two-part interview, WAMC's Allison Dunne spoke with Clearwater Executive Director about how he decided to embark on Clearwater's renewed direction.
Boston, MA – Changes to a federal housing program take effect across the country tomorrow. The Section 8 program provides subsidies to private landlords that help pay a portion of a tenant's rent. The amount of funding for the program has been in flux, as the Bush Administration says costs need to be contained, and housing advocates say the government is shortchanging the program. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has a look at what impact the changes have locally.