Albany, NY – When Governor Pataki vetoed portions of the state legislature's budget, he rejected extra aid to libraries around the state. Under a deal struck to avert an override vote, Pataki has promised that libraries located in Republican Assembly districts will get their funding, but libraries in districts represented by Democrats, won't. That has libraries, and some of their patrons, upset. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt reports.
Poughkeepsie, NY – The head of the economic development corporation in one Hudson Valley county is leaving his post. The announcement of his departure comes as Dutchess County's proposed budget includes major funding cuts for the agency. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Plattsburgh, NY – The first open heart surgery procedure ever performed at the C-V-P-H Medical Center in Plattsburgh was successfully completed this week. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Albany, NY – The New York Senate unanimously passed a bill yesterday that would allow local governments to keep their share of revenues from traffic fines. The legislation repeals a budget measure that would send millions of dollars in speeding tickets revenues to the state. The repeal bill was introduced two months ago by a Senator from the Hudson Valley. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Pittsfield, MA – Massachusetts environmental officials are trying to change the common practice drivers idling their engines. As WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson reports, they're starting in places where they say people are most at risk of being affected by diesel fumes.
Albany, NY – Senate Republicans announced a list of reforms that they'll hold hearings on. Some re-elected Majority Party members criticized a report that found New York's legislature the most dysfunctional in the nation, and said they thought some of its recommendations were wrong. WAMC's Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt reports.
Monticello, NY – Sights that are set on building a casino next to a raceway in New York's Sullivan County came more into focus today. The Cayuga Indian Nation of New York and the State reached a land claim settlement agreement that includes developing a Catskills casino. It's New York's second tribal land claim deal this month. More from WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.
Hadley, MA – Land conservationists in Massachusetts are celebrating the designation this week of Hadley's Great Meadow as highly endangered. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Eesha Williams has this report.
Latham, NY – Family Planning Advocates held their annual meeting Thursday. Their discussion focused on the implications of the election for pro-choice advocates. They also gave their Courageous Service Award to the medical director of Plattsburgh's Planned Parenthood. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.