Kingston, NY – A program that has created job opportunities in New York is in need of reform. So says a Hudson Valley area assemblyman, who is calling on Governor George Pataki to stop the abuses and seal the loopholes. Others agree, saying the Empire Zone program needs to have more accountability. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts Senator John Kerry showed his win in the Iowa caucus wasn't just a fluke, with his big victory in New Hampshire yesterday. Now that he's firmly established as the candidate to beat, dynamics on the campaign trail may shift. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has this report.
Plattsburgh, NY – Fuel dealers in eastern New York and Vermont are warning that propane prices may rise because of a pipeline fire in upstate New York. But the problem lies in the distribution system, and not the supply of propane. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Greenport, NY – Maine's Attorney General has penned a letter to New York Governor George Pataki expressing concern over the proposed Saint Lawrence Cement Plant for Columbia County. He says he is troubled primarily about air emissions that would reach Maine via prevailing winds. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Albany, NY – Family Planning Advocates held their annual conference yesterday. Their agenda included a look at the 2004 elections, and they invited a political analyst to discuss where reproductive rights will fit in to the fall elections. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Woodstock, NY – A documentary that was filmed at Ulster County's Rondout Valley Kennels premieres on HBO tonight, kicking off the America Undercover Series.. Film maker Cynthia Wade says "Shelter Dogs" is really a portrait of the kennel's owner, Sue Sternberg, and the ethics involved in a shelter that euthanizes. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Wade about her choices in making the documentary.
Pittsfield, MA – A 100-year-old baseball park in Berkshire County that's now vacant could see the stadium restored and a minor league team return. Talks are underway between the Pittsfield mayor and a group of Berkshire County investors whose proposal was rejected by the city 3 years ago. Our Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.
New York, NY – The U.S. Conference of Mayors issued a report last week saying 76 percent of cities surveyed have not received any money from the country's homeland security program. One of New York's Senators addressed the Mayors, and introduced legislation to speed up the funding. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton says she is tired of the bureaucracy that is holding up the funds, especially for a state that is consistently on the radar of terrorists. WAMC's Allison Dunne reports.
Plattsburgh, NY – Sea lamprey control programs will likely start on Lake Champlain this year. Vermont's governor has announced such efforts will be a priority for his administration. Also, Vermont's senior Senator has procured funding for lamprey control projects on New York tributaries into the lake. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
North Adams, MA – Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's announcement that he wants to expand charter schools around the state was immediately met with sharp criticism. The news comes as Berkshire County's only charter school prepares to open in the fall amid lingering criticism. School officials are in the midst of knocking on doors to explain more about the charter school to local parents. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson has more.