Millbrook, NY – Six thousand acres of farmland in New York will be protected, thanks to $12 million dollars in state funding. The Hudson Valley will receive more than $2.4 million dollars of that amount, for three projects spanning three counties. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne filed this report.
Plattsburgh, NY – The New York State Attorney General's office says an appellate court decision regarding a private landowner's construction of a driveway thru wetlands is a significant move in upholding the enforcement authority of the Adirondack Park Agency. But property rights advocates say the Park Agency's enforcement capability has never been in doubt. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Montpelier, VT – Vermont's Secretary of State says her office can barely handle the demand for requests for documents from the Dean administration. She plans to ask the Legislature for funds to hire additional staff. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Boston, MA – Yesterday and today, gay marriage supporters and opponents held rallies at the Massachusetts statehouse. The issue has been highly visible and highly contentious since the landmark decision in November that said same sex couples had the right to marry. With the new year's legislative session underway, WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson took at look at how the issue is expected to intensify even further.
Albany, NY – In his 10th annual State of the State address on Wednesday Governor George Pataki urged the Legislature not to take a "Robin Hood approach" in meeting a court order to change the school aide formula. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.
Kingston, NY – New York Governor George Pataki often spoke of freedom in his State-of-the-State address yesterday. He referred to one liberty as the freedom to live in a clean and healthy environment. Hudson Valley area politicians and environmentalists say the governor has proven to be a friend of the environment, though the governor's plan to make the Hudson River clean enough to swim in by the year 2009 seems a bit lofty. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports.
Albany, NY – New York has earned an "A" from the American Lung Association for its tobacco control policies. The Smoke Free Workplaces Law enacted last year was the reason for the stellar grade. However, the Empire State failed in one category - doling out money to help New Yorkers kick the habit. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more.
Montpelier, VT – In his state-of the state speech, Vermont Governor James Douglas has proposed some major state tax policy changes. The move surprised most observers, but a day later, there are questions whether the tax plan will provide significant relief. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.
Boston, MA – A report yesterday showed that confidence among Massachusetts businesses reached its highest level in nearly three years. Companies said they expect an improving economy that will lead to more sales and hiring. More from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Kelly Wilkinson.
Montpelier, VT – The Vermont House and Senate get down to business today with the start of the 2004 Legislative session. The key event on today's agenda is at 2 o'clock when Governor James Douglas gives his state-of-the state address. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talked to House and Senate leaders on their priorities for this session.