Over the past few weeks, I gave an overview of the state budget and discussed the portions that impact agriculture. This week I’d like to review some of the economic development investments that I voted for in the budget.
Last year, the Mohawk Valley and North Country were shortchanged by the governor’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative, which was more like the Hunger Games than a thoughtful economic development program. This year I had the opportunity to correct the disparity in fun ...
Last week I gave an overview of the budget and how the closed and secretive process resulted in a spending plan that falls short of truly serving the needs of New Yorkers, especially upstate. It was a budget I could not fully support and I split my votes between the various bills. This week I’d like to touch on how the budget will impact our family farmers.
Agriculture is a powerhouse in New York that drives much of the upstate rural economy, contributing roughly $6 billion in sales. Famil ...
Politics has its place. However, as elected officials we are called to serve the people of our state. It’s our job to craft a budget that best serves New Yorkers in the most transparent and open process possible. However, the governor and legislative leaders did quite the opposite by negotiating the budget in secret and presenting it to the Legislature with a Message of Necessity, which circumvents a constitutionally-required aging period to allow rank and file legislators, the press and c ...
New Yorkers no longer have the patience to be politely dissatisfied with the state’s performance in delivering meaningful ethics reform. They are fed up with the embarrassing headlines about public officials convicted of corruption, taking bribes, embezzling public money, perpetuating sexual harassment, and more. Making matters worse is that even those who break the public trust are still able to collect a taxpayer-funded pension.
The list of disgraced public officials is extensive, ...
New York has gone off the rails, led by absurdly out-of-touch downstate Democrats and their appointees. These officials continue to push a progressive agenda that favors the wishes of special interest groups, criminals and illegal immigrants over the needs of hardworking middle-class families, seniors and veterans. This is something that aggravates me to no end.
The average New York college graduate carries about $28,950 worth of debt. So many of our middle-class families want to give thei ...
Most Window 10 ‘upgrades’ go smoothly, but occasionally one doesn’t. Even if it does, you might find you really don’t like Windows 10 or you have some software or device that just won’t work. In that case, you may want to go back to your previous version of Windows.
The Windows 10 upgrade installer is supposed to allow you to go back if you do so within 30 days. However, there are reports that it doesn’t always work, at least not 100%. So it would be good to h ...
Some of the things people love best about upstate regions like ours are their quaint tree-lined main streets, cozy country corners and roadside access to agricultural goods. This unique way of life is supported by the spirited nature of our small-business owners. The quality of life we have all grown to love and the economic benefits we receive from these small businesses, however, are in serious need of support from New York State.
Some legislators will praise “Main Street” and mom- ...
I don’t know about you, but Windows asking me for a password every time I turn on the computer or wake it up as annoying.
If it is a computer on your desk at the office or some other semi-public place, or a shared computer at home with multiple users, or a laptop that could conceivably be left unattended fore a few minutes while out somewhere, it makes sense.
But if you are the only one using the computer, securely in your own home or business, then having to enter a password is just a was ...
“Adirondack Stories, Historical Sketches” and “Adirondack Stories II, 101 More Historical Sketches” are a collection of 251 illustrated panels written by Marty Podskoch and illustrated by Sam Glanzman. The books are available in Charlie Johns Store, Speculator; The Lake Store, Sabael; Hoss’s Country Corner, Long Lake; Adirondack Country Store, Northville; Fuller’s Corner Store and J and S Old Country Store, Edinburg; and Wildlife Sports Museum, Broadalbin; or ...
On a regular basis, residents of the Mohawk Valley and North Country carefully craft responsible budgets for their families. Lawmakers in Albany, however, aren’t nearly as vigilant when it comes to spending the hard-earned dollars of working-class New Yorkers.
The middle class was hit hardest by the recession, which impacts lives today. Dollars just don’t stretch as far as they used to.
Recently, the Senate Republicans unveiled a seven-year tax relief proposal that would reduce ...
When recently interrogated by the media about his budget priorities, Speaker Carl Heastie used football as a metaphor for the legislative session and the budget, saying it “is the end of the first half” and he didn’t want to see his priorities pushed into the “second half.” I have to be honest; Heastie has been pushing the people’s priorities well into the second half. In fact, he and his Democrat Majority make every effort to ensure our priorities never even ...
By PETER NEWELL
Affordable Technical Solutions
If you have a computer with Windows 7 or 8, you can get get Windows 10 free as long as you do it before the July 28 2016 deadline. Regular readers will already know my advice is to take advantage of the offer if you can.
Windows 10 is far from perfect, but for mouse and keyboard users the user interface is definitely an improvement over Windows 8. Whether it is an improvement over the Windows 7 interface is questionable. In either case, if yo ...
We've been together over 30 years, but it is now time to part ways. I am retiring; you are holding the last issue of Hamilton County Express for which I am responsible.
I have been editor since September 1985, when it was still Hamilton County News. I had been a reader for at least the previous 15 years, so I had definite ideas. I knew what I liked about the paper, what I thought was missing, and where I wanted to make improvements.
First and foremost was a great deal more local news. I wanted ...
A big thank-you to Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. We hope he will continue his mission to clean up the corrupt politics in the not-so-great State of New York.
Following a five-week trial, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted Nov. 30 on seven felony charges of honest services fraud, extortion, and money laundering. He used his office to arrange favors in exchange for money. Upon hearing the news current Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said, "We will continue to work to root ...
By PETE KLEIN
Express News Staff
ALBANY -- The Empire Center, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank based in Albany, reported Aug. 3, “The Cuomo administration and the state Legislature have begun dishing out grants from a secretive $1.1 billion capital slush fund -- all of which will be borrowed money.”
The "slush fund" is the State and Municipal Facilities Program created by lawmakers in 2013 as a $385 million pot financed by bonds issued by the Dormitory Authority of ...
While we have a lot to be grateful for as we celebrate our nation's 239th birthday, I can’t help thinking how our founding fathers would be turning over in their graves if they were aware of the direction this great nation they so painstakingly structured is headed.
I can only imagine how Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Ben Franklin, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman -- each members of the committee assigned to draft the Declaration of Independence -- and other patriots would feel knowing ...
Quite some years ago I met Richard Leonard, a frequent patron of an Indian Lake coffee shop. Speaking with Richard I realized here was a guy who had more inexhaustible energy and dedication to the service of others than any community could ever hope to have.
Richard Leonard was an EMT for many years with Indian Lake Volunteer Ambulance Squad. It would be impossible to count the number of four-hour ambulance trips to the Glens Falls Hospital he accomplished.
Many times he undertook t ...
The Indian Lake Community Farmers Market Steering Committee would like to thank the community for their support and participation in our successful 2014 Farmers Market held Saturdays, July 5 through Sept. 27.
The market witnessed an increase in the number of vendors, from four in 2013 to 13 this year. Thank you Town Supervisor Brian Wells for arranging permission to hold the market on the former grocery store property at the intersection of state routes 28 and 30. The location was s ...
What if there were a college, even just a two-year college, in Hamilton County?
This may sound absurd, but it was a possibility in 1990. What happened in 1990 was what didn't happen in 1990. To understand, look back to the mid-1980s.
Between 1982 and 1985 and, despite the restrictions in the Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan, sales of subdivided property tripled, and doubled again by 1988. This rapid growth (mostly of vacation homes), increased the price of real estate, encouraged th ...
My criticism of the Long Lake Town Board should not come as a surprise to anyone who reads this newspaper or has an ear to the town rumor mill. Over the years I have openly described the board as jaded, vacant of creativity, absent of leadership, and on the short end of imagination.
Essentially, they have reduced themselves to being once-a-month bill approvers. The incumbents would be hard pressed if asked how their tenure has positively affected the community and its future.
I have ...
New York state voters will be presented Nov. 5 with six proposed amendments to the state Constitution on the ballot. While every amendment should be of interest to voters, propositions 4 and 5 are critically important to the Adirondacks. I strongly encourage every voter to be informed of the details pertaining to these amendments and then vote "yes" for both.
Proposition 4 will finally resolve property title disputes for over 200 property owners in the Hamlet of Raquette Lake in Long Lake. These ...
When you go for a hike in any of the Adirondack Forest Preserve, visually, it all looks pretty much the same. You are in the woods. You are on a marked trail. Visually, you don't notice much difference between Wild Forest and Wilderness lands. In fact, many of the trails in Wild Forest provide a better "wilderness experience" than some trails in Wilderness, because they are used less.
About the only difference between Wild Forest and Wilderness is whether or not a seaplane might land or take off ...
One definition of a renegade is somebody who chooses to live outside the laws or conventions of a group. Patrick Cunningham, owner of Hudson River Rafting Co., chose to operate his business outside the Hudson River Professional Outfitters Association, allegedly because of the safety guidelines under which the 10 member outfitters agreed to operate, including a guide in every raft.
It is also apparent Cunningham has little use for the minimal regulations the state has imposed on the whitewater i ...
As the county and its towns start working on their budgets for 2012, local officials have made no secret of their alarm that the new 2 percent cap on property tax levies did not come with relief from state mandates.
State mandates account for huge chunks of counties' budgets, and increases in the costs of meeting them are expected to alone exceed the 2 percent cap. This is according to figures compiled by the New York State Association of Counties.
We agree it would have been ideal had Gov. Andr ...
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Recent population figures, based upon the 2010 Census, are scary to say the least. According to those figures, the year-round population fell by 543 residents, from 5,379 in 2000 to 4,836 in 2010.
If that drop were to continue at the same rate over the next 10 years the population could fall to under 4,000, and maybe more. Maybe much more if something isn’t done to save our schools.
While many in local government seem to direct most of their concern to how much land is owned by the State o ...