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Budget Deal: Lawmakers pass the state budget, on-time, for the 4th year in a row. The $140-billion dollar budget includes a 5% increase in aid for public schools, $340-millon for universal pre-kindergarten, tax breaks for upstate businesses, and $1.5-billion for the Governor’s tax freeze and rebate plan – which will provide homeowners with property tax rebate checks if their local governments and school districts keep their budgets under the 2% tax cap. Despite last minute efforts, the budget did not include funding to keep Chateaugay Correctional Facility open. The prison, in Chateaugay, NY, is scheduled to close in July. 111 jobs will be lost.
Prison Turning into Summer Camp: The soon-to-be new owner of Camp Gabriels this week attended a public meeting where he revealed his plans to turn the former prison into a summer camp for Orthodox Jewish boys from the New York City area.
Home from Sochi: Two journalists from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise newspaper who covered local Olympians competing at the Winter Games in Russia talk to Jack LaDuke about their assignment of a lifetime. Watch Jack’s report by clicking here.
Play Ball! 100-thousand fans pack the Big O! for two exhibition games. Will it breathe new life into the pitch to bring major league baseball back to Montreal? To learn more visit montrealbaseballproject.com.
New Marketplace: A city councilor says Plattsburgh consider turning its main street through the heart of its downtown into a pedestrian-only byway much like Burlington's Church Street.
Chamber Music Festival: Many of the world's finest musicians will meet in Montreal for a three week festival next month treating audiences to beautiful music in an elegant setting. About thirteen-thousand people go to Saint George's Anglican Church to hear music each spring, and millions more enjoy it through radio and TV broadcasts throughout the world. The multi-award winning Montreal Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 19th season this May. Watch Paul Larson’s report here:
The 19th Montreal Chamber Music Festival begins on May 8th, and runs through the 31st. For information and tickets, visit festivalmontreal.org.