Mountain Lake Journal - February 28, 2013
RANGERS TO THE RESCUE: The Governor honors the 9 forest rangers and a dispatcher who rescued the survivors of a plane crash on a mountaintop in the Adirondack wilderness.
AIRING DIRTY LAUNDRY?: A State worker is forced to leave his job after praising the State’s response to Tropical Storm Irene in an interview with a newspaper reporter. The Department of Transportation and Cuomo Administration say Mike Fayette, a DOT engineer in Essex County, spoke to the media without authorization, and sought his dismissal. After statewide media attention Cuomo’s Operations Director Howard Glaser took the unusual step of going on a radio program in the Albany area to discuss Fayette’s past disciplinary issues which he says factored into the State seeking his dismissal.
SEQUESTRATION CUTS: Billions of dollars in budge cuts loom as the US faces yet another fiscal and political showdown. We look at the impact the cuts could have on the flow of business and traffic at the border and Canadians using the airport in Plattsburgh.
NOVA BUS EXPANSION: Dozens of new jobs may be created by a major expansion at the NOVA BUS factory in Plattsburgh.
ETHAN ALLEN ROUTE: Will there be a new route for the Ethan Allen express and passenger rail service to several Northern New York Communities?
OFFSHORE WIND: They already blanket the landscape here in the Northern New York, could Lake Champlain be the next target for wind farms? A Vermont State Representative wants the state and legislature to look into building wind turbines on Lake Champlain.
BATTLE OVER FIGHTS: The legislative battles over lifting New York's ban on UFC fights which many lawmakers say would be an economic boost to the state. New York is one of two states that ban the controversial fights.
WINTER CONDITIONS: Jack LaDuke checks out the winter conditions on the slopes and how ski resorts are dealing with the changes in winter weather in Northern New York.