Mountain Lake Journal - January 24, 2013
BUDGET PLAN: Governor Andrew Cuomo outlines his 142-billion dollar budget proposal that holds spending at 2%, fills a projected 1.35 billion dollar deficit, without a broad tax increase. His plan includes flat spending for state agencies and municipalities, 1,400 state layoffs, closes 2 downstate prisons, and raises fees on drivers caught texting or talking on their cell phones. The budget includes a 4% increase in school aid, and several million dollars to market upstate products and promote upstate tourism. Cuomo also called for the Legislature to approve the opening of as many as 7 casinos in Upstate New York.
GUN LAWS CHALLENGED: Gun owners threaten to boycott a new state registry that is part of New York’s tough new gun law.
POLICE SHOOTING: The parents of a former marine shot and killed during an armed standoff with a Clinton County Sheriff’s Deputy suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and struggled with mental illness, according to Dusty Clark’s parents, who talked with WCAX-TV. The Clinton County District Attorney will decide in the coming weeks if the use of deadly force was justified.
VILLAGE VOTE: The small village of Keeseville, New York votes to dissolve.
COCK-A-DOODLE-SHOE RACE: A mid-winter snowshoe race highlights a little known gem in the Adirondacks, The New Land Trust, which oversees a network of more than 200 miles of trails open to the public to use for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. To Learn More: www.newlandtrust.org
MAKING A SPLASH: Jack LaDuke shows us a new workout that’s getting employees in shape by getting them into the pool.
UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN NEARS END: John Bernardi, Executive Director of the United Way of the Adirondack Region joins us at the roundtable to talk about this year’s Campaign Drive, and the many agencies that share the donations that help more than 80,000 people a year in the tri-county region. To Learn More: www.unitedwayadk.org