Mountain Lake Journal - May 24, 2013
Mohawks Strike Casino Deal: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and St. Regis Mohawk tribal leaders sign a landmark casino deal that’ll give the Mohawks newly expanded Akwesasne casino in Hogansburg exclusive gaming rights for the North Country, meaning the 8 counties of Northern New York will no longer be in the running for 3 state-run casinos the governor hopes to open upstate. In return the Mohawks will pay the state 30-million dollars in back payments that the tribe has withheld in a dispute over an illegal casino operating on another Mohawk territory in Altona. The agreement also will resume negotiations between the state and Mohawks over a land claims dispute dating back 30 years.
Silver Apologizes: Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver apologizes, but rejects calls to resign over sexual harassment claims that led, this week, to the resignation of assemblyman Vito Lopez.
Tax-Free Zones: Can New York build on the success of the tech boom in Albany by attracting start-up businesses to college campuses across the state? The governor wants to make all 64 SUNY colleges, as well as other private colleges, tax-free zones for businesses. Andrew Cuomo says he hopes it’ll encourage those businesses to utilize and commercialize research and business ideas originating on college campuses across New York.
State Land Purchases: We’ll ask Willie Janeway, the new director of the Adirondack council, what New York State should do with its newest land purchases in the Adirondack park.
Young 46er: We’ll meet a 4th grader who has become one of the youngest members of the exclusive 46er hiking club in the Adirondacks.