Senate Leader Arrested: New York’s top Republican in the Legislature, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, was arrested this week on corruption charges. He is accused by the U.S. Attorney of using his position and influence to get companies to hire his son. Senate Democrats tried, but failed, to force Skelos to resign from his leadership post, while most of his fellow Republicans in the Senate, including North Country Senator Betty Little, are standing behind him for now.
Pataki On Political Corruption: Former Governor George Pataki weighs in on the arrests of two of New York’s most powerful politicians.
Douglas Stepping Down: Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman and Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas announced his resignation from both positions this week to take a job with the State’s Unemployment Appeal Board.
Gas Conversion: After giving up on running a pipeline across Lake Champlain, International Paper finds a new way to fuel its mill with cheaper natural gas.
New Rail Safety Rules: The United States and Canada announce new safety rules for moving oil by rail, but New York Senator Chuck Schumer says they don’t go far enough, soon enough.
Different Tastes: In this week’s cover story, snacks and drinks may look the same on both sides of the border, but even the same brands can be very different. Watch Tomeka Weatherspoon’s story by clicking here.
On The Fast Track: Full speed ahead, our Jack LaDuke shows us how crews are hard at work trying to finish two major construction projects in the Adirondacks before the start of the busy tourist season. Work replacing the landmark stone bridge over the Ausable River in Wilmington, New York, and work on the historic highway to the top of Whiteface Mountain are scheduled to be completed by next month. Watch Jack LaDuke’s story by clicking here.
Pedal For Paws: Floyd Lampart, an avid cyclist from the Adirondacks who has pedaled thousands of miles to help homeless pets joins us at the roundtable to talk about his 12,000 mile trek across America to raise money for animal shelters in Saranac Lake, New York and Kanab, Utah, as well as his next big trip that’s in the works. Watch our extended interview with Floyd Lampart by clicking here.