Governor Andrew Cuomo has been very careful to pay attention to the long-running economic catastrophe in upstate New York. He has paid particular attention to the North Country, dominated, of course, by Adirondack Park, one of the greatest tracts of wilderness in the nation. Just last month, during a surprise visit to Lake Placid, the governor announced a deal that expanded the park by almost 70,000 acres. It will be the park’s largest expansion in almost 100 years.
That’s wonderful. But as the governor and his advisors know, the upstate economy requires more than preservation of the Adirondack region’s forests.
The Mysteries of Brooklyn
There was a time when the comments on Brownstoner approached those of the Brooklyn turf wars of yore. New York magazine even wrote an entire feature about it.
But lovely surprises were buried in there, and one blossomed into a beauty to rival the entire Brownstoner enterprise (all respect to the blog itself). That would be the thoughtful work of Montrose Morris, an anonymous longtime resident of Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights who knew the neighborhoods, their history and architecture, better than just about anybody.
Regular columns ensued, and they will continue. But they will not be the same. Montrose Morris is leaving Brooklyn.
Hurricane Irene is just a memory in the five boroughs, but upstate, this summer’s succession of storms continues to wreak havoc. Even as city residents prepared to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, New Yorkers living along the Susquehanna River in the Southern Tier were fleeing their homes, hoping that that flood waters would prove merciful.
Their suffering and losses come after earlier floods ruined homes and businesses in the North Country beyond Albany in the days just after Irene passed through.
The summer of 2011 has been a disaster for upstate.
With GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, it’s always business–even where family is concerned.
The Times reported yesterday that the Buffalo developer bought his aunt’s $87,000 home in 1995 for only $10,000 three years after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He then transferred the property to his son, then a family trust, and finally Suzanne Read More
In less than a week, New Yorkers elect a new governor. Barring a miracle, GOP candidate Carl Paladino will not be heading to Albany.
He will be heading back upstate, however, to his native Buffalo, where he won’t lack for distractions. After all, Paladino built his failed campaign on his private fortune, a development portfolio estimated Read More
For the moment, bargain-hunting smokers can still hike upstate to Indian reservations for cheap cartons of cigarettes — and David Paterson is less than pleased. In June, the Governor signed the far-reaching bill that would force retailers on reservations to buy cigarettes at fully taxed wholesale prices. The ordinance was set to go into effect Wednesday, Read More