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Numbers for Unemployment rates for New York State and North Country

The statewide unemployment rate in New York declined from 6.0% to 5.9% in last month, reaching its lowest level since September 2008, according to preliminary figures released yesterday by the New York State Department of Labor. New York State’s private sector job count remained near its record-high level, falling by only 100 jobs out of more than 7.6 million, or less than 0.1 percent, in November 2014. Since the beginning of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, the state’s economy has added Five Hundred and Six Thousand and One Hundred private sector jobs as well as experienced employment growth in 40 of the past 47 months. This period included 22 consecutive months of private sector job growth, the state’s longest streak on record. This area’s employment statistics are not quite as rosy as the rest of the state’s….In fact, Lewis County lost 200 non-farm jobs between November 2013 and 2014, The Utica-Rome area lost 500 jobs during that same period. The Jefferson County- Watertown area’s employment figures remained flat over the past year.

Assembly Members split on proposed Healthcare Bill

A Downstate assemblyman would like to see New York State provide universal healthcare to all residents. Assemblyman Richard Gottfried of Manhattan plan is to have a publicly-funded healthcare system with no out-of-pocket costs, premiums, or co-payments. In this system, the resources to fund the Medicaid program would shift from counties and property taxes to the state level and funding for the public healthcare system would come from a payroll tax. Tune in to YOUR North Country News on Monday to hear my interview with Assemblyman Kenneth Blankenbush where we discuss this proposed plan.

Assembly Members split on proposed Healthcare Bill

A Downstate assemblyman would like to see New York State provide universal healthcare to all residents. Assemblyman Richard Gottfried of Manhattan plan is to have a publicly-funded healthcare system with no out-of-pocket costs, premiums, or co-payments. In this system, the resources to fund the Medicaid program would shift from counties and property taxes to the state level and funding for the public healthcare system would come from a payroll tax. Tune in to YOUR North Country News on Monday to hear my interview with Assemblyman Kenneth Blankenbush where we discuss this proposed plan.

New Medical Marijuana Regulations Announced

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the release of proposed regulations for the State’s medical marijuana program yesterday.
The proposed regulations require that medical marijuana certificates be issued only by physicians who have registered with the New York State Department of Health and received department-approved training. Patients with serious medical conditions would be certified by their physicians before applying for the registry identification card needed to receive medical marijuana. Certifications will be good for up to one year. Patients are also able to designate caregivers to obtain the medical marijuana for them if the caregivers have applied and been approved by Department of Health. The registry identification card application fee would be $50, but could be waived in cases of financial hardship.

Police Blotter 12/19

Shaun Elliot of Lowville was arrested by Lowville Village Police for assault in the second degree and disorderly conduct. Last week, police received a complaint about a fight on South State Street. After investigation, it was found that Elliot had struck a man in the head and face with a chain causing injury. Elliot was arraigned in Village Court and remanded to the Lewis County Jail on $1,000 cash bail. Lowville Police were assisted by State Police and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

Kraft Chief Exec. Officer steps down - Replacement Named

With the retirement of Kraft Food’s Chief Executive Officer, Tony Vernon, the company is looking for his replacement, Chairman John Cahill, to bring the company into modern times. The Johnson Newspaper Group reported that Vernon lead Kraft during its transition to an independent company in 2012, the company is still struggling to maintain growth. This is due to consumers wanting organic and healthy food options. Cahill previously served as chairman and CEO of Pepsi. 

Sports Report 12 - 19

First In the NHL…

The Pens shut out Colorado in OT, 1 – 0.
And tonight, the Islanders take on Detroit at 7:30 and
The Bruins travel to Winnipeg at 8.

In Local Sports, The Utica Comets will host the Texas Stars at 7.

Next in Boys Basketball…
The River Valley Mennonite School Royals defeated the New York State School for the Deaf Trojans 50 – 31.
Adirondack travels to Sherburne Earlville at 7:30.
Beaver River plays at Sandy Creek at 7:30..
South Lewis does battle with TI at 7:30.
And tonight Live on The Moose, Lowville will host Town of Webb at 7:30

And in Girls Basketball
Adirondack will tip off before the boys game at Sherburne Earlville.
South Lewis takes on TI at 7:30.

In the Harrisville Tournament: It’s Beaver River verses IHC at 6 and Lowville verses Harrisville at 8.

Trees for Troops

When Santa delivers his gifts, he needs a tree to put them under. Now hundreds of Fort Drum families have that tree. 
About 700 trees were delivered last week to soldiers and their families. 
They came free of charge thanks to the Trees for Troops program. The people who donate them say it's a small way of giving thanks for all that the soldiers do. Dick Darling, co-chair of Trees for Troops said that they really enjoy doing it.
Soldiers say they appreciate the support they get from the community each year to deliver the trees to their families.

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