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March 2, 2013

Business leaders lobby state lawmakers



Stec (R-Glens Falls) said he likes the concept but wants to know more before he totally supports it.

“What happens to those who don’t opt in? Do they get the same benefits if it goes up or the same loss if it doesn’t?” asked Stec, a former town supervisor.

“There are still lots of questions, and we need to lay out all the details so they (municipalities) can know exactly what to expect.”


Duprey, a strong supporter of programs that serve the developmentally disabled, said the proposed 6 percent cut would be devastating.

“That’s a cut of more than $1 million for this area, and I am absolutely against that,” she said.

“These agencies are getting absolutely hammered, and people are going to feel that.”


John Donoghue, president of the Plattsburgh-Saranac Lake Building and Construction Trades Council, said affirmative-action standards that call for at least 20 percent of the value of a state contract to go to minority- or women-owned businesses are hamstringing North Country contractors.

The standards also allow for the 20 percent figure to be reached by hiring enough minority workers, but Donoghue said that also can be difficult in the North Country.

He said the state should modify its requirements based on the ethnic makeup of the population of each county.

“I might have to go somewhere else and bring in someone (minority) to fill the requirement while I have someone local who can do the job but can’t work because of this,” Donoghue said.

Little, who is on a task force to look into the affirmative-action requirements, agreed with Donoghue.

“This is not New York City,” she said. “Reaching 20 percent is just not possible in our area.”

On Friday afternoon, she attended a forum in Lake Placid designed to help more businesses be certified as women- and minority-owned enterprises.

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