January 28, 2013

Lookback: Jan. 28 to Feb. 3

25 YEARS — 1988

The state may need to build as many as three new 700-bed medium-security prisons within the next two years, an aide to State Sen. Ronald Stafford said.

The Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board is crying foul over Adirondack Park Agency talk of tightening the criteria for approving development projects in the park. Review Board members were upset this month to learn the APA is now claiming authority to consider the “cumulative impact” that development projects may have on the environment.

Nurses at Alice Hyde Hospital are set to strike unless they can reach an agreement with the hospital for a two-year contract. The nurses are seeking a wage increase of 36 to 40 percent over the two-year term. The hospital is offering 14 percent.

The gate to the Altona sludge lagoons is swinging shut to the City of Plattsburgh, and the result could be higher city sewage rates. According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the city had no approval to dump sewage in Altona, and the man-made ponds there have never complied with state regulations.

The Crown Point Bridge is in dire need of rehabilitation. The price could be as high as $6 million. The state Department of Transportation, which took over control of the bridge last year when the Lake Champlain Bridge Commission was abolished, recently conducted a preliminary structural inspection of the 59-year-old span, finding numerous problems.

50 YEARS — 1963

The Beekmantown Central School District has become a village superintendency district upon the order of the state commissioner of education. School board president Sidney Duquette said it was a “smashing victory” for the board.

The Town of Dannemora has an embarrassing conflict of interest case on its hands, according to the state Department of Audit and Control examiner. The examiner found the town was paying town garage rent to Mrs. Howard King Sr. of Chazy Lake, the wife of the town superintendent of highways.

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