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Gov. Hochul Once Again Wants to Take Over Local Zoning

The governor delivered her annual State of the State address earlier this week and spoke about the issues of crime, affordability and the continued exodus of residents, but she gave little to no detail on how we will make substantive changes. While we...

The State of Our State is in Peril

“Today, Gov. Hochul delivered a State of the State address that wasn’t rooted in reality. Unfortunately, single-party rule is failing New York residents. Look no further than a recent Times Union report detailing another 180,000 people leaving our...

A 2023 Christmas Wish List

Christmas is right around the corner, and I hope that you and your families are taking advantage of all the great holiday events happening in the North Country and Mohawk Valley. With Christmas comes a new year, and with a new year comes a new legislative...

Hochul Signs Legislation to Name State Route 283 The ‘Colonel Michael Plummer Memorial Highway’

Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation (S.8726A/A10024-A) that will rename State Route 283 in Jefferson County after Col. (Ret.) Michael Plummer. The legislation was sponsored by state Sen. Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush. Before...

Kerosene Shortage Direct Result of Mishandled Policy

Recently in the news, we have seen there is a kerosene shortage effecting both retailers and customers. This news comes on the heels of National Grid telling its customers to brace for substantial rate hikes on their energy bills this winter, up to 39%...

Biomass Must Be Part of Our Future Energy Portfolio

In past columns, I have warned of the dangers of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) and its ambitious goals at making New York a zero-emissions state. Many deadlines within the plan are not too far in the future, so not only is...
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Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C,I-Black River) pictured with local town and county highway officials at a rally in Albany calling for increased funding for CHIPS program. Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C,I-Black River) pictured with General Mennes and Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R,C,I,Ref-Watertown) in celebration of Fort Drum Day in Albany on February 26, 2020. Blankenbush, Local Town and County Highway Officials Rally In Albany for Increased Funding for Local Infrastructure The Mohawk Valley Nine, a bipartisan coalition of state legislators representing Herkimer, Madison and Oneida counties, held its initial caucus meeting of the year earlier this week. Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R,C,I-Black River) joined Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R,C,I,Ref-Canandaigua) and fellow North Country legislators to speak with Major General Walter Piatt, who is

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