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Assemblyman Elect Mark Walczyk.

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Cuomo mulls giving farmers break from minimum wage proposal

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office is working on a plan that would give farmers a break from his proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage proposal. [Read more…]

Assembly members criticize Assembly for lack of agriculture funding

Robbins Family Farm harvests hay last fall on Old Rome State Road. Several upstate Assembly members are upset that their house’s budget plan cuts agriculture funding. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

Robbins Family Farm harvests hay last fall on Old Rome State Road. Several upstate Assembly members are upset that their house’s budget plan cuts agriculture funding. Photo by Justin Sorensen, Watertown Daily Times.

A few Assembly members aren’t too happy with agriculture’s place in their chamber’s budget.

Among others, Assemblyman Kenneth D. Blankenbush, R-Black River, is calling out the Assembly for giving little support to agriculture amid spending increases. [Read more…]

March 2016 Cover Story: Women in Public Service

Women answer the call for public service

Sharon A. Addison, 52, was appointed Watertown city manager in 2012 following a 27-year career with the National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Md.

Sharon A. Addison, 52, was appointed Watertown city manager in 2012 following a 27-year career with the National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Md.

From county and city managers to district attorneys, an assistant
attorney general, state lawmakers and the youngest woman ever
elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, north country women have blazed a progressive — and impressive — trail in public service.

By Norah Machia | Photos By Justin Sorensen

There are many women in the north country who provide invaluable leadership in the public sector as a result of their strategic skills, energy, knowledge and commitment. [Read more…]