Capitol Pressroom

Aug. 4, 2016: Dean Norton, Fred Monroe, Ron Deutsch, Laura Mascuch

New York farmers are suffering in this season’s drought. We spoke with The New York Farm Bureau President Dean Norton about how farmers are coping.

Frederick H. Monroe, the executive director of the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board, says the tree-cutting DEC was completing on the Newcomb to Minerva multi-use trail was legal. He argued against the Temporary Restraining Order an appellate court recently put in place.

Ron Deutsch, the Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, says without greater transparency, the state’s economic development initiatives and business subsidies are ripe for abuse and poor outcomes.

Individuals and families in shelters and on the streets are often left without a permanent exit out of the system because of the cost of housing. In response, housing advocates petitioned the Legislature to increase funding for supportive housing initiatives, which can aid in the transition. The lawmakers then reached an MOU on supportive housing before the budget passed but failed to live up to the agreement this session. In response, the housing groups filed their own MOU – Laura Mascuch, executive director of the Supportive Housing Network of New York, explained.

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