99 NEWS FOR MONDAY, 4/19/10
LEGISLATOR SAYS JAIL WOULD BE PAID FOR THIS YEAR, HAD SALES TAX BEEN RAISED--Alex MacKinnon of Fowler, District 4 GOP incumbent and former county board chair, says he tried and failed to convince the rest of the board raising sales tax specifically for the correctional facility would have been fiscally prudent. He says the county would have saved 2 million dollars a year in bonding on top of the principal cost. MacKinnon appeared before the St.Lawrence County Conservative Committee seeking its endorsement last week. MacKinnon says it's important to note he also supports repealing a tax hike when it's no longer needed.
NORTH LAWRENCE WOMAN ARRESTED ON FELONY DRUG CHARGE IN POTSDAM--Village Police arrested 21-year-old Anastasia Despaw about 12:30 Sunday morning after she was pulled over on Elm Street. Despaw was found to allegedly possess cocaine; enough to make the charge a felony. She also faces numerous vehicle and traffic counts. Despaw was released to appear in court Wednesday.
OGDENSBURG LEGISLATOR SAYS HE IS PROUD OF 'NO BACKFILL' RESOLUTION--Democrat Vernon "Sam" Burns of District 1 told the St.Lawrence County Conservative Committee last week his constituents are some of the poorest in the county, and they tell him they can take no more property tax burden. He says his resolution last year to put all personnel hiring decisions before the Legislature makes it so no vacancy fill is assumed, which is good.
PARKER TO ANNOUNCE LEGISLATURE BID TUESDAY--The Republican from Potsdam is expected to make two formal announcements, one at 5pm in front of the Potsdam Town Offices, and at 5:45 in front of the Stockholm Town Offices in Winthrop. Parker will be seeking the District 11 seat currently held by Democrat Charles House.
Jean Coolidge--78--Dexter, formerly of Potsdam. Services 1pm Tuesday at Seymour Funeral Home, Potsdam. Calling hours today 2-4, 7-9pm.