John Becker

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing lawmakers to approve a ban on the plastic bags that are ubiquitous in grocery stores and the state's landfills. The goal is to remove the bags from the waste stream because of their damaging environmental effects and the expense to get rid of them. It's a policy Madison County lawmakers tried and failed to pass last year.

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A proposal from Madison County is among a group of six finalists in New York state's municipal consolidation competition. County officials are looking at combining the highway department garages of three villages into one new facility. The state will pay for the study exploring how it can be accomplished.

Madison County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Becker says it is just one consolidation project that local officials are pursuing.

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An allocation in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget could resolve a dispute over casino revenues in the Mohawk Valley. 

New Oneida Indian Nation casino raises questions

Dec 24, 2014
Oneida Indian Nation

Following the state's announcement that three upstate locations would become home to Las Vegas style casinos, the Oneida Indian Nation made its own announcement. They will soon build and open a casino in the Madison County Village of Chittenango. The news has brought up questions regarding last year's agreement between New York state, the Oneida Nation and Madison and Oneida Counties.