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Matt Ryan/WMHT

New York State knows a little something about severe weather.

Since Governor Cuomo took office, The Empire State has dealt with devastating storms in nearly every corner.  In 2011, Tropical Storms Irene and Lee battered a large swath of upstate, the next year Superstorm Sandy punished New York City and Long Island and just last November a freak lake-effect blizzard pummeled Buffalo suburbs. 


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David Sommerstein, a contributor from North Country Public Radio (NCPR), has covered the St. Lawrence Valley, Thousand Islands, Watertown, Fort Drum and Tug Hill regions since 2000. Sommerstein has reported extensively on agriculture in New York State, Fort Drum’s engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the lives of undocumented Latino immigrants on area dairy farms. He’s won numerous national and regional awards for his reporting from the Associated Press, the Public Radio News Directors Association, and the Radio-Television News Directors Association. He's regularly featured on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Only a Game, and PRI’s The World.

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Mallory Falk is the Education Reporter for WWNO. She fell in love with audio storytelling as a Middlebury Fellow in Narrative Journalism and studied radio production at the Transom Story Workshop. She currently produces the New Orleans Moth StorySLAM.

The recently completed state budget was the first real test of the new Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s leadership, who became the leader of that house in early February.  

By the time the state budget was voted on, Heastie, the 47 year old accountant and former budget analyst from the Bronx, elected to the Assembly in 2000, had  been in his new job for less than two months.

Heastie was elected Speaker on February 3rd after the long time Speaker, Sheldon Silver, resigned. Silver was arrested and charged with running a multi million dollar corruption scheme.