The North Country Regional Economic Development Council received an award in Albany Wednesday as a "Top Performer" for its progress in implementing the plan submitted and funded last year for projects and programs in the seven-county region. From left are Sen. Betty Little, Queensbury; Sen. John DeFrancisco, Syracuse; Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, New York City; Maria Bartiromo, CNBC, who announced the awards; NCREDC Co-chairs Garry Douglas and Tony Collins; Gov. Andrew Cuomo; Sen. Patty Ritchie, Heuvelton; Assemblywoman Addie Russell, Theresa; Lt. Gov. Patrick Duffy; Assemblywoman Theresa Sayward, Willsboro; Sen. Janet Duprey, Peru; and Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, Black Lake. To see the story on the development grants, click here.