Business

Classic menswear shop sold

SARANAC LAKE — Tom Finnigan called the Enterprise right after closing the deal Thursday. He had just sold his men’s clothing store and its building to local pub owners Jimmy and Johnny Williams. Finnigan was excited. After all, T.F. Finnigan’s has been in his family for 95 years ...

Walk of Fame plaque for Kenny unveiled at Art Walk

SARANAC LAKE — This village’s Third Thursday Art Walk takes place Thursday from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and amid a wide variety of offerings, a Walk of Fame plaque will be unveiled for Mohawk poet Maurice Kenny. The plaque will be uveiled at 6 p.m. at the Saranac Lake Free Library, 109 Main ...

Village says it’s waiting on contractor for Woodruff project

SARANAC LAKE — The Woodruff Street siphon project remains in limbo as the village awaits word from a construction company on an updated schedule of completion. Meanwhile, local businesses and residents are looking for answers as to when the project will be completed. Don Schmidt, owner ...

Key Bank is leaving

SARANAC LAKE — Key Bank plans to close its branch here this fall, citing a shortage of customers as the reason. On Nov. 9, a Friday, the bank will close the branch at 75 Main St. as well as its drive-through outpost at 151 Church St. The bank made the announcement in a letter mailed to ...

Rail bikes won’t return this year

SARANAC LAKE — Despite a press conference earlier this summer announcing the start of rail bike operations out of Saranac Lake, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad will have to postpone the effort until next year at the earliest. A number of questions remained unanswered when the proposal was ...

Albany airport, highway connector road to get $92 million upgrade

ALBANY (AP) — Albany International Airport and the roadway that connects it to nearby highways will get a $92 million upgrade. State officials announced the funding on Tuesday. Of the total, $42 million pay for a new, expanded parking garage as well as interior amenities such as new ...

New York sues opioid maker, says Purdue Pharma misled consumers

ALBANY (AP) — New York filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma on Tuesday, alleging that the opioid maker misled doctors and patients about the dangers of its drugs. The state now joins a growing list of states and local governments that have turned to the courts for assistance in their ...

Most visitors here are white, upper middle class

A study of tourists to Hamilton, Franklin and Essex counties last year found that hiking is the most popular activity for visitors to the area, and that a whopping 95 percent of tourists are white. In its 2017 Leisure Travel Study, the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism conducted a ...

Assembly speaker Heastie visits Tupper Lake

TUPPER LAKE — Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl Heastie visited the Wild Center Wednesday, touring the nature museum with staff, local politicians and his host, Assemblyman Billy Jones. When the Assembly is not in session, Heastie, D-Bronx, said he visits members’ districts ...

Green Party’s Kahn talks farming

MALONE — Green Party candidate for Congress Lynn Kahn says if farmers do not get more help from the government, many will not survive. She is offering a detailed plan to improve the state of farming not only in the North Country, but across the country. “The 2018 Farm Bill is a weapon ...

Saranac Lake lands $10 million grant to revitalize downtown

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that downtown Saranac Lake has been selected as the North Country’s winner of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative — a $10 million grant intended to transform the area. Cuomo made the announcement at the Hotel Saranac to an ...

Saranac Lake wins $10M state grant for downtown (update)

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that downtown Saranac Lake has been selected as the North Country’s winner of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative — a $10 million grant intended to transform the area. Cuomo made the announcement at the Hotel Saranac to an ...

Raise the Age? By 2019, you may need to be 21 to buy tobacco in Essex County

ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County could see a change in its tobacco sales policy before 2019. The Board of Supervisors held a public hearing Monday in regard to raising the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. The board will choose whether to adopt the resolution at its regular ...

Warren County hopes for Airbnb bed tax

QUEENSBURY — Warren County hopes to be collecting occupancy tax from short-term home rentals by Jan. 1, after county supervisors took steps Thursday to change the county’s occupancy tax law to include homes. The 4 percent room tax has applied to motels, hotels and bed-and-breakfast ...

AMA is for sale

SARANAC LAKE — The American Management Association property, formerly the sanitarium that made this community famous for curing tuberculosis, has been put up for sale on the market, but the management education organization will maintain its presence and employees here. Margie Philo, ...

Cuomo coming to Saranac Lake Tuesday

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to make an economic development announcement in this village Tuesday. Village staff were informed of the governor’s visit early Friday afternoon, according to village Community Development Director Jamie Konkoski. They were not told what it ...

Arts show marks opening of Tupper Arts center

TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Arts center on Park Street will open Tuesday with a gala kicking off the 45th annual Tupper Lake Arts Show. The center will be open to the public Wednesday with more than 50 artists’ work on display. The top floor of the 9,000-square-foot building will be ...

SUNY Plattsburgh president to retire next June

PLATTSBURGH — John Ettling will serve just one more year as SUNY Plattsburgh president. He announced his intention to retire next June in a letter to the campus community Friday afternoon. “My initial impressions have held after 14 years of service,” he wrote. “This is a ...

AMA is for sale

SARANAC LAKE — The American Management Association property, formerly the sanitarium that made this community famous for curing tuberculosis, has been put up for sale on the market, but the management education organization will maintain its presence and employees here. Margie Philo, ...