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Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects tweaked

SARANAC LAKE — At the Local Planning Committee meeting on Thursday, the final project proposal list to share in grant funding through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative was further finalized and prepared to present to the public. Two projects are off the list and one may be going back ...

Another cell tower planned for Bloomingdale

BLOOMINGDALE — The St. Armand Town Council approved contract and lease negotiations to proceed with AT&T for a new cellphone tower. The next step will be approval from the state Adirondack Park Agency, which must review any new structure in the park taller than 40 feet. “The ...

Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs

NEW YORK — Amazon abruptly dropped plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in incentives promised to what is already one of the world’s richest, ...

Rochester mayor wants to pitch Amazon again

ROCHESTER (AP) — The mayor of Rochester, New York, says her city wants to “make a second pitch” to Amazon now that the company has dropped plans for a New York City headquarters. The Democrat and Chronicle says Mayor Lovely Warren and the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce both ...

States look to boost oversight of struggling small colleges

POULTNEY, Vt. — After 185 years of educating students on its campus of brick buildings on Poultney’s main street, Green Mountain College announced last month it would close after this academic year, leaving hundreds of students scrambling to figure out where to go next. The liberal ...

Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs

NEW YORK — Amazon abruptly abandoned plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in tax breaks promised to what is already one of the world's richest, ...

Lawmakers urge state to fix gaps in broadband

ALBANY — Several upstate lawmakers complained Tuesday that many rural New Yorkers lack access to high-speed broadband despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pledge to extend the coverage to all parts of the state. The concerns arose at a legislative oversight hearing scrutinizing the state’s ...

St. Armand residents ask for more info on water-sewer options

BLOOMINGDALE — At a town council meeting on Tuesday night, residents asked questions about water-sewer bill hikes and discussed other ways to pay for upgrades to the waste water treatment plant. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has mandated upgrades to St. Armand’s ...

400 Broadway doesn’t sell again

SARANAC LAKE — An auction for two lots of village land between Saranac Lake Baptist Church and Taylor Rental on Broadway received one closed bid that village officials said, once again, was too low. The auction was held at 4 p.m. Monday on the Harrietstown Town Hall steps. The ...

Local Development Corp. to administer microenterprise grant

MALONE — Officials from the Franklin County Industrial Development Agency met with county legislators on Thursday to review the status of ongoing projects. IDA CEO Jeremy Evans and Economic Development Director Russ Kinyon started off the meeting by outlining the priorities for the ...

Hotel would double in size

LAKE PLACID — Saranac Avenue could get a new hotel in the future with more than double the rooms and two more stories. Dual Development LLC is looking to tear down the Quality Inn at 2125 Saranac Ave. and replace it with Tru-Homewood Suites from Hilton. The hotel would add nearly 20 ...

State reps want more money for cell service

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country representatives in state government say there is still a need for more cellular telephone service in the region, and there are still many questions to be answered about legalizing recreational marijuana. “The last few years, when you look at some of the ...

Feds choose SkyWest airline for Ogdensburg, Massena

OGDENSBURG — SkyWest Airlines has been chosen by the United States Department of Transportation to provide essential air services at Ogdensburg and Massena airports. In an order issued by federal officials today, the U.S. DOT said SkyWest has been selected to service both Massena and ...

Dew Drop renovation canceled

SARANAC LAKE — It looks like the former Dew Drop Inn on Broadway will remain vacant for now. The co-owner of the former Dew Drop Inn, Calli Shelton, has announced she is walking away from the project, with no intention to sell the property. “As of today I’m walking away from the ...

Saranac Lake Tops upgrade may begin in March

SARANAC LAKE — Renovation of the Tops supermarket on Church Street is expected to begin next month. The Western New York-based supermarket chain and the owner of the 56 Church St. property passed their site plan for renovation and landscaping at this location to the village Development ...

Small addition planned for Stewart’s in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — The Stewart’s Shop here is moving forward with plans for a small renovation and landscaping project. “Primarily we’re here for a 300- or 400-square-foot building addition,” said Chuck Marshall, who manages development and real estate for Stewart’s, “which is ...

State forests keep sustainable certification

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that its state forest management programs had won national sustainable certification for the 11th year in a row. The DEC manages more than three-quarters of a million acres of forests outside of the Catskill and ...