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State poised to raise tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21

ALBANY — The Democrat-controlled New York Senate passed legislation Monday putting the state a step closer to joining seven others where the legal age for buying cigarettes and electronic cigarettes has been raised from 18 to 21. The state Assembly, also controlled by Democrats, passed ...

Paul Smith’s professor to co-chair workshop at UN conference

PAUL SMITHS — Kelly Cerialo, an assistant professor and communications program manager at Paul Smith’s College, will co-chair an ecotourism workshop at EuroMAB, a biennial conference hosted by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization in Dublin, Ireland, on ...

State leaders OK plastic bag ban, NYC tolls

ALBANY (AP) — Here's a look at some of the key items included in the $175.5 billion state budget agreement that the Democrat-controlled New York Legislature passed early Monday: MANHATTAN TOLLS: Vehicles traveling south of 61st Street will be charged a toll beginning in 2021 through ...

NCCC budget set to be finalized next month

SARANAC LAKE — The North Country Community College Board of Trustees expects to approve the school’s 2019-20 budget next month. The budget forecast presented at Friday’s board meeting expects a $135,000 deficit for the 2019-20 year, but college officials were confident they could ...

Coasters remind people to get screened for colon cancer

March was Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month — have you been screened? Colon cancer is one of the most diagnosed forms of cancer in New York state — which is the second leading cause of death in the state, after heart disease. Early detection is the key, says Elizabeth Terry, ...

Plastic bag ban comes close to reality in NY

ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and fellow Democrats who control the Legislature have reached a deal to make New York the third state with a ban on single-use plastic grocery bags as they worked to finalize budget agreements, officials said Friday. The ban would prohibit grocery stores ...

Weighing pros and cons of a Lake Placid hotel expansion

LAKE PLACID — With the proposal made and public comment period over, the North Elba Zoning Board of Appeals met Monday to discuss a variance for a four-story Hilton-brand hotel that would replace the Quality Inn on Saranac Avenue. Board members answered five questions on whether they ...

Stefanik pushes GOP wage fairness bill

Rep. Elise Stefanik spoke on the House floor Wednesday afternoon to introduce the WAGE Equity Act, a Republican alternative to H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act introduced by Democrats. Both pieces of legislation are designed to prevent disparate rates of pay between men and women in ...

Etain delays building medical marijuana plant in Glens Falls

GLENS FALLS — Etain’s project to build a plant at Tech Meadows for medical marijuana manufacturing is being delayed a year because the nature of the company’s business meant it was not able to get financing through a state agency. The Chester-based company was not able to obtain a ...

Minimum stay dropped from short-term rental regs

LAKE PLACID — Revisions have been made to the proposed law that would regulate short-term rentals such as Airbnb, VRBO and other services in this village and the town of North Elba. Some of the revisions were generic formatting issues — typos, misplaced punctuation, indents — but a ...

With grant OK’d, developers ask to change terms

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Resort Owner corporation, which plans to build the recently renamed Saranac Lake Waterfront Resort — formerly the Lake Flower Resort and Spa — is asking the village to change the terms of a $750,000 federal grant now that it has been awarded. No ...

For some businesses, DRI grants would speed upgrades

SARANAC LAKE — The Williams brothers, owners of two prominent downtown businesses, are also the sponsors of two Downtown Revitalization Initiative project proposals. These projects — for Bitters & Bones bar at 65 Broadway and T.F. Finnigan’s men’s clothing store at 79 Main St. ...

Fire rips Ausable Motors in Jay

A garage fire Sunday night in the town of Jay required seven fire departments and nearly four hours of dousing to contain it, according to the Jay fire chief. The fire started in a flatbed truck in a garage at Ausable Motors at 13713 Route 9N, between the hamlets of AuSable Forks and ...

Group sets chefs and farmers up on a date

LAKE PLACID — Carly Summers is playing the role of matchmaker. As the agriculture resource educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Essex County, she’s trying to get chefs and food/drink producers together. Sponsored by Adirondack Harvest, a program of CCE, the Farm to Chef Meet ...

A foamy throwdown

SARANAC LAKE — Tulips, leaves, hearts and flowers were poured into fresh shots of espresso, as more than two dozen looked on at Origin Coffee Company’s Latte Art Showdown Saturday night. Eight baristas went head to head in a latte-art-making tournament. Using Specialty Coffee ...

Fire devastates car dealership in town of Jay

A garage fire Sunday night in the town of Jay required seven fire departments and nearly four hours of dousing to contain it, according to the Jay fire chief. The fire started in a flatbed truck in a garage at Ausable Motors at 13713 Route 9N, between the hamlets of AuSable Forks and Jay. ...

Liftopia awards Titus #2 best overall ski area in North America

MALONE — Liftopia, a ski mountain aggregate website, ranked Titus Mountain Family Ski Center as its second best overall resort in North America in its 2018-19 Best in Snow awards Friday. Titus also earned awards for being the top resort for beginners in North America, the second most ...

New York Maple Weekends begin Saturday

LAKE PLACID — Only a handful of maple producers in the Tri-Lakes region will open their doors to visitors this week and next for New York’s Maple Weekends, yet there are more than 180 locations throughout the state participating this year. The New York State Maple Producers ...

Cuomo visits Massena to announce Alcoa deal

MASSENA — Gov. Andrew Cuomo stood at a podium at the Alcoa West smelter on Thursday afternoon and made the announcement everyone had been waiting to hear — Alcoa would continue to have a presence in Massena for the next seven years, until 2026. “We worked with Alcoa several years ...