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Open house Thursday on Saranac Lake DRI

SARANAC LAKE — The village Local Planning Committee and its state partners will hold its last of three open houses on the Downtown Revitalization Initiative Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Cantwell Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library, 109 Main St. The open house is an opportunity ...

Governor signs Essex County mortgage tax bill on last day

Warren and Essex counties will have to wait to resume collecting their mortgage tax until April 1 after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Friday that will allow the tax to be reinstated, an action that came at the last minute and had local officials scrambling. Warren County supervisors ...

Independent power company seeks first 200 customers for renewable energy

SARANAC LAKE — A local power company is looking for 200 customers to buy into the first independent generator in their network. Northern Power & Light, based in Saranac Lake, offers residential and small business customers anywhere in National Grid territory the option of ...

Brew-ski back on the trails Saturday

TUPPER LAKE — The fifth annual Brew-ski at the town’s golf course and cross-country ski trails is this Saturday, and for the first time in years there should be snow on the ground. The Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce hosts the event, collaborating with the Lions Club’s Fire and Ice ...

‘I owe how much?’ Americans shocked by impact of new tax law

Wait, I owe the IRS? The first tax filing season under the new federal tax law is proving to be surprising, confusing — and occasionally frightening — for some Americans, especially those accustomed to getting money back from the government. Take Andy Kraft and Amy Elias of Portland, ...

Compass Point suites opening soon

SARANAC LAKE — Some of the 20 suites at the Compass Point, operated by and adjacent to the Hotel Saranac, will start taking guests in the next couple weeks, according to an owner of the project. “These are what I would call more extended-stay suites,” said Fred Roedel III, chief ...

New executive director coming to North Country School

LAKE PLACID — A new executive director is coming to North Country School, Camp Treetops and Round Lake Campus beginning July 1, 2019. Todd G. Ormiston, currently head of school at Mount Snow Academy in West Dover, Vermont, has accepted the invitation of the Board of Trustees to be the ...

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 ...