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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, ...

Uncle-nephew team open Tex-Mex restaurant in Tupper Lake

TUPPER LAKE — After four fast months of woodworking, moving from Florida, and menu development, an uncle-nephew team quietly opened the SmokeHouse Tex Mex Grille last weekend, bringing the smokey, savory and spicy flavors of Tex-Mex cuisine to Tupper Lake. Pat Lawrence and Bill Patterson ...

Local sales tax collections are up in N.Y.

ALBANY — New Yorkers seem to be spending more money than last year; they’re definitely paying more sales tax, according to the state comptroller’s office. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a report saying collections grew 6 percent statewide in the first six months of 2018, ...

Officials, business leaders discuss ways to improve economic climate

GLENS FALLS — There seemed to be a bipartisan consensus Wednesday that New York state has more work to do to make it a friendly environment for businesses. State Assemblyman Dan Stec, R-Queensbury, said he worries that New York is going to “be left by the roadside” and not take part ...

Reg Clark remembered

LAKE PLACID — Reginald Clark was a lot of things — a funeral home director, a movie theater owner and operator, an ambulance driver, a husband, a father, a Freemason, a Kiwanian and much more — so it’s hard to sum up the man’s life and his impact on his community. “How much did ...

Observatory plans for $15 million Astro-Science center

TUPPER LAKE — The Adirondack Public Observatory has its sights set on a $15 million Astro-Science center, kicking off its fundraising campaign Wednesday with a presentation and tour at the observatory’s current roll-off roof observatory up the road from Little Wolf Beach. Astronomy ...

NCCC returns $1.2 million in county financial support

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College returned nearly half of the financial support it received from Essex and Franklin counties to residents of the two counties through tuition savings and scholarships during the 2017-18 academic year. “The college has been proud to make ...

Vacation rental regulations coming to Lake Placid, North Elba

LAKE PLACID — After many years of talking about how to manage the vacation rental market here, one official said a solution is coming. North Elba town Supervisor Roby Politi said the town and village could soon have a system in place so vacation rentals, via Airbnb and otherwise, are ...

Fornasiero joins Whiteface Lodge to lead sales, marketing

LAKE PLACID — Elissa Fornasiero has been appointed director of sales and marketing for Whiteface Lodge, the AAA Four-Diamond, Forbes Four-Star luxury all-suite resort in Lake Placid. “I know we can count on Elissa’s great sales expertise and leadership skills to help us navigate ...

Hotel Saranac’s new general manager grew up locally

SARANAC LAKE — The Hotel Saranac’s new general manager, Jacob Kipping, is an Tri-Laker who has spent the better part of his life working inside the Adirondack lodging industry. Kipping described the hotel as the heartbeat, the hub and the glue of Saranac Lake, connecting people and ...