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Cuomo announces five-year contract agreement with CSEA

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that his administration has reached a five-year contract agreement with the Civil Service Employees Association. CSEA represents more than 60,000 state government employees. The contract must now be approved and ratified by CSEA membership. Authorizing ...

Forum on Health Care Legislation June 29

SARANAC LAKE — Representatives from several regional health care organizations will discuss changes to health care policy that are currently being proposed in Congress. The panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer session. The presentation will take place from 7 to ...

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.  (AP photo — Richard Drew)

NY: ‘Sham’ breast cancer charity will close, pay $350,000

ALBANY — A breast cancer charity that claimed to raise money for medical care will close and pay $350,000 following a state investigation into its fundraising and operations, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Friday. State investigators found that instead of ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik answers questions from studio audience during a community forum Monday evening at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh.
(Press-Republican photo — Kayla Breen)

Hospital cheers Stefanik’s support of funding bill

SARANAC LAKE — North Country U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has co-sponsored new, bipartisan legislation that would ensure permanent funding for Medicare-dependent, low-volume hospitals such as the one here. The Rural Hospital Access Act would amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Photo provided by the governor's office)

Cuomo: State will keep Affordable Care Act protections

ALBANY — New York state is moving to ensure several protections in the Affordable Care Act remain in place regardless of whether the Republican-led Congress votes to repeal it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. Cuomo, a Democrat, has directed state regulators to prohibit insurers from ...

Adirondack Medical Center: No ER diversions

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Medical Center will not divert ambulances away from its hospital here this week. Last week, hospital officials had announced plans to re-route inbound ambulance traffic to other facilities on Monday and Thursday to facilitate electrical work at AMC-Saranac Lake. ...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Photo provided by the governor's office)

Cuomo: NY state will keep Affordable Care Act protections (update)

ALBANY — New York state is moving to ensure several protections in the Affordable Care Act remain in place regardless of whether the Republican-led Congress votes to repeal it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. Cuomo, a Democrat, has directed state regulators to prohibit insurers from ...

New York’s high court hears physician-assisted suicide case

ALBANY — New York state’s highest court took up the contentious and emotional debate over physician-assisted suicide on Tuesday, hearing arguments in a case filed by terminally ill patients who want the right to request life-ending drugs from their physicians. To people who have long ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Official photo)

Stefanik stands by health vote, backs bills for vets, kids

PLATTSBURGH — A small number of opponents of the proposed American Health Care Act delivered to Rep. Elise Stefanik’s office Thursday more of what they say is proof of a bad plan. Several health-care workers, advocates and activists emphasized in a visit to the congresswoman’s ...

BT3 Alliance to host annual meeting

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance’s annual meeting will bring together educators, providers, government, nonprofits and businesses to network, quickly review progress to date, and consider strategies to support services for families with young children across the ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Official photo)

Stefanik trades blows with critics

PLATTSBURGH — The heat remains on North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik since her vote in favor of the American Health Care Act two weeks ago, and she is responding. But not everyone is buying her explanations. “I’m not comfortable with it because there are so many different ...

High Peaks Hospice Radio Day set for June 6

The 25th annual High Peaks Hospice Radio Day will be held on Tuesday, June 6. Radio Day will originate from the Redfield Room at Adirondack Medical Center from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Mountain Communications news anchor Ted Morgan, hosting. Each year, local businesses show their support as a ...

Women’s discussion postponed

TUPPER LAKE — The discussion on women’s wellness originally scheduled for tonight has been postponed. The discussion, part of Adirondack Health’s Community Discussion Series, will now be held Tuesday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. at The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive in Tupper Lake. The event ...

Saranac Lake Middle School students listen to a presentation in their library in February.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Vermiculite requires upheaval for Saranac Lake schools (update)

SARANAC LAKE — Vermiculite found at one of this community’s public schools has led to a million-dollar hassle. All Saranac Lake Central School District students will be dismissed early from classes Friday so teachers and staff can prepare for a huge shift. They will close the third floor ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik answers questions from studio audience during a community forum Monday evening at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh.
(Press-Republican photo — Kayla Breen)

A closer look at Stefanik’s health care answers

Last Thursday, by a narrow margin, congressional Republicans passed the American Health Care Act, which will replace the Affordable Care Act if the legislation passes the Senate. In a live-streamed town forum hosted Monday evening by Mountain Lakes PBS in Plattsburgh, Rep. Elise ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik answers questions from studio audience during a community forum Monday evening at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh.
(Press-Republican photo — Kayla Breen)

Stefanik faces health-plan vote questions at Plattsburgh forum

PLATTSBURGH — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s support of the American Health Care Act took center stage during a TV community forum in Plattsburgh Monday night. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, was at Mountain Lake PBS studios in Plattsburgh just four days after she voted in support of the legislation ...

Around 200 people gathered on the lawn of Mountain Lake PBS Monday evening before Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s TV forum appearance. Many spoke out against her decision to vote in favor of the American Health Care Act.
(Press-Republican photo — Kayla Breen)

Nearly 200 protest Stefanik over AHCA vote at forum

PLATTSBURGH — Mike Trudo once supported Rep. Elise Stefanik, but on Monday evening, he joined a large crowd on Sesame Street in Plattsburgh to speak out against her. The Plattsburgh resident was among nearly 200 people who flocked to the Mountain Lake PBS studio to protest the ...

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Several mull Stefanik challenge for 21st Congressional District

SARANAC LAKE — As North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik voted in favor of the polarizing American Health Care Act Thursday, numerous potential challengers mull whether now is the right time to throw their names into the arena against her in 2018. Stefanik’s Democratic opponent in 2014, Aaron ...

Planned oxygen release at AMC Monday or Tuesday

SARANAC LAKE — Early next week, a large oxygen tank at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake will be drained on-site, prior to its removal. The exact timing of the procedure is weather dependent, but will likely occur Monday or Tuesday. A white plume of harmless, odorless ...