Politics

A riderless snowmobile is stuck in snow on the Old Mountain Road trail in February 2010.
(Photo provided — Andy Walkow)

Old Mountain Road case back in court

LAKE PLACID — The long-running Old Mountain Road case went back to court Wednesday in Albany, where lawyers argued whether the state broke the law in claiming this town road as a wilderness trail. This time the town of North Elba is suing the state Department of Environmental Conservation ...

Report lays out N.Y.’s options in wake of federal tax overhaul

ALBANY — Here’s one way New York could fight back against the new federal tax code: allow people to make fully deductible charitable donations to the state in lieu of their state taxes. That’s one idea from a state report issued Wednesday that examines how New York could respond to ...

Lawmakers vote to ease propane deliveries in severe cold

ALBANY (AP) — New York state lawmakers have passed legislation that aims to ensure timely propane deliveries during cold weather. The state Assembly voted Wednesday to enact new rules on propane sales that would allow dealers to sell or deliver propane to customers who rent propane tanks ...

10th emergency stockpile open for disaster response

ALBANY (AP) — State officials say New York’s 10th and final emergency stockpile of disaster response supplies is now operational in western New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the latest Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services stockpile is located in a ...

A Swiss aerials competitor twists in the early evening light during training Tuesday for this weekend’s freestyle World Cup competition in Lake Placid. The Olympic Ski Jump Complex, where the aerials event takes place on Friday and Saturday, is one of the venues operated by the Olympic Regional Development Authority. It could see upgrades as part of the New York state budget plan Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled Tuesday.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Governor goes big on winter sports venues in state budget plan

LAKE PLACID — Tucked away in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2018-19 state budget proposal Tuesday is a huge gift for the Lake Placid area — $62.5 million in capital funding for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority. Details are scarce at this point, but state Sen. Betty Little said ...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, greets Assembly Speak Carl Heastie as he delivers his 2018-19 Executive Budget Address at the New York State Museum's Clark Auditorium Tuesday. (Photo provided — Darren McGee, governor's office)

Gov. Cuomo unveils budget plan, calls for tax changes

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to fight back against Washington Republicans on Tuesday with a $168 billion state budget proposal that lays out spending on schools and mass transit while also confronting greater uncertainty in federal funding. The Democrat said he’ll urge ...

Assemblyman Billy Jones
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Jones protests suspension of prison package program

State Assemblyman Billy Jones is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to bring back a pilot program that limited the types of food and supplies families could send in care packages to loved ones living in prison. The pilot program was developed in an effort to crack down on contraband such as drugs ...

Stefanik jumps into heroin task force

WASHINGTON — Northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a member of the House’s Bipartisan Heroin Task Force since 2016, co-sponsored eight acts in her first day on the committee on Jan. 10. (Correction: An previous version of this article incorrectly said Stefanik joined the task ...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, greets Assembly Speak Carl Heastie as he delivers his 2018-19 Executive Budget Address at the New York State Museum's Clark Auditorium Tuesday. (Photo provided — Darren McGee, governor's office)

NY Gov. Cuomo unveils budget plan, calls for big tax changes

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to fight back against Washington Republicans on Tuesday with a $168 billion state budget proposal that lays out spending on schools and mass transit while also confronting greater uncertainty in federal funding. The Democrat said he'll urge ...

Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau
(Enterprise file photo — Chris Knight)

Mayor announces bid for re-election

SARANAC LAKE — Village Mayor Clyde Rabideau announced Monday that he will run again for the mayorship this March. Rabideau posted a video to his Facebook page to make the announcement, touting the village’s achievements since his first election in 2010: sidewalk repair, increasing the ...

The Lake Clear transfer station, operated  by the Franklin County Solid Waste Authority.
(Enterprise photo — Bill Chaisson)

Mud flies at solid waste board meeting

MALONE — A meeting of the Franklin County Solid Waste Authority board heard members’ concerns about conflicts of interest on the board, and Director George Eades defended the established practice of charging lower rates for out-of-county customers. The first meeting of 2018 was also ...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Early voting supporters watching Cuomo’s next move

ALBANY (AP) — New York is one of the last remaining states in the nation that doesn’t allow early voting. Groups that want to change that are now calling on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to include money in his state budget proposal to allow for the change, which they say could cost ...

Lawmakers to review Cuomo’s local government plan

ALBANY (AP) — New York lawmakers want to know if a new state initiative aimed at reducing property taxes is working as intended. A provision in the state budget directs local officials around the state to convene panels to study ways their counties, towns, cities and villages could save ...

Town of Brighton puts its house in order

PAUL SMITHS — In its organizational meeting on Thursday, January 11, the town of Brighton elected officials put into place its appointments and committees for 2018. Four of its elected officials were sworn in by Justice Nik Sandagate. Town supervisor Peter Shrope, councilpersons Amber ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik answers questions during an event in April 2017 at the Lyons Falls Library. 
(Photo provided — Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times)

Stefanik connects with her constituents over the phone

Northern New York’s Congresswoman Elise Stefanik held a call-in telephone town hall Thursday evening, talking with constituents, explaining her recent votes and hearing ideas callers had for policy changes. The town hall featured around a dozen callers and several poll questions, both ...

From left, Recreation and Youth Activity Director Angie Snye, Town Supervisor Patti Littlefield and Councilmen John Quinn and Mike Dechene are sworn into the positions they were reelected for in November.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Tupper Lake town board organizes for 2018

TUPPER LAKE — The town board held its 2018 organizational meeting Thursday afternoon to swear in re-elected officials, detail the plans for the future year and amend contracts and agreements. Town Supervisor Patti Littlefield and Councilmen John Quinn and Mike Dechene were sworn in after ...

Communities get $5 million for snowmobile trails

ALBANY (AP) — More than $5 million has been awarded to communities in New York state for snowmobile trail maintenance and grooming. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding Thursday and designated the weekend of Feb. 2-5 as a free snowmobiling weekend for out-of-state and Canadian ...