Politics

DEC plans new hiking, snowmobile and ski trails

SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s program for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest is a behemoth of a plan, one that entails changes to numerous existing trails around the area as well as the creation of several new paths for a wide variety of ...

APA passes resolution supporting N.Y. climate policy

RAY BROOK — At its June Adirondack Park Agency meeting, board members discussed the critical impacts of climate change on the public health, environment and economy of the Adirondack Park and passed a resolution in support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s commitment to combat climate change. ...

The Hoel Pond cartop boat launch, seen here Sunday, would see major changes if the DEC’s plan for the area goes through as envisioned. One change would be to add a wooden slide to make it easier to launch canoes and kayaks.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

DEC to upgrade parking, boat launches as part of wild forest plan

SARANAC LAKE — From trailheads to boat launches, campsites to fishing spots, the state Department of Environmental Conservation plans to make major upgrades to many of the places people access the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. The DEC’s recently released unit management plan for much of ...

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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 ...

Legislature OKs bill encouraging savings for first-time homeowners

The state Senate on Monday gave final legislative approval to create a New York State First Home Savings Program. Essex County’s state Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) is the chair of the Housing, Construction and Community Development Committee and said the measure is similar to the ...

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Longtime Newcomb supervisor George Canon dies at 78

As Steven Engelhart led a public tour of the Camp Santanoni Historic Area in Newcomb on Monday, one man was on his mind: George Canon. It was fewer than 48 hours since Canon, the longtime Newcomb town supervisor, died early Sunday morning at Glens Falls Hospital at the age of 78. And though ...

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John Collins, 79, leading Adirondack voice, dies

John Collins was no lightweight when it came to Adirondack issues. He was at least a fourth-generation Adirondacker and was involved in some of the most defining matters of Adirondack Park politics of the last 50 years. Collins died of cancer at his home in Blue Mountain Lake on Friday, and ...

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing numerous changes to the Saranac Lake Islands Campground, located just outside of Saranac Lake. In one form or another, the state has regulated camping on Middle and Lower Saranac lakes, as well as on Weller Pond and First and Second ponds, for just over a century.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

DEC would change islands camping

SARANAC LAKE — Little more than a century after camping first opened on Lower and Middle Saranac lakes, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing changes to both the regulations governing the campground and the locations of some of its sites. Officially sanctioned ...

Judge rules against motel owner in resort case

SARANAC LAKE — A judge has blocked Lake Side Motel owner David Manning from selling his property while a lawsuit that Saranac Lake Resort filed against him is pending. State Supreme Court Justice Martin Auffredou, in a ruling issued Friday, said there’s a danger of “irreparable ...

DEC app complete for phase 1 of ACR

TUPPER LAKE — Initial Department of Environmental Conservation permit applications for the future development of the Adirondack Club and Resort are complete. On Wednesday the DEC posted notice on their website of Preserve Associates’ completed applications for permits related to the ...

Mom’s grief spurs bill to target opioid dealers

COLONIE — Four years after Patty Farrell found her 18-year-old daughter lying cold and blue in bed from an overdose, the former police detective hopes to see heroin dealers charged with homicide when their product kills. “She was the love of my life, my only child,” says Farrell, ...

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Locals’ messages to Trump

If you could only say one thing to President Donald Trump, what would it be? That was the question we posed to people at random throughout the Tri-Lakes villages on Thursday. Halfway through June, the polarizing Republican president from New York has served nearly 150 days, many of which have ...

North Elba seeks grant for Ray Brook water improvements

LAKE PLACID — The town of North Elba will seek to pay for water infrastructure improvements in its Ray Brook district through a grant. The town will formally apply for the grant after its councilmen unanimously authorized the signing of a WIIA grant application at its monthly meeting, ...

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Stefanik, N.Y. senators shocked by shootings

PLATTSBURGH — Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was in a car on her way to a meeting Wednesday when she heard Rep. Steve Scalise had been shot. She knows the congressman quite well. “I see him all the time,” she said from Washington, D.C., Wednesday afternoon. “He is a very jovial ...

Abuse victims to New York lawmakers: lift statute of limitations

ALBANY (AP) — Survivors of child molestation are urging lawmakers in New York to loosen the statute of limitations on lawsuits for past abuse. A statement released Wednesday and signed by several survivors called on top lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to hold negotiations on ...

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Top GOP lawmaker wounded in gunfire at baseball practice

WASHINGTON — A top House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was shot and wounded by a rifle-wielding gunman Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice just outside of Washington. Several other people were also wounded, and at least two were in critical condition. Capitol Police ...

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

Stefanik, NY senators shocked by shootings

PLATTSBURGH — Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was in a car on her way to a meeting Wednesday when she heard Rep. Steve Scalise had been shot. She knows the congressman quite well. “I see him all the time,” she said from Washington, D.C., Wednesday afternoon. “He is a very jovial ...

The former Dew Drop Inn building is seen in May on Broadway in Saranac Lake. Village officials are considering a proposal to extend the River Walk through a covered deck on the side of the building.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Village seeks cost proposals for River Walk extension

SARANAC LAKE — The village is looking for cost estimates for the proposed extension of the Saranac River Walk. The village Board of Trustees voted Monday to approve a “Request for Cost Proposal” that says it’s seeking a contract price with a qualified firm or consulting team for the ...

Village of Lake Placid proposes 1.4% tax levy hike

LAKE PLACID — This village is proposing a 2017-18 budget right at its maximum tax levy of $3,655,390, an increase of 1.4 percent over this fiscal year. The estimated tax rate would be $5.81 per $1,000 of assessed property value, a decrease of nearly 2 cents compared to the 2016-17 ...

Jones’ bill to create a Rural Health Council passes Assembly

A bill authored by Franklin and Clinton counties state Assemblyman Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay, to establish a Rural Health Council within the state Department of Health has passed the state Assembly. Jones’ legislation would alter the existing rural health council originally established in ...