Politics

Fact check: Stefanik’s statements on health care are misleading

SARANAC LAKE — When U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik talked with the Enterprise editorial board on Oct. 5, she made a claim about her health care voting record that doesn’t check out after some post-interview research. In the face-to-face interview, Stefanik said there were several lies being ...

Little too late to debate Martz

There will be no debate this year between state Sen. Betty Little and the first main-party challenger she has had in 12 years in New York’s 45th Senate District. The League of Women Voters wanted to organize a debate and contacted Little, League of Women Voters of the North Country ...

Speaker Ryan to campaign for Stefanik in NY-21

House Speaker Paul Ryan will apparently visit New York’s 21st Congressional District during a whirlwind trip to support 25 Republican congressional candidates. USA Today reported the trip on Monday afternoon, characterizing it as a way to shore up “vulnerable” Republican candidates. Of ...

NY-21 week in review: Bills requiring drug price answers signed

President Donald Trump last week signed into law bills to give consumers more information about the cost of prescription drugs, which U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik supported. The Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act banned the so-called “pharmacy gag clause,” which prohibited pharmacists ...

Sharpe advocates local control, new solutions

WATERTOWN — Larry Sharpe, Libertarian candidate for governor, is not always a fan of rule of law. “I’m not, I’m pro-constitution,” he told the dozen or so people gathered in Vito’s Gourmet last Tuesday morning. Sharpe’s libertarian reasoning: many laws are bad and should be ...

Tedra Cobb pledges to be an ‘independent voice’

JOHNSTOWN — Democratic Congressional candidate Tedra L. Cobb made a campaign stop in the city Thursday, telling seniors she’ll be an independent voice in Washington D.C., free of high-priced political donors and groups like the NRA. “I’m not going to be beholden to anyone but you,” ...

Stefanik holds opioid forum

GLOVERSVILLE — With fatalities of opioid overdoses increasing, a roundtable was held at the Paul Nigra Center on Thursday with several local representatives from Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties discussing the crisis. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Fulton County Sheriff Richard ...

County board candidates’ priorities

SARANAC LAKE — With the Nov. 6 elections looming on the horizon, both candidates for District 7 Franklin County legislator want you to know what’s first on their list of priorities: infrastructure. After that, their objectives diverge. “The county-owned roads down here are in ...

Mulverhill raises, spends more on sheriff race

The contenders for the Franklin County sheriff’s office have roughly the same amount of cash on hand heading into the final month of the general election contest. But incumbent Republican Kevin Mulverhill has significantly outraised and outspent Democratic sheriff hopeful Jordanna Mallach ...

Molinaro proposes relief on local governments

GLENS FALLS — Marc Molinaro said he is running for governor to make it more affordable for families in the state. New York’s status as having among the highest property taxes in the nation is causing people to leave the state to find other jobs, according to Molinaro. Molinaro, ...

Watertown hosts recreational marijuana listening session

WATERTOWN — Community members offered thoughts about the state’s possible legalization of recreational marijuana during the Watertown “listening session” Thursday night at Jefferson Community College’s Sturtz Theater. The goal of these sessions — based on Gov. Andrew ...

Stefanik talks bipartisanship

SARANAC LAKE — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik is often hailed as one of the most bipartisan members of Congress, ranking 27th out of 438 members in the Lugar Center’s 2017 index, the top 10 percent; so what does being bipartisan mean and how does she compare to her Democratic opponent Tedra ...

Social Security checks will grow in 2019 as inflation rises

WASHINGTON — Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2.8 percent boost in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. It’s the biggest increase most retired baby boomers have gotten. Following a stretch of low inflation, the cost-of-living ...

Social Security checks will grow in 2019 as inflation rises

WASHINGTON — Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2.8 percent boost in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. It’s the biggest increase most retired baby boomers have gotten. Following a stretch of low inflation, the cost-of-living ...

Brewpub amendment passes, again

SARANAC LAKE — The village board passed a zoning amendment for a brewpub classification Tuesday night, voting to remove a local sales quota as well. The board voted unanimously to remove a rule that would’ve mandated that 40 percent of beer produced at a brewpub must be sold on site. ...

Timelines, deadlines discussed for $10 million grant

SARANAC LAKE — The Local Planning Committee for this village’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant gathered for its first meeting on Wednesday in the Saranac Lake Free Library’s Cantwell Room. On the agenda was confirming the DRI vision for Saranac lake, the downtown ...

Kahn’s spokesman previously trolled her, others

Paul Paterakis, the spokesman for 21st Congressional District Green Party candidate Lynn S. Kahn, spent the summer trolling candidates on Twitter — including Kahn. Paterakis was the spokesman for Patrick F. Nelson, one of the Democratic candidates in the congressional primary who lost to ...

St. Armand has area’s only contested town election

Amid a swirl of federal, state and county races, some towns and one village in the greater Tri-Lakes area will also have candidates on the ballot Nov. 6. This is not a year when town terms of office normally end, but vacancies must be filled after elected officials leave. County boards of ...

Cobb promises leadership free of influence of money

GLENS FALLS — Democrat Tedra Cobb said this election is a clear choice between her record as a 30-year resident of the North Country, local legislator and health care advocate and U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, who has not lived in the NY-21 Congressional District and has harmed the district with ...