Politics

APA approves Saranac Lakes Wild Forest plan

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency board determined that a plan for 75,000 acres of state land in the Tri-Lakes conforms with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan at its monthly board meeting on Friday. The agency also approved a variance for a trail at the state’s new ...

Maroun runs for legislature re-election

TUPPER LAKE — Franklin County Legislator Paul Maroun has announced he will seek another term on the board, running on his nearly 30 years of experience. “I still think I have a lot to offer, It’s why I’m running again,” Maroun said. “When I don’t feel that I have something to ...

Gov’s newest jail reform faces strong opposition

ALBANY — County sheriffs say they have strong reservations about elements of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to to slash the use of jailhouse detention of people charged with most misdemeanor and non-violent felony offenses, contending it would jeopardize public safety. The governor has ...

Politi won’t seek re-election this fall

LAKE PLACID — North Elba town Supervisor Roby Politi will not seek re-election this fall. The announcement came in a letter to the editor in today’s Enterprise. In a phone interview Friday, Politi said he’s served the community for a quarter of a century and that it’s time to let ...

Cuomo re-AIMs budget proposal

After facing criticism for cutting state aid to towns and villages in his proposed 2019-20 budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo now proposes to have counties pay for it using new revenue from a proposed internet sales tax. The cutting of Aid and Incentives for Municipalities funding was fiercely ...

Essex County looks to regulate coroners

After more than a decade of conversation and multiple Enterprise articles highlighting some faults in the elected Essex County coroner system, the Essex County Board of Supervisors could start regulating the coroners more closely. Some of the new regulations would include documenting all ...

Trump will sign border deal, but declare emergency

WASHINGTON — Congress lopsidedly approved a border security compromise that would avert a second painful government shutdown. But a new confrontation has been ignited — this time over President Donald Trump’s plan to bypass lawmakers and declare a national emergency to siphon billions ...

Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs

NEW YORK — Amazon abruptly dropped plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in incentives promised to what is already one of the world’s richest, ...

States look to boost oversight of struggling small colleges

POULTNEY, Vt. — After 185 years of educating students on its campus of brick buildings on Poultney’s main street, Green Mountain College announced last month it would close after this academic year, leaving hundreds of students scrambling to figure out where to go next. The liberal ...

N.Y. gives sex abuse victims more time to sue, press charges

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law Thursday long-sought legislation that gives the victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to seek criminal charges or file lawsuits against their abusers. The law, known as the Child Victims Act, loosens one of the nation’s ...

Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs

NEW YORK — Amazon abruptly abandoned plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in tax breaks promised to what is already one of the world's richest, ...

Lawmakers urge state to fix gaps in broadband

ALBANY — Several upstate lawmakers complained Tuesday that many rural New Yorkers lack access to high-speed broadband despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pledge to extend the coverage to all parts of the state. The concerns arose at a legislative oversight hearing scrutinizing the state’s ...

Franklin County Democratic commissioner retires

MALONE — Wednesday was Franklin County Democratic Election Commissioner Kelly Cox’s last day in her office, and Saturday is her last day living in the North Country. The longtime member of the county Democrats got involved with the party in 2001, started working with the county Board of ...

St. Armand residents ask for more info on water-sewer options

BLOOMINGDALE — At a town council meeting on Tuesday night, residents asked questions about water-sewer bill hikes and discussed other ways to pay for upgrades to the waste water treatment plant. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has mandated upgrades to St. Armand’s ...

Village plans to renovate 3 Main St.

SARANAC LAKE — The village of Saranac Lake may be moving its offices back into 3 Main St. in the future. On Monday night, the village Board of Trustees approved contracting with an engineering firm for drawing up plans for renovations to their old home. Also included in the contract is a ...

2019 candidate petitions need fewer signatures

The state Senate is sending the governor a bill reducing the petition signatures required for local primary and general election ballots for this election cycle — and this election cycle only. The bill was previously sponsored by Assemblyman Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay, and passed the ...

400 Broadway doesn’t sell again

SARANAC LAKE — An auction for two lots of village land between Saranac Lake Baptist Church and Taylor Rental on Broadway received one closed bid that village officials said, once again, was too low. The auction was held at 4 p.m. Monday on the Harrietstown Town Hall steps. The ...

Sparks honored for 20 years of service

TUPPER LAKE — Tracy Sparks, the Franklin County Republican election commissioner, was honored Monday for 20 years of work with the county by Franklin County Legislator Paul Maroun. Sparks, who started in the Department of Social Services in Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake, said when she was ...