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Absentee ballots confirm winners in Harrietstown, Franklin

MALONE — A count of Franklin County absentee ballots took place Thursday, changing the vote numbers in two close local races but not the ultimate results. As indicated at the polls on Election Day Nov. 7, Democratic challengers Tracey Schrader and Jordanna Mallach defeated incumbents Ron ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik

Stefanik votes against tax bill

PLATTSBURGH — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted against the Republican-backed tax plan in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said the plan did not meet her goals of obtaining tax relief for New York taxpayers, and she vowed to continue the ...

Tupper selects water, sewer consolidation plan

TUPPER LAKE — The town board has selected a path to move forward on as it prepares to make the largest reduction of water and sewer districts in New York state history and residents will be able to comment on the decision before it formally makes the choice in a Dec. 14 board meeting. The ...

Tupper town budget passes with no resistance

TUPPER LAKE — The town board approved a $2.4 million budget for next year Thursday evening, staying below the state’s 1.84 percent tax cap and having $30,000 extra. Board members were happy the budget was rearranged, nullifying the need for a local law previously passed to override the ...

Tyler Socash, an activist with Adirondack Wilderness Advocates, will carry nearly 2,000 letters to the state Adirondack Park Agency meeting today. Socash is carrying the letters from the southern end of the Boreas Ponds tract up through the High Peaks Wilderness Area.
(Photo provided by Brendan Wiltse)

Wilderness advocate carries nearly 2,000 letters to APA today

RAY BROOK — A Keene man began hiking Wednesday morning from the southern end of the state’s recently acquired Boreas Ponds tract of land, but his backpack isn’t loaded with just the normal gear. Tyler Socash planned to walk all day Wednesday, camp out that night and finish his hike ...

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

Stefanik votes against tax bill

PLATTSBURGH — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted against the Republican-backed tax plan in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said the plan did not meet her goals of obtaining tax relief for New York taxpayers, and she vowed to continue ...

ElectionWinners

Absentee ballots confirm winners in H’town, Franklin

MALONE — A count of Franklin County absentee ballots took place Thursday, changing the vote numbers in two close local races but not the ultimate results. As indicated at the polls on Election Day Nov. 7, Democratic challengers Tracey Schrader and Jordanna Mallach defeated incumbents ...

Tupper Lake town budget maintains flat tax rate

TUPPER LAKE — This town’s tentative 2018 budget would basically keep taxes flat. Residents have a chance to review the budget before 5:30 p.m. Thursday, when board members are expected to vote on it at the town hall. If the budget passes, town property owners outside the village of ...

APA hosts monthly meeting Thursday

Correction --- In the story titled “Ad’k Park Agency to hear about four small projects” on page A3 of Tuesday’s Enterprise, the October agenda for the agency’s Regulatory Programs Committee was accidentally described in place of the committee’s November agenda. The correct ...

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, center, smiles with Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, Monday at King Brothers Dairy Farm in Northumberland, Saratoga County. Michael Bittel, right, led a question-and-answer session.
(Photo provided — Adam Colver, Post-Star)

Agriculture secretary takes milk break in upstate NY

NORTHUMBERLAND — Farmers talked taxes, trade, minimum wage, hemp and the future of farming on Monday as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited King Brothers Dairy Farm in Saratoga County. During a question-and-answer session, Perdue stressed the need for better communication ...

Harrietstown: Sticker shock over airport paving

SARANAC LAKE — The Harrietstown town board reluctantly approved a change order for paving work at the airport Thursday night, adding $25,219 to the total bill for services. Town Supervisor Mike Kilroy voted no, expressing his annoyance with the contractor, Passero Associates. ...

Lake Placid village Mayor Craig Randall (Photo provided)

Lake Placid mayor responds to criticism on events

LAKE PLACID — In a recent letter to the editor, Charles Walsh of Lake Placid voiced concerns with the Adirondack North Country Global Sports Committee’s $300,000 bid to have the 2023 World University Winter Games in Lake Placid. The ANCGSC has also secured Lake Placid as the location ...

Town of Tupper stays under tax cap

TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake town board voted unanimously Oct. 9 to rescind a proposed local law which would override the tax cap as the final budget will stay under the tax cap. An earlier draft of the town’s budget was approximately $5,600 over the cap according to town supervisor ...

Train engines sit on tracks outside of the North Creek station of the Saratoga and North Creek Railway, alongside state Route 28. More of these cars were brought in and stored in extra tracks on the line last month, sparking a debate over storing tanker cars in the Adirondacks.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Congressional hopefuls call for action on rail car storage

PLATTSBURGH — North Country congressional candidate Katie Wilson says action is needed now to prevent part of the Adirondacks from becoming “a junkyard.” Wilson is calling for an immediate investigation by the federal Surface Transportation Board to help return 22 miles of railroad ...

Railway president snaps back about rail car storage

MINERVA — Saratoga and North Creek Railway President Ed Ellis fired back at those criticizing his storage of decommissioned railcars in the Adirondack Park. More than 50 box cars and tankers are parked on tracks purchased by Iowa Pacific Holdings in the town of Minerva near the Forest ...

New York to boost scheduling protections for hourly workers

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new regulations Friday that seek to crack down on employers keeping hourly workers “on call,” available to be called in at a moment’s notice. The new labor rules would establish a 14-day advance notice standard for scheduling and require ...

From left North Elba Councilmen Derek Doty and Jack Favro and Supervisor Roby Politi celebrate their re-election wins Tuesday night at American Legion Post 326 in Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

North Elba voters re-elect incumbents

LAKE PLACID — North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi, running on the independent Fair and Honest Party line, was re-elected against Democratic challenger Brian Barrett in a 1,308-to-464-vote victory. In a race for two town council seats, the two incumbents, Derek Doty and Jack Favro, won ...

Tupper Lake town Supervisor Patti Littlefield celebrates her re-election Tuesday night at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3120 in Tupper Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Tupper Lake voters stick with incumbents

TUPPER LAKE — Tupper Lakers voted Tuesday to maintain the town’s leadership, re-electing incumbents as town supervisor and town council. Patti Littlefield won the town supervisor election 837–501 over Kathleen Lefebvre. The Republican incumbent was challenged by a Democratic ...

At the Amos and Julia Ward Theater in Jay, voters cast ballots in a town with many candidates for local office: five for two Jay Town Council seats, four for highway superintendent and two for tax collector. Voters the Enterprise talked to at the poll station cited road quality and filling empty storefronts as the main factors in their voting decisions.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Dems, political outsiders take Jay election

AuSABLE FORKS — The town of Jay’s elections brought a slew of new faces to public offices including town council, highway superintendent and tax collector after several busy races. The four winners have said they are excited to improve the town’s roads, economy and taxes. - Town ...