Politics

Cuomo faces blowback from US greatness comment

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s political opponents on the right and left seized Thursday on his comment that America “was never that great,” with Republicans buying him a bus ticket to Canada and intra-party rival Cynthia Nixon accusing him of trying and failing to sound like ...

NY-21 Week in Review: State teachers union endorses Cobb

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s votes on health care and the federal money to education likely cost her the endorsement of the New York State United Teachers. Last week, Democratic NY-21 candidate Tedra Cobb picked up the endorsement of the union after Stefanik, R-Willsboro, had secured it ...

Cuomo, on Trump slogan: America ‘was never that great’

ALBANY — America “was never that great” and won’t be great until all Americans share true equality, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday in a speech blasting Republican President Donald Trump and his slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Cuomo, who is considered a potential ...

Green Party NY Senate candidate kicked off ballot

The Green Party candidate for Sen. Betty Little’s seat is off the ballot. Steve Ruzbacki sent in photocopies of his petitions, rather than the original documents. State election law requires original signatures. “I just want to apologize to all my friends and supporters for making ...

Before Trump arrives, about 200 protest his administration

WATERTOWN — Twelve miles and a political world away from Wheeler-Sack air base, about 200 North Country residents and assorted political operatives staged a protest against President Donald Trump and Rep. Elise Stefanik before the president landed to sign the National Defense ...

Stefanik asks Amtrak to reconsider Toys for Tots train

Three members of Congress — Elise Stefanik, Paul Tonko and John Faso — have sent a bipartisan letter to Amtrak in an attempt to revive the Toys for Tots holiday train that hands out donated toys and seasonal essentials. On Aug. 3, Amtrak notified the Marine Corps Toys for Tots that ...

Trump warns Cuomo: Anybody who runs against me ‘suffers’

UTICA — President Donald Trump on Monday dared New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to challenge him in 2020 — and warned the Democrat, “Anybody that runs against Trump suffers.” Trump also said that Cuomo once called him and promised that he wouldn’t run against him — a claim that ...

Trump visits Fort Drum to sign military spending bill

WATERTOWN — President Donald Trump arrived this afternoon at Fort Drum to sign H.R. 5515, the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2019. “At ease,” he told the soldiers assembled in a hangar near the Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield at Fort Drum. “You got seats; sit ...

Governor’s eagle feather tale lands with legal thud

ALBANY — At an event in the Adirondacks last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recounted a treasured memory of the time his family retrieved an eagle feather from Saranac Lake and kept it after one of the beautiful birds swooped near his canoe. In telling the story, the New York Democrat was ...

July Dem unity event never happened

During the Democratic primary for New York’s 21st Congressional District, so-called unity events became contentious — but the candidates say they still plan to work together. Before the June 28 primary, then-congressional candidate Emily Martz of Saranac Lake invited other candidates ...

Parade fee gives pause to Gender Alliance parade

PLATTSBURGH — The Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance is hoping to march through the streets of downtown Plattsburgh in a parade, but they may have to settle for the sidewalks. The Alliance is seeking to hold a parade on Saturday, Sept. 29, as part of a festival in Trinity Park ...

Schumer takes on acid rain

LAKE CLEAR — U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, was at Bear Pond Friday to talk with local environmentalists, residents and media about acid rain and recent proposals by the federal Environmental Protection Agency that would repeal the Clean Power Plan. Flying into the ...

APA approves Gore, Van Ho plans

RAY BROOK — During its monthly meeting Thursday at agency headquarters, the state Adirondack Park Agency found that plans for Gore Mountain Ski Center and the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic complex comply with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. The State Land Committee approved ...

Schumer to make announcement today in Upper St. Regis

Sen. Charles Schumer will make an announcement regarding his effort to preserve the Adirondack Park’s ongoing effort to recover from acid rain at 3:15 p.m. today at the Upper St. Regis Post Office.

2,000-plus of Cobb’s petition signatures questioned

More than 2,000 signatures on Democratic candidate Tedra Cobb’s petition to run on the Congressional District 21 Unites Party line have been challenged in 62 pages of specific objections, according to documents from the state Board of Elections. Two Republicans, Steve Ramant of Hague, and ...

Cuomo will reveal prison reform plan in January

FORT ANN — Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Great Meadow Correctional Facility on Thursday to discuss the uptick of lockdowns, which the facility was placed in after a fight Wednesday and incidents Thursday morning, and his comprehensive prison reform plan he plans to release in ...

New York schools can apply for $1.5M in farm-to-school funds

ALBANY (AP) — Schools in New York state can apply for grants of up to $100,000 to help increase the amount of locally grown food on school menus this year. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the $1.5 million available statewide for farm-to-school programs will help both students and farmers. Eligible ...

Assembly speaker Heastie visits Tupper Lake

TUPPER LAKE — Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl Heastie visited the Wild Center Wednesday, touring the nature museum with staff, local politicians and his host, Assemblyman Billy Jones. When the Assembly is not in session, Heastie, D-Bronx, said he visits members’ districts ...

Molinaro jabs Cuomo as ‘Putin on the Hudson’

ALBANY — The state government’s efforts to expel Charter Communications from New York have spilled into the race for governor, with GOP nominee Marc Molinaro casting Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday as “Putin on the Hudson.” In his sharpest attack on the incumbent to date, Molinaro argued ...