Politics

At hearing, many tell state to keep tipped wage as is

WATERTOWN — At a lively and at times emotional hearing Wednesday, many restaurant workers told representatives from the Department of Labor the new state proposal to raise tipped workers wages could be detrimental to local business. If the tipped wage credit was eliminated, they said, ...

Stefanik supports tougher Syria strategy

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik supports last week’s U.S. missile strikes in Syria, but she said she wants to see a more coherent strategy soon for dealing with that nation’s government. The strikes on suspected chemical weapons sites were performed with French and United ...

All 7 Dems qualify for June 26 primary

PLATTSBURGH — The Democratic primary for New York’s 21st Congressional District will be a crowded one as all seven candidates have qualified for the ballot. Don Boyajian of Cambridge in Washington County; Tedra Cobb of Canton in St. Lawrence County; Patrick Nelson of Stillwater in ...

Cuomo proposes statewide ban on disposable plastic bags

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a statewide ban on plastic shopping bags Monday — though at least one leading environmental advocacy group says his plan doesn’t go nearly far enough in combating a leading source of litter and pollution. The legislation announced by Cuomo, ...

DEC releases statewide invasive species plan

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting public comments on the first statewide comprehensive plan to battle invasive species, which could cost the Adirondacks an estimated $900 million if allowed to spread. The draft New York State Invasive Species Comprehensive ...

Essex County worker charged with murdering DA’s brother in bar fight

Essex County’s government is embroiled in an alleged murder that took place Sunday night. The accused killer works for the county Department of Public Works, and the victim is the county district attorney’s brother. State police charged Cody Cutting, 30, of Moriah, with second-degree ...

Saranac Lake LDC seeks downtown building upgrade candidates

SARANAC LAKE — Could your storefront or rental property use a lick of paint? Do the steps need repair? The Saranac Lake Local Development Corporation may be contacting you soon to see if you’re interested in cutting the cost of repairs in half. To be considered, your project must be as ...

Former Lake George official charged with tax fraud

GLENS FALLS — The former director of Lake George Watershed Coalition has been charged with three additional felonies for allegedly failing to claim $72,000 in income on his personal income taxes. The tax counts come in addition to the 20 felony charges that accuse David J. Decker of ...

Servers speak up

LAKE PLACID — Ashley Kalman, a bartender at Generations restaurant downtown in Lake Placid, has been showing up to work recently wearing a black T-shirt with the words “Tip Credit Supporter #saveourindustry” written across the chest. In Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State speech ...

Stefanik skips effort to dump Pruitt, still says he should quit

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s signature was missing from a Democrat-led resolution to oust U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, despite her announcement at a recent South Glens Falls town hall meeting that Pruitt should resign. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said ...

Study: Outdoor rec is big business in northern New York

It’s no surprise the congressional district that covers much of the Adirondacks is home to a lot of outdoor recreation, but a group has found that New York’s 21st Congressional District generates an astounding $1.5 billion annually. The Outdoor Industry Association released its report ...

Last day to challenge candidate petitions

Today is the last day to file objections to congressional candidate’s petitions to run in the June primary. So far in New York's 21st Congressional District, although six individuals have filed 28 general objections in total, most are not likely to proceed. These general objections are a ...

APA opens comment periods for several projects

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency has opened public comment periods on a number of proposed changes to state land around the Adirondack Park. Last week, the APA board approved the proposed measures to go to public comment. The plans won’t be given final approval until after ...

Cuomo orders voting rights restored for parolees

ALBANY — New York state will restore the voting rights of parolees under an executive order issued Wednesday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo that will impact as many as 35,000 New Yorkers who have served time for felonies. The move adds New York to a list of more than a dozen states and ...

Board votes ‘no confidence’ in NCCC leadership

SARANAC LAKE — The Essex County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution of “no confidence” in the leadership of North Country Community College at its April 9 meeting, stating the college has failed to provide a curriculum that answers local students’ needs. “If you have a ...

State budget increases environmental funding, but not positions

The New York state budget that was passed earlier this month increased overall funding for the state’s three main environmental agencies, but an increase in forest rangers and environmental conservation officers does not appear to be in the cards. The state budget increased funding by 7.5 ...

Boyajian still leads Dems in money race for 21st Congressional District

Democratic congressional candidate Don Boyajian is still holding the fundraising lead among the candidates running in the 21st Congressional District Democratic primary. According to the Federal Election Commission, Boyajian, an environmental lawyer from Saratoga Springs, has raised about ...

Court: Votes are viewable

A New York appeals court ruled Thursday that the state Freedom of Information Law covers the electronically scanned images of ballots taken from voting machines. This is how it works: A person fills out a paper ballot, which doesn’t have his or her name or identifying information on it. ...

Congressional candidates meet petition deadline

The race is on for New York’s 21st Congressional District, with the majority of the challengers hoping to unseat Rep. Elise Stefanik meeting the 5 p.m. Thursday deadline to file petition signatures with the New York State Board of elections in Albany. “They had to be in Albany at 5 ...

Ex-mayor guilty in child porn case

BALLSTON SPA — Former Stillwater Mayor Ricky W. Nelson pleaded guilty Thursday to five felonies for possessing child pornography. Nelson pleaded guilty to counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child in connection with his arrest last August by state police. He had downloaded ...