Politics

Miner broke with Democrats over corruption

Stephanie Miner is a lifelong Democrat who once co-chaired the New York State Democratic Committee with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but when she announced her run for governor this week, it was as an independent. “In the Democratic Party establishment in New York state, they are turning a blind ...

Stefanik will back House deal on immigration

As the White House struggles to provide a cohesive message about its “zero tolerance” policy of detaining and charging all migrants who cross the border illegally, separating them from their children at the southern border, the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to vote on two ...

Canadian shoppers still come, despite trade disagreement

OGDENSBURG — Despite the recent disagreement between President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over international trade, there appeared to be no shortage of Canadian shoppers in Ogdensburg on Tuesday. A dozen cars sporting Canadian license plates could be seen ...

Effort to require cameras in facilities for disabled stalls

ALBANY — A proposal to require video cameras in common areas of residential facilities for the disabled has stalled in Albany, with supporters saying it would uncover abuse and neglect and opponents raising privacy concerns. The bill requiring video cameras isn’t expected to get a vote ...

Former Syracuse mayor enters New York governor race

ALBANY (AP) — A former top official in the New York Democratic Party is kicking off an independent run for governor. Stephanie Miner, who’s the ex-mayor of Syracuse, made her announcement in an interview with The New York Times. Polls show Gov. Andrew Cuomo with comfortable leads over ...

Another judge rules EPA must stop air pollution

For the second time this week, a federal district court ruled against the U.S. Environmental Protection agency, saying the EPA needs to uphold the Clean Air Act. Specifically, the court said the EPA must enforce the act’s “good neighbor” provision, which requires the agency to stop ...

Audubon Society gives Stefanik soaring praise

The National Audubon Society honored U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik with its Conservation Hero award, recognizing her work to preserve birds and the ecosystems they call home. The congresswoman met with Audubon Society CEO David Yarnold at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. where he ...

Nelson: Dems must break free of corporate interests

GLENS FALLS — Patrick Nelson is intimately familiar with New York’s 21st Congressional District after having spent the last two election cycles working on campaigns for the House seat. Nelson worked as an intern for Aaron Woolf in 2014 and as a staffer for Mike Derrick in 2016, and he ...

EMS bill remedies staffing problem in rural N.Y.

The state Senate has approved legislation sponsored by state Sen. Betty Little to help address a growing crisis of insufficient Emergency Medical Services coverage in rural regions of New York. Little, R-Queensbury, like many of her upstate colleagues, has heard increasing concern from ...

Patrick Nelson battles someone else’s reputation online

Patrick Nelson of Stillwater is encountering an unusual source of opposition to his race to be the Democratic nominee for New York’s 21st Congressional District — confused anti-Nazi trolls. Nelson happens to share a first name with Patrick Little, a self-proclaimed anti-Semite who ran ...

Dems debate cryptocurrency

PLATTSBURGH — A spirited debate over the future of cryptocurrency in the region highlighted Tuesday’s Democratic candidate forum for New York’s 21st Congressional District. Some candidates think this new technology-based business is a potential economic bonanza for rural communities, ...

State grant funds land trust’s new hire

KEENE — An $80,000 state grant and generous matching donation will allow the Adirondack Land Trust to hire a new land manager. ALT announced this week that it had received the grant, along with an additional $40,000 from a private donor, has led to the hiring of Bill Brown as stewardship ...

Federal judge: EPA responsible for New York smog

A federal court has ruled in favor of a state lawsuit against E. Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for failing to enforce the Clean Air Act. In January, New York and Connecticut jointly sued the EPA in a lawsuit separate from one filed to the same purpose by the ...

ORDA formally commits to Winter Universiade

LAKE PLACID — The North Country is one step closer to hosting a major winter sports event. The board for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority passed a resolution Wednesday that will allow its CEO, Mike Pratt, to sign an attribution contract with the International Sports ...

Tupper Lake village provides water, sewer to town

TUPPER LAKE — On Monday this village’s board passed a law rescinding the requirement that properties receiving water or sewer service must be in the village. The decision, which came after a public hearing that no one attended, ends the practice of annexing into the village homes and ...

State Senate passes child hair follicle drug test bill

ALBANY — A bill proposed by state Sen. Betty Little, aiming to protect young children who may be at higher risk of exposure to dangerous drugs, was approved by the state Senate Wednesday. Little, R-Queensbury, proposed the legislation following the death of Kayleigh Mae Cassell, a ...

Health groups push to raise the smoking age to 21

ALBANY (AP) — Prominent health groups including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and American Lung Association are pushing to raise the smoking age to 21 across New York state. The organizations on Wednesday urged lawmakers to act on the proposal before adjourning ...

Green group: Remove hunting camp as planned

More than a dozen buildings on state land near Newcomb are slated to be removed later this year, but a push from historic preservation activists has at least one environmental group pushing back, publicly pressuring the state to say buildings will be taken down as scheduled. The Inner ...

Many say Canada trade skirmish is mostly bad for North Country

Last week, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico would go into effect. The backlash was swift. Mexico and the EU announced retaliatory tariffs on everything from lamps to ...