Politics

Official: Politics obstruct poverty aid

SARANAC LAKE — Fifty-five minutes into his PowerPoint presentation, Bruce Garcia singled out this country’s partisan divide as the primary problem in understanding poverty today. “In this country, the debate over poverty isn’t about poverty,” said Garcia, the CEO of the Joint ...

Trump tax plan: Relief for his voters but lots of unknowns

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s plan to overhaul the nation’s tax code could provide significant tax cuts for the working-class voters who elected him, but the unknowns could end up hurting many of these core supporters of the president. A look at how Trump’s tax plan could ...

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Fellow Republican disagrees with Stefanik over water level policy

U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins, R-Lancaster, is throwing shade at Plan 2014 as high water levels damage properties on Lake Ontario’s southern shores. Plan 2014, an international plan to return the St. Lawrence River to more naturally flowing patterns, went into effect in January. The plan ...

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Trump says US won’t leave NAFTA — for now

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, but could still withdraw if he concludes a renegotiated pact is not "a fair deal for all." Trump tweeted early ...

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik listens as Liz Russo of Johnstown asks a question during “Coffee with Your Congresswoman” Monday at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center in Johnstown. Stefanik was in town for the Fulton County Republican Chairman’s Club dinner. 
(Photo — Bill Trojan, The Leader-Herald)

Public grills Stefanik at Johnstown event

JOHNSTOWN — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik on Monday faced tough questions at a “Coffee with Your Congresswoman” event held at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center. Approximately 100 people packed into the senior center to ask Stefanik, R-Willsboro, questions about the federal ...

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Canadian leader responds to lumber tariffs imposed by U.S.

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Tuesday that Canada and the U.S. could suffer a “thickening” border as the Trump administration imposes new tariffs on softwood lumber and trade tensions between the two countries escalate. Trudeau commented a day after the announcement ...

Cuomo taps veteran of GOP presidential politics as new aide

NEW YORK — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tapped a veteran of Republican presidential politics to serve as his chief of staff. The governor announced Tuesday that Maria Comella will take over the post. She most recently served as the chief strategist for Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris ...

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik listens as Liz Russo of Johnstown asks a question during “Coffee with Your Congresswoman” Monday at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center in Johnstown. Stefanik was in town for the Fulton County Republican Chairman’s Club dinner. 
(Photo — Bill Trojan, The Leader-Herald)

Public grills Stefanik at open event in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik on Monday faced tough questions at a “Coffee with Your Congresswoman” event held at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center. Approximately 100 people packed into the senior center to ask Stefanik, R-Willsboro, questions about the federal ...

DEC releases conceptual rail trail plan

RAY BROOK — A series of public meetings have been scheduled on the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s conceptual plan for a proposed rail trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. The Draft Adirondack Rail Trail Conceptual Plan was released Monday for public review and ...

Farmers fear immigrant workers’ deportation could hurt livelihood

By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press SALEM, Ore. — The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants. From ...

France’s rejected mainstream unites for Macron over Le Pen

PARIS — France’s political mainstream, shut out of the presidency by an angry electorate, united today to call on voters to back centrist Emmanuel Macron and reject Marine Le Pen’s populist nationalism. Politicians on the moderate left and right, including the Socialist and ...

DeFonse will present lecture on economics Wednesday

SARANAC LAKE — Progressive political activism group Now What?’s free lecture series will continue with its fifth installment at 7 p.m. Wednesday in North Country Community College’s S-19 Lecture Hall. Russ DeFonse, a former economics teacher at Paul Smith’s College as well as ...

State helps public defenders with funding, caseload caps

ALBANY — Help may be on the way for New York's overburdened defense system for the poor that has gained national attention for caseloads so extreme and local funding so inadequate that some defendants got limited representation or none at all. Lawmakers this month approved New York's ...

Mountain Lake PBS to host community forum with Stefanik

PLATTSBURGH — Mountain Lake PBS will tape and livestream a community forum with U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 8. The forum will be devoted entirely to questions and comments, selected at random, submitted by studio attendees as well as community members online. Thom ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik answers questions from an audience of more than 80 people at a “Coffee with your Congresswoman” event Tuesday afternoon at the Lyons Falls Library.
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Stefanik Q&A in Lyons Falls draws dozens

LYONS FALLS — More than 80 people attended U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s “Coffee with your Congresswoman” event Tuesday afternoon at the Lyons Falls Library. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, fielded questions on various topics throughout the event, which worked as a sort of miniaturized town ...

US-Canada trade dispute hurts dairy farms

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A U.S.-Canada trade dispute has spread to Minnesota, where officials say 19 dairy farms are affected. Some New York producers are also affected. Lucas Sjostrom, executive director of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association, said Wednesday that 19 Minnesota ...

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Stefanik supports Afghan bombing

The U.S. military’s dropping of its most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS positions in Afghanistan last week was the correct action to take, said U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, who was in the Middle East at the time of the strike. “Gen. John Nicholson made the decision ...

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Stefanik’s defense industry contributions increase with authority

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, received $41,500 in campaign contributions from defense contractors in the first quarter, a huge increase from usual, in her new prominent role as chairwoman of the House Defense Committee subcommittee that oversees counterterrorism programs and ...

Three vie for two Saranac Lake school board seats

SARANAC LAKE — Three candidates will run for two available seats on the Saranac Lake Central School District Board of Education on May 16. Incumbent board member Aurora White will face two challengers in her re-election bid: Jeff Branch, a former village trustee and current Saranac Lake ...

Stefanik talks college affordability in Watertown

WATERTOWN — U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik took part in a roundtable discussion at Jefferson Community College Monday to hear student perspectives on what is and isn’t working in terms of affordability. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, was joined by about 20 other students of various ages and ...