Politics

Tupper trustee presses talk of town-village merger

TUPPER LAKE — Village Trustee Ron LaScala attended a town board meeting on Thursday night to talk to the other governing body about his desire for the two governments to consolidate, asking the town to conduct a study of the viability of coterminus governance. Although he sparked a ...

Dozens show for vacation rental meeting

LAKE PLACID — More than 50 people crowded into the meeting room at the North Elba Town Hall. There weren’t enough chairs, so some stood in the back of the room, others peered through the doorway from the hall, and one lady sat on the floor. They were all there to learn how the North Elba ...

Lake Placid board meets with DOT about salt pilot program

LAKE PLACID — A lower speed limit, new snow plowing equipment and the possible removal of trees are just three aspects of the state Department of Transportation’s pilot program for reducing road salt between Lake Placid and Wilmington this winter. The DOT will reduce road salt use ...

With busy agenda, APA delays vote on Saranac Lakes Wild Forest

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners is dropping the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest from its agenda for this week’s December meeting. “We anticipate a lot of discussion and will pick up the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest vote first thing next year,” APA ...

North Elba board passes law on removing condemned buildings

LAKE PLACID — The North Elba Town Council passed a new local law Tuesday night that will allow the town to remove condemned buildings at the property owner’s expense. Town Supervisor Roby Politi said leveling condemned properties is a matter of safety, saying some buildings are fire ...

North Elba holds hearing on Placid lakeshore septic tanks

LAKE PLACID — The North Elba Town Council held a public hearing Tuesday night regarding a proposed local law that would make septic tank inspections necessary for properties next to Lake Placid lake. The hearing has been left open for public comment for the next 30 days. Town ...

Essex County coroner story sparks reactions

Two Essex County coroners and the county Board of Supervisors are responding, in different ways, to a Dec. 1 Enterprise article, in which county Coroner Frank Whitelaw referred to his three colleagues as “lazy,” saying he is fed up with taking calls he thinks they should handle and is ...

Middle schoolers asked about downtown grant priorities

SARANAC LAKE — The Downtown Revitalization Initiative’s public outreach efforts to get feedback from key stakeholders tapped into a key demographic on Monday: middle schoolers. What these kids want to see in DRI projects is family friendliness, improvements to sidewalks, access to the ...

DRI grant list scrutinized

SARANAC LAKE — Work on winnowing a project list for $10 million in state grants has begun. The consulting team for the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative presented a preliminary list of which projects might make the cut at Harrietstown Town Hall on Monday. The team assessed ...

Former Cuomo economic guru sentenced to prison

NEW YORK — The former head of the State University of New York’s Polytechnic Institute was sentenced Tuesday to 3 1/2 years in prison for his role in corrupting the state’s Buffalo Billion project. Alain Kaloyeros, 62, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Valerie E. ...

Stefanik, other congresspeople call for investigation into Justice Center

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, along with several other New York congresspeople, wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice Monday asking Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband to investigate the state Justice Center, which investigates the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities ...

Friday vote could lead to rail trail

RAY BROOK – The state Adirondack Park Agency is likely to approve changes to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan at its regular meeting this week that would allow for removal of the train tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. The APA, at its monthly meeting in Ray Brook, is ...

Last agenda of the year for APA is packed

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency’s last regular meeting of the year is packed to the gills, with three major decisions before the board. On the agenda are a state plan to guide backcountry ski trail construction, approval of the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest unit management ...

Lake Placid, DOT set to discuss salt pilot program

LAKE PLACID — The village Board of Trustees and the state Department of Transportation will meet Thursday to discuss a salt reduction pilot program between Lake Placid and Wilmington. The program will start at the intersection of state Route 86, go down Main Street near Mirror Lake and on ...

Poop posse presents its case to village board

SARANAC LAKE — A group of local residents dubbed “the poop posse” made its case for a task force to be established at the village board meeting Monday night, encouraging responsible dog waste disposal downtown. “I’m pretty appalled by the problem with dog poop in this village,” ...

Cuomo vetoes bill allowing lottery winners to remain anonymous

ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a measure that would have allowed big lottery jackpot winners in New York to remain anonymous. Bill sponsors wanted New York to follow the lead of a handful of other states that give jackpot winners the option of anonymity so they can avoid being ...

North Country House member buys a home

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik and her husband Matt Manda recently bought and moved into a house in Schuylerville, her Deputy Chief of Staff Tom Flanagin announced in an email Friday evening. The couple’s new home in the town of Saratoga, Saratoga County, is in the southeastern corner of New ...

New York lawmakers to get first pay raise in 20 years

ALBANY — New York lawmakers will soon make the highest state legislative salary in the country after a state compensation panel voted Thursday to raise their pay for the first time in 20 years. The 63 percent increase will be phased in over three years, with legislative pay going from the ...

Franklin County coroner requests budget update

MALONE — Fees for handling unattended deaths are expected to rise for Franklin County now that it has no pathologist on hand. Ron Keough of Saranac Lake, head of the county’s Coroner Department, went before the county legislature on Thursday to discuss standardizing coroner fees, and ...