Politics

Climate march

SARANAC LAKE - Amanda Bruha's generation is the first to feel the effects of climate change, and the last that can do anything about it.The Keene Central School senior told a crowd of people in Riverside Park in Saranac Lake on Sunday she intends to fight climate change, and she's not alone. ...

Lake Flower hotel project: $2M grant could go to new investors

SARANAC LAKE - The North Country Regional Economic Development Council is open to transferring a $2 million state grant to the new investors behind a proposed shoreline hotel on Lake Flower."We endorsed the project originally as a priority project," NCREDC Co-Chair Tony Collins told the ...

Motor access debate heats up over next land buy

NORTH HUDSON - As New York state prepares to purchase a trio of connected gem-like ponds reflecting the highest peaks of the Adirondack Mountains, environmental groups are pressing for the waters and surrounding boreal forest to be added to the adjacent High Peaks Wilderness to create a ...

Ex-Assembly speaker Silver found guilty of corruption (2nd update)

NEW YORK - Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted Monday in a $5 million corruption case that took down one of New York's most powerful politicians and stunned a capital that had become accustomed to scandal.The jury verdict came after a three-week trial in which federal ...

Schumer says promotion wouldn’t dim upstate love

ALBANY (AP) - Sen. Charles Schumer is ending another year having traveled to every county in New York state and says he'll be back again next year even if he is elevated to lead the Senate's Democrats.Schumer tells The Associated Press today that "just about every single" Democrat in the Senate ...

Stefanik focuses on health care, military in November

Health and national security issues made November busy for U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik.The North Country congresswoman passed a bill that repealed a provision of the Affordable Care Act, voted in favor of tougher screening for refugees from the Middle East, put forward legislation to support ...

AMA property for sale

SARANAC LAKE - American Management Association wants to sell its 63-acre campus in the village but says it would "possibly" retain the three buildings where 150 of its employees work.The converse of that statement - the possibility that AMA might not retain the local buildings - has village ...

Local women will attend international climate talks

TUPPER LAKE - When world leaders will converge on Paris next week for a United Nations conference on climate change, representatives from The Wild Center and Saranac Lake High School will be there, too, giving the North Country's voice an international audience.Jen Kretser, The Wild Center's ...

Municipal Park plan unveiled in Tupper

TUPPER LAKE - If you build it, will they come - "it" being a redesigned Municipal Park?That was the question Tupper Lake Community Revitalization Project Coordinator Melissa McManus rhetorically asked the 25 people that gathered in the basement of the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library Monday night ...

Officers Joyce, Gladd promoted to permanent sergeants

SARANAC LAKE - A pair of veteran village police officers are moving up the ranks.James Joyce and Peter Gladd were permanently promoted to the rank of sergeant at Monday night's village board meeting.With police Chief Charles Potthast Jr. at his side, Mayor Clyde Rabideau presented each officer ...

N.Y. bills for costs of care after alleged cases of abuse

ALBANY - Bill Liblick was shocked to learn that his sister, a disabled woman with the mind of a 1-year-old, had repeatedly been sexually assaulted at a state-run group home. Then, after her death, he was astonished again when he received a $1.6 million bill from the state for the cost of her ...

Lawmakers slow to address corruption despite trials

ALBANY - Two of the most powerful men in New York state government are on trial for corruption at the same time. Voter turnout is lower than it's been in decades. And polls show the public is as distrustful as it is apathetic.Yet it's business as usual in Albany, where top lawmakers shrug off ...

Former judge disbarred for DWIs

A former state Supreme Court judge from Essex County has been banned from practicing law after he was arrested twice for drunk driving.In a ruling Thursday, the State Supreme Court's Appellate Division removed James Dawson's name from the roll of attorneys in the state and ordered him to ...

Tupper Lake presents Municipal Park master plan today

TUPPER LAKE - The village will present the Draft Municipal Park Master Plan and Beach Feasibility Study at 6 tonight at the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library, 41 Lake St.The Draft Master Plan was developed following extensive outreach to residents and community organizations. Members of the public ...

Stefanik votes for tougher screening of refugees

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik voted Thursday for a Republican-backed plan that would create stricter requirements for refugees from Syria and Iraq to enter the country.A debate brewing in Washington over the United States refugee program came to a head Thursday as the House of Representatives voted ...

Stefanik noncommittal on repealing Clean Power Plan

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik still says the Clean Power Plan is an executive overreach, but she didn't answer how she would vote on a bill on Congress to eliminate it.The Senate voted 52-46 Tuesday to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a product of the Environmental Protection Agency under President ...

Lewis County Dems endorse Derrick for Congress

WATERTOWN - Congressional candidate William "Mike" Derrick has been endorsed by the Lewis County Democratic Committee for his run for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro.Committee Chairwoman Linda Sandri said Derrick's favorable environmental views played a strong ...

Keene group sends message for climate action

KEENE VALLEY- The Keene chapter of Mothers Out Front organized students and community members at the Keene Central School Friday to participate in a photo shoot for #EarthToParis, a campaign to drive awareness of the need for strong climate action.#EarthToParis hosts events that highlight the ...