Politics

Sheldon Silver gets 12 years in prison

NEW YORK - Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a backroom master whose name was synonymous with political power in New York for a generation, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison, destined to take his place atop the state's crowded lineup of crooked politicians behind bars.Silver, a ...

Trump all but certain

INDIANAPOLIS - Once dismissed as a fringe contender, businessman Donald Trump now is all but certain to lead the Republican Party into the fall presidential campaign against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton - a stunning political triumph for a first-time candidate whose appeal to ...

Board nears end of resort review

SARANAC LAKE - The village Planning Board is nearing the end of its review of the Lake Flower resort project, but it's still got some work to do.Following a two-hour session on the proposed 93-room, $17 million project Tuesday night, representatives of Saranac Lake Resort LLC promised to answer ...

Gibson will not run for governor

ALBANY - Republican Rep. Chris Gibson said Monday he will not run for New York governor in 2018, abruptly ending months of public flirtation with the prospect of seeking the office.The three-term congressman from the Hudson Valley said he instead plans to teach college after leaving Congress at ...

Derrick compares his fundraising to Bernie Sanders’

KEENE - About 40 people attended a meet-and-greet event for U.S. congressional candidate Mike Derrick at his sister's home here Sunday afternoon.With the High Peaks hidden behind rain clouds, a half-dozen dogs lounging and attendees treating themselves to food while sitting on couches and on ...

Rep. Gibson won’t run for NY governor in 2018

ALBANY - Republican Rep. Chris Gibson said today he will not run for New York governor in 2018, abruptly ending months of public flirtation with the prospect of seeking the office.The three-term congressman from the Hudson Valley said he instead plans to teach college after leaving Congress at ...

Prosecutors eye Cuomo’s upstate development

ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that his administration retained a former criminal prosecutor to review his upstate economic development initiatives after learning federal investigators are examining potential conflicts of interest and improper bidding related to the programs.U.S. ...

Elected officials weigh in on Sunmount safety

TUPPER LAKE - Elected officials voiced concerns after a convicted sex offender left the grounds of his Sunmount group home without permission for the second time in two months earlier this week.This is the fourth confirmed instance of a resident leaving the grounds of Sunmount Developmental ...

Stefanik plugs for veteran caregivers

PLATTSBURGH - North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is looking to improve benefits for caregivers of seriously wounded military veterans. Her opponents feel it is too little, too late.Stefanik, R-Willsboro, recently testified at a House Veterans Affairs Health Subcommittee hearing on her ...

LaBarge wanted chain hotel

SARANAC LAKE - Malone real estate developer Chris LaBarge was planning to drop his proposal for a 93-room resort on the Lake Flower shoreline last year and instead build a smaller, chain hotel.That's according to court documents filed in Essex County last year in support of a lawsuit LaBarge's ...

Tupper schools adopt budget, come in under tax cap

TUPPER LAKE - The Tupper Lake Central School District Board of Education adopted a budget Monday that came in just under the state-mandated tax cap of 0.04 percent."This keep us under the cap by $2," district Business Manager Dan Bower said at a special meeting Monday."This is a responsible ...

Taxes mostly flat in Saranac Lake school budget

SARANAC LAKE - In a 6-1 vote Tuesday night, the Saranac Lake Central School District Board of Education sent voters a budget for the 2016-17 academic year.The $29.75 million budget, if approved in the school election May 17, will keep taxes essentially flat, increasing the property tax levy by ...

Makeover: Harriet Tubman to be face of $20 bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. paper money is getting a historic makeover.Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist born into slavery, will be the new face on the $20 bill.The leader of the Underground Railroad is replacing the portrait of Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president and a slave ...

North Country isn’t immune to wild Primary Day across state

SARANAC LAKE - After more than seven hours working the busiest presidential primary turnout she's seen while with the Franklin County Board of Elections, poll inspector Catherine Fitzgerald finally got a chance to eat her lunch at the Harrietstown Town Hall - at 7:45 p.m.Her nonstop day was due ...

North Country ‘Feels the Bern’ more than any other NY district

Leading up to Tuesday's presidential primary, the Tri-Lakes region hosted several rallies for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, and his signs, bumper stickers and T-shirts were more visible here than those of any other candidate.After the final North Country numbers trickled in around ...

Trump, Clinton take NY

NEW YORK - Front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton swept to resounding victories in Tuesday's New York primary, with Trump bouncing back convincingly from a difficult stretch in his Republican campaign and Clinton pushing tantalizingly close to locking up the Democratic nomination."The ...

Tupper Lake town board backs state rail-trail plan

TUPPER LAKE - The town Council voted Thursday to endorse the state's plan to split the Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor into two segments intersecting at the heart of this community."I just wanted to make it clear that this board has gone on record not once but twice supporting the removal of ...

Tupper Lake village passes budget that meets tax cap

TUPPER LAKE - The village Board of Trustees unanimously passed a budget at a special meeting Tuesday that meets the state-mandated property tax cap."We're as lean as we can go," village Trustee Tom Snyder said. "We're at the tax cap, and everyone got what they needed. If we work hard starting ...

Big numbers, confusion, strong feelings among voters

As people streamed into town halls and other polling sites for Tuesday's New York presidential primary, most voted with ease, but some found they couldn't vote.That was partly because a machine wasn't working in Paul Smiths. Other people didn't realize only enrolled Republicans and Democrats ...

In school primaries, most students pick Sanders

SARANAC LAKE - Local middle school and BOCES students held their own presidential elections Tuesday to coincide with New York's primaries, and Bernie Sanders was the runaway winner.The 74-year-old senator from Vermont got two-thirds of the total among high school trades and alternative ...