Politics

Ad’k Council: Clean Power Plan now falls on next president

With the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to delay implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, the Adirondack Council says the success of the plan to rein in global warming hinges on who wins this fall's presidential election."The next person elected president ...

APA approves rail-trail plan

RAY BROOK - The state Adirondack Park Agency voted Thursday afternoon to approve a plan that would split a railroad corridor into two parts: one with a trail replacing the tracks and one with enhancements for trains.First the APA's State Land Committee heard a presentation from agency staff and ...

Tupper Lakers mostly glad about rail-trail decision

TUPPER LAKE - This community lies at the junction of the rail-trail plan the Adirondack Park Agency approved Thursday, and the prevailing sentiment in these parts seemed to be summarized in a post on the Enterprise's Facebook page regarding the announcement: "About time," Tupper Laker Dave ...

APA set to vote today on rail corridor

RAY BROOK - The state Adirondack Park Agency may make a final vote today on a state plan to shake up an Adirondack railroad corridor, and may also allow more work to be done at a historic great camp deep in the state forest.The APA commissioners, at their February meeting today, are scheduled ...

Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration asserted Wednesday that a Supreme Court order delaying enforcement of its new clean-power rules will ultimately have little impact on meeting the nation's obligations under the recent Paris climate agreement.But environmentalists and academic experts are ...

Right-to-die legislation renews debate in Albany

ALBANY - Two Assembly members and other advocates of letting the terminally ill end their lives said Tuesday their proposed law would limit suffering and has safeguards to prevent mistakes and abuse.Opponents, who on Tuesday included the Senate majority leader, aren't convinced.Bills pending in ...

Once-a-year homeless count draws criticism, defenders

NEW YORK - Over the past few weeks, thousands of clipboard-toting volunteers have fanned out across some of the nation's largest cities, tasked with a deceptively complex job: counting the number of homeless people sleeping on the streets.They've had to do it under difficult conditions that ...

Franklin County legislature calls for rails with trails

The Franklin County Board of Legislators added its voice to the rail/trail debate Thursday by unanimously resolving that it supports keeping and upgrading the rail line.The seven-member legislature, which meets in Malone, also called for adding a parallel trail to the state-owned Remsen-Lake ...

President: NCCC will consider wage hike

SARANAC LAKE - A minimum wage hike in the State University of New York system won't automatically apply to community colleges, but North Country Community College's president says school officials will look into giving raises there anyway.Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing the state legislature to ...

Franklin County legislature calls for rails with trails

The Franklin County Board of Legislators added its voice to the rail/trail debate Thursday by unanimously resolving that it supports keeping and upgrading the rail line.The seven-member legislature, which meets in Malone, also called for adding a parallel trail to the state-owned Remsen-Lake ...

Supporters of aid family leave bill sense window this year

ALBANY - The state Assembly again voted on Tuesday to allow workers to take paid time off to care for a new child or a sick loved one.Similar proposals have passed four times before, only to get hung up in the Senate, but supporters sense an opening this year. Polls show broad public support ...

State announces $25M to encourage local government streamlining

ALBANY (AP) - New York state is offering to help towns, cities and school districts find ways to streamline their services to save tax dollars.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the state will set aside $25 million for local governments that come up with the best plans for restructuring ...

Regional economic development funding reported near $4 billion

ALBANY (AP) - New York's 10 regional economic development councils have reported awarding nearly $4 billion in business and community funding since they were established in 2011.Commissioner Howard Zemsky tells legislators that funding is for more than 4,100 projects and has resulted in ...

Ted Cruz wins Iowa’s Republican caucuses

DES MOINES, Iowa - Ted Cruz, the self-proclaimed outsider and tea party champion, was warmly embraced by conservative Iowa Republicans, whose historic turnout sealed his victory in the Iowa caucuses Monday.The win in the first Republican contest injected Cruz's campaign with an adrenaline that ...

Clinton, Sanders locked in tight Iowa duel

DES MOINES, Iowa - Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were locked in an extremely tight duel in Iowa's leadoff presidential caucuses Monday as the two rivals offered Americans a stark choice between political pragmatism and revolution.Deep into the vote count, Clinton appeared before voters to ...

Stefanik, Little help celebrate new police-fire building

TUPPER LAKE - U.S. Rep Elise Stefanik and state Sen. Betty Little took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday afternoon to celebrate a new police and fire station the village hopes will stand for 70 years.The open house complete with complimentary food for more than 50 people in attendance ...

No major changes to staffing under new DA

Franklin County's new district attorney says he's quickly settled into the job and isn't making any big changes to staffing in the office.Craig Carriero, who took office in early January, said the transition has been smooth in part because he had been working as a part-time assistant DA."Having ...

Stefanik noncommittal on today’s Iowa caucuses

TUPPER LAKE - U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik says the results to today's Iowa caucuses will be interesting, but she declined to comment further at an appearance in Tupper Lake Saturday.The Republican from Willsboro - the youngest woman ever elected to Congress in fall 2014 - has not endorsed any of ...

Stefanik, Little join police-fire celebration today in Tupper

TUPPER LAKE - U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik and state Sen. Betty Little will join local officials today in celebrating this community's new police and fire station.The public is invited to an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. at the new Tupper Lake Emergency Services Building at 21 Santa Clara Ave.Village ...

Corruption cops use billboards to get tips

ALBANY - Each workday, thousands of state workers commute from their suburban neighborhoods to the many state buildings scattered throughout New York's capital city. Based on Albany's remarkable penchant for corruption, odds are that a few of them have a story the feds would like to hear.That's ...