Politics

Protests ebb and flow near convention

CLEVELAND - Under Tuesday's sweltering heat, Public Square was primed to burst by 4 p.m.And that it did.Protesters had slowly filled the square throughout the day until everyone stood shoulder to shoulder, and moving around became a struggle. When members of the Westboro Baptist Church marched ...

No sign of Cruz backing Trump in today’s speech

CLEVELAND - Sen. Ted Cruz's Texas-size political ambitions will be on full display today as the primary runner-up delivers a prime-time convention speech, but holds off on a full-throated endorsement of Republican nominee Donald Trump.The conservative senator repeatedly clashed with Trump ...

Court halts snowmobile trail work in Newcomb

NEWCOMB - Protect the Adirondacks won a temporary court injunction against the state Department of Environmental Conservation when a judge halted work on a snowmobile trail near here last week.The green group had filed for an injunction against the DEC's tree cutting for the "community ...

Hochul’s Wild Walk

TUPPER LAKE - Lt. Gov. Kathleen Hochul toured the Wild Center Monday as part of the state's effort to highlight a record-high economic impact in tourism.Hochul met with the natural history museum's original board of directors, examined indoor exhibits and toured the Wild Walk with local ...

Local property tax cap set at less than 1% for 2017

ALBANY (AP) - New York's comptroller said local governments statewide face a tax cap of less than 1 percent next year, slightly lower than this year's limit on property tax hikes.Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the latest calculation - 0.68 percent - applies to municipalities with fiscal years ...

Lt. gov. leads Summer Challenge

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul is showing off things for visitors to do in the Adirondacks, visiting the Wild Center museum in Tupper Lake this morning after spending Sunday whitewater rafting at the Adirondack Summer Challenge.Gov. Andrew Cuomo started the summer and winter Adirondack Challenges, which ...

Lieutenant governor visits Wild Center

TUPPER LAKE - Lt. Gov. Kathleen Hochul toured the Wild Center Monday as part of the state's effort to highlight a record-high economic impact in tourism.Hochul met with the natural history museum's original board of directors, examined indoor exhibits and toured the Wild Walk with local ...

Funiciello will speak at Greens’ convention

On Aug. 6, the same day as his son's birthday, Matthew J. Funiciello is slated to speak at the Green Party National Convention in Houston, Texas.Asked if he'll give a shout-out to his son, who is turning 22, Funiciello said, "Of course I am. I won't be able to avoid that."Funiciello, who's ...

Lawsuit probed, new APA board members welcomed

RAY BROOK - The lawsuit over the Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor now includes the state Department of Transportation as a defendant along with the Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation.Previously, the lawsuit, which was filed by the Adirondack Scenic Railroad's ...

Saranac Lake trustees spar over ‘Complete Streets’

SARANAC LAKE - A debate over a proposed law that would require the use of "Complete Streets" standards in public improvement projects turned divisive at Monday's village board meeting.Trustee Paul Van Cott sparred with Mayor Clyde Rabideau over a motion to table the draft law, and then Van Cott ...

Town picks Art Lussi for ORDA

SARANAC LAKE - The North Elba Town Council unanimously voted Tuesday to appoint a prominent Lake Placid business and sports figure, Crowne Plaza Resort president and Adirondack Park Agency Commissioner Art Lussi, as its town representative to the state Olympic Regional Development Authority ...

A hare, two tortoises in Congress money race

National political analysts say there's a chance the 21st Congressional District race could be competitive, even though Democrat Mike Derrick lags in fundraising."Mike Derrick hasn't raised the money he needs to be competitive with (U.S. Rep. Elise) Stefanik," Amber Phillips wrote in a recent ...

Gun control bill a defining issue in 21st District race

Gun control has become a defining issue in the 21st Congressional District race.U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, supports legislation to authorize the U.S. attorney general to delay a permit for a "known or suspected terrorist" to buy a gun or explosives while a court decides whether to ...

New APA chairman optimistic

Sherman Craig has sat at the big board table of the Adirondack Park Agency since November 2011, but he will head to his first meeting as its chairman next week.The state Senate approved him for the chairmanship on June 17. Former Chairwoman Lani Ulrich announced that she would not seek another ...

Resort approved

SARANAC LAKE - West End Blend, a 10-piece pop, soul and hip-hop band, was well into its second set at the Waterhole's Party on the Patio around 10:20 p.m. Thursday as the village Planning Board cast a historic vote across the street at the Harrietstown Town Hall.The band's cover of Stevie ...

Plattsburgh wins $10M for downtown upgrades

PLATTSBURGH (AP) - Plattsburgh, Middletown and Geneva will each receive $10 million to rejuvenate their downtowns.The three localities were the first winners announced in the contest created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to spur downtown redevelopment in communities around New York.The Democratic ...

Placid OKs ‘hybrid’ spots, station lot

LAKE PLACID - Another village board meeting, another evening heavy on parking concerns, discussion and new solutions for Lake Placid's parking-strapped downtown.At Tuesday's board meeting at the village Beach House, the village board made two moves to help alleviate parking concerns in the ...

LP restaurants eager for Cuomo to sign Sunday Brunch Bill

LAKE PLACID - The Breakfast Club, Etc. owners Susan Berkowitz and Heather LePere are counting down the days and refreshing their inboxes, eagerly awaiting the moment Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs what's come to be known as "The Brunch Bill" - the new law that lets restaurants serve alcohol at 10 a.m. ...