Politics

Essex Co. Dems endorse Derrick for Congress

The Essex County Democratic Committee has unanimously endorsed Mike Derrick in his campaign against U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik in the November 2016 election.The committee members agreed on the endorsement in a phone conference Aug. 30, according to Chairwoman Bethany Kosmider.Essex is one of 12 ...

Cities update emergency plans to deal with oil trains

ALBANY - Three years after the Port of Albany became a major hub for rail and barge shipments of highly flammable crude oil from North Dakota, emergency management officials are still grappling with training and response plans to deal with a potential disaster like the devastating derailment ...

Cuomo says it’s time to fix NY’s Common Core (update)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will pursue legislation to change the Common Core program in New York, saying Thursday that he agrees with the goal of the learning standards but the implementation "has been deeply flawed.""As time has gone on, frankly, I feel that more and more strongly," Cuomo told ...

Franklin County bed tax hearing set for Thursday

MALONE - Franklin County legislators will hold a public hearing Thursday on implementing a 5 percent bed tax, a plan recently approved by the state legislature and governor.The hearing is set for 11 a.m. in the legislature's chambers on the fourth floor of the Franklin County Courthouse in ...

Stefanik says she will advocate for transportation bill

Advocating for a new long-term transportation bill will be among her top priorities when the House returns to session Sept. 8, said U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro."I will be working with my legislative team to put together a strategy for House freshmen to influence the strategy of the ...

Local couple to run airport cafe in Lake Clear

SARANAC LAKE - After sitting empty for most of the year, the Adirondack Regional Airport cafe is expected to reopen under new management sometime in October.The town of Harriestown, which owns and operates the airport, has awarded a bid to run the cafe to Josh and Clair Bovee."We thought that ...

New land use rules

SARANAC LAKE - After more than two years of work, a committee tasked with developing a new village land use code has completed its mission.Jim Martin of the LA Group, the paid consultant who worked with the village's volunteer Land Use Code Advisory Committee, delivered the new code to the ...

Tupper Lake Republicans nominate candidates

TUPPER LAKE - Seventy-nine town Republicans came out to the party's caucus at Aaron Maddox Hall Tuesday to choose their candidates for the Nov. 3 election.The members of the party seemed pleased with their incumbent elected officials. Both town Clerk Laurie Fuller and town Highway ...

Village permits some work at Hotel Saranac

SARANAC LAKE - The village has issued a partial building permit to Roedel Companies, allowing some construction work inside the Hotel Saranac to begin.Village Code Enforcement Officer Patrick Giblin said the permit he issued Aug. 17 covers work on the Main Street hotel's elevators, rooms and ...

Tupper Lake Dems pick two candidates for 9 seats

TUPPER LAKE - A small number of village and town Democrats nominated two candidates for the offices of trustee and justice - but not for seven other openings - at the party's caucus Monday evening.About 16 Tupper Lakers came out to Aaron Maddox Hall to choose their candidates for the Nov. 3 ...

Protesters will rally at Stefanik’s office to back Iran deal she opposes

PLATTSBURGH - People for Positive Action will sponsor a rally at noon Wednesday to support the nuclear agreement with Iran signed by the United States and five other nations.People who want to participate are asked to gather in the city parking lot across the street from Rep. Elise Stefanik's ...

Legislators question sheriff’s department probe

A pair of Franklin County legislators raised questions Thursday about a special prosecutor's investigation of allegations against the county sheriff's department.Legislators Paul Maroun of Tupper Lake and Barbara Rice of Saranac Lake said they didn't get many answers to their questions, other ...

Some question NCCC head’s big raise

SARANAC LAKE - Steve Tyrell's contract as president of North Country Community College has been re-upped for three more years, and he's getting a big raise.Too big, say some college employees and at least one elected official from NCCC's two sponsoring counties.College leaders, however, say ...

Tupper village Republicans nominate incumbents

TUPPER LAKE - The village's Republican caucus has nominated four incumbent officials Tuesday for the offices of mayor, trustee and justice.Despite a lack of air conditioning on a hot night, about 35 Republican villagers showed up Tuesday at Aaron Maddox Hall to choose their candidates for the ...

Locals visit White House for climate change event

WASHINGTON?- Two students from Saranac Lake, associated with the Wild Center's Adirondack Youth Climate Summit, will be at the White House today for an educational event.The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is hosting a back-to-school educational event today which supports ...

H’town GOP backs Meagher, Meyette, McLaughlin

SARANAC LAKE - Harrietstown Republicans have picked their slate of candidates for a trio of town positions up for a vote in the Nov. 3 election.Incumbent town Councilwoman Nichole Meyette and former deputy town clerk Patricia Meagher received the GOP endorsement at the party's caucus Tuesday ...

Clinton seeks distance from Obama on climate change

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Hillary Rodham Clinton is voicing opposition to President Barack Obama's authorization for oil drilling in the Alaska Arctic and his delays on Keystone XL, in some of the clearest signs of the Democratic front-runner distancing herself from the president.Having agreed ...

Big day for Wild Center

TUPPER LAKE - The Wild Center celebrated the arrival of two highly anticipated visitors Monday.The second was U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, who that afternoon took his first tour of the new Wild Walk, an elevated trail that immerses visitors in the sights, sounds and scenic views of the forest ...

Court holds PSC renaming conference today

MALONE - At 9:30 a.m. today, Franklin County State Supreme Court Judge John Ellis was scheduled to hold a conference to decide whether Paul Smith's College can legally change its name to Joan Weill-Paul Smith's College.Ellis will consider whether the proposed name change violates the terms of ...

Tupper town comes to terms with humane society

TUPPER LAKE - After a 12-year break, the town board took a step toward a new contract with the Tri-Lakes Humane Society in Saranac Lake for shelter services during its monthly meeting Thursday.Town Supervisor Patti Littlefield said the board received a request from the society for a $3,000 ...