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Incumbent N. Elba supervisor: Debate ‘isn’t necessary’

LAKE PLACID — It appears neither a Meet the Candidates event nor a debate between North Elba town supervisor and council candidates will occur. Late last month, the Lake Placid Business Association brainstormed a “Meet the Candidate Night,” tentatively scheduling it for 7 p.m. ...

Progressive group invites candidates of all parties to multi-town forum

SARANAC LAKE — Area residents will have the opportunity to meet candidates running for local office in numerous Tri-Lakes municipalities on Oct. 16. Candidates from towns of Harrietstown, North Elba, Tupper Lake, Brighton, St. Armand and Franklin have been invited to introduce ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik

Stefanik helps maintain funds for rural health centers

PLATTSBURGH — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has played a major role in efforts to maintain federal funding for rural health centers, many of which operate in the North Country. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, was an original co-sponsor of legislation that will extend funding for community health ...

Placid awards Main Street work that will wait until spring

LAKE PLACID — The village board of trustees has awarded a bid to complete much-needed sanitary sewer improvements, but that work will now wait until spring. Officials had hoped it would commence this fall. W.M. Schultz Construction of Ballston Spa has been hired as the contractor for the ...

From left, state Assemblyman Billy Jones, Paul Smith’s College President Cathy Dove, North Country Community College President Steve Tyrell and Michelle Snyder of Clinton Community College talk Tuesday at an education roundtable held at CCC in Plattsburgh. 
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

Brainstorming for higher education

PLATTSBURGH — Higher education leaders from northeastern New York gathered Tuesday to brainstorm strategies for increasing enrollment. State Assemblyman Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay, and Clinton Community College sponsored the roundtable, which included administrators of North Country ...

Watertown tapped to receive $10M for downtown revitalization

WATERTOWN — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday inside the Masonic Temple that the city will receive $10 million from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The governor gave his announcement speech to a large crowd of local officials and stakeholders packed inside the temple’s ...

Sen. Rubio: Remove communist U.S. soldier from officer ranks

FORT DRUM (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for an apparent pro-communist U.S. soldier to lose his commission as an officer. In a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, the Florida Republican says the Pentagon should remove 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone from officer ranks while pursuing ...

The Justice Center, which investigates and prosecutes abuse allegations for state facilities like Sunmount, pictured, has been brought into question. The center asserts its prosecutorial power is constitutional.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Supreme Court judges jammed on Justice Center

State Supreme Court judges are locked in a conflict over whether the state agency that investigates abuse allegations for facilities like Sunmount has the power to prosecute. Albany County judges have dismissed three cases since March of this year on the grounds that the Justice Center for ...

United States Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks at Paul Smith’s College Monday afternoon. 
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Gillibrand, at Paul Smith’s, blasts Congress in wake of shootings

PAUL SMITHS — A sitting United States senator blasted her congressional colleagues Monday afternoon, just hours after authorities announced that the death toll from a Las Vegas mass shooting had reached 58, with more than 500 injured. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, called on ...

Randal Swanson, center, instructs Paul Smith’s College students in the treatment of Emerald Ash Borers on a tree at the campus. Swanson said over the last decade, treatment of invasive species has become a larger part of the curriculum for forestry and tree management students.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Gillibrand visits Paul Smith’s to push new invasives law

PAUL SMITHS — New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Paul Smith’s College on Monday to announce a new law that she hopes will pass with bipartisan support. Gillibrand, along with several environmental leaders, talked about the need to adopt the Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention ...

United States Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks at Paul Smith’s College Monday afternoon. 
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Gillibrand, in Adirondacks, blasts Congress in wake of Las Vegas shootings

PAUL SMITHS — A sitting United States senator blasted her congressional colleagues Monday afternoon, just hours after authorities announced that the death toll from a Las Vegas mass shooting had reached 58, with more than 500 injured. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, called on Congress ...

GOP transfers ballot line to Snickles after Oliver’s death

BLOOMINGDALE — Roger Oliver, the St. Armand highway superintendent who died last Saturday, will remain on the ballot for re-election Nov. 7, but the town’s Republican committee is transferring its endorsement to Douglas Snickles Jr. Tom Burman, head of the town’s Republican committee, ...

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad makes its way along the tracks near Saranac Lake in October 2016.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Judge rules tracks must stay

MALONE — A judge ruled Wednesday that the state’s plan to build a 34-mile rail trail was “arbitrary and capricious” and failed to follow numerous state laws. “The 2016 UMP [unit management plan] is annulled and vacated, in its entirety, and in each and every part,” acting ...

Engine 5019 sits on siding tracks south of the Saratoga and North Creek Railway depot. The railway plans to store more train cars like this to bring in additional revenue by renting extra siding line space to companies with excess cars.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Railway on track to store train cars in North Country

NORTH CREEK — As the Saratoga and North Creek Railway plans to bring in revenue by storing train cars from other companies, environmental organizations are calling for the state to reject the plan in the interest of preserving the Adirondack Park. A branch of the Iowa Pacific Holdings ...

Lake Placid village Mayor Craig Randall (Photo provided)

Placid mayor: Electric repairs with rails may be possible

LAKE PLACID — National Grid will use equipment that can ride atop the rails to inspect the electric line and power poles that travel through a right-of-way that feeds electricity to this village. The utility company will do so on Oct. 2, Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall said. This ...

Steve Krieg

Frustration fuels Plattsburgh man’s bid for Dem endorsement

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh City School Board member Steve Krieg has joined the crowded field in the race to challenge incumbent Congresswoman Elise Stefanik in New York’s 21st District, and he is causing a stir right out of the gate. A longtime Republican, he has switched to the ...

Saranac Lake village takes energy-conscious steps

SARANAC LAKE — On Monday night, village trustees adopted a resolution to keep track of energy use in municipal buildings, a practice known as “energy benchmarking,” to put the village in line for state grants that will help it use less energy. They also discussed possibly adding an ...

Village takes a second look at Mt. Pisgah development

SARANAC LAKE — The village Board of Trustees postponed setting a six-month moratorium on development of a handful of contiguous parcels near Old Military Road and Park Avenue Monday. Several residents of the neighborhood who showed up to speak at a public hearing for the moratorium stowed ...

Village changes official seal ridiculed by ‘Daily Show’

WHITESBORO (AP) — A New York village has changed its official seal that was ridiculed by Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” The Oneida County village of Whitesboro worked with an art student to replace the original 40-year-old seal that depicted founder Hugh White wrestling an ...

Benson

Benson appointed Saranac Lake treasurer

SARANAC LAKE — The village of Saranac Lake’s Board of Trustees voted Monday night to approve the mayoral appointment of Beth Benson as the new Village Treasurer. Mayor Clyde Rabideau formally presented the appointment to the village board, lauding Benson for her commitment to the ...