Politics

Village outlines green progress

SARANAC LAKE — At the village board meeting Monday night, officials outlined steps the municipality has taken to become more green. “When you look at some of these as an individual action, they may not seem significant,” Community Development Director Jamie Konkoski said, “But taken ...

Village officials: Sign up for emergency alerts

SARANAC LAKE — In the event of unexpected inclement weather, utility failures or other emergencies, the village of Saranac Lake is encouraging residents to sign up for Hyper-Reach. It’s a messaging service run by Franklin County Emergency Services that delivers localized alerts when an ...

St. Armand more than doubles water-sewer rates

BLOOMINGDALE — The town of St. Armand has more than doubled its water-sewer bill rates to pay for state Department of Environmental Conservation-mandated wastewater system upgrades, according to the town supervisor. “We’re under DEC mandate to put a chlorination system in,” said ...

Small protest urges Stefanik to keep government open

GLENS FALLS — Four people protested outside U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s Glens Falls office on Monday, urging her to “stop playing games” with people’s lives and keep the government open. The protesters urged Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, to support a funding bill to keep the ...

Ratliff to challenge for Essex County clerk post; Provoncha unsure

ELIZABETHTOWN — Kari Ratliff is looking to move from the Department of Motor Vehicles to the position of Essex County clerk. She hopes to snag the Republican Party endorsement; she has already won the nod from Moriah town Supervisor Tom Scozzafava, a Republican. “She’s been a ...

Lawmakers to hold hearings on renewable energy mandate

ALBANY (AP) — Lawmakers in New York state are preparing for legislative hearings on a landmark climate change bill that would move the state to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The state Senate hearing on the so-called Climate and Community Protection Act is set for Tuesday in ...

Seggos will stay on as DEC commissioner

State Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Basil Seggos has announced that he will stay on as head of the department, reversing a previous decision to leave. Shortly after Gov. Andrew Cuomo was re-elected last year, Seggos said he would step away from the DEC. However, in a ...

Politicians, most police oppose Cuomo’s arrest info bill

A portion of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2019-20 Executive Budget proposal seeks to ban the release of arrest information and mugshots in an attempt to create a more just justice system, but some North Country politicians, law enforcement and journalists believe the act would bring more problems ...

Seggos to remain DEC commissioner

State Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Basil Seggos has announced that he will stay on as head of the department, reversing a previous decision to leave. Shortly after Gov. Andrew Cuomo was re-elected last year, Seggos said he would step away from the DEC. However, in a ...

Stefanik hopes Trump’s ‘strong speech’ leads to bipartisan action

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik came away from Tuesday night’s State of the Union address by President Donald Trump feeling that a strong message was sent. “I thought it was a very strong speech, and the president really called upon Congress to come together and work together ...

Stefanik: Iowa Rep. King should resign

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has publicly called for the resignation of fellow Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, due to his comments that were widely seen as racist. The statement came the same week Stefanik, who represents New York’s 21st Congressional District, called on ...

Stefanik votes to share interviews with Russia probe

PLATTSBURGH — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik joined her colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee to make all transcripts of witnesses available to the special counsel’s office. The committee, which is now controlled by Democrats, voted in a closed hearing Wednesday to ...

Lawmakers push parole for aging inmates

ALBANY — Key Democratic lawmakers are locked in a debate with Cuomo administration officials over competing proposals aimed at fast-tracking parole consideration for aging state prison inmates. A proposal promoted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo would extend “compassionate parole” to inmates who ...

Stefanik hopes president’s ‘strong speech’ leads to bipartisan action

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik came away from Tuesday night’s State of the Union address by President Donald Trump feeling that a strong message was sent. “I thought it was a very strong speech, and the president really called upon Congress to come together and work ...

Stefanik: Iowa Rep. King should resign

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has publicly called for the resignation of fellow Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, due to his comments that were widely seen as racist. The statement came the same week Stefanik, who represents New York's 21st Congressional District, called on ...

Lake Placid appoints new village court clerk

LAKE PLACID — This village hired a new court clerk. The Village Board of Trustees appointed Victoria Duffy as the new court clerk at Monday night’s public board meeting. Duffy will replace Mirra Bickford, who recently resigned from the position and took a job at the Essex County ...

Green groups sue over snowmobile bridge plan

Two Adirondack environmental groups have sued the state Department of Environmental Conservation over a planned snowmobile bridge in the central Adirondacks. Protect the Adirondacks and Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, sued the state in January over a 12-foot-wide ...

Open elected seats in Franklin, Essex counties

Election season for local offices will come early this year as election reforms passed by the state take effect, and Franklin and Essex counties both have a slew of positions to run for. An election reform bill signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January combines the federal primary ...

Stefanik calls on Va. gov. to resign amid yearbook controversy

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, called on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to resign after a photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook surfaced of a person wearing blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan robe. Northam at first said he was in the photo and then denied it, but said he ...

Warren County plastic bag law on the table again

QUEENSBURY — A group of Warren County supervisors want to go ahead with a countywide plastic bag ban, even with Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposing a statewide ban as part of his 2019-2020 budget. The county board’s Legislative & Rules Committee opted last week to set a public hearing for a ...