Politics

Vote to consolidate E’town, Westport schools passes

WESTPORT — As of July 1, Westport Central and Elizabethtown-Lewis Central schools will be history. Voters on Tuesday voted to consolidate the districts, with 90 percent of ELCS voters approving the move with a tally of 421 to 49 and 62 percent of WCS voters giving the OK with a tally of ...

Reps make food-filled Army-Navy wager

Assemblyman Dan Stec and Assemblyman-elect Colin Schmitt have entered into a friendly wager over the storied Army-Navy rivalry football game coming up on Saturday. Stec, of Queensbury, is a Navy veteran whose district includes Whitehall, the birthplace of the U.S. Navy. Schmitt, of New ...

North Elba, Lake Placid boards to talk vacation rental laws

LAKE PLACID — Local laws regarding vacation rentals and Airbnbs in this village are close to a reality. The North Elba Town Council and the Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees will have a public meeting Thursday, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. at the North Elba Town Hall to discuss each group’s ...

Lake Champlain Lake George Regional Planning Board to reinstate loan fund

LAKE GEORGE — The sweeping overhaul of Lake Champlain Lake George Regional Planning Board that began earlier this year resulted Thursday in the organization’s new leadership reinstating its main business loan fund. The fund, which loans money to high-risk businesses, was suspended in ...

Essex County coroner fed up with ‘lazy’ colleagues

“Lazy” is how Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw described the other coroners in his county. “There is no work ethic, to put it bluntly,” he said. The accountability of coroners has been occasionally discussed by the Essex County Board of Supervisors since 2008, and even ...

Stefanik didn’t win every county after all, but still won decidedly

Rep. Elise Stefanik didn’t win every county in New York’s 21st Congressional District, although her re-election victory margin was substantial. With absentee ballots, Democrat Tedra Cobb edged the Republican incumbent in Essex and Clinton counties. Official election results are in ...

Counties push to be heard as state weighs marijuana laws

ALBANY — New York’s county governments are insisting on having a say in any legislation that would end the state prohibition on the use and sale of marijuana and regulate its retail sales. “We’re going to be involved in this policy, but by no means are we supporting it,” Stephen ...

Congress committee leaders reach a deal on farm legislation

Representatives from the House and the Senate announced on Thursday that they have reached a “deal in principle” on the farm bill. The sweeping farm legislation will set federal, agricultural and nutritional policy for the next five years. It covers a wide range of issues relevant to ...

Stefanik hires new chief of staff

Following her successful bid for re-election, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, is changing up her staff in Washington. Her office announced Tuesday that Anthony Pileggi will serve as her chief of staff. Pileggi, a Herkimer County native, worked for Stefanik previously as her 2014 and ...

DRI proposal deadline could be flexible

SARANAC LAKE — The state’s Dec. 14 date to propose projects for Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding is not necessarily a firm deadline. Rather, it’s meant to be a “milestone,” and exceptions could be made so late projects deemed “transformational” can still get in on ...

Gillibrand wants $1B to fight polio-like disease

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced in a telephone news conference Tuesday that she is calling on Congress to appropriate $1 billion before the end of the year to address a rare, polio-like disease. Acute flaccid myelitis rates have spiked in recent years, mostly affecting children, and ...

Saranac Lake is ahead of state timeline for DRI grants

SARANAC LAKE — This village established its own Downtown Revitalization Initiative deadline for Nov. 2, nearly a month-and-a-half ahead of the state deadline for proposals, to further refine the applications. The process has been ongoing since early this year. Community Development ...

Broadway properties fail to sell at auction

SARANAC LAKE — The auction for two wooded parcels of village land between Taylor Rental and the Saranac Lake Baptist Church on Broadway attracted one closed bid that village officials said was too low. At 4 p.m. Monday on the Harrietstown Town Hall steps, Mayor Clyde Rabideau acted as bid ...

DEC taking comments on Oswegatchie plan

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is taking public comments on a proposed plan that would allow seasonal all-terrain vehicle use on private lands at the western edge of the Adirondack Park. The Oswegatchie Conservation Easement Tract contains roughly 17,000 acres in St. ...

Lake George Association asks municipalities to consider new septic system law

Now that Queensbury has passed a local law requiring a septic system inspection upon a property transfer, will other municipalities follow suit? The Lake George Association is hoping so. The nonprofit organization sent letters to local leaders in Hague, Fort Ann, Ticonderoga, Bolton, ...

Stefanik wants more support for GOP women candidates

The election may be over, but in Washington the work is just beginning. House Republicans have been busy electing new leadership after the retirement of former House Speaker Paul Ryan and taking a hard look at the future of the party. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, easily won re-election ...

Stefanik votes to remove wolves from endangered list

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik voted in five roll-call votes last week, the first time in more than a month that Congress has held a session. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, voted for a resolution to bring the Manage our Wolves Act forward for discussion. The bill would remove gray wolves from the list ...

Lake Placid mayor, N. Elba supervisor to discuss vacation rentals

LAKE PLACID — Village Mayor Craig Randall and North Elba town Supervisor Roby Politi will meet next week to discuss a tentative local law about vacation rentals within Lake Placid. For a while now, Lake Placid has been feeling the negative affects of unregulated vacation rentals and ...

Lake Placid board OKs more Children’s Games requests

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees approved an additional event for the International Children’s Games in January at Monday night’s board meetings. The ICG is a winter sports competition from Jan. 6 to the 11 where about 460 student athletes ages 12-15 from around ...

Harrietstown board adopts budget with no changes

SARANAC LAKE — The Harrietstown Town Council adopted its 2019 budget on Monday morning in a rescheduled hearing. The meeting had been rescheduled at the request of Councilman Howard Riley, who could not attend the Nov. 8 preliminary budget hearing. Riley was absent for Monday morning’s ...