Politics

Village to auction vacant land

SARANAC LAKE — The village plans to offer up a parcel of land behind a downtown bar for sale to the highest bidder. The village Board of Trustees set the date Monday for an auction of the vacant, land-locked 0.07-acre tract, located roughly behind Bitters & Bones on Broadway and the ...

Adirondack Historical Association Executive Director David Kahn, foreground, listens as Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall, far left, reads aloud from the village Board of Trustees’ determination and findings to enter into an official eminent domain proceeding to acquire the museum’s Main Street properties to construct a public parking garage.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Village unanimously OKs acquiring museum land by eminent domain

LAKE PLACID — This village’s Board of Trustees unanimously decided at a special Monday meeting to use eminent domain to acquire Main Street parcels from the Adirondack Historical Association in order to build a 250-space public parking garage. The association runs the Adirondack ...

Village hires LA Group to cover ‘interim’ period

SARANAC LAKE — The village Board of Trustees agreed Monday to hire an outside consulting firm to help run its community development office on an interim basis. The decision to bring in the LA Group, which drew objections from a pair of speakers during the meeting’s public comment ...

BOCES capital project will go to voters Sept. 21

An $18.5 million capital project for the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton Board of Cooperative Educational Services district will be put to voters Sept. 21 after all 10 related school districts approved it. That’s official after the Lake Placid Central School District’s board unanimously voted ...

Hill Cottage, seen here earlier this month, is also known as the Radiographer’s Cottage. It’s one of three house lots on the former Trudeau Sanatorium property in Saranac Lake that the American Management Association plans to put on the market. 
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

AMA subdivision wins approval

SARANAC LAKE — American Management Association got the green light this week to subdivide three house lots it wants to sell on its 64-acre campus. The New York City-based company received village Development Board approval Tuesday to subdivide the Gate Cottage, the Mallinson Cottage ...

Chairwoman: First meeting without Evans ‘challenging’

SARANAC LAKE — Village Development Board Chairwoman Leslie Karasin said the absence of former Community Development Director Jeremy Evans was palpable at her board’s first meeting without him this week. She also said she hopes the village Board of Trustees finds someone with planning ...

The Adirondack Experience owns this property with the stone retaining wall on Main Street in downtown Lake Placid, next to a village parking lot. The village wants to take the land by eminent domain and build a parking garage there.
(Enterprise photo — Matthew Turner)

Lake Placid, museum dispute eminent domain procedure law

LAKE PLACID — Another divisive development has sprung up as the village board is set to host a special meeting Monday about its plan to use eminent domain to acquire Main Street parcels from the Adirondack Historical Association in order to build a public parking garage. The special ...

Free college tuition program open to student applications

ALBANY (AP) — New York state has begun accepting applications for its new tuition-free college program. More than 3,000 people signed up for the Excelsior scholarship Wednesday, the first day the applications were available. They’ll be accepted through July 21. Applicants should know ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik answers questions from studio audience during a community forum Monday evening at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh.
(Press-Republican photo — Kayla Breen)

Hospital cheers Stefanik’s support of funding bill

SARANAC LAKE — North Country U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has co-sponsored new, bipartisan legislation that would ensure permanent funding for Medicare-dependent, low-volume hospitals such as the one here. The Rural Hospital Access Act would amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ...

Essex Bar Association chimes in on assigned counsel dilemma

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County Bar Association’s input on how the county should tackle the continually escalating costs of its assigned counsel program is in the works after a committee of five ECBA members met last Thursday in Elizabethtown. The association’s president, attorney ...

The Ampersand Mountain trailhead between Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake would be moved and expanded under a proposal in the recently released Saranac Lake Wild Forest Unit Management Plan.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Ambitious plan for Saranac Lakes Wild Forest

SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has finally released its plan for the more than 75,000-acre Saranac Lakes Wild Forest — more than 15 years in the making. The unit management plan was released this month and will be presented to the state Adirondack ...

After delay, Lake Placid board approves fire officers

LAKE PLACID — After nearly a month’s delay, this village’s Board of Trustees on Monday approved all but one of the officers elected by the volunteer fire department to serve for 2017-18. At the same meeting, fire Chief Jim Wasson implored the board to help his department meet training ...

Ridesharing comes to upstate New York June 29

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft will begin to be offered at the end of the month in the Upstate region. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation and announced on Tuesday new regulations have been issued by multiple state agencies to allow ride sharing services to begin June 29, ...

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Cuomo, Pelosi urge defeat of New York’s GOP congress

NEW YORK — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi told cheering union members at a Manhattan rally Tuesday that New York’s eight Republican members of Congress — including the North Country’s Rep. Elise Stefanik — must go down to defeat in ...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Photo provided by the governor's office)

Cuomo: State will keep Affordable Care Act protections

ALBANY — New York state is moving to ensure several protections in the Affordable Care Act remain in place regardless of whether the Republican-led Congress votes to repeal it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. Cuomo, a Democrat, has directed state regulators to prohibit insurers from ...

APA to hear about plan for Saranac Lakes Wild Forest

RAY BROOK — A decision on Boreas Ponds is still not on the agenda of this month’s state Adirondack Park Agency board meeting, but review of a long-awaited plan for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest is. The Saranac Lakes Wild Forest is a sprawling, 79,000-acre unit of state land that wraps ...

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Cuomo: NY state will keep Affordable Care Act protections (update)

ALBANY — New York state is moving to ensure several protections in the Affordable Care Act remain in place regardless of whether the Republican-led Congress votes to repeal it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. Cuomo, a Democrat, has directed state regulators to prohibit insurers from ...

Jeremy Evans speaks at a May meeting of the village of Saranac Lake's Development Board. (Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Village to restructure development-code office

SARANAC LAKE — Village officials plan to separate the duties of the community development director position recently vacated by Jeremy Evans into at least two different jobs. After more than nine years with the village, Evans resigned last week to become the new executive director for ...

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Trump withdraws from climate pact; world leaders push back

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's supporters on Friday cast his decision to abandon the world's climate change pact as a "refreshing" stance for the U.S. that would save jobs, unburden industry and save money. International leaders and scientists pushed back, pointing to jobs that ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Official photo)

Stefanik says Trump made a mistake

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik criticized President Donald Trump Thursday for his declaration to pull the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement. “United States innovation and business leadership have been key drivers to lowering our carbon emissions over the last 20 ...