Politics

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks Wednesday during his final State of the State address in Albany.
(Photo courtesy of the governor's office)

North Country transportation boost

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s’ round of six regional State of the State addresses wrapped up Wednesday afternoon with his final speech in Albany, one attended by several North Country leaders, and the top takeaway for this region may be that transportation — be it air travel, ride ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Photo provided)

Stefanik picked as head Republican congressional recruiter (update)

WASHINGTON — Northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik will serve as the National Republican Campaign Committee’s vice chair for recruitment in the 2018 election cycle, NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers announced Thursday. That’s one of several new appointments Stefanik, 32, of ...

Village holds meeting about Park Street house

TUPPER LAKE — The village Board of Trustees convened for a special emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss a property on Park Street. The board met to discuss the unsafe conditions surrounding the vacant 156 Park St. house as the porch was collapsing, code enforcement officer Pete ...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks in Westchester Tuesday during his State of the State Address. 
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Cuomo pitches 750-mile hiking, biking trail plan

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to complete and connect two greenway trails crisscrossing the state from Manhattan to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo to create a 750-mile paved biking and hiking route that will be marketed as a national tourist destination. “We ...

Franklin County to revise purchasing policy after audit

The state comptroller’s office has cited Franklin County for not following its own purchasing policy. In a report released Tuesday, state auditors said the county did not issue requests for proposals to procure services from 11 service providers who were paid a total of ...

State of the State: Cuomo says cities, counties should pool resources

ALBANY — New Yorkers could get a chance to vote on shrinking their local governments, under a proposal announced Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a Westchester County stop during his state of the state tour. Cuomo’s idea would require officials in each county to develop plans to save tax ...

APA considers plan for Moose River Plains

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency will discuss the Moose River Plains Unit Management Plan and other topics at this week’s regular board meeting Thursday and Friday at agency headquarters. The two-day meeting kicks off at 12:30 p.m. Thursday with the executive director’s ...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo presents his 2017 State of the State address at 1 World Trade Center in New York City Monday. This is the first of six regional addresses the governor is presenting around New York state.
(Photo provided — Kevin P. Coughlin, governor’s office)

State of the State: N.Y. can show alternative to Trump, Cuomo says

NEW YORK — New York state must stand as an alternative to Donald Trump, showing the nation that tolerance, progressive policies like a higher minimum wage and investments in education can create an economy that works for all, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Without mentioning the ...

Superintendent Seth McGowan

Tupper Lake school district readies for budget season

TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake Central School District prepared for budget season at its Monday night meeting following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address in New York City. Superintendent Seth McGowan said that while the governor has said he will make education funding a ...

DEC issues plan for Westward Waters in Lewis County

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced its plans for a complex of forests and fishing access sites on the western edge of the Adirondack Park. The Westward Waters Unit Management Plan details the DEC’s plans for a dozen state forests as well as several other ...

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, left, a Republican from Wisconsin, participates in the swearing-in ceremony for Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, on Tuesday in Washington.
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Stefanik joins House in passing bill to rein in presidential power

WASHINGTON — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik joined the U.S. House of Representatives in passing the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017 Thursday. The House passed the act by a vote of 237-187, which will let Congress vote on executive branch ...

Barbara Rice, D-Saranac Lake, presides over her first meeting as chair of the Franklin County Board of Legislators Thursday.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

‘Madam chairwoman’

MALONE — Barbara Rice of Saranac Lake made history Thursday when she was elected to lead the Franklin County Legislature. Rice, a Democrat, is the first woman to serve as chairwoman of the county board. Coupled with the November election of Republican legislator Andrea Dumas of Malone, ...

Few attend tours for school capital project

BLOOMINGDALE — The vote for the Saranac Lake Central School District’s $18.8 million capital project is just four days away, yet attendance has been low at all three building tour and informational meetings. Administration officials held the tours on Dec. 13 at Saranac Lake High ...

Vice President-elect Mike Pence (Photo provided)

ACA repeal could have big impact on North Country

PLATTSBURGH — The threat of Republican leaders in Washington to repeal the federal Affordable Care Act has state and local officials watching closely. Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Wednesday that the first action of the new administration would be to try to do away with ...

Superintendent Diane Fox and board president Clyde Baker discuss procedures in regard to a donation of baseball uniforms at yesterday’s board meeting.
(Enterprise Photo — Kelly Carroll)

Meeting set to discuss Red Storm uniforms

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Central School District Board of Education set a special meeting on Jan. 11 to discuss the donation of uniforms for the varsity baseball team. The board will hold the meeting to hear from the public and discuss the donation from alumni Neil ...

Local representatives preview 2017 session

The New York state legislature began its 2017 session Wednesday, one that is expected to include debates on hot-button issues such as ethics reform, ride-sharing such as Uber upstate and whether or not free tuition should be provided at state universities and colleges, among other ...

APA hosts public info meeting Friday on Lake Flower Resort

SARANAC LAKE — The state Adirondack Park Agency will hold a public information meeting on the proposed Lake Flower Resort and Spa at 10 a.m. Friday at the Harrietstown Town Hall. Representatives of Saranac Lake Resort LLC, with their consultants, will provide an overview of their ...

Paul Smiths: Cuomo proposal would affect recruitment

A day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his proposal to cover tuition costs at state colleges for hundreds of thousands of middle- and low-income New Yorkers, the chief marketing officer at Paul Smith’s College elaborated on how the proposal would affect the private college. Shannon ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Photo provided)

Stefanik votes against ethics office changes

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said she opposed a controversial amendment to place the independent Office of Congressional Ethics under congressional oversight. “I believe that there need to be reforms to the ethics process, but they should be implemented on a bipartisan basis,” ...