Politics

Local police agencies plan to ignore mug shot ‘ban’

State law will change in the coming weeks so that mug shots of those arrested for crimes can be considered public information only for “law enforcement purpose,” but many police agencies around the state say they don’t plan to change their practices. At issue is what is required by an ...

APA board in transition

RAY BROOK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo could potentially reshape the state Adirondack Park Agency for years to come this summer. With seven appointments to the APA board up in the air, Adirondack environmental groups see potential in so many open seats, but also said the current makeup of the ...

DAs, police aren’t happy with bail elimination

ALBANY — New York prosecutors and police groups were left frustrated by a package of criminal justice measures tucked into the state budget, including one expected to end to cash bail for up to 90 percent of those charged with crimes. The changes were championed by advocates of civil ...

Civil liberties groups say bail system was always unfair

NEW YORK — On a single day last fall, over 200 people accused but not convicted of small-time, misdemeanor crimes sat in New York City’s infamous Rikers Island jail because they couldn’t pay bail. Nearly half were behind bars for lack of $2,000 or less, according to city ...

State spends on making Adirondacks more diverse

A quarter-million dollars in funding was allocated in the 2019-20 state budget’s Environmental Protection Fund to help increase the diversity of Adirondack people. On Monday, $250,000 of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s $300 million EPF was set aside for new funding for ...

Adirondack Garden Club goes to D.C.

Every year, the Garden Club of America National Affairs and Legislative Committee holds a conference for delegates from the various clubs to attend advocacy training in Washington, D.C. Two members, Lyn Flyn and Meredith Hanna, from the Adirondack Garden Club, attended this training. ...

State poised to raise tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21

ALBANY — The Democrat-controlled New York Senate passed legislation Monday putting the state a step closer to joining seven others where the legal age for buying cigarettes and electronic cigarettes has been raised from 18 to 21. The state Assembly, also controlled by Democrats, passed ...

A look at key items in NY’s $175.5 billion state budget

ALBANY (AP) — Here’s a look at some of the key items included in the $175.5 billion state budget agreement that the Democrat-controlled New York Legislature passed early Monday: MANHATTAN TOLLS: Vehicles traveling south of 61st Street will be charged a toll beginning in 2021 through ...

NY budget: Big steps, but some details will wait

ALBANY (AP) — A statewide ban on plastic bags and groundbreaking tolls for motorists entering the busiest sections of Manhattan are coming to New York under a new state budget that takes several ambitious steps to address long-standing environmental and transportation challenges. The ...

State budget deal reached, including $80M for ORDA

SARANAC LAKE — The New York state Legislature reached a deal Sunday, with law makers working into the night to approve revenue bills. Among those — an $80 million funding package for Olympic Regional Development Authority and Olympic venue spending. “We’re certainly looking for ...

State leaders OK plastic bag ban, NYC tolls

ALBANY (AP) — Here's a look at some of the key items included in the $175.5 billion state budget agreement that the Democrat-controlled New York Legislature passed early Monday: MANHATTAN TOLLS: Vehicles traveling south of 61st Street will be charged a toll beginning in 2021 through ...

NCCC budget set to be finalized next month

SARANAC LAKE — The North Country Community College Board of Trustees expects to approve the school’s 2019-20 budget next month. The budget forecast presented at Friday’s board meeting expects a $135,000 deficit for the 2019-20 year, but college officials were confident they could ...

Franklin County Democrats announce endorsements

MALONE — The Franklin County Democratic Committee endorsed a full slate of candidates for county-wide races on the ballot this November. Of those endorsements, only one is not an incumbent up for re-election. For Legislative District 4, the committee endorsed Malone village Mayor Joe ...

New York state budget deal reached

ALBANY (AP) — Here's a look at some of the key items included in the $175.5 billion state budget agreement that the Democrat-controlled New York Legislature passed early Monday: MANHATTAN TOLLS: Vehicles traveling south of 61st Street will be charged a toll beginning in 2021 through ...

North Elba Dems pick Doty, Kilburn, Rafferty

LAKE PLACID — On Tuesday night the North Elba Democratic Committee selected its representatives in the race for town council. Current town Councilman Derek Doty is the party’s supervisor candidate, and Bob Rafferty and Emily Kilburn are the nominees for council members. Doty had ...

Stefanik pushes GOP wage fairness bill

Rep. Elise Stefanik spoke on the House floor Wednesday afternoon to introduce the WAGE Equity Act, a Republican alternative to H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act introduced by Democrats. Both pieces of legislation are designed to prevent disparate rates of pay between men and women in ...

Counties rail against state mandates

ALBANY — County governments across New York accuse state leaders of loading them up with costly new mandates as part of a “shell game” aimed at insulating the state from blame when local taxes are increased. Stephen Acquario, director of the New York State Association of Counties, ...

Plastic bag ban gains traction in NY budget talks

ALBANY — The ubiquitous plastic bag would be banned throughout New York state under a provision negotiated Wednesday as part of the budget plan that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democrat-controlled Legislature are trying to finalize before the April 1 deadline. Sen. Todd Kaminsky and ...