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Rep. Elise Stefanik
(Photo — Watertown Daily Times)

Stefanik signs letter opposing Alaskan oil drilling

Northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik publicly opposed drilling for oil and gas in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Friday after advertisements from the Wilderness Society targeted her and 12 other Republican congresspeople, asking them to vote against the Senate’s GOP ...

State Assemblyman Billy Jones 
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

State law re-establishes rural health council

The governor signed a health care bill written by Assemblyman Billy Jones into law on Wednesday, re-establishing the rural health council, which advises the state health commissioner. The law makes the council mandatory and takes place immediately. The council was established in 1988 but, ...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Democratic governors say Republican tax bill will damage the economy

ALBANY — The governors of California and New York on Monday mounted a final effort to derail the GOP tax plan, which they say unfairly targets their states and could undermine the national economy. A legal challenge against the measure may be a possibility when and if it is signed into ...

Franklin County OKs animal cruelty task force

The Franklin County Board of Legislators approved the creation of a county-wide animal cruelty task force on Nov. 2, allowing a group of law enforcement, veterinarians and animal shelters to investigate, remedy and prosecute cases of animal abuse and neglect. The county’s previous system ...

A Cape Air employee loads one of the airline’s Cessna passenger planes at the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

White Plains flights planned via Cape Air

SARANAC LAKE — Beginning March 1, 2018, passengers boarding planes at the Adirondack Regional Airport will be able to disembark in White Plains. Their tickets will include shuttle service to Midtown Manhattan. A one-way ticket to White Plains will cost around $95, and the flight will ...

The St. Armand Town Hall towers over Bloomingdale, as seen in September 2015. (Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

State audit faults St. Armand accounting

BLOOMINGDALE — The state comptroller’s office has released another rogues’ gallery of municipalities with financial accounting problems, and the little town of St. Armand, population 1,550, with a yearly budget of $1.6 million, is among the culprits. “Significant deficiencies ...

Governor signs bill increasing penalties for illegal deer hunting

Late Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that would roughly double the fines illegal hunters get. The bill, which amends New York conservation law and is expected to result in a small net gain for the Department of Environmental Conservation, will double the fine for ...

Saranac Lake tackles zombie properties

SARANAC LAKE — New state laws and some grant funding are helping the village of Saranac Lake to either revive or lay to permanent rest some 40 “zombie” properties within its borders. In October 2016, the village received word from state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik
(Photo — Watertown Daily Times)

Ads urge Stefanik ‘no’ vote on GOP tax bill

Advertisements from the Wilderness Society are asking northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik to vote “no” on the Republican tax bill passed by the Senate Budget Committee on Tuesday because of a provision in the bill for oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife ...

Pontiac Bay cleanup could cause parking problem

SARANAC LAKE — At Monday night’s village Board of Trustees meeting, state Department of Environmental Conservation officials rolled out a timeline for phase one of remediating a Superfund site at Pontiac Bay, where Brandy Brook flows into Lake Flower. DEC promises the boat launch will ...

Veterans are key as surge of states OK medical pot for PTSD

NEW YORK — It was a telling setting for a decision on whether post-traumatic stress disorder patients could use medical marijuana. Against the backdrop of the nation’s largest Veterans Day parade, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this month he’d sign legislation making New ...

CandidatesForum

9 congressional candidates face off in Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH — Nine candidates hoping to unseat incumbent Rep. Elise Stefanik in the 2018 election for the 21st District congressional seat traded views at an entertaining forum Monday at Clinton Community College. The scene was reminiscent of the 2016 presidential campaign, when stages ...

Ex-Rep. Hinchey, who pushed to protect the environment, dies

NEW YORK — Former U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, a veteran lawmaker known for pressing to protect the environment during a career that spanned from the era of the Love Canal toxic waste site to the recent debate over natural-gas fracking, has died. He was 79. Hinchey, a Democrat, died ...

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

Congresswoman, in Quebec, calls to strengthen, modernize NAFTA

VAUDREUIL-DORION, Quebec — Do no harm. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik said that should be the starting point in renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. She offered her thoughts as guest speaker at the first in the series NAFTA Major Meetings: Leaders’ Perspectives, ...

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

Fox features Stefanik as ‘Power Player of the Week’

PLATTSBURGH — North Country U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik was featured as “Power Player of the Week” this week on Fox News Sunday. Stefanik, 33, was interviewed by host Chris Wallace. He characterized her as a “rising star” in the Republican Party, “bringing new ideas to ...

ElectionWinners

Absentee ballots confirm winners in Harrietstown, Franklin

MALONE — A count of Franklin County absentee ballots took place Thursday, changing the vote numbers in two close local races but not the ultimate results. As indicated at the polls on Election Day Nov. 7, Democratic challengers Tracey Schrader and Jordanna Mallach defeated incumbents Ron ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik

Stefanik votes against tax bill

PLATTSBURGH — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted against the Republican-backed tax plan in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said the plan did not meet her goals of obtaining tax relief for New York taxpayers, and she vowed to continue the ...

Tupper selects water, sewer consolidation plan

TUPPER LAKE — The town board has selected a path to move forward on as it prepares to make the largest reduction of water and sewer districts in New York state history and residents will be able to comment on the decision before it formally makes the choice in a Dec. 14 board meeting. The ...

Tupper town budget passes with no resistance

TUPPER LAKE — The town board approved a $2.4 million budget for next year Thursday evening, staying below the state’s 1.84 percent tax cap and having $30,000 extra. Board members were happy the budget was rearranged, nullifying the need for a local law previously passed to override the ...

Tyler Socash, an activist with Adirondack Wilderness Advocates, will carry nearly 2,000 letters to the state Adirondack Park Agency meeting today. Socash is carrying the letters from the southern end of the Boreas Ponds tract up through the High Peaks Wilderness Area.
(Photo provided by Brendan Wiltse)

Wilderness advocate carries nearly 2,000 letters to APA today

RAY BROOK — A Keene man began hiking Wednesday morning from the southern end of the state’s recently acquired Boreas Ponds tract of land, but his backpack isn’t loaded with just the normal gear. Tyler Socash planned to walk all day Wednesday, camp out that night and finish his hike ...