Politics

Voters for Change presents films

SARANAC LAKE — Voters for Change, a progressive political activism group, will continue its occasional film series Thursday with a screening and discussion of two short documentaries on immigrants. The event will take place at 7 p.m. at Lake Flower Landing, 421 Lake Flower ...

North Country Community College students listen to college President Steve Tyrell at an orientation event on Aug. 30, 2016. NCCC is included in a New York plan to cover the complete cost of tuition at state colleges for full-time students from households making less than $125,000 a year, provided they work in New York for four years after graduation. (Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Will NY ‘free tuition’ model spread?

ALBANY — Will New York’s first-in-the-nation free tuition program for middle-class college students spread to other states? That’s the hope of proponents such as Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, who made debt-free college a key talking point in their Democratic presidential ...

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo poses for a photo opportunity in front of (from left) Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall, Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism CEO Jim McKenna, North Country REDC co-chair Garry Douglas, Keene Town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson and Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau during a ceremonial signing of the 2017-18 state budget at the Conference Center at Lake Placid Friday. (Philip Kamrass/ Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

Victory tour

LAKE PLACID — Essex County Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Preston was all smiles Friday as he, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other Adirondack officials touted how they feel the Adirondacks are no longer forgotten under Cuomo’s leadership. It was a who’s who of Adirondack and North Country ...

Nicole Morin, a senior at Paul Smith’s College who is organizing a local March for Science on April 22, stands on the Saranac Lake Riverwalk Wednesday.
(Enterprise photo — Ben Gocker)

College student organizing local March for Science

PAUL SMITHS — A Paul Smith’s College senior is organizing a local sister march to coincide with the national March for Science scheduled for the same day at the National Mall in Washington D.C. Nicole Morin, an integrative studies major, hopes the march near Paul Smith’s campus will ...

Poll shows support for Boreas wilderness, lack of interest in land decisions

A public opinion poll commissioned by the Adirondack Council and Adirondack Mountain Club shows an overwhelming amount of support for a wilderness classification for the Boreas Ponds, but also reveals that few people have been following the state’s classification process. The poll, ...

People board the Adirondack Scenic Railroad train at the Union Depot in Saranac Lake. 
(Enterprise file photo — Chris Knight)

No trains in the Tri-Lakes this year

SARANAC LAKE — The haunting sound of train whistles won’t be heard locally this year, as the state Department of Transportation will not issue a permit for the trains to run north of the Big Moose station. The Adirondack Rail Preservation Society, based in Utica, has been running ...

Justice William Hulshoff
(Enterprise photo —
 Antonio Olivero)

Lake Placid justice asks to double pay

LAKE PLACID — After he was victorious in keeping his position of village justice, a position that voters recently chose not to dissolve, William Hulshoff is asking this village for a major raise. Hulshoff addressed the board at last week’s regularly scheduled meeting and informed them ...

Tupper Lake village hosts budget hearing, tables decision to pass

TUPPER LAKE — The village of Tupper Lake held a public hearing on the preliminary budget Wednesday night with no changes to the draft budget proposal presented two weeks ago. In the proposed budget, there will be a 1.9 percent spending increase over the previous year’s budget and a ...

Essex GOP seeks committee member

LAKE PLACID — The Essex County Republican Committee is looking for candidates to fill the position of First Chair of the Committee. The County Committee’s Chairman Shaun Gillilland, the town of Willsboro’s supervisor, said anyone interested in the position should contact him at ...

New York state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia listens to L.P. Quinn Elementary School social studies teacher Tracy Klossner’s lesson alongside sixth grade students Lucy Edwards and Sierra Welch during Elia’s visit to the school Tuesday.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Commissioner of Education visits area schools

TUPPER LAKE — The cursive nameplates adhered with Scotch tape to the front of the desks in Tracy Klossner’s class were a little misleading during a group lesson about the fall of the Roman Empire Tuesday morning. As students in Klossner’s sixth grade social studies class clustered ...

The Tupper Lake train depot on Main Street is seen Tuesday. 
(Enterprise photo — Ben Gocker)

Tupper Lake applies for new Smart Growth grant

TUPPER LAKE — For the third year in a row, the town of Tupper Lake is looking to take advantage of Smart Growth grant funding administered by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to boost local development. At the end of March, the town submitted an application seeking ...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
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Cuomo touts new state budget in Buffalo, Rochester

ROCHESTER (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has headed west to celebrate new state laws that make college more affordable and permit the upstate expansion of Uber and Lyft. The Democratic governor appeared in Buffalo and Rochester Tuesday to tout provisions in the state’s new $153 ...

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Little, Jones, Stec outline state budget’s North Country ties

It may have been nearly 10 days late, but with the passage of the state’s $153.1 billion state budget late Sunday night, North Country legislators are content with the final product. Longtime North Country state representative Sen. Betty Little views the 2017-18 budget as one that funds ...

Tupper Lake school board adopts $17.8M budget

TUPPER LAKE — At its regular meeting on Monday night, the Tupper Lake Central School District Board of Education agreed to adopt a 2017-2018 budget of $17,809,013. School Business Administrator Dan Bower said he was not certain what the effect would be on taxes until the assessment is ...

Free state college tuition has a catch

ALBANY — There’s a big string attached to New York’s free middle-class college tuition initiative: Students must stay in the state after graduation or else pay back the benefit. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that the requirement was added to protect the state’s investment ...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
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N.Y. to make state college tuition free for middle class

ALBANY — New York will be the first state to make tuition at public colleges and universities free for middle-class students under a state budget approved by lawmakers Sunday. The plan crafted by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo will apply to any New York student whose family has an annual ...

New York plans state campground upgrades

ALBANY (AP) — The state is proposing upgrades at several campgrounds in the Adirondacks and is taking public comments on the plans. The plans are for Buck Pond campground in Franklin County, Caroga Lake in Fulton County, and three state campgrounds on Piseco Lake in Hamilton County. At ...

Meet and greet for 21st Congressional candidate Sunday

SARANAC LAKE — Voters for Change will sponsor a meet and greet with Patrick Nelson, candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for New York’s 21st Congressional District at 6 p.m. Sunday in the John Black Room at Historic Saranac Lake’s Saranac Laboratory Museum, 89 Church ...