Politics

Today is last day to register to vote in June 26 primary

Today is the last day to register for the June 26 primary election for the Democratic and Women’s Equality parties in New York’s 21st Congressional District. The polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. that day, and only enrolled voters from each party will be elligible to vote. The ...

Assembly speaker: If pot is legalized, expunge convictions

ALBANY — If New York legalizes recreational marijuana it must also consider expunging the criminal records of thousands of people who were arrested for using the drug, New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie told reporters Wednesday. The proposal comes as a state task force ...

A test for cottonmouth?

SARANAC LAKE — A Saranac Lake police officer will attend training on the new oral tests for driving while under the influence of drugs [DUID]. Village trustees voted to send Patrolman Leigh Wenske, a NYS Certified Drug Recognition Expert, to an 8-hour workshop in Latham to learn how to ...

Saranac Lake village board appoints climate change task force

SARANAC LAKE — The village has appointed a Climate Smart Community task force as well as a Climate Smart Community Coordinator, joining a statewide effort to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals and prepare for the effects of climate change. The state has committed to reducing greenhouse ...

Lake Placid officials commit village to being a ‘climate smart’ community

LAKE PLACID — This year’s Big Green Shin Dig wasn’t just about local vendors and music, but real progress. He announced it at Sunday’s event, but during Monday’s village board meeting, Mayor Craig Randall signed a commitment for Lake Placid to be an official “climate smart” ...

N.Y. to aid efforts to protect Lake George water quality

ALBANY (AP) — New York state is chipping in to help protect the water quality of Lake George. The state announced Friday that it will contribute $343,000 to efforts to repair and upgrade local wastewater collection systems around the lake. The project focuses on preventing wastewater ...

Tupper Lakers: Archery bill misses mark

TUPPER LAKE — A bill proposed by a New York City Assemblywoman, which would eliminate archery, trap shooting and riflery programs in public schools, is facing opposition from school officials and marksmanship instructors. The bill was authored by Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, after the ...

Raise parking meter fines in Lake Placid? Public hearing June 4

LAKE PLACID — The village board will hold a public hearing about possibly raising parking meter violation fines from $25 to $35. The hearing is set for Monday, June 4 at the North Elba Town Hall. The hearing will regard parking meter fines, which come from keeping your car in a spot ...

State hears LGBTQ concerns in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack North Country Gender Alliance held a town hall to address issues within the LGBTQ community Wednesday at the Saranac Lake Free Library. Assistant Director of the state Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Ron Zacchi was there to hear people’s ...

Barney enters race for Franklin County sheriff

MALONE — Bruce Barney, a 26-year veteran of the Franklin County Sheriffs Department and senior booking officer at the county jail, formally announced his candidacy for sheriff Friday. Barney, a Malone resident, is running on the Democratic Party ticket. In a press release, he said his ...

Lawmakers pick successor to disgraced attorney general

ALBANY — The New York Legislature on Tuesday appointed Barbara Underwood interim attorney general two weeks after Eric Schneiderman suddenly resigned as the state’s top legal chief amid allegations he physically abused four women he dated. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced that ...

$10 million wish list for Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — Local officials have assembled a wish list of projects for a $10 million Downtown Revitalization grant application and are looking for public input on the projects. The public comments are an important part of the grant application’s appeal, said Jamie Konkoski, the ...

Legislature sticks with Underwood as interim attorney general (video)

ALBANY — The New York Legislature on Tuesday appointed Barbara Underwood interim attorney general two weeks after Eric Schneiderman suddenly resigned as the state's top legal chief amid allegations he physically abused four women he dated. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced that 190 ...

Lake Placid’s sign code could need more time

LAKE PLACID — This village and the town of North Elba held public hearings earlier this month pertaining to flags and sandwich board A-frames along Main Street and Saranac Avenue. Though village Mayor Craig Randall said the hearings were a success, he and the rest of the board saw the ...

Senators announce $2.5M for E’town-based Head Start

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday announced $2,505,922 in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs at Adirondack Community Action Programs Inc., based in Elizabethtown. The federal funding was allocated ...

Saranac Lake congressional forum helps voters choose

SARANAC LAKE — This Congress race has been underway for 16 months, and its many candidates have many times mounted a stage to sit behind a table and answer questions in the public eye. But Sunday was the first time that happened in this village. A crowd of about 125 people had gathered ...

Gillibrand warns to beware of predatory student loan practices

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has a warning for college students: Beware of predatory loan practices in the wake of the Trump administration’s recent move to cut back its monitoring of financial institutions. The New York Democrat announced Sunday that she’ll demand new ...

Thurman town councilman called out for using obscenity

THURMAN — Citizens in Thurman criticized town Councilman Doug Needham for using an obscene insult on his Facebook page, referring to town supervisor Cynthia Hyde. WRGB in Albany reported on the flap, which has resulted in a group of Thurman citizens calling for Needham to resign. One ...

N.Y. has new plan to control tick population

ALBANY (AP) — New York state has a new plan to control the tick population and combat tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will apply “eco-friendly” tick control treatments on public lands in the Southern Tier, the capital region and the ...