Politics

Climate, other programs cut deeply in EPA budget proposal

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration would slash programs aimed at slowing climate change and improving water safety and air quality, while eliminating thousands of jobs, according to a draft of the Environmental Protection Agency budget proposal obtained by The Associated ...

A building sits dormant at the former Camp Gabriels prison in the town of Brighton in February 2014. The state has twice tried to sell the property, but has been unsuccessful due to its land classification.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Proposed amendment would ease sale of Camp Gabriels

State Sen. Betty Little has again introduced a state constitutional amendment that would ease the sale of the former Camp Gabriels prison. The proposal has the support of at least one Adirondack environmental group. Protect the Adirondacks issued a press release this week saying it’s on ...

Stefanik opponent Patrick Nelson will host town hall

Democrat Patrick Nelson, currently the sole challenger to Republican North Country U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, will host a public town hall forum in 10 days at the same Glens Falls location where nearly 300 people attended a town hall forum without Stefanik last week. Nelson, a 27-year-old ...

Senate OKs bill to let towns set speed limits

ALBANY — The state Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would enable many towns throughout New York to set speed limits on town roads. Cities, villages, suburban class towns and towns with populations greater than 50,000 residents already have the ability to set speed ...

Cuomo: Using ‘decoys’ to bust underage drinking

ALBANY (AP) — Authorities in New York state are launching a new campaign aimed at reducing underage drinking. The effort announced Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will involve the use of underage “decoys,” young people working with law enforcement who attempt to buy alcohol at bars, ...

Cops: Director of environmental group stole $69,000

LAKE GEORGE (AP) — The head of an Adirondack environmental conservation group has been charged with stealing more than $69,000 from the organization. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office says 67-year-old David Decker, of Burnt Hills in Saratoga County, was arrested Thursday on charges ...

Snow coats power and telephone lines Saturday night during a blackout on Main Street in downtown Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Lake Placid looks at ways to help prevent another major blackout

LAKE PLACID — As this village’s trustees and department heads debriefed Tuesday on a sudden, 19-hour blackout Saturday and Sunday, Mayor Craig Randall said it was one of the top three weather emergencies in this village’s modern history. The mayor attributed the debilitating two days ...

Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(Photo provided — Watertown Daily Times)

New ICE director is from North Country

Type the words “customs enforcement” into Google. What will likely pop up is a slew of recent news stories from across the country about how, since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, an explosion of raids conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and ...

Public meeting set on Payeville Lane cleanup

SARANAC LAKE — A public meeting will be held next week on a $14 million plan to clean up environmental contamination at the former Saranac Lake Gas Company site on Payeville Lane. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Region ...

Groups to urge lawmakers to OK Cuomo’s mega-trail plan

ALBANY (AP) — Outdoor enthusiasts and activists from across New York will gather in Albany to urge state lawmakers to back Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan for a 750-mile trail system. The Democrat announced in January that his state budget proposal would include a plan to complete and connect ...

Bankers ask for help saving seniors from financial scammers

ALBANY — Advocates for the elderly say each year con artists and greedy family members cheat New York seniors out of $1.5 billion in assets but they worry the number of reported cases is only the tip of the financial abuse iceberg. The Senate and Assembly’s Joint Committee on Aging ...

A Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department vehicle makes its way down Main Street in Lake Placid Saturday night amid a blackout that lasted more than 19 hours. 
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

‘A perfect storm’: Placid ponders changes after 19-hour blackout

LAKE PLACID — Monday was the calm after this unseasonably warm weekend was blitzed by what longtime Lake Placid electric Superintendent Peter Kroha called “a perfect storm.” A day removed from the end of the 19-plus-hour overnight blackout put a dark and cold exclamation point on a ...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Photo provided — Kevin P. Coughlin, governor's office)

Siena poll: Gov. Cuomo’s approval rating up in N.Y.

ALBANY (AP) — A new Siena College poll suggests Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is enjoying his highest favorability ratings in two years. The poll released Monday finds 60 percent of respondents view Cuomo favorably, compared to 34 percent who have an unfavorable opinion. That’s Cuomo’s ...

New York, North Carolina: What age should teens be tried as adults

ALBANY — Luis Padilla remembers the terror he felt as a 16-year-old arrested on a robbery charge and locked up with adults in New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail. At one point, he pretended to be suicidal so he could be placed in the relative safety of a locked observation ...

Tri-Lakers rally at Trinity Park in Plattsburgh Friday afternoon, before some of them met with North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik at her Plattsburgh office Friday.
(Photo provided — Patricia Martz)

Local protesters meet with Stefanik staffer (update)

(Editor's note: This article has been updated with a comment from Tom Flanagin, spokesman for Rep. Elise Stefanik.) - Tri-Lakes progressives are keeping up their full-court press on North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and several small groups met with a liaison of the Republican ...

Vulnerable Dems lay low as town hall angst rages

NEW YORK — From Montana to West Virginia, the nation’s most vulnerable Senate Democrats are avoiding town hall meetings as their Republican counterparts get pummeled by an energized electorate frustrated with President Donald Trump’s early agenda. Some Democrats prefer to connect with ...

NYC mayor meets with campaign corruption probe investigators

NEW YORK — New York City’s mayor met for several hours Friday with federal authorities looking into allegations that donors to his mayoral campaign were promised favors. Mayor Bill de Blasio met about four hours with authorities as part of his administration’s continued cooperation ...

Residents of New York’s 21st Congressional District hold up signs during a town hall forum Wednesday at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls. The signs had the word “agree” on one side and “disagree” on the other. Attendees used them to express their views when a speaker at the event offered and opinion.
(Photo provided — Shawn LaChapelle, special to the Post-Star)

Stefanik-less town hall draws about 300 in Glens Falls

GLENS FALLS — Maya Vangelder of Porter Corners said she wants U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, to urge President Donald Trump to release his income tax returns. Vangelder, who attended New York’s 21st Congressional District town hall forum at Crandall Public Library on ...

Residents of New York’s 21st Congressional District hold up signs during a town hall forum Wednesday at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls. The signs had the word “agree” on one side and “disagree” on the other. Attendees used them to express their views when a speaker at the event offered and opinion.
(Photo provided — Shawn LaChapelle, special to the Post-Star)

Stefanik-less town hall draws about 300

GLENS FALLS — Maya Vangelder of Porter Corners said she wants U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, to urge President Donald Trump to release his income tax returns. Vangelder, who attended New York’s 21st Congressional District town hall forum at Crandall Public Library on ...

Lake Placid approves borrowing $750K for circuit breaker

LAKE PLACID — The village board unanimously approved a resolution to borrow up to $750,000 in serial bonds for what Mayor Craig Randall described as a much-needed 115-kilovolt circuit breaker, a vote that had been tabled at a couple of meetings prior. The money that the village may ...