Politics

Plattsburgh airport secures federal funds for runway

PLATTSBURGH (AP) — Plattsburgh’s airport will receive nearly $4 million in federal funds to upgrade its runways. The money was announced by U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. The two Democrats say the investment will pay for crucial renovations intended to improve safety ...

The Hotel Saranac is seen from Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake. 
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Roedel Companies ends lawsuits against village

SARANAC LAKE — Roedel Companies has inexplicably dropped its lawsuit against the village Planning Board over its approval of the proposed Lake Flower Resort and Spa. A one-page “Stipulation of Discontinuance” in the case was filed Monday in the Essex County Clerk’s Office, signed ...

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

House passes Stefanik bill to help military spouses

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Monday proposed by North Country U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik that would ease documentation requirements for spouses of military members who frequently must relocate to meet military mandates. The bill has not yet been ...

New York develops future campers by making it free for a lucky few

ALBANY — Folks who’d like to try camping at New York parks are getting the chance to do it this summer for free, courtesy of the state. New York launched a first-time camper program this summer, offering all the gear necessary for a weekend adventure, including a brand-new six-person ...

Schumer wants more help for New York’s craft beer industry

ALBANY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says there’s more the federal government can do to help New York’s growing craft beer industry. The Democratic lawmaker is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to add New York to a list of states eligible for a special federal crop ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik
(Photo provided)

Stefanik again votes to keep air pollution rules

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to delay the implementation of Obama-era reductions in smog-causing air pollutants, but North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was one of only two New York Republicans who voted against the legislation. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, was one of ...

Stefanik: Farm Bill should help dairy farmers more

PLATTSBURGH — North County Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has joined an effort to reform a federal dairy program that local farmers say is not helping them. “We are hopeful they can do something because we are starting to lose a lot of farms in the North Country,” said Beekmantown dairy ...

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik gestures as she answers a question from a member of the audience during a “Coffee with Your Congresswoman” April 24 at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center in Johnstown.
(Photo — Bill Trojan, The Leader-Herald)

Stefanik again votes to keep clean air rules

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to delay the implementation of Obama-era reductions in smog-causing air pollutants, but North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was one of only two New York Republicans who voted against the legislation. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, was one of ...

Steve Schnibbe watches Wednesday as village workers remove plywood from the front door of his unoccupied house at 139 Park Ave. in Saranac Lake so engineer Joe Garso can conduct a structural assessment of the building. 
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Village seeks cleanup of abandoned house

SARANAC LAKE — The village has resumed its campaign to clean up a Park Avenue house it boarded up four years ago. Village Department of Public Works employees pulled the plywood off the front door of 139 Park Ave. on Wednesday morning so Joe Garso of North Woods Engineering could get ...

The Adirondack Experience museum is acquiring this sign protesting the state Adirondack Park Agency from the side of Ted Galusha’s house in Warrensburg.
(Photo provided by the Adirondack Experience)

Adirondack Experience museum acquires anti-APA sign

This morning, the Adirondack Experience planned to remove a large sign protesting the state Adirondack Park Agency from the side of a house in Warrensburg to add it to the museum’s permanent collection in Blue Mountain Lake. Since 2005, the sign had adorned the side of Ted Galusha house to ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik answers questions from studio audience during a community forum in May at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh.
(Press-Republican photo — Kayla Breen)

Stefanik: Farm Bill should help NY dairy farmers more

PLATTSBURGH — North County Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has joined an effort to reform a federal dairy program that local farmers say is not helping them. “We are hopeful they can do something because we are starting to lose a lot of farms in the North Country,” said Beekmantown ...

The Adirondack Experience museum is acquiring this sign protesting the state Adirondack Park Agency from the side of Ted Galusha’s house in Warrensburg.
(Photo provided by the Adirondack Experience)

Adirondack Experience museum acquires anti-APA sign

On Friday morning, the Adirondack Experience will remove a large sign protesting the state Adirondack Park Agency from the side of a house in Warrensburg to add it to the museum’s permanent collection in Blue Mountain Lake. Since 2005, the sign had adorned the side of Ted Galusha house ...

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, speaks during a news conference June 23, 2015, at the Capitol in Albany. (AP photo — Tim Roske)

Assembly Speaker Heastie heads to North Country

ALBANY (AP) — New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is heading to the North Country as his summer tour of upstate New York continues. The Bronx Democrat is scheduled to stop at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton and visit the Thousand Islands today. Heastie was in Rochester on ...

State Assemblyman Billy Jones speaks during a press conference on a federal law being pushed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand at Paul Smith's College Monday afternoon.
(Enterprise photo - Justin A. Levine)

Researchers, officials push for federal support of new tick law

PAUL SMITHS — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was scheduled to speak in support of one of her bills Monday afternoon at Paul Smith’s College, but when weather kept her away, state Assemblyman Billy Jones was on hand. The bill requires the federal government to establish a “tick-borne ...

Lake Placid's Jesse Izzo, third from left, and Anya Morgan, second from right, stand on a podium after a nordic skiing race at the International Children's Games in January 2016 in Innsbruck, Austria. (Photo provided)

Lake Placid lands Children’s Games, bobsled-skeleton World Championship

Lake Placid will host the International Children’s Games in 2019 and the Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships in 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday. Cuomo announced the news at the Adirondack Summer Challenge rafting trip in Indian Lake, and then tucked a written announcement at ...

Law enforcement officers from around the county come to support the family and friends of fallen trooper Joel Davis as they say goodbye during a funeral service on Saturday at Fort Drum.
(Photo provided — Daytona Niles, Watertown Daily Times)

Thousands say goodbye to fallen state trooper

FORT DRUM — Three years ago, Rochester police Lt. Naser Zenelovic had to go through the sorrow of losing a colleague in the line of duty. That’s why he knew the importance for him and seven other Rochester police officers to honor fallen state trooper Joel Davis at his funeral at ...

Katie Wilson smiles Friday with her neighbor’s dog Lucy, left, and her dog Derby after hiking a private trail to a lookout in her hometown of Keene.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Keene lifer believes she’s the one to take on Stefanik

KEENE — As Katie Wilson followed her dog Derby and her neighbor’s dog Lucy up a mossy cascade of a path in this tiny mountain town she’s always called home, the 33-year-old small business owner talked about why she wants to represent the North Country in U.S. Congress. The single ...

Protect picks Englebright as Legislator of the Year

Protect the Adirondacks announced Thursday its Legislator of the Year Award for 2017 will go to state Assemblyman Steve Englebright, chairman of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation, for several conservation bills and amendments. The Democrat from Setauket, Long Island, ...

Trouble for revised Senate health bill

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders have revised their health care bill in an increasingly desperate effort to deliver on seven years of promises to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s overhaul. They immediately lost two pivotal votes, leaving none to spare as the party’s ...

Sheldon Silver leaves a courthouse in November 2015. (AP photo)

Retrial sought after court tosses Silver’s conviction

NEW YORK — The corruption conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was overturned Thursday by a federal appeals court that found sufficient evidence but flawed jury instructions in light of a recent Supreme Court ruling narrowing the definition of what it takes to convict a ...