Politics

Stefanik has co-sponsored 25 bills that became law

Signed into law --- The following are policy bills U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, co-sponsored during her first term that were signed into law: HR 6431 — Streamlines customs clearance for rail passengers traveling from Canada into United States HR 1624 — Provides option ...

Barbara Rice of Saranac Lake, center, smiles Thursday as she's sworn in as the first chairwoman of the Franklin County Legislature by county Clerk Kip Cassavaw. At left is Chad McCarthy, Rice's husband.
(Enterprise photo -- Chris Knight)

Rice is first chairwoman of Franklin County Legislature

MALONE -- Barbara Rice of Saranac Lake made history Thursday when she was elected to lead the Franklin County Legislature. Rice, a Democrat, is the first woman to serve as chairwoman of the county board. Coupled with the November election of Republican legislator Andrea ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Photo provided)

Stefanik votes against ethics office changes

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said she opposed a controversial amendment to place the independent Office of Congressional Ethics under congressional oversight. “I believe that there need to be reforms to the ethics process, but they should be implemented on a bipartisan basis,” ...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, unveil Tuesday the first proposal of the governor's 2017 agenda: making college tuition-free for New York’s middle-class families at all SUNY and CUNY two- and four-year colleges.
(Photo provided — Kevin P. Coughlin, governor's office)

Cuomo calls for free SUNY, CUNY tuition for low- to middle-income families

Hundreds of thousands of New York students would be able to attend college for free under a proposal announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make state universities tuition-free for residents earning $125,000 or less. The Democrat unveiled his plan Tuesday at LaGuardia Community College in Queens ...

Emily Martz, left, and Barbara Curtis  of Saranac Lake are two of the founders of Now What?, a new progressive group based in Saranac Lake that is working to facilitate communication between area voters and state and federal elected officials. 
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Creating change: New political group going straight for elected officials

SARANAC LAKE — On Nov. 10, two days following an Election Night that ushered billionaire New York City real estate tycoon Donald Trump into the presidency, Barbara Curtis sat in her consignment shop on Broadway. Not soon after, in walked her friends and fellow Saranac Lakers Emily Martz, ...

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Cuomo vetoes plan to have state pay for defending poor

NEW YORK — Defending poor people accused of crimes will remain largely a county-by-county expense in New York, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a proposal for the state to foot the bill. The Democratic governor nixed the measure Saturday night, saying it went too far in shifting the costs ...

After hiking minimum wage, 200-staffer task force set up

NEW YORK (AP) — About 200 state investigators and staffers are being assigned to spread the word about New York’s recent minimum wage increase — and to make sure businesses comply. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the task force Monday in New York City. The minimum wage was previously $9 ...

New York lawmakers to return to Albany for 2017 session

ALBANY — New York lawmakers will return to Albany on Wednesday to begin their work for 2017, a session expected to include debates over voting laws, corruption, Uber’s proposal to expand upstate and the state’s response to the administration of President-elect Donald Trump. Along the ...

Franklin County board to pick new chair

The Franklin County Legislature will have new leadership in 2017. Legislators will meet Thursday in Malone to elect a new chair, a position held by Billy Jones for the past four years. The Chateaugay Democrat was elected in November to the 115th Assembly District seat being vacated by ...

DeChantal Apartments pipe issues blamed on village water system

SARANAC LAKE — The manager of the DeChantal Apartments says the Church Street high-rise has had major plumbing issues since the village switched to a new source of water. In a letter to village Manager John Sweeney, Wayne Feinberg says the DeChantal’s hot water pipes “have been ...

Pay to rise for millions as minimum wage goes up

ALBANY — It will be a happy New Year indeed for millions of the lowest-paid U.S. workers. Nineteen states, including New York and California, will ring in the year with an increase in the minimum wage. Massachusetts and Washington state will have the highest new minimum wages in the ...

States face off over future of Obama global warming plan

ALBANY — Two weeks after officials in two dozen states asked Republican President-elect Donald Trump to kill one of Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature plans to curb global warming, another group of state officials is urging Trump to save it. Democratic attorneys general in 15 ...

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Dwyer replaced on NCCC board

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College’s Board of Trustees will be under new leadership in 2017. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed a new trustee to fill the seat previously held by board Chairwoman Barbara Dwyer. Dan Kelleher, the state Adirondack Park Agency’s special ...

Groups seek constitutional right to clean air, water

ALBANY — Environmental and public policy groups in New York are calling for a state constitutional amendment that would guarantee residents a right to clean air and water. Environmental Advocates of New York and EffectiveNY are promoting the proposed amendment with online video ...

Tupper Lake receives consolidation grants for water/sewer

TUPPER LAKE — The town was awarded two $20,000 Citizens Reorganiz-ation Empowerment Grants from the Department of State’s Local Government Efficiency Program. The town will use the grants to assist in funding separate studies for consolidation of sewer and water districts and review of ...

NCREDC supports Boreas Ponds classification

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council has written a letter in support of alternative one classification for the Boreas Ponds. The council supports the classification, as a mix of Wild forest and Wilderness lands, to provide four-season recreational and economic diversity ...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center, tours the Hotel Saranac renovation site Tuesday afternoon. With him are project consultant Dan Ott, left, and JNK Home Enterprises Director of Operations Kevin Knobloch.
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Cuomo tours Hotel Saranac renovation

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo toured the still-under-renovation Hotel Saranac for the second time during a stop in the village Tuesday afternoon. In pictures provided by the governor’s office, Cuomo is seen inside the landmark Main Street hotel with representatives of the ...

This is the bandshell designed proposed for the shore of Raquette Pond in the Municipal Park in Tupper Lake. 
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Bandshell, brewery projects top agenda

TUPPER LAKE — The village, a charity and local businesses will seek approval of applications when the joint town-village planning board meets at 7 tonight. Bandshell The village has submitted a special review use application for Flanders Park for construction of a performance ...