Politics

Cuomo to detail 2018 agenda in speech today

ALBANY (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will lay out his 2018 agenda to lawmakers — including calls to overhaul state sexual harassment policies, create new disclosure rules for online political ads and make it easier to cast a ballot. The Democrat on Wednesday also plans to seek ...

Republican Harry Wilson opts out of governor’s race

ALBANY (AP) — There’s one less name on the list of possible Republican challengers to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Former investment manager Harry Wilson announced his decision not to run Monday on Facebook. The 46-year-old Westchester County resident cited his family and four ...

Written complaints now required in Franklin

VERMONTVILLE — At the request of its insurance company, New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal, the Franklin Town Council has changed local law to accord with state law. If Franklin residents wish the town to take action on a defect in the road infrastructure, they must now send a written ...

Sara Idleman, Greenwich town supervisor
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Democrat joins packed Congress contest

GREENWICH — The large pool of candidates vying for Rep. Elise Stefanik’s congressional seat continues to grow as Greenwich town Supervisor Sara Idleman, a Democrat, announced her decision to run on Thursday. “I gave it serious thought and decided I would run and jump in near the ...

8 states sue EPA over upwind air pollution

ALBANY (AP) — The attorneys general in eight Eastern Seaboard states are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over air pollution that blows in from upwind states. New York Democrat Eric Schneiderman is the leading attorney general in the lawsuit. He says it was filed Tuesday in ...

N.Y. to require animal shelters to check strays for microchips

ALBANY (AP) — New York state will soon require all animal shelters and rescues to check stray and abandoned animals for microchips. The measure was signed into law by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week. It was passed by lawmakers in the 2017 legislative session and will take effect in ...

Franklin County bids on Albany’s garbage

MALONE — The city of Albany’s landfill is running out of room, and the Franklin County Solid Waste Authority has offered to take the load. The Franklin County Solid Waste Authority voted in October to submit a proposal in response to Albany’s request for bids, and should receive a ...

North Hudson boiler
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Town of North Hudson installs wood pellet boiler

NORTH HUDSON — Santa Claus may typically enter through a chimney, but for the town of North Hudson, this year he is installing the chimney — and the new wood pellet boiler — just in time for Christmas. The new boiler is a fully automated, self-feeding, high-efficiency wood pellet ...

Stefanik bill would nix sexual harassment fund

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, of the 21st Congressional District, co-introduced legislation Wednesday to make settlements paid to victims of sexual harassment by Congress members come from their harasser’s pockets instead of taxpayers. Co-sponsored by Republican Texas Rep. Pete Olson, ...

Lake Placid village board looks to join Green Building Council

LAKE PLACID — Mayor Craig Randall proposed the village join the U.S. Green Building Council, with consultation from Clarkson University, at Monday night’s village board meeting. The USGBC is a private nonprofit organization that “is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future ...

Tax pros suddenly popular, slightly confused

WASHINGTON — Don’t feel bad if you don’t understand how the new tax bill will affect you. Chances are, your accountant doesn’t yet either. From New York to Kentucky to Florida, accountants and tax lawyers are scanning the 1,000 page measure, fielding a swirl of questions from ...

From left, Lori Bennett, Sandy Gothard, Michael Shepard and Tana Hare are faculty at North Country Community College’s nursing program. They applauded a new law that raises educational requirements for nurses. 
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

State adopts ‘BSN in 10’ bill for nurses

SARANAC LAKE — After 14 years of lobbying, a national movement to raise the educational requirements for nurses gained its first victory in New York state. The “BSN in 10” bill, championed by organizations from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the American Association of Retired ...

Chart on mortgage interest deductions. Los Angeles Times

Senate moves tax cut bill to brink of final passage

WASHINGTON — Jubilant Republicans pushed on early today to the verge of the most sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax laws in more than three decades, a deeply unpopular bill they insist Americans will learn to love when they see their paychecks in the new year. President Donald Trump ...

Franklin County District Attorney Craig Carriero
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DA corrects misuse of seized funds

MALONE — After receiving a reprimand from the federal government for misuse of funds, the Franklin County district attorney’s office hopes to set things right by the end of the year. District Attorney Craig Carriero said he will ask the county legislature at its next meeting to ...

Train engines sit on tracks outside of the North Creek station of the Saratoga and North Creek Railway, alongside state Route 28. More rail cars were brought in this summer.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Cuomo seeks to derail Ad’k rail car storage plan

ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking a federal agency to stop a railroad company from mothballing unused rail cars in the Adirondack Park. The Democrat announced Tuesday that the Department of Environmental Conservation is filing a petition to the Surface Transportation Board seeking ...

From left, Lori Bennett, Sandy Gothard, Michael Shepard and Tana Hare are faculty at North Country Community College’s nursing program. They applauded a new law that raises educational requirements for nurses. 
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

New York raises bar for nursing students

SARANAC LAKE — After 14 years of lobbying, a national movement to raise the educational requirements for nurses gained its first victory in New York state. The “BSN in 10” bill, championed by organizations from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the American Association of Retired ...

Chart on mortgage interest deductions. Los Angeles Times

GOP on the verge of huge tax overhaul — with one hiccup

WASHINGTON — Jubilant Republicans pushed on Tuesday to the verge of the most sweeping rewrite of the nation's tax laws in more than three decades, a deeply unpopular bill they insist Americans will learn to love when they see their paychecks in the new year. President Donald Trump cheered ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik answers questions during an event in April 2017 at the Lyons Falls Library. 
(Photo provided — Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times)

Stefanik says tax bill will hurt N.Y., will vote ‘no’

Elise Stefanik, northern New York’s U.S. representative, revealed Monday that she will vote “no” on the GOP’s final, consolidated tax bill making its way into both houses of Congress today. The Republican congresswoman opposed the initial House bill because she said it would only ...

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

Stefanik says she’ll oppose final tax bill

Elise Stefanik, northern New York’s U.S. representative, announced Monday she will vote against a consolidated tax bill her own Republican Party is pushing through both houses of Congress. The main reason Stefanik cited for her vote is that “the final bill does not adequately protect ...

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Cobb calls on Stefanik to denounce Trump’s tweet about Gillibrand

Tedra Cobb, a Democratic candidate hoping to unseat U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, in 2018, asked the congresswoman on Tuesday to denounce the president’s demeaning tweets against U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, earlier this week. “As you must know by now, President Trump ...