Politics

Cuomo to deliver State of the State, unveil budget Tuesday

ALBANY (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will deliver his State of the State address and unveil his budget proposal next Tuesday in Albany. The Democrat is expected to detail proposals to legalize marijuana, codify abortion rights and impose congestion tolls on Manhattan as a way ...

Dabiew re-elected to lead Franklin Co. legislature

MALONE — Don Dabiew was re-elected to chair the Franklin County legislature on Tuesday. The county board met for its annual reorganizational meeting Tuesday morning in order to elect officers and pass the year’s first resolutions. Dabiew, a Democrat representing the county’s Fifth ...

Franklin County looking to share solar wealth with towns

BOMBAY — Franklin County’s solar array at the former Malone village landfill is projected to generate more electricity than the county needs, so officials are looking into sharing the wealth with local towns. County legislature Chairman Don Dabiew attended the Bombay town board meeting ...

Stefanik criticized in conservative op-ed

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, has been working since the midterms to have the Republican Party take a hard look at the candidates it is electing, especially the lack of women. She has already clashed with the new chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Tom Emmer, ...

Feds pledge food stamp funding through February

ALBANY — Despite the ongoing federal shutdown, some 2.7 million New Yorkers will be getting their federal food assistance benefits through February as a result of actions taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But as the government shutdown entered its 19th day Wednesday, there was ...

Trudeau building restoration passes Development Board

SARANAC LAKE — Historic Saranac Lake’s site plan to renovate Dr. E.L. Trudeau’s home and office into a museum was approved by the village Development Board Tuesday night. The renovation of the building will be split into three phases. The first will be work on the exterior: returning ...

TSA workers up in the air amid govenment shutdown

LAKE CLEAR — With a partial federal government shutdown stretching to 19 days, Transportation Security Administration employees at North Country airports continue to work unpaid to keep flights going. The shutdown started on Dec. 22 when congressional Democrats opposed President Donald ...

$10M in addiction treatment funding available from state

ALBANY (AP) — Millions of dollars in additional state funding is available for expanding addiction treatment services across New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says up to $10 million will support development of dozens of new withdrawal and stabilization or residential treatment beds. The ...

Ex-New York state Senate leader starts prison term

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos began serving his four-year and three-month prison term Tuesday after he was convicted on corruption charges by a jury for a second time. Skelos, 70, reported to the federal prison at Otisville, New York, which has a medium ...

Gillilland, Politi as Essex County chair and vice chair

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County Board of Supervisors swore in a new chair and vice chair at Monday’s organizational meeting. Willsboro Supervisor and former Vice Chair Shaun Gillilland was sworn in as the new chair, replacing Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston. For the past couple of ...

State delay gives break on mortgage tax in Essex County

Essex County is taking a hit in mortgage tax revenue. Before the last session of 2018, the state legislature failed to renew permission for a local portion of the fee that is paid when a mortgage is filed with the county clerk. The Home Rule Legislation passed the State Senate but ...

Hillary Clinton, Gov. Cuomo tout stronger abortion rights in New York

ALBANY — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday in calling for codifying abortion rights in New York state law as a bulwark against any potential court challenges to the landmark Roe v. Wade decision made 46 years ago this month. The ...

Ex-New York state Senate leader due to report to prison

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos is due to report to prison Tuesday to begin serving his four-year and three-month prison term for a corruption conviction. Skelos, a 70-year-old Republican, is expected to report to the federal prison at Otisville, New York, ...

Tupper electric department to get new garage

TUPPER LAKE — The village board is moving toward getting a new garage and office building for the municipal electric department in 2020, right behind its current building, which is rusting apart. Department Superintendent Marc Staves said the current building, built in 1967, is 30 years ...

Cobb reflects on 2018, looks to 2020

CANTON — As the new Democratic-controlled House takes office, Tedra Cobb is back to freelance consulting, working out of the wood-heated, wood-paneled house she built with her husband. The snowy fields outside, dotted with fence posts and solar panels, concealed from the road behind a screen ...

Corlett named new leader of State Police

ALBANY (AP) — A veteran of the New York State Police has been named the new superintendent of the organization. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced that he has nominated Keith Corlett to lead the department. Corlett is now a deputy superintendent at the State Police and has ...

State law requires drug take-back programs start this week

In yet another initiative to combat the ongoing problem with opiates, a new state law will require pharmacies and drug manufacturers to offer drug take-back programs. The program will allow people to drop off surplus prescription and non-prescription drugs, not including controlled ...

Stefanik breaks ranks, hoping to end shutdown

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik voted with Democrats in the House of Representatives on Thursday for legislation to end the government shutdown and fully fund the Department of Homeland Security. The measure to fund government operations through Sept. 30, which does not include additional money ...

Stefanik votes to end government shutdown

Rep. Elise Stefanik voted Thursday to end the partial government shutdown. The two measures designed to get government working again easily passed the House of Representatives, which now features a Democratic majority. H.R. 21 was approved 241 to 190, and H.J. Res. 1 passed by a vote of ...

Protesters call on Stefanik to vote to end shutdown

GLENS FALLS — As Congress returned to session on Thursday, some local residents called for a quick end to the partial government shutdown. Donald Jahne of Cambridge said his son was in the process of obtaining a job funded through an EPA grant, but that is in limbo because of the ...