Politics

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at the 2016 Regional Economic Development Council awards ceremony Thursday at the Egg in Albany. Broadcast journalist Maria Bartiromo, center, announced each of the award winners.
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Governor awards $700M+ for economic development

ALBANY (AP) — New York state’s 10 economic regions will divide more than $700 million in new state economic development funding. The money announced Thursday will support hundreds of local economic development projects including private company expansions, new start-up businesses, local ...

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Write-in justice must go to school before starting work

WILMINGTON — The new town justice here will have to go to school before she can officially fill the four-year position she won in the recent election. With nobody on the ballot for Wilmington’s open justice position, Hope Smith-Holzer, 37, was counting on write-in votes for the job on ...

James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for defense secretary, may get a waiver from Congress to bypass the normal seven-year wait for military personnel to serve in that civilian post. He retired in 2013.

Stefanik effusive about Mattis for Defense

Rep. Elise Stefanik was effusive in her praise of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense. She called the general one of the finest officers of this generation. “When you look at the threats we face, Mattis is uniquely ...

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Aug. 21, 2014. (AP photo — Richard Drew)

AG wants voting rules changed

ALBANY — Unprecedented complaints about New York’s presidential primary show the need for big changes to state voting rules, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday before announcing proposals to authorize automatic voter registration and join most other states in allowing ...

St. Lawrence River remains in EPA’s care

A bill that would have eliminated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority in regulating ballast water discharge from cargo vessels was struck from the finalized 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. A Congressional Research Service report conducted last year stated that ...

Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, speaks to media during a tour of Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield in April. (Photo provided — Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times)

Stefanik pushing hard for missiles at Fort Drum

Rep. Elise Stefanik expressed hope that the Republican control of both houses of Congress and election of Donald Trump could push forward a new East Coast missile site. “I hope the Trump administration will understand the importance of missile defense, and that’s something we can work ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik
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Stefanik hopes for military boost

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik said she was pleased to see increased troop levels and pay raises in the final National Defense Authorization Act now working its way through Congress. The $619 billion bill includes an additional $5.8 billion in supplemental funding for overseas operations and ...

Matt Funiciello speaks in July in Saranac Lake while running for Congress. 
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Green Party Congress candidate defends Stein’s recount efforts

Local Green Party activist Matt Funiciello is defending Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s election recount effort. Funiciello said although money for the recount may be coming from “individual angry Democrats,” Stein’s motive is to draw attention to voting ...

James Morganson, code enforcement officer and building inspector for the town of North Elba and village of Lake Placid, sits in his office in 2006.
(Enterprise photo — Rebecca Steffan)

Longtime code officer retires

LAKE PLACID — Longtime North Elba and Lake Placid Code Enforcement Officer James Morganson has retired, Lake Placid village Mayor Craig Randall said at Monday’s village board meeting. The village Board of Trustees and the North Elba Town Council will hold a joint meeting at 3:30 p.m. ...

Down-ballot, Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake differ

Tupper Lake leaned Republican, and Saranac Lake leaned Democratic as the difference in support for Republican President-elect Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton trickled to down-ballot races. After the Franklin County Board of Elections completed their final official ...

Medical pot law tweaked

ALBANY — New York is loosening restrictions in its nearly year-old medical marijuana law but, to the dismay of some pot advocates, there is no sign the state is in any hurry to join eight other states in embracing full legalization. Among the latest to do so are two in the Northeast — ...

Franklin County tax levy to rise 1.47%

Franklin County tax rates for 2017 --- By township, per $1,000 of assessed property value Brighton: $5.48 Franklin: $4.60 Harrietstown: $4.19 Tupper Lake: $4.60 Santa Clara: $4.60 --- MALONE — Franklin County legislators adopted a 2017 budget Thursday that will ...

Trustees David “Haji” Maroun and Clint Hollingsworth sign the oath of office for the village of Tupper Lake Board of Trustees 
Thursday at the village office. 
(Enterprise photo — Kelly Carroll)

Tupper Lake village swears in trustees

TUPPER LAKE — Not much has changed in the organization of the village of Tupper Lake since last year, with the exception of a new board member being sworn in. Clint Hollingsworth took his place as a member of the village board at Thursday’s annual organizational meeting, succeeding ...

Saranac Lake adopts new land-use code

SARANAC LAKE — The village finally has new a land-use code, although it hasn’t taken effect yet. The village Board of Trustees adopted the new Unified Development Code Monday night, ending a process that involved years of work by a volunteer committee, a paid consultant, village ...

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Smith-Holzer unofficially wins W’ton justice seat

WILMINGTON — Hope Smith-Holzer has unofficially won the job of justice in this town after she launched a grassroots write-in campaign for the position this fall. Smith-Holzer, 37, received 34 of 36 write-in votes, the Essex County Board of Elections reported unofficially after it ...

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Stefanik prepares for new term in Congress

PLATTSBURGH — Fresh off a convincing re-election win, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is looking forward to tackling many issues in the new term and working with the new president and a majority Republican Congress. “I think we will be able to get a lot done,” Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said ...

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Tough-on-corruption, prosecutor tells Trump he will stay

NEW YORK — Financial cheaters and corrupt politicians beware: One of America’s hardest-charging prosecutors isn’t going anywhere. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s brief announcement that he has agreed to stay on in the Donald Trump administration signals in at least one way ...

The new owners of the former Dew Drop Inn at 27 Broadway in Saranac Lake got a boost Monday as the village OK’d a $200,000 economic development loan to pay for interior demolition and basic infrastructure work.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

A $200,000 jump start

SARANAC LAKE — A $200,000 economic development loan from the village will help jump-start key upgrades to the former Dew Drop Inn as its new owners await word on grant funding they’re seeking from the state. The village Board of Trustees voted 4-0 Monday night to approve the ...

White-tailed deer would see greater protection from chronic wasting disease under proposed changes to big game regulations.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

DEC taking comments on proposed hunting regs

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to submit comments on several proposed changes to state hunting regulations. Comments will be accepted until Dec. 23. There are five proposed changes to rules, including several on white-tailed deer, bobcat hunting and ...

Feds show no ‘Love’ for New York state roadway signs

ALBANY (AP) — The Federal Highway Administration isn’t showing any “Love” for some tourism signs along New York state highways. Officials with the FHA and the New York state Department of Transportation will meet next month to discuss the removal of more than 500 “I Love NY” ...