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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 co-sponsors climate commission bill

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, is one of 11 original co-sponsors of bipartisan legislation Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., introduced May 3 to establish a federal commission to review and recommend “economically viable” climate change solutions, according to the Library of Congress ...

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Stefanik concerned by Trump firing Comey

WASHINGTON — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik said she is worried about President Trump’s decision to fire James Comey as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “I have concerns about the timing and appearance of the decision to dismiss FBI Director James Comey,” ...

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Stefanik concerned by Trump’s firing of Comey

WASHINGTON — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik said she is worried about President Trump’s decision to fire James Comey as head of the Federal Bureai of Investigation. “I have concerns about the timing and appearance of the decision to dismiss FBI Director James Comey,” ...

Vermont Legislature 1st in US to vote to legalize marijuana

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont's Legislature on Wednesday became the first in the country to vote to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The legislation, which passed the House by a 79-66 vote, would allow adults to possess and use small amounts of the drug beginning next year. The bill ...

APA to review campgrounds, UMPs, but no Boreas

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners will take on a full agenda at its regular monthly meeting this week, but an eagerly awaited decision on classifying the state’s new Boreas Ponds property is not on the list. Board committee meetings begin at 9 a.m. ...

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

Stefanik faces health-plan vote questions at Plattsburgh forum

PLATTSBURGH — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s support of the American Health Care Act took center stage during a TV community forum in Plattsburgh Monday night. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, was at Mountain Lake PBS studios in Plattsburgh just four days after she voted in support of the legislation ...

Around 200 people gathered on the lawn of Mountain Lake PBS Monday evening before Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s TV forum appearance. Many spoke out against her decision to vote in favor of the American Health Care Act.
(Press-Republican photo — Kayla Breen)

Nearly 200 protest Stefanik over AHCA vote at forum

PLATTSBURGH — Mike Trudo once supported Rep. Elise Stefanik, but on Monday evening, he joined a large crowd on Sesame Street in Plattsburgh to speak out against her. The Plattsburgh resident was among nearly 200 people who flocked to the Mountain Lake PBS studio to protest the ...

NY tourism officials fear Trump slump

Upstate tourism officials are working to make sure that Canadian visitors aren’t turned off by the “America First” rhetoric, NAFTA bashing and talks of border walls since Donald J. Trump became president of the United States. Earlier this spring, the Can/Am Border Trade Alliance ...

N.Y. accepting comment on Common Core

ALBANY (AP) — New York state is accepting public comment on new learning standards that replace the Common Core. The revised standards will be presented to the policy-making Board of Regents Tuesday and public comments are being accepted until June 2. State education officials released ...

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Several mull Stefanik challenge for 21st Congressional District

SARANAC LAKE — As North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik voted in favor of the polarizing American Health Care Act Thursday, numerous potential challengers mull whether now is the right time to throw their names into the arena against her in 2018. Stefanik’s Democratic opponent in 2014, Aaron ...

Assemblyman Jones authors bill to help tackle student loan debt

Assemblyman Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay, has introduced legislation creating a tax credit for employers who assist workers paying off their higher education student loans. “Far too many recent graduates and young professionals are drowning in student loan debt,” Jones said. “If they ...

The proposed Lake Flower Resort in Saranac Lake is seen from the perspective of Lake Flower Avenue in this architectural drawing from the developers.

Village hopes PUDD change will end resort lawsuit

SARANAC LAKE — Mayor Clyde Rabideau says he hopes a proposed zoning amendment will end a lawsuit against the village Planning Board over its approval of the Lake Flower Resort and Spa. It’s too soon to tell, however, whether the board’s proposal will spur Roedel Companies to drop its ...

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 helps pass GOP health plan

WASHINGTON — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted yes Thursday to a Republican plan to repeal and replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. In doing so, she helped the American Health Care Act narrowly pass the House by a vote of 217-213. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, announced ...

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 helps pass GOP health plan

WASHINGTON — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted yes Thursday to a Republican plan to repeal and replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. In doing so, she helped the American Health Care Act narrowly pass the House by a vote of 217-213. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, announced ...

House OKs GOP health bill, a step toward Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON — Relieved Republicans muscled their health care bill through the House Thursday, taking their biggest step toward dismantling the Obama health care overhaul since Donald Trump took office. They won passage only after overcoming their own divisions that nearly sank the measure six ...

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Salvage yard tops Tupper rail trail session

TUPPER LAKE — Members of the community convened Wednesday night at the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library for the latest in a series of public information sessions regarding the proposed Adirondack rail trail. As envisioned, the trail will be a 34-mile multi-purpose stone-dust trail connecting ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik answers questions from an audience of more than 80 people at a “Coffee with your Congresswoman” event Tuesday afternoon at the Lyons Falls Library.
(Photo provided — Amanda Morrison, Watertown Daily Times)

Stefanik supports Congress’ spending plan

PLATTSBURGH — North Country Congressoman Elise Stefanik is supporting the pending spending bill in Congress. The Republican from Willsboro said the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2017 has many features she supports. The House passed the bill Wednesday, sending the Senate ...

GOP revives struggling health care bill; House vote planned today

WASHINGTON — In a startling turnabout, Republicans say they are ready to push their prized health care bill through the House and claim a victory for President Donald Trump, six weeks after nearly leaving it for dead and days after support from GOP moderates seemed to crumble anew. House ...

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)

Rep. Elise Stefanik’s take on the health care bill

With a House vote planned today on the Republican health care bill, Rep. Elise Stefanik’s spokesman Tom Flanagin says Stefanik is ready to help implement a new system to replace Obamacare. “Obamacare is broken. Constituents in our district continue to see double-digit premium ...