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Barrett vs. Politi for North Elba supervisor

North Elba town Supervisor Robert “Roby” Politi, running on the Fair and Honest Party line, is facing a local challenger as he asks voters to re-elect him for a sixth term. Attorney Brian Barrett is listed as a Democrat. Both candidates were asked the same set of questions and ...

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Jay voters have many options

AuSABLE FORKS — Voters in the Town of Jay will see a crowded ballot in the town council slot as five current and aspiring candidates are running for two empty seats. Fueled by visions of a busy Main Street, frustration with a lack of conversation and a desire to improve the town of ...

Cayla Teig spent the weekend learning about the political system by attending Camp Congress for Girls with her mother in Boston.
(Photo provided — Jordanna Mallach)

Fifth-grader preps for political career

SARANAC LAKE — Over the weekend, Saranac Lake fifth-grader Cayla Teig ran for Congress, won a seat, voted in a new president and passed a law. Teig was a camper at the Camp Congress for Girls program, a nationwide initiative that teaches girls to understand and participate in the ...

Volunteers smile as they prepare a previous Turkey Supper on Election Day at the First United Methodist Church in Saranac Lake.
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Election supper is a church tradition

SARANAC LAKE — The First United Methodist Church will hold its annual Turkey Supper at the church on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7. This is a traditional turkey supper with all the trimmings. The tradition of raising funds for the local church by serving a meal may have begun in the ...

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3 vie for 2 seats on North Elba Town Council

Voters in the town of North Elba have a choice of three candidates for two positions on the town council this November. Incumbents Derek Doty (Democratic Party) and Jack Favro (Community Party) have been joined in the race by local attorney Brian “Liam” Kennelly, also on the Democratic ...

JayHighwaySuper

Four up for Jay highway super

Residents of the town of Jay will have an unusually high number of potential highway superintendents to choose from for election day on Nov. 7 . These candidates range from highway employees stepping into the political arena to current highway deputy superintendents looking for a higher ...

HeadshotMaker

Two campaign for Jay tax collector

As the current tax collector for the town of Jay, Valerie Coolidge, leaves the position for warmer weather, two women from the town are asking voters to support them in their campaigns to take her spot. --- Lori Ducharme Republican Lori Ducharme, a teacher at the Champlain Valley ...

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Manafort, Gates indicted following Russia probe

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and a former business associate, Rick Gates, were indicted Monday on charges of conspiracy against the United States, money laundering and several other financial charges. The charges were the first stemming ...

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4 vie for 2 H’town council seats

SARANAC LAKE — The Harrietstown Town Council has two seats open this year, and four contenders. Incumbents Ron Keough (Republican, Conservative) and Ed Goetz (R, Con, Unity) hope to keep their seats for another two years, while Jordanna Mallach, Tracey Schrader, both on the Democratic and ...

Labor unions lead fight against N.Y. constitutional convention

ALBANY — Labor unions are leading the fight against a New York ballot measure to hold a constitutional convention. They argue that it’s just too risky to tinker with the state’s governing document and threaten existing protections for worker’s compensation, unemployment benefits and ...

Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw, of Bloomingdale, poses beside his Chevy Tahoe with “coroner” license plates in downtown Saranac Lake. This vehicle is his own, which he paid for, along with all his coroner equipment and training courses; the county didn’t pay for it.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Long road to coroner courses

SARANAC LAKE — Ron Keough became a Franklin County coroner on New Year’s Day in 1960 at the age of 23. All he started with was a 3-by-5-inch spiral notebook in his pocket. There he was, the youngest coroner in the state. “And now I think I’m the oldest,” he said. Nearly six ...

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Newcomer challenges veteran Harrietstown highway super

SARANAC LAKE — To keep his job this year, Harrietstown Highway Superintendent Craig Donaldson, running on the Republican and Conservative Party lines, is facing an election challenge by relative newcomer Jacob Vennie-Vollrath, running as a Democratic and Common Sense party candidate. The ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik

Stefanik votes no to GOP budget

WASHINGTON — The Republican-dominated U.S. House of Representatives barely passed a 2018 budget and tax bill Thursday, but without the support of Rep. Elise Stefanik. The North Country congresswoman and six other New York Republicans voted no to the bill. Two others voted yes. It passed ...

Rebel GOP lawmakers send message with budget vote

WASHINGTON — A bloc of GOP House lawmakers from high-tax states mustered a show of force Thursday that nearly sank the Republican budget setting up a major overhaul of the tax system, the party’s prime political goal and economic promise. The rebellious lawmakers, from states such as ...

House backs $4T budget, faces challenges on Trump tax plan

WASHINGTON — Republicans powered a $4 trillion budget through the House on Thursday by a razor-thin margin, a close vote underscoring the difficulties that lie ahead in delivering President Donald Trump’s promise to cut taxes. For now, Republicans sidestepped divisions within the party ...

Chart showing U.S. drug overdose deaths

Trump calls for liberation from ‘scourge’ of drug addiction

WASHINGTON — In ringing and personal terms, President Donald Trump has pledged that “we will overcome addiction in America,” declaring opioid abuse a national public health emergency and announcing new steps to combat what he described as the worst drug crisis in U.S. ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik

Stefanik cheers Trump declaring opioid crisis an emergency

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican who represents northern New York, was happy Thursday that President Donald Trump declared the national opioid epidemic a public health emergency. “Far too many families across our North Country community have seen firsthand the ...

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

Stefanik votes no to GOP budget bill

WASHINGTON — The Republican-dominated U.S. House of Representatives barely passed a 2018 budget and tax bill Thursday, but without the support of Rep. Elise Stefanik. The North Country congresswoman and six other New York Republicans voted no to the bill. Two others voted yes. It passed ...

Chart showing U.S. drug overdose deaths

Stefanik cheers president declaring opioid emergency

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican who represents northern New York, was happy Thursday that President Donald Trump declared the national opioid epidemic a public health emergency. “Far too many families across our North Country community have seen firsthand the ...

Trees overhang railroad tracks next to the crossing at Cedar Street, Saranac Lake, part of the disputed Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor.
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Rail resolution derailed in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — A resolution to urge the governor’s office to appeal Judge Robert Main Jr.’s decision about the disputed Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor failed to pass the village board Monday night. The vote was 2-2 and therefore did not pass. Trustees Allie Pelletieri and Rich ...