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Stefanik quizzes Comey during Russia hearing

Elise Stefanik, the North Country’s representative in U.S. Congress, played an important role in Monday’s hearing on alleged Russian hacking of the 2016 election. During the latter portion of Monday’s more-than-five-hour-long House Intelligence Committee hearing, Stefanik for seven ...

Lake Placid and North Elba Justice Bill Hulshoff (Enterprise photo)

Lake Placid again votes to keep village court

LAKE PLACID — For the second time in nine months, people here voted to keep their village court system and not combine its caseloads with the town of North Elba’s court. The village Board of Trustees had put the proposition up for vote at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled village election, ...

Rich New Yorkers ask state to raise their taxes

ALBANY — Some of the wealthiest New Yorkers are asking the state to raise their taxes. Eighty people including George Soros, Steven Rockefeller and Abigail Disney wrote to lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying they and other top earners should pay more to support schools, ...

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Today is voting day in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — In today’s election, the village board is presenting a proposition to the people of Lake Placid: whether or not to keep their village court. Village residents can cast votes in the village’s regularly scheduled election between noon and 9 p.m. today, downstairs at the ...

Company pitches robotic garage as alternative for Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — In the wake of last week’s 65-minute public hearing about this village’s use of eminent domain to obtain Adirondack Museum property for a municipal parking garage at the site of the NBT Bank lot, an out-of-state company has reached out recommending an alternative. All ...

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Little, Jones highlight state budget proposals

State Sen. Betty Little says her chamber’s budget plan calls for an increase in school aid, tax relief and workers compensation reform to help small businesses. It would also set aside billions of dollars for clean water and sewer projects throughout the state. Assemblyman Billy Jones, ...

Supporters of Empire State Trail to meet in Albany

ALBANY (AP) — Health advocates and outdoor retailer REI are among those planning to gather today in Albany to urge state legislators to include funding for the Empire State Trail in the final state budget. Their visits coincide with the beginning of budget negotiations. Democratic Gov. ...

Capitol Watch: Budget, Uber and college tuition

ALBANY — Talks over the state budget are heating up, with decisions on college tuition assistance and Uber’s upstate expansion looming. The Republican-led Senate and the Democrat-controlled Assembly are in broad agreement with many of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s key proposals this ...

Stefanik asks House Republicans to consider climate change

Northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik bucked President Trump’s agenda this week by calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to deal somehow with climate change. The 32-year-old Republican from Willsboro introduced a resolution by which the GOP-controlled House would commit ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Photo provided)

Stefanik opposes Trump’s budget proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday, Rep. Elise Stefanik, who represents the 21st Congressional District, said she does not support President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. “While there are savings to be found in every federal agency, I do not support the President’s initial budget ...

How Trump’s budget could affect northern New York

Increases: ¯ Military, which may include the Army base at Fort Drum ¯ Homeland Security, which includes staff at the U.S.-Canada border ¯ Veterans Affairs, which could increase VA medical offerings --- Cuts — Trump’s budget proposal would eliminate or severely reduce these ...

Proposed Saranac Lake village budget under the tax cap

SARANAC LAKE — The tax levy would rise slightly under a tentative village budget that will be the subject of a public hearing Monday. The amount of the budget to be raised by taxes would increase 1.65 percent, or $59,951, going from $3,6111,646 in the current fiscal year to $3,671,597 in ...

States find closed prisons can be a tough sell

ALBANY — Perched atop an Adirondack mountain, the 325-acre site for sale seems to have everything a developer could want: spectacular views, a man-made lake, close proximity to the tourist destination of Saratoga Springs and, oh, former President Ulysses S. Grant lived out his final days in ...

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How Trump’s budget could affect northern New York

Some ways Trump’s budget could affect New York's North Country - Increases: ¯ Military, which may include the Army base at Fort Drum ¯ Homeland Security, which includes staff at the U.S.-Canada border ¯ Veterans Affairs, which could increase VA medical offerings - Cuts — ...

Lake Placid will vote once again on fate of village court

LAKE PLACID — Just nine months removed from the same choice, village voters will again decide on whether or not they want to keep their village court. The proposition will be on the ballot for this village’s regularly scheduled election on Tuesday March 21 at the North Elba Town ...

Budget talks to heat up after Assembly, Senate plans

ALBANY (AP) — Help may be coming for students at New York’s public universities after lawmakers in Albany backed plans to increase tuition assistance. The Republican-led Senate and the Democratic Assembly endorsed competing budget proposals Wednesday that increase tuition assistance for ...

Adirondack Museum Board of Trustees member Nancy Keet speaks at the public hearing Monday night at the North Elba Town Hall regarding the village of Lake Placid acquiring the museum's property at 2476-2478 Main St. through an eminent domain procedure.
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Lake Placid residents, business owners sound off on parking garage

LAKE PLACID — More than 20 local residents, business owners and elected officials spoke up at Monday’s public hearing about the village’s plans to use eminent domain to acquire property owned by the Adirondack Museum to build a municipal parking garage. The hearing lasted 65 ...

Nelson opposes employee wellness bill

GLENS FALLS — Democratic congressional candidate Patrick Nelson said he “absolutely opposes” legislation U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, recently co-sponsored to clarify non-discrimination rules for workplace wellness programs. “Their argument is that it will reduce ...

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Prosecutor fired by Trump administration leaves to applause

NEW YORK — A fired federal prosecutor returned to his office on Monday to say his goodbyes and tell the staff of one of the highest-profile groups of prosecutors in the nation to keep up their good work. Preet Bharara’s return came two days after he was fired after refusing to submit ...

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Feds: Franklin County DA’s office mishandled seized assets

The Franklin County district attorney’s office mishandled more than $450,000 in asset forfeiture funding it was awarded over a five-year period by the U.S. Department of Justice, according to a federal audit released Thursday. Among other things, auditors found the DA’s office did the ...