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OK, now we’re in Phase 2

The North Country region has now been given the green light to move forward into Phase 2 reopening, effective immediately. Phase 2 includes hair salons and barber shops, office-based jobs such as insurance and financial services, real estate and rental leasing, and some in-store retail. ...

Officials urge feds to end jobless bonus

Multiple business and tourism officials on a conference call with U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik on Thursday called for Congress to let unemployment benefits expire for those without a job because of the coronavirus pandemic. The push comes as federal lawmakers debate whether to extend a ...

NYC looks at June 8 for first phase of reopening

ALBANY — New York City is on track to begin reopening June 8 as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. Cuomo said the city was meeting goals set for hospital rates and testing, will “stockpile” personal ...

OK, now we’re in Phase 2

The North Country region has now been given the green light to move forward into Phase 2 reopening, effective immediately. Phase 2 includes hair salons and barber shops, office-based jobs such as insurance and financial services, real estate and rental leasing, and some in-store retail. ...

Cuomo: ‘No mask, no service’ rule is OK for businesses

NEW YORK — Store owners with no-mask-no-service policies got a boost from the governor. New York City business owners planning to reopen before coronavirus restrictions are lifted got a warning from the mayor. Actors Rosie Perez and Chris Rock are promoting face coverings and virus ...

Phase 2 is on hold

The North Country region was on track to move into the second phase of reopening Friday. By late this evening, official authorization and guidance from the state to move forward had not yet come. Then, the state told local officials: No region is expected to move into Phase 2 ...

Building the future

LAKE PLACID — Students may be learning from home during the coronavirus pandemic, but there is still plenty of activity at the two Lake Placid Central School District buildings. “It’s a very busy place,” LPCS Superintendent Roger Catania said Wednesday, referring to construction ...

Amid real estate turbulence, Adirondack brokers see upswing

New York’s real estate market has seen significant turbulence in the last few months as the coronavirus pandemic, and state guidelines designed to curb the spread of the virus, temporarily shuttered businesses and left millions of people out of work. But local real estate brokers are ...

Officials stress importance of U.S.-Canada relationship

PLATTSBURGH — For the North Country, the pathway to renewed prosperity runs north, North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said. “More importantly than ever, we need to be collaborating on a north-south axis to reinvigorate that relationship with Canada as part of ...

Ice cream openings say it’s time for summer

BLOOMINGDALE — When Teddy’s Ice Cream and Grill opened on Saturday, it was a pleasant surprise for local residents, tourists and staff, but the man it surprised most was owner and operator Steve Schmidt. Teddy’s usually opens in the second week in May, a bit earlier than most ...

Tourism swells for long weekend

Tourists meandered down Lake Placid’s Main Street this weekend, eyeing the scenery. Parking lots for multiple popular High Peaks trails filled to capacity early on Saturday and Sunday. Small groups of people took walks around local parks, stopped by restaurants to get take-out, and took to ...

Small protest group tells tourists, ‘Go home’

Tourists coming to the Adirondacks on the Northway may have been surprised as they got off on Exit 30 over the weekend. A few cars were parked there with signs, such as a bright yellow one reading, “YOU’RE WELCOME ... TO GO HOME!” The posterboard signs were created by Kelly Thoreck ...

Lake Placid, North Elba name short-term rental appeals board members

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees and North Elba Town Council have appointed five people to a new short-term rental appeals board. The appeals board will rule on disputes over enforcement of the town and village’s joint short-term rental law, which went into ...

‘Soft start’ scrapped

SARANAC LAKE — The village has retracted a plan for downtown restaurants to set up outdoor dining areas on village sidewalks after county and state officials deemed the concept not compliant with current guidelines meant to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. “Though we are ...

As Memorial Day tempts people outdoors, virus rebound feared

Millions of Americans are getting ready to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns and venture outdoors to celebrate Memorial Day weekend at beaches, cookouts and family outings, raising concern among public health officials that large gatherings could cause outbreaks to come roaring ...

SL’s outdoor dining plan is questioned

(UPDATE: The village of Saranac Lake has dropped plans for a soft business opening with outdoor dining Saturday, Mayor Clyde Rabideau announced this morning. "This concept was deemed non-compliant with Phase 1 guidelines by the North Country Regional Control Room members," he wrote. A new ...

Bridge crossings drop dramatically as US-Canada border closure extended

WATERTOWN — Traffic across the three international bridges in the North Country plummeted more than 60 percent in April compared to April 2019 following the March 21 closure of the U.S.-Canadian border due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge saw the ...

Furloughs becoming layoffs at Trump’s resort in South Florida

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Some furloughs at a Trump golf resort in South Florida are becoming permanent layoffs. A notice that the Trump National Doral Miami filed with the State of Florida last week says it is permanently laying off 250 workers out of 560 employees who were furloughed in ...