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Essex County raises occupancy tax

Effective June 1, Essex County’s occupancy tax will be 5%, up from 3%. The occupancy tax, also known as bed tax, is collected on all hotel, motel, bed-and-breakfast and short-term vacation rental stays. The Essex County Board of Supervisors voted to increase the tax by 2% on Monday. A ...

Clayton distillery to supply Kinney with hand sanitizer

GOUVERNEUR — Six thousand bottles of liquid hand sanitizer will soon be on their way to Kinney Drugs stores, thanks to Clayton Distillery based in Clayton, New York. “Globally, hand sanitizer is in high demand and extremely short supply right now,” Rick Cognetti, Kinney’s VP of ...

Local news deemed ‘essential’ but strained amid outbreak

Jennifer Zahn, a Saranac Laker and Enterprise subscriber, has a morning ritual. She wakes up at 6 a.m. every day, goes downstairs and grabs her copy of the newspaper. She said she likes to know what’s going on in town and feels that she would be out of the loop without the newspaper. ...

Main Street overhaul is still on in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid’s Main Street overhaul is still slated to move forward this year. A public meeting on this $8 million streetscape redesign and infrastructure improvement plan was canceled last week as elected and public health officials stress the importance of social ...

Excellus waives some costs

UTICA — Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a health insurance company whose market includes the North Country, announced Thursday it will waive out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 medical testing, diagnosis and treatment for its fully insured employer groups, individual market qualified health ...

A record 10 million sought US jobless aid in the past 2 weeks

WASHINGTON — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week -- doubling a record high set just one week earlier -- a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. Combined with last week’s report that 3.3 million people ...