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Airbnb, NYC agree to end their fight over host data-sharing

NEW YORK (AP) — Airbnb and New York City will settle their fight over a law that sought to limit housing rental increases by requiring short-term rental platforms to share information about their listings, the two sides announced Friday. Under the agreement, the San Francisco-based Airbnb ...

Cuomo: North Country among 5 regions to enter Phase 3 Friday

SARANAC LAKE — During his daily COVID-19 briefing Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that five economic regions in the state, including the North Country, will enter Phase 3 of reopening on Friday. The other regions are Finger Lakes, Central New York, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley. All ...

‘Main Street reimagined’ plan gains momentum

LAKE PLACID — A proposal to shutter one lane of traffic on Main Street and convert it to outdoor seating space for restaurants is gaining momentum within the business community. With the state Department of Transportation on board, the Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees offering its ...

Milk giveaway slated in Saranac Lake Saturday

SARANAC LAKE — Local farmers, in collaboration with the Saranac Lake Rotary Club and Glazier Packing Co., plan to give away dairy products to families in Saranac Lake this Saturday. The first-come, first-serve event at Saranac Lake High School is slated for 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It’s ...

Phase 3 guidelines available

As businesses in five regions of New York await the governor’s decision to allow them to enter Phase 3 of reopening the state’s economy — possibly on Friday — the New York Forward website has been updated to include guidelines for Phase 3 businesses that offer food and personal care ...

As business trickles back, hotels compete on cleanliness

Marriott, Hilton and other big hotel companies are used to competing on price or perks. Now they are competing on cleanliness. From masked clerks at the front desk to shuttered buffets, hotels are making visible changes in the wake of the pandemic. Signage will tout new cleaning ...

Economy baby-steps back to life

The North Country region entered Phase 2 of reopening more than one week ago. In the days since, some business owners have seen pent-up demand unleashed all at once, and an onslaught of customers seeking services. Others are wondering whether they’ll be able to sell their inventory and ...

County DMVs could reopen in Phase 3

SARANAC LAKE — Local Department of Motor Vehicle offices are being asked to remain closed to in-person transactions until the North County region enters Phase 3 of reopening, a state DMV spokesperson said Wednesday. “To protect public health and safety during the pandemic, county ...

Outdoor dining is OK, starting today

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that outdoor dining is now allowed in regions such as the North Country that have entered Phase 2 reopening. The authorization, which takes effect today, comes with some caveats. Restaurant owners have to place outdoor tables at least 6 feet apart, ...

Lake George Steamboat Co. readies for season unlike any other

LAKE GEORGE — For more than 200 years, steamboats on Lake George have been a sign that the summer tourism season is in full-swing. But that was before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, instead of giving tours to visitors, the Lake George Steamboat Co.’s three ships — the Minnie-Ha-Ha, ...

Outdoor dining in North Country restaurants permitted starting Thursday

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in Phase 2 of reopening the economy. Restaurants in the seven regions that have already entered Phase 2 — Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Southern Tier ...

Chateaugay barber retiring after 65 years

CHATEAUGAY — Haircuts weren’t the only thing provided at Gabe Lopardo’s Barbershop on Main Street in Chateaugay. There was “no lack of advice they will give you,” Assemblyman D. Billy Jones, D-Plattsburgh, said of Lopardo and his legion of regulars who made the barbershop a ...

Pool sales make a splash during quarantine

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Normally, the Perry kids would spend the summer playing baseball, going to camp and making weekend trips to their family’s cottage in Vermont. But because of COVID-19, their baseball season is on hold, camps are canceled, and Vermont is off limits for now. Lucky for ...

Pandemic sparks boom in bottle redemption centers and beer sales

ALBANY — COVID-19 has meant boom times for bottle recyclers. With many supermarkets shuttering their bottle return bins, people are seeking out specialized redemption centers and beverage stores to cash in on their empties. At the same time, however, there are worries that far more empty ...

With rare candor, employees protest Facebook’s Trump policy

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Facebook employees are using Twitter and Facebook’s internal communications tools to register their frustration over CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to leave up posts by President Donald Trump that suggested protesters in Minneapolis could be shot. Twitter ...

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. ...