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Yes, you can still order takeout — this and other questions answered

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that effective Sunday, all non-essential businesses are mandated to close and people are being asked to remain inside their homes to slow the spread of the coronavirus. “Non-essential” can sound vague, so here’s a look at what you can and can’t ...

News not all bad: Tax Day now July 15

Forgot to do your taxes? Don't worry, due to coronavirus, this year the Internal Revenue Service and New York state have extended the deadline to file by three months. Tax day was scheduled for April 15, but will be July 15 this year. The decision to change the date is meant to allow ...

Vital but vulnerable, cleaners hold the line against virus

NEW YORK — When hospitals need to prep a room for the next coronavirus test, when jetliners discharge their passengers at the gate, when suburbanites start to take sanitary precautions more seriously, the call goes out: Send in the cleaners. These largely unsung workers are often ...

The drive-in, relic of yesterday, finds itself suited to present day

NEW YORK (AP) — The drive-in theater, long a dwindling nostalgia act in a multiplex world, is experiencing a momentary return to prominence. With nearly all of the nation’s movie theaters shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, some drive-in owners think they’re in a unique ...

Banks shut lobbies, switch to drive-thru

Many banks are closing their doors and switching to only drive-thru and online services amid the coronavirus pandemic. Adirondack Bank, Community Bank, Tri-Lakes Federal Credit Union, Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company and NBT Bank have all closed down their ...

Maple Weekends shelved

SARANAC LAKE — The New York State Maple Producers’ Association Monday announced the cancellation of its annual Maple Weekends, which were scheduled to take place the next two weekends, March 21-22 and March 28-29. “We had hoped to remain open to the public to continue that ...

State comptroller: Pandemic will punch $4B hole in revenue

ALBANY — Rocked by economic fallout from the COVID-19 health emergency, New York is facing a sharp drop in revenue collections, a trend that could become “significantly worse,” state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli warned Tuesday. DiNapoli, the state’s chief fiscal watchdog, ...

UVM network eliminates elective surgeries

The University of Vermont Health Network is directing its Vermont and Northern New York affiliates — including Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Alice Hyde Medical Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital — to immediately start eliminating any surgery, procedure, diagnostic test ...

Mall corridors quiet, except for the puppies, on last day

QUEENSBURY — COVID-19 cases were rising Thursday in northeastern New York, downtowns were going dark as shops and restaurants closed and Aviation Mall was having a run on puppies. In mall corridors that were mostly empty, you could hear the excited babble of dog-lovers Thursday morning ...

Cuomo bans gatherings, nonessential workers to stay home

ALBANY (AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he is ordering all workers in nonessential businesses to stay home and banning gatherings statewide. The Democratic governor took the dramatic actions as confirmed cases in New York climbed to more than 7,000. Cuomo reported that the state's ...

Cuomo tightens work-from-home restrictions — no more than 25% at office

ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo tightened work-from-home rules Thursday as confirmed cases continued to climb in New York, an expected jump as testing becomes more widespread. But he stressed that roadblocks and martial law for New York City were merely rumors. - MORE TESTING NEW WORK ...

Local bug repellent maker pivots to hand sanitizer

SARANAC LAKE — Hand sanitizer is in short supply these days, as store shelves and even warehouses across the country have been emptied by people stocking up to ward off the coronavirus. But a local bug repellent-maker, enlisted by Franklin County, is producing dozens of gallons of the ...

US-Canada border closing to ‘non-essential’ crossings

The border between Canada and the United States has been temporarily closed to “non-essential” traffic to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. President Donald Trump announced Wednesday morning. “We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border ...

Lake Placid short-term rental rules will be law

LAKE PLACID — New short-term rental regulations will be imposed here in the Adirondack Park’s busiest tourist destination. The village Board of Trustees on Monday voted narrowly to approve a slate of new rules for short-term vacation rentals. The North Elba Town Council approved the ...

Lake Placid Main Street meeting in limbo

LAKE PLACID — A public meeting on the village’s Main Street overhaul, slated for March 25, is now in limbo as people are encouraged to practice social distancing to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Mayor Craig Randall said Monday that a subcommittee of the Main Street task ...

Hotels take different approaches to COVID-19

LAKE PLACID — Hoteliers here are responding in different ways as concerns mount over the spread of the novel coronavirus and public officials encourage people to stay home. The owners of the Mirror Lake Inn, Ed and Lisa Weibrecht, announced Monday on social media that the historic ...

New pandemic phase in New York as schools, restaurants shut

ALBANY — New York state entered a new phase in the coronavirus pandemic Monday, as New York City closed its public schools, and officials said schools statewide would close by Wednesday. New York joined with Connecticut and New Jersey to close bars, restaurants and movie theaters along ...

Price Chopper chops hours — 24 no more

LAKE PLACID — Price Chopper, the only 24-hour store in the Tri-Lakes area, is now closing its doors at night. The Lake Placid Price Chopper, located in the Outpost Plaza off of state Route 86, will now be closed between 1 and 6 a.m. to let store employees restock the shelves and ...

Eateries, theaters, churches work to comply with new state rules

Gatherings with 500 or more participants are being canceled or postponed by state order, and many establishments are being told to limit people to 50% of their maximum occupancy. While local churches rework communion and movie theaters work to find new film releases, this state rule is ...