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Governor’s budget offers giant leap for ORDA funding

LAKE PLACID — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his budget address Tuesday, proposed $147 million in new capital funding for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority to keep upgrading winter sports venues. The proposed investment came as part of his 2020-21 Executive Budget proposal. If ...

License revoked for wildlife rehab

WILMINGTON — A co-owner of the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge has had her state wildlife rehabilitation license revoked, forcing the organization to relocate some of its animals. The state Department of Environmental Conservation revoked the wildlife rehabilitation license for Wendy Hall, ...

Cobb joins Stefanik in calling Iran general Soleimani a terrorist

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has been quick to call Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. air strike on Jan. 2, a terrorist. Her Democratic challenger Tedra Cobb says he was a terrorist, too, but she refrained from using that word — at least publicly — until Jan ...

Cuomo would give DEC a $145 million raise

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a $145 million spending boost in the state Department of Environmental Conservation budget. As part of his 2020-21 Executive Budget proposal, released Tuesday, Cuomo has proposed a 10% bump in DEC spending, from $1.44 billion this year to $1.58 billion ...

COs, Jones oppose Cuomo’s plan to close more prisons

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal to close prisons in New York on Tuesday is opposed by corrections officers unions and Assemblyman Billy Jones, a former corrections officer. Neither Cuomo’s speech nor the budget book went into greater detail than just the general idea of closing ...

Region’s reps concerned about Cuomo’s budget

Elected officials are expressing concern about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for counties to cap Medicaid spending at a 3% growth rate and for his call to redo the education funding formula. Cuomo outlined the plan as part of the presentation of his $178 billion budget proposal on ...

Cuomo would give APA extra $1 million

RAY BROOK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed giving $1 million to the state Adirondack Park Agency to renovate its Ray Brook headquarters. The new capital funding, proposed Tuesday as part of the governor’s 2020-21 Executive Budget proposal, would increase the agency’s total spending ...

Hole in ice, footprints prompt fire department to issue warning

SARANAC LAKE — After finding tracks on Lake Flower leading to what appeared to be a frozen-over hole, the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department is cautioning everyone to be careful on frozen ponds, lakes and rivers. At 7:16 a.m. Tuesday, the fire department received a report of someone ...

Cuomo budget proposal calls for Medicaid savings, marijuana sales

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $178 billion state budget proposal Tuesday that hinges on a plan to launch a team tasked with reining in the nation’s largest Medicaid program. The new Medicaid Redesign Team will be asked to find ways to trim $2.5 billion in ...

New sentencing ordered for ex-Assembly Speaker Silver

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court upheld former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction Tuesday but ordered a resentencing after reversing the conviction on some charges. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means the ...

Governor proposes $147M more for Olympic venue upgrades

LAKE PLACID — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his budget address Tuesday, proposed $147 million in new capital funding for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority to keep upgrading winter sports venues. The proposed investment came as part of his 2020-21 Executive Budget proposal, and if ...

Cuomo would give APA extra $1 million to renovate headquarters

RAY BROOK -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed giving $1 million to the state Adirondack Park Agency to renovate its Ray Brook headquarters. The new capital funding, proposed Tuesday as part of the governor's 2020-21 Executive Budget proposal, would increase the agency's total spending from ...

Ice Palace is underway

SARANAC LAKE — A bright sun hung over Pontiac Bay Monday morning as more than 20 volunteers got to work building this year’s Winter Carnival Ice Palace. Bill Madden plunged a giant saw into Lake Flower’s frozen surface while Steve Racatte used a pike to break off chunks of ice for ...

Ice sculptor has big plans for ‘Myths and Legends’ palace

SARANAC LAKE — John “Doc” Ward worked as an art teacher in the Saranac Lake Central School District for 30 years. He retired about five years ago, and since then, he’s worked as an ice sculptor with the Winter Carnival each year. This year’s Winter Carnival theme is “Myths and ...

Buttigieg, Stefanik were friends at Harvard

As U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik takes on a role as one of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign chairs in New York, she said she is eying the field of Democratic contenders from a distance. “I’m very disconnected from the far left,” she said. However, she was friends with one of ...

Stefanik touts federal funds to alleviate homelessness

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding more than $2 million to various homelessness alleviation projects in the North Country. These projects include housing for homeless veterans, domestic violence crisis services and community housing centers in Clinton, ...

Lots of smiles at Long Lake Winter Carnival

LONG LAKE — With temperatures hovering around a brisk 11 degrees all day Saturday and snowfall adding to the ambiance, Long Lake’s 18th annual Winter Carnival saw what organizers called “an expansive turnout” of new visitors, second homeowners and local residents. Events kicked ...

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival buttons on sale now

SARANAC LAKE — Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau has released his button design for the 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Using this year’s Carnival theme, “Myths and Legends,” Trudeau’s illustration shows Doonesbury character Zonker as a knight riding a winged unicorn and ...

Catillaz will be grand marshal of Carnival parade

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee chose Tom Catillaz as its grand marshal for the Gala Parade on Feb. 8. He was born in December 1954, the third child of Bunnie and Joe Catillaz. He attended St. Bernard’s School, St. Pius X High School, North Country Community ...