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Stefanik: Send Trump whistleblower’s complaint to Congress

Northern New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican member of the House intelligence committee, told the Albany Times Union Thursday that a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump should be sent to Congress. “There has been bipartisan support to make sure we are following ...

Syracuse man arrested here for sending lewd images to a minor

LAKE PLACID — New York State Police charged 23-year-old Lucas C. Tzivanis of Syracuse with 10 counts of first-degree attempting to disseminate indecent material to a minor, a class D felony, after he allegedly send “numerous photos and videos containing sexual content to a minor,” police ...

200 attend AHI Leadership Summit in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — More than 200 health care professionals and other stakeholders from nine North Country counties and beyond explored regional health issues at Adirondack Health Institute’s 11th annual Leadership Summit on Thursday at the Lake Placid Conference Center. Among those who ...

Hundreds show up at youth-led climate rally

SARANAC LAKE — Speakers at a youth-led rally decried certain politicians, saw hope in the mass of support at the strike and worried about the immensity of the global problem. Around 400 participated in the protest Friday afternoon in Riverside Park, which had been organized by Saranac ...

One person dies in head-on collision; Route 3 reopened after 4 hours

SARANAC LAKE — One person died, and state Route 3 was closed for four hours as a result of a two-vehicle collision between Saranac Lake and Bloomingdale shortly before 5 p.m. Friday. Essex County Coroner Walter Marvin III confirmed Friday evening that one person had died in what he said ...

Decidedly different odor

SARANAC LAKE — A toxic concoction stymied traffic on Broadway Thursday and filled 15 Broadway with the scent of rotting eggs. A little after noon, the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department was made aware of a possible gas leak at the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation. Darlene Ploof, ...

Cuomo admin pumps brakes on license plate proposal

A controversial plan to require drivers with license plates more than a decade old to pay $25 for a replacement may not move forward as expected. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, a few weeks after floating the proposal alongside a statewide poll on five designs for the replacement ...

NY lawmaker wants ban on plastic toiletry bottles in hotels

ALBANY — There’s a new push to ban those tiny plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel in hotel rooms across New York state as a way to reduce plastic waste. State Sen. Todd Kaminsky announced a legislative proposal Wednesday that would prohibit hotels from offering ...

Stefanik leads Older Americans Act reauthorization

WATERTOWN — Congresswoman Elise M. Stefanik, who represents New York’s 21st District, is the lead Republican ushering through a new five-year reauthorization of the Older American Act — the Dignity in Aging Act. The bill improves the delivery of services so aging Americans can remain in ...

Report: Adirondack tourist spending up

LAKE PLACID — Tourists spent nearly $1.5 billion in the Adirondack region last year, up slightly from $1.4 billion the year prior, a recent report shows. The latest statewide tourism impact study, commissioned by I Love NY and compiled by travel data firm Tourism Economics, underscores the ...

Goodbye, Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Village Treasurer Paul Ellis will be leaving his post next month. Ellis has served as the village’s treasurer and chief financial officer for more than four years. He replaced Peggy Mousaw, the village’s treasurer from 2008 to 2015, after she took another job as Cortland ...

PSC students get dorm fire demo

PAUL SMITHS — The heat hit a crowd of 80 or so students as they gazed at flames erupting from a once-familiar-looking mock dorm room. “Five hundred degrees is what we’re looking at,” said Chief Guy Swarthwout, from the state Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of ...

Assemblyman tells economic development council to focus on labor gap

PAUL SMITHS — At a public North Country Regional Economic Development Council meeting Wednesday, state Assemblyman Billy Jones addressed two issues he said are critical for the North Country: finding enough employees to staff local businesses and getting regionwide broadband ...

Traveling macaron maker adds fungus as Adirondack filling

KEENE VALLEY — Margaret Waterhouse wanted a challenge. When the Davis, California, native started baking French macarons in high school, it wasn’t because they were her favorite dessert. For her, the lure of the colorful, delicate meringue cookies was in their deceptive simplicity — ...

Lake Placid is about to replace parking meters

LAKE PLACID — The village is planning to install new parking meters along Main Street next month. The new meters will have new capabilities. Residents and visitors will be able to download an app using a barcode on the meters and pay their tab using their cellphones, rather than ...

Free golf part of festivites for Ray Brook course’s 100th anniversary

RAY BROOK — To celebrate its 100-year anniversary, the Saranac Lake Golf Club will have a full day of festivities Saturday. The public is invited to the open house from noon to 5 p.m. There will be free golf for non-members, a reduced one-day-only 2020 new member rate, complimentary ...

Political dairy drama

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik is sour on a New York City proposal to ban flavored milk in school cafeterias. Stefanik, a Republican who represents rural northern New York, joined five other congresspeople from both sides of the aisle and around the state on Tuesday in signing a letter to New ...

State Police suspend gun training at Van Ho

LAKE PLACID — State Police have paused firearms training on the 1980 Olympic biathlon firing range at Mount Van Hoevenberg. The decision follows neighbor complaints, including from leaders of a nearby boarding school who worried about the impact on students, as well as concerns raised ...