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Local hospitals: No staff diagnosed with virus

Local News

SARANAC LAKE — Three North Country hospitals have confirmed that as of Thursday, no staff members have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Representatives of Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone and Elizabethtown Community Hospital say no employees ...

Three Troop B officers have tested positive

Local News

RAY BROOK — Troop B of the New York State Police confirmed Friday that three officers have tested positive for COVID-19. It has not been released yet where these officers were stationed within the district. Troop B covers Essex, Franklin, Clinton and St. Lawrence counties, as well as the ...

Pendragon Theatre cancels summer season

Local News

SARANAC LAKE — Pendragon Theatre actors are not expected to perform before a live audience this summer. “YOU, our audience are our priority,” says a letter from the community theater’s board President Marc Gitlitz, dated Monday. “We won’t put your health at risk during the ...

COVID-19 by the numbers

Local News

--- Essex County -- ¯ 11 — Confirmed cases, 8 lab tested, 3 suspect (this means a provider’s diagnosis) ¯ 8 — People under isolation order ¯ 16 — people in mandatory quarantine ¯ 20 — people in precautionary quarantine ¯ 95 — People who have been tested and received ...

What you need to do to get government stimulus check

Coronavirus

The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks in the next three weeks. The payments are part of the $2.2 trillion rescue package signed into law last week by President Donald Trump aimed at combating the economic ravages of the ...

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

Business

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 ...

Keene Community Center expansion moves forward

Local News

KEENE — The town of Keene’s community center expansion project is moving forward. The Keene Town Board on Tuesday named AES Northeast of Plattsburgh as the contractor that will draw up plans for a possible expansion to the town’s Church Street building. AES will be asked to draw ...

Keene suspends hiker shuttle indefinitely

Local News

KEENE — The hiker shuttle run by the town of Keene will not operate for the foreseeable future. The shuttle, which transports hikers from Marcy Field to the popular Garden trailhead, will not start service for the upcoming season amid concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus, ...

Sen. Little votes against budget, which passes

Local News

State Sen. Betty Little voted against the state budget that was adopted Thursday the state Legislature, saying lawmakers were kept in the dark as the spending plan and some unrelated policy changes were negotiated by a few leaders behind closed doors. Little, R-Queensbury, is not running ...

Franklin County LDC creates loan fund for business

Local News

MALONE — The Franklin County Local Development Corp. has established an emergency loan fund for businesses affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus and is allowing businesses with existing loans to defer their payments for 90 days without penalty or additional interest. The LDC Board of ...

Employment firm: ‘Essential’ businesses busy, still hiring

Local News

PLATTSBURGH — The continued COVID-19 pandemic has caused a pause in some industries, but a local staffing agency says there’s more opportunity out there. “There are many essential businesses that are hiring,” ETS CEO & President Deb Cleary said, adding that some partner ...

Lawmakers line up behind $3B environment bond act

Local News

ALBANY — New Yorkers will get to vote on a $3 billion environmental bond act this fall and polystyrene products will be banned in January 2022 as a result of state budget legislation supported by lawmakers Wednesday. Budget measures agreed upon by lawmakers would also speed up the ...

Capital Region ideal for ventilator manufacturing, GE union says

Local News

SCHENECTADY — General Electric Co.’s unions are calling for GE to start making ventilators in Schenectady and other sites across the country where GE has been laying off workers amid the coronavirus outbreak. The IUE-CWA, which represents hundreds of hourly workers at GE’s steam ...

Pot legalization expected to go up in smoke in state budget

Politics

ALBANY — The push to legalize marijuana by latching the measure to state budget legislation has apparently faltered, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. Cuomo suggested there was “too little time” to revive the proposal in budget bills. -- Remote voting -- But one upstate ...

Nursing home infections, deaths on the rise amid lockdown measures

Business

Nursing homes across the country have been in lockdown for weeks under federal orders to protect their frail, elderly residents from coronavirus, but a wave of deadly outbreaks nearly every day since suggests that the measures including a ban on visits and daily health screenings of ...

Many short-term rentals continue in Adirondacks

Local News

Last week Franklin and Essex County lawmakers asked short-term vacation rental owners, including those who list their properties on online platforms such as Airbnb and Vrbo, to not accept bookings as the coronavirus continues to spread. But days after the counties’ directive, hundreds of ...