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Dems ask Essex County to open 2nd early voting site

The Essex County Democratic Committee is requesting that the county find a place and staff for a second early voting site. The request comes in the third year of early voting for this state. It also comes as the Essex County Board of Elections prepares to relocate the county’s sole early ...

Stefanik opposes $1.9 trillion COVID relief package

WASHINGTON — Rep. Elise Stefanik on Friday planned to vote against a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package President Joseph Biden proposed last month. Stefanik called the bill a “partisan spending package,” filled with “pork projects, special interest giveaways, and the ...

With House voting on relief bill, Dems hope to rescue wage raise

WASHINGTON — A $1.9 trillion package aimed at helping the country rebuild from the pandemic seemed headed toward House passage Friday, even as Democrats searched for a way to revive their derailed drive to boost the minimum wage. A virtual party-line House vote was expected on the COVID-19 ...

Farm Bureau backs path to citizenship for dairy workers in US illegally

New York’s largest farm lobby group supports President Biden’s plan for a path to “permanent legal status” for people in the country illegally, including hundreds of dairy farmworkers in the North Country. The New York Farm Bureau also is pushing to make farmworkers eligible to get ...

GOP effort to strip Cuomo power fizzles

Republicans’ bluster in the state Capitol on Monday fizzled as no arguments were made on the state Legislature floor to repeal Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive powers. The only opportunity to do so came during a debate over A.2037, legislation that requires the most recent rating of ...

U.S. Department of Education denies NY request to skip tests

The U.S. Department of Education has denied a request from the New York State Education Department to forego state assessments this year, but they are offering some flexibility in the administration of the tests. Citing the impact of COVID-19 on education, New York was one of several ...

Enterprise, News host candidate forums for Lake Placid elections March 7

LAKE PLACID — With the Lake Placid village election coming up, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News will host virtual candidate forums on Zoom on the evening of Sunday, March 7. The mayoral candidates, Art Devlin and Jamie Rogers, will begin their forum at 6 p.m. The ...

Stefanik maintains focus on China as US adversary

Rep. Elise Stefanik on Tuesday introduced a bill that would limit Chinese government involvement in American universities, and added her name to another bill that would impose sanctions on any companies affiliated with or operated by the Chinese military. It’s just the latest in a long ...

Calls grow for Cuomo harassment inquiry. But by whom?

ALBANY — A former aide’s allegations that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo subjected her to an unwanted kiss during years of sexual harassment have spurred calls for an investigation — and questions about who might meaningfully conduct one. Within hours of Lindsey Boylan detailing her ...

Former aide says Cuomo kissed her, suggested playing strip poker

ALBANY — A former member of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration who previously accused him of sexual harassment offered new details Wednesday, saying he once kissed her on the lips without consent. Lindsey Boylan said that during her more than three years in the Democrat’s ...

Stefanik says Cuomo must resign, calls him ‘sexual predator’

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is again calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign after a former member of Cuomo’s staff publicly accused him of workplace sexual harassment. “Governor Cuomo must immediately resign,” Stefanik wrote in a statement Wednesday. “And any ...

Former aide says Cuomo kissed her, suggested strip poker

ALBANY — A former member of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration who previously accused him of sexual harassment offered new details Wednesday, saying he once kissed her on the lips without consent. Lindsey Boylan said that during her more than three years in the Democrat’s ...

Stefanik says Cuomo must resign, calls him ‘sexual predator’

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is again calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign after a former member of Cuomo’s staff publicly accused him of workplace sexual harassment. “Governor Cuomo must immediately resign,” Stefanik wrote in a statement Wednesday. “And any ...

New York Senate advances nursing home reform

ALBANY — State senators voted on Monday to pass 11 pieces of legislation as part of a package to reform oversight and care at nursing homes in wake of recent controversy over state COVID-19 policies and publishing public health data from congregate facilities. Legislators moved bills to ...

Franklin County voters will choose clerk, coroner, treasurer, judge

MALONE — The state’s 2021 political calendar is about to get underway with the first day for signing designating petitions set for Tuesday, March 2. There are four Franklin County positions up for vote in 2021, according to Tracy Sparks, the Republican commissioner for the Franklin ...

Public defender joins Franklin County judge race

MALONE — Thomas Soucia will seek election to a vacant seat on the Franklin County Court bench following Judge Robert G. Main Jr.’s retirement. Soucia, the Franklin County public defender, said he has handled thousands of court cases over the past 20 years. Soucia, a registered ...

Cuomo vows to ‘call out’ critics of his nursing home response

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his health commissioner offered a full-throated defense Friday of their March decision to require nursing homes to accept patients recovering from COVID-19, saying it was the best option at the time to help free up desperately needed beds at the state’s ...

Malone Mayor Dumas joins Sen. Stec’s staff

Andrea Dumas, who serves as a Franklin County legislator and the Malone village mayor, has joined the staff of state Sen. Dan Stec as a community liaison. Dumas, a Republican, has since 2016 represented a county legislative district that stretches south from Malone, including the towns ...

Following probe, Republicans want Cuomo impeachment panel

ALBANY — Assembly Republicans announced plans Thursday to form an impeachment panel to gather evidence about Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state’s COVID-19 policies and deaths in New York nursing homes. Lawmakers in the state Legislature laid out their plans as they continue to negotiate ...

Cuomo defends nursing home move, but says if it was wrong he’ll sue feds

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration will sue the federal government over last spring’s COVID-19 guidelines — such as the state directive that allowed virus-positive nursing home residents to return to their facilities — if the federal guidance was malpractice, the ...