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Stefanik given ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ Award by U.S. Chamber

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday the U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented northern New York’s congressional representative Elise Stefanik with its annual “Spirit of Enterprise” award. The “Spirit of Enterprise” award is given in recognition of members of Congress who support a pro-growth ...

Mary Trump’s book offers scathing portrayal of president

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s niece offers a scathing portrayal of her uncle in a new book obtained by The Associated Press Tuesday that blames a toxic family for raising a narcissistic, damaged man who poses an immediate danger to the public. Mary L. Trump, a psychologist, ...

Trump lashes out at NASCAR, Wallace over flag and noose

WASHINGTON — NASCAR’s layered relationship with President Donald Trump took a sharp turn Monday when Trump blasted the racing organization for banning the Confederate flag and wrongly accused the sport’s only full-time Black driver of perpetrating “a hoax” when a crew member found ...

Trump’s leadership is tested in time of fear, pandemic

WASHINGTON — Not long after noon on Feb. 6, President Donald Trump strode into the ornate East Room of the White House. The night before, his impeachment trial had ended with acquittal in the Republican-controlled Senate. It was time to gloat and settle scores. “It was evil,” Trump ...

Rosenquest takes mayoral primary in Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH — Unofficial tallies show Chris Rosenquest victorious over incumbent Colin Read in the City of Plattsburgh’s mayoral Democratic Party primary election. The Area 9 Clinton County legislator watched commissioners count absentee ballots Wednesday morning, live-tweeting the ...

Cobb says Stefanik silent on US soldier bounties

Democratic congressional candidate Tedra Cobb says incumbent Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik has been “silent” on recent reports that Russia offered the Taliban bounties on the lives of American soldiers in Afghanistan. Stefanik did not respond to interview requests for this story, ...

Stefanik, Cobb take opposite sides on police reform bills

The two candidates for New York’s 21st Congressional District seat — incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik and returning Democratic contender Tedra Cobb — support two different police reform bills passed by the House, but despite increased pressure to pass police reform legislation ...

Cuomo: Trump should wear mask and require them in public as well

ALBANY (AP) — New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday called on President Donald Trump to sign an executive order requiring people to wear a mask in public and to “lead by example” by wearing one himself. “We did it two months ago in this state,” said Cuomo, a Democrat, adding ...

Abortion foes vent disappointment after Supreme Court ruling

NEW YORK — Abortion opponents vented their disappointment and fury on Monday after the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision to strike down a Louisiana law that would have curbed abortion access. The ruling delivered a defeat to anti-abortion activists but could intensify interest in the ...

Stefanik supports increased fruit, vegetable purchases in SNAP

SCHUYLERVILLE — Last week, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, co-signed a letter to House leadership requesting that Congress provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture with $51 million to expand USDA’s match capability for the Gus Schumaker Nutrition Incentive Program. This program ...

Wildfire burns near Mount Rushmore week before President Trump’s visit

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is bringing in more resources to fight a wildfire that burned Thursday near Mount Rushmore ahead of next week’s visit to the monument by President Donald Trump for Independence Day celebrations. The fire that started in Custer State Park on Wednesday ...

Trump tweets about plan for BLM mural in front of his Tower

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has taken issue with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to paint “Black Lives Matter” in giant letters on the street in front of Trump’s namesake Manhattan tower. Trump tweeted Thursday that de Blasio “wants to paint the fabled & ...

NY primary voters might await results into July

ALBANY — New Yorkers made their primary election picks for Congress, president and other offices Tuesday following campaigns in which candidates largely had to connect with voters online amid a pandemic. Voters reported scattered problems with incomplete ballots and poll sites opening late, ...

When to end governor’s emergency powers?

State Assemblyman Dan Stec is joining other Republicans in calling for an end to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s emergency powers to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of his North Country colleagues and candidates agree now is the time; others are not so sure. Stec, a Republican from ...

Stefanik, Cobb raise money during rally

Both candidates running for New York’s 21st Congressional District seat, Republican incumbent Elise Stefanik and Democratic challenger Tedra Cobb, used President Donald Trump’s Saturday rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma — which Stefanik attended — as a chance to raise thousands of dollars ...

Here’s your handy primary day primer

Today is the Democratic national primary, when registered Democrats can choose their delegates to the party’s national convention and also vote for their preferred presidential candidates. All the presidential candidates except Joe Biden have dropped out of the race, conceding the party ...

Museum to remove Teddy Roosevelt statue decried as white supremacy

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Museum of Natural History will remove a prominent statue of Theodore Roosevelt from its entrance after years of objections that it symbolizes colonial expansion and racial discrimination, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. The bronze statue that has stood at ...

Stefanik gets shout-out from Trump at Tulsa rally

TULSA, Okla. — President Donald Trump launched his comeback rally Saturday by defining the upcoming election as a stark choice between national heritage and left-wing radicalism. But his intended show of political force amid a pandemic featured thousands of empty seats and new coronavirus ...

Democratic presidential primary set for Tuesday

New York’s rescheduled, off-again and on-again Democratic presidential primary will finally take place on Tuesday. Although former Vice President Joe Biden has secured the delegates to become the nominee, Democrats in New York state will have 11 presidential candidates from which to ...

Governor ends daily COVID-19 briefings

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrapped up a string of more than 100 daily briefings that became appointment viewing around the nation, alternatively informative, grave, jocular and combative, by declaring Friday that New York has “done the impossible” in taming the coronavirus. Cuomo ...