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Politics

Indie group registers SLHS students to vote

SARANAC LAKE — Over two days, Stephanie Gubelin and other volunteers had gotten 38 students at the Saranac Lake High School registered to vote. They were looking to get a few more Thursday morning. “That’s 38 registrations out of about 180 students that are eligible,” Gubelin said. ...

Don’t love your party? Dump it by Valentine’s Day

The presidential primary elections are soon approaching and local election commissioners want voters to know the new rights and rules of early voting and to remind them that not just anyone can participate in a primary election. You have to be registered in a party if you want to vote in ...

Evelyn Wood launches Assembly campaign

WARRENSBURG — Former Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood announced on Wednesday that she will be running for a state assembly seat under the SAM party line. “I’m going to run for the 114th District,” Wood told a group of about 25 at the Lizzie Keays Restaurant in Warrensburg. “You ...

Cobb releases reform agenda, outlines goals

Tedra Cobb, who’s running for Congress in New York’s 21st District, released a reform agenda Tuesday that focuses on taking power away from corporations and their influence in politics. In two digital ads and just over a page-long agenda, Cobb counter-strikes her opponent, Rep. Elise ...

Special election, candidate deadline coming in March

LAKE PLACID — A special election to fill a Lake Placid village justice seat is set for March 18. The seat was left vacant by David Chapman, who stepped down this past October. Former North Elba town Councilman Bob Miller was initially appointed to fill the seat, but later withdrew, ...

Stec seeks to protect first responders’ contact info

State Assemblyman Dan Stec, R-Queensbury, has sponsored a bill to prevent the contact information for emergency first responders from being disclosed to defendants as part of the state’s new changes to the bail and discovery process. The new discovery process requires law enforcement ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Siena poll: Support declines for state bail changes

ALBANY — A new Siena College poll released Tuesday found declining support for recent changes to New York’s bail law. The new law, which eliminates cash bail for the wide majority of misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies, has come under intense scrutiny as courts have released people who ...

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 ...

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 ...

BOCES district uses food to lobby for more state funding

KINGSBURY — More young people want training to join a trade, and businesses want more trained workers, so BOCES needs more funding, administrators told their state legislators Friday. Amid pancakes with bananas Foster topping made by culinary arts students, regional BOCES ...