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Gillibrand wants task force on vaccine distribution

PLATTSBURGH — In light of recent news surrounding COVID-19 vaccine development, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is pushing Congressional leadership to include funds to help stand up a public health workforce in the next round of federal relief funding. During a Zoom call with ...

Results delayed in NY-22 election

OSWEGO (AP) — A state judge has ordered a hold on the certification of election results in the tight race for a New York congressional district that stretches from Lake Ontario to the Pennsylvania border. A state supreme court judge in Oswego County issued an injunction on Tuesday blocking ...

GOP largely silent on presidential election

More than two weeks after Joe Biden was declared the president-elect, local Republican officials have been largely silent about President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede and assist in the transition. Trump has claimed the election was marked by widespread fraud but has lost legal ...

Democrats claim supermajority in state Senate

ALBANY — Democratic legislative leaders in New York said Monday that the party had won enough seats in the election to gain a veto-proof supermajority in the state Senate. Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said that while results are still being tabulated in some races, at ...

Biden signals shift from Trump with national security picks

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden is set to formally introduce his national security team to the nation Tuesday, building out a team of Obama administration alumni that signals his shift away from the Trump administration’s “America First” policies and a return to U.S. engagement ...

Common Ground Alliance sets goals

The Common Ground Alliance has released its 2020 Blueprint for the Blue Line, a set of suggested legislative priorities for the Adirondacks based on the results of its annual forum this summer. The document is intended to advise New York state’s executive and legislative leaders on ...

Cuomo to receive International Emmy for virus briefings

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to soon receive an International Emmy award for his once-daily televised briefings on the coronavirus pandemic that killed tens of thousands of New Yorkers this spring. The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, whose members ...

Former US Sen. D’Amato in hospital with coronavirus

NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato has been hospitalized with COVID-19. The New York Post reported Friday that the New York Republican was being treated at a Long Island hospital. “I’m weak but I feel good,” the 83-year-old told the newspaper in a phone ...

Who needs Russia? Loudest attacks on US vote are from Trump

WASHINGTON — Russia didn’t have to lift a finger. In the weeks before the U.S. presidential election, federal authorities warned that Russia or other foreign countries might spread false information about the results to discredit the legitimacy of the outcome. Turns out, the ...

Jordan ekes out narrow win for Keene town justice

KEENE — Uncertified results from the Essex County Board of Elections show Henrietta Jordan as the winner of Keene’s town justice race. The race was too close to call on election night. Between in-person voting on Election Day and ballots cast during the state’s nine-day early voting ...

Tupper village board gives Trustee Haji Maroun send-off at his last meeting

TUPPER LAKE — Wednesday was village Trustee David “Haji” Maroun’s last meeting in his term on the board. Maroun has moved out of the village within the town of Tupper Lake, so he is ineligible to run for a village position again, but he said he has his eyes set on running for ...

Tupper Lake town passes budget below tax cap

TUPPER LAKE — The town’s 2021 budget that passed last month stays just below the tax levy cap, decreases the tax rate and increases spending by an average amount. After a special meeting and public comment session on Oct. 29, the board voted unanimously to pass the $2,697,271 budget, ...

AP fact check: Trump conclusively lost, denies the evidence

WASHINGTON — In the face of conclusive evidence that he lost, President Donald Trump is claiming "I won." His tweet Monday sought to perpetuate the mathematically impossible and thoroughly debunked myth that he pulled out a victory from the election that definitively chose Democrat Joe ...

Hollingsworth, McClain win Tupper village board race

TUPPER LAKE — The Franklin County Board of Elections has counted absentee ballots for the village board race here, and the uncertified numbers they presented Friday show incumbent Clint Hollingsworth and political newcomer Jason McClain winning the two available seats on the board of ...

Hollingsworth, McClain win Tupper village board race

The Franklin County Board of Elections has counted absentee ballots for the Tupper Lake Village Board of Trustees race, and the uncertified numbers they presented Friday show incumbent Clint Hollingsworth and political newcomer Jason McClain winning the two available seats. Local ...

Georgia counties prepare for hand tally of presidential race

ATLANTA — As Georgia counties prepare for a hand tally of the presidential race, the state’s top elections official plans to quarantine after his wife tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said Thursday. The count stems from an audit required by a new state law, not because ...

Top officials: Nov. 3 election most secure in US history

WASHINGTON (AP) — The state and federal officials and election technology companies who run U.S. elections say in the strongest such statement to date that the Nov. 3 presidential election was the most secure in American history. The statement emailed to reporters Thursday by the ...

Wisconsin elections head says still no evidence of fraud

MADISON, Wis. — There remained no evidence of any wrongdoing, fraud or irregularity in Wisconsin’s presidential election on Thursday, as counties worked to wrap up the certification of their votes and their estimates of how much it would cost to recount them, the state’s top elections ...