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Politics

Activists hope 50-mile march can walk back climate change

SARANAC LAKE — This Friday members of Sunrise Adirondacks are taking a walk to highlight the need for climate change. A long walk. A 50-mile, four-day walk, from Saranac Lake to the Plattsburgh office of U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville. The march has been purposely planned ...

Hundreds rally in Wilton in support of Stefanik

WILTON — Hundreds gathered in support of Rep. Elise Stefanik on Saturday at the Wilton Travel Plaza, where a slew of local Republican candidates representing Saratoga County criticized their Democratic opponents in November of supporting far-left policies they would adversely impact the ...

NY Times report: Trump didn’t pay US income taxes in 10 of last 15 years

President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he ran for president and in his first year in the White House, according to a report Sunday in The New York Times. Trump, who has fiercely guarded his tax filings and is the only president in modern times not to make ...

Griffo renews his push for one senator per New York county

Amid calls from area lawmakers to reshape New York into three regions under one governor, another one of Oneida County’s state representatives is pushing his own proposal to realign state government. State Sen. Joseph Griffo is renewing a proposal to reallocate representation in the state ...

ACA returning to Supreme Court, and Cobb blames Stefanik

In a virtual press conference Wednesday, Democratic congressional candidate Tedra Cobb, who is running against incumbent Rep. Elise Stefanik in the Nov. 3 election, said Stefanik is responsible for a case on the Affordable Care Act going before the Supreme Court, which could rule the law ...

Lt. Gov. Hochul will speak at ANCA green energy summit

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack North Country Association has announced that Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will be the keynote speaker at virtual summit on green energy transportation it is hosting next week. Hochul will speak at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 the opening day of the summit called ...

McHugh endorses Stefanik for reelection

On Tuesday, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, was endorsed for reelection by the former secretary of the Army and Republican North Country representative, John M. McHugh. McHugh served as the representative for the North Country from 1993 to 2009. During that time, he was a member of the ...

Senate GOP plans vote on Trump’s court pick before election

WASHINGTON — Votes in hand, Senate Republicans are charging ahead with plans to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat before the Nov. 3 election, launching a divisive fight over Democratic objections before a nominee ...

Stefanik supports federal plan to defund NYC, label it ‘anarchist’

North Country U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik said on Tuesday she supports President Donald Trump and the U.S. Department of Justice’s plan to cut federal funding from New York City; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington, three cities the DOJ designated as “anarchist jurisdictions” ...

Advocates try to unfreeze road salt bill

ALBANY — Adirondack environmental groups are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the Randy Preston Road Salt Reduction Act, which passed the state Legislature two months ago and awaits the governor’s signature before it can become law. The bill is named in honor of the late Randy ...

Judge: Postal Service must process election mail on time

NEW YORK — For the second time in a week, a federal judge said a nationwide order is necessary to ensure mail for November’s election is delivered on time, and he is threatening to demand weekly updates on efforts by the U.S. Postal Service to process election mail. On Monday, U.S. ...

Stefanik says Trump can pick Supreme Court judge

One day after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, political representatives from across the state — including in the North Country — took time from a busy campaign season to mark her passing. But as a tense Election Day looms, Republican leaders are already talking ...

Jones, prison guards’ union call for anti-contraband measures

DANNEMORA — Speaking across the street from the Clinton Correctional Facility entrance Friday, Assemblyman D. Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay Lake, and the union representing correctional officers voiced support for measures they say would help ensure the safety of those who cross that ...

Deal ensures fewer absentee ballots will get tossed in New York

ALBANY — A settlement was reached Thursday between the state and a voting rights group that includes policy changes that will lead to less absentee ballots being rejected this November. New York has previously had the highest rate of absentee ballot rejections of any state, with 34,000 ...

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87. Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court ...

Congress candidates spar over whether Russia paid bounties on U.S. soldiers

Intelligence officials remain unable to verify whether Russia offered Taliban-linked militants cash rewards for killing American and allied forces in Afghanistan. In light of this, Rep. Elise Stefanik’s reelection campaign is calling on her Democratic opponent, Tedra Cobb, to pull her ...

Voters crush proposal to dissolve village of Spencer

The Tioga County village of Spencer will remain a village. Residents who turned out for Tuesday’s village election overwhelmingly rejected a referendum to dissolve village government and turn governance over to the town of Spencer. The final vote was 198 no votes to only 21 who ...

Incumbents win Saranac Lake election

SARANAC LAKE — Incumbents Rich Shapiro and Tom Catillaz won reelection to the Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees Tuesday night. Actually, it was early Wednesday morning, as it took hours longer than usual to tally the votes, thanks to an unprecedented number of absentee ballots and ...

U.S.-Canada border may stay shut longer

The border between the U.S. and Canada may remain closed through Thanksgiving, anonymous sources with direct knowledge of the situation told two Canadian news outlets, CBC News and Reuters Canada, on Tuesday. Since March, border crossings between the two countries have been limited to ...