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Politics

County candidates tout experience

SARANAC LAKE — With Election Day coming up, one of the bigger races in this area is for the Franklin County legislator representing District 7. It sees Democratic incumbent Melinda “Lindy” Ellis of Saranac Lake being challenged by Cliff Donaldson of Lake Clear and the Common Sense ...

Stefanik answers questions at public event in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN — Community members sought answers to their questions on a series of controversial topics from U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik during an event Thursday. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, hosted a Coffee With Your Congresswoman event at the Johnstown Senior Center. The event allowed ...

Stefanik talks impeachment, Syria at Malone forum

MALONE — The House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump was a popular topic at Friday's Coffee with your Congresswoman event, hosted by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville). About 30 people made their way to the Malone AMVETS Post 8 to participate in a ...

Strong opinions on display at Stefanik forum in Kingsbury

KINGSBURY — In one of several town halls recently scheduled for the region, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, took more than 60 questions over two hours from constituents at the volunteer fire company in Kingsbury on Friday. Moderated by Mike Bittel, president of the Adirondack ...

Stefanik talks impeachment, Schiff at Lowville event

LOWVILLE — Impeachment, Syria, drug prices, small farms and, frequently, President Donald Trump, were among the topics north country residents lobbed at U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, during a Coffee with Your Congresswoman session held at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post ...

Sheriff’s officers meet to discuss security for Friday Stefanik event

KINGSBURY — Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy said his staff met Thursday with organizers of an event planned by U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik to discuss security, as groups of protesters mobilize to attend the gathering. The meeting comes after a report by North Country Public Radio hat a ...

Documentary series explores politics

SARANAC LAKE — Documentary filmmakers Deb Ellis and Dennis Mueller look to expose injustice in the world. They want to tell stories that people have never heard before. “I’m not a filmmaker who thinks my movie will dramatically change the world,” Ellis said in an phone interview, ...

Stefanik raises nearly twice as much money as Cobb in quarter

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik raised nearly twice as much money in the third quarter of 2019 as Democratic challenger Tedra Cobb for her reelection, according to data released Monday by both campaigns. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, raised more than $450,000 in the period from July 1 through ...

Lake Placid judge quits; board again mulls dissolving village court

LAKE PLACID — Village Justice David Chapman has resigned, and the Lake Placid village board is discussing the possibility of bringing court dissolution to voters once again. The board accepted Chapman’s resignation, effective Oct. 31, at its last board meeting Monday. He wrote that ...

Cuomo loses opening round in fight against new tax law

ALBANY — In a setback for the Cuomo administration, a federal judge on Monday rejected a challenge by New York and several other Democratic-led states to federal tax code revisions that capped deductions for state and local tax (SALT) payments by income earners. Before Congress adopted ...

Stefanik, Cobb oppose Trump pulling troops from Syria

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik took a hard stance against President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria on Monday, urging him in a joint statement to “understand the grave consequences of this rash decision.” Trump bypassed the recommendations of Pentagon ...

Stefanik, Cobb oppose Trump pulling U.S. troops from Syria

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik took a hard stance against President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria on Monday, urging him in a joint statement to “understand the grave consequences of this rash decision.” Trump bypassed the recommendations of Pentagon and ...

Albany comes north, with news

State and local officials spent the day fishing, golfing and touring Lake Placid’s Olympic facilities yesterday as part of the first-ever I Love NY Adirondack Oktoberfest, an Adirondack Challenge-style event designed to promote tourism by giving state workers a day to do tourist activities ...

Pat Barrett named to Lake Placid Hall of Fame

WILMINGTON — J. Patrick Barrett, the former chairman of the state Olympic Regional Development Authority’s Board of Directors and before that the statewide Republican party, has been named to the Lake Placid Hall of Fame. Barrett died at the age of 82 at his home in Lake Placid on ...

Stefanik calls for Schiff to step down

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has signed a resolution to condemn and censure U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee she sits on, and has called for him to step down as the chair for his handling of a whistleblower report and actions during a HIC hearing about that ...

North Country development council unveils 11 priority projects

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council has unveiled 11 priority projects its members hope will garner state funding in the next round of the REDC Awards this November. They include multi-million-dollar asks for the rebuild of a hotel in Lake Placid and for the construction ...

Early voting period starts Oct. 26

ELIZABETHTOWN — Voters will have 10 days to cast a ballot in the Nov. 5 general election. The early voting period opens Oct. 26 in Essex and Franklin counties. This will be the first time voters in New York state head to the polls early. New York joined 39 other states that allow ...

Documentary subject sheds light on immigrant, gay issues

SARANAC LAKE — Moises Serrano grew up a gay, poor, undocumented immigrant from Mexico. He’s had rats shoved in his mailbox and white crosses thrown on his front lawn. His family members often don’t drive around town or sometimes even leave their trailer homes for fear of being stopped ...

Stefanik opposes border bills

(Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the two bills that U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, voted against. The Homeland Security Act did not address separating migrant children from their families. The act would create an ombudsmen to oversee border and ...