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Politics

Bug spray bill awaits governor’s OK

SARANAC LAKE — A common-sense bill, as described by the office of Assemblyman Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay, awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature before becoming law. The bill hopes to reduce the risk of insect-transmitted diseases by clarifying past protocol for all summer camps, although ...

Rep. Stefanik talks long-term defense cuts

Rep. Elise Stefanik said long-term cuts to the Department of Defense required an authorization bill this year totaling tens of billions of dollars more than President Donald J. Trump’s request. “This is a commitment to investing in military readiness,” she said Thursday morning. The ...

ORDA issued positive audit

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority was given a positive “unmodified opinion,” by auditors at its board meeting Tuesday, CPA Alan Walther of the Bonadio Group said, relaying the “highest level of assurance” the group gives on financial ...

Protect to honor Booth

LAKE PLACID — Protect the Adirondacks announced that it will honor a former state Adirondack Park Agency board member at its annual meeting in July. Dick Booth, who served on the APA board from 2007 to 2016, will be presented with the Howard Zahniser Adirondack Award at the green group's ...

Bayse selected as Gore Mountain general manager

LAKE PLACID — James “Bone” Bayse, former New York Ski Educational Foundation Program Director at the Gore Mountain Ski Center in North Creek, is the mountain’s new general manager. State Olympic Regional Development Authority CEO Mike Pratt announced Bayse’s promotion at ...

Village doesn’t want to overload new community development director

SARANAC LAKE — Village officials want to shield their new community development director from getting “overloaded” with too much work. Jamie Konkoski was hired Monday to replace Jeremy Evans, who left the village last month to lead the Franklin County Industrial Development Agency. ...

Support for Short, concerns about helicopters at airport hearing

LAKE PLACID — About 50 people packed a public hearing Monday evening about the town park district’s new five-year fixed-base operation agreement with Steve Short and his Adirondack Flying Service, a family business that has worked out of the airport since 1968. The vast majority of the ...

Village to hire Konkoski as new community development director

SARANAC LAKE — The village Board of Trustees will consider hiring Jamie Konkoski as its new community development director at its meeting tonight. A resolution on the board’s agenda says Konkoski has met the necessary civil service requirements and authorizes village Manager John ...

For N.Y. lawmakers, a year of stalemate and missed chances

ALBANY — Upstate Uber. Landmark juvenile justice reforms. A big college affordability program that comes with a big catch. Those were the major accomplishments in a New York legislative session that ended Wednesday with a whimper and lots of unfinished business. Democratic Gov. Andrew ...

State land bank lingers in Albany

Though the state legislative session ended Wednesday, the North Country’s Sen. Betty Little and Assemblyman Billy Jones say they anticipate lawmakers will return to Albany and might pass a land bank for the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves. The Senate and Assembly almost ...

Council to retire carbon credits

An Adirondack environmental group has won its bid to purchase carbon credits, all with the plan to retire the credits so fewer emissions get put into the atmosphere. The Adirondack Council purchased the credits from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The initiative sells credits, ...

DEC plans new hiking, snowmobile and ski trails

SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s program for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest is a behemoth of a plan, one that entails changes to numerous existing trails around the area as well as the creation of several new paths for a wide variety of ...

APA passes resolution supporting N.Y. climate policy

RAY BROOK — At its June Adirondack Park Agency meeting, board members discussed the critical impacts of climate change on the public health, environment and economy of the Adirondack Park and passed a resolution in support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s commitment to combat climate change. ...

DEC to upgrade parking, boat launches as part of wild forest plan

SARANAC LAKE — From trailheads to boat launches, campsites to fishing spots, the state Department of Environmental Conservation plans to make major upgrades to many of the places people access the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. The DEC’s recently released unit management plan for much of ...

Cuomo announces five-year contract agreement with CSEA

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that his administration has reached a five-year contract agreement with the Civil Service Employees Association. CSEA represents more than 60,000 state government employees. The contract must now be approved and ratified by CSEA membership. Authorizing ...

Legislature OKs bill encouraging savings for first-time homeowners

The state Senate on Monday gave final legislative approval to create a New York State First Home Savings Program. Essex County’s state Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) is the chair of the Housing, Construction and Community Development Committee and said the measure is similar to the ...

Longtime Newcomb supervisor George Canon dies at 78

As Steven Engelhart led a public tour of the Camp Santanoni Historic Area in Newcomb on Monday, one man was on his mind: George Canon. It was fewer than 48 hours since Canon, the longtime Newcomb town supervisor, died early Sunday morning at Glens Falls Hospital at the age of 78. And though ...

John Collins, 79, leading Adirondack voice, dies

John Collins was no lightweight when it came to Adirondack issues. He was at least a fourth-generation Adirondacker and was involved in some of the most defining matters of Adirondack Park politics of the last 50 years. Collins died of cancer at his home in Blue Mountain Lake on Friday, and ...

DEC would change islands camping

SARANAC LAKE — Little more than a century after camping first opened on Lower and Middle Saranac lakes, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing changes to both the regulations governing the campground and the locations of some of its sites. Officially sanctioned ...

Judge rules against motel owner in resort case

SARANAC LAKE — A judge has blocked Lake Side Motel owner David Manning from selling his property while a lawsuit that Saranac Lake Resort filed against him is pending. State Supreme Court Justice Martin Auffredou, in a ruling issued Friday, said there’s a danger of “irreparable ...