Politics

House Armed Services chairman backs Ft. Drum missile base

FORT DRUM - The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee encouraged the development of a third missile site to protect America during a visit to Fort Drum with Rep. Elise Stefanik on Wednesday."All of us can see what's happening in the world," said Rep. William "Mac" Thornberry, R-13th ...

Ex-undersheriff’s trial starts today

MALONE - Jury selection is scheduled to begin today at the Franklin County Courthouse in the trial of a former county undersheriff accused of ordering a deputy to follow county legislators and target them for drunken driving charges as political retaliation.Patrick White was indicted in ...

Stefanik, veterans brainstorm VA health solutions at St. Joe’s

SARANAC LAKE - Sitting among 20 veterans at St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers' veterans residence, U.S. Rep Elise Stefanik asked them to expound on what they hear about health care in the North Country.At that juncture, about a half-hour into the discussion, the most vocal ...

County OKs bonds to expand hospital

SARANAC LAKE - Franklin County legislators have given their stamp of approval to $25.1 million in bonds the county Civic Development Corporation is issuing for Adirondack Health.Legislators voted last week to grant tax-exempt status to the bonds, $15.5 million of which will finance a roughly ...

Freeman: Resort memo could ‘potentially’ be disclosed

SARANAC LAKE - A confidential memo containing legal advice to the village about the Lake Flower hotel project could potentially be subject to disclosure since some of its substance was confirmed by a village official.That's according to Robert Freeman, the longtime director of the state's ...

Ex-undersheriff takes plea deal (update)

MALONE - Former Franklin County Undersheriff Patrick White admitted in court today that he directed sheriff's deputies to follow and harass county legislators in public places, accepting a plea deal on the morning he was scheduled to stand trial.In an interview outside of court, White denied ...

Joint effort

LAKE PLACID - Mayor Craig Randall expects Lake Placid's village board and the North Elba town council to meet this fall to work together on issues of code enforcement and vacation rentals.The last session of the sort was held last October, when the Lake Placid-North Elba Community Development ...

Judge to hear resort lawsuit

SARANAC LAKE - A Saratoga Springs-based judge will handle the lawsuit Roedel Companies has filed against the village Planning Board over its approval of the Lake Flower Resort and Spa.Meanwhile, the village Board of Trustees is expected to vote Monday to hire an outside law firm it has used ...

Fire hall back up for bid in Tupper Lake

TUPPER LAKE - The former fire hall at 21 High St. will soon be put back up for auction by this village.The village Board of Trustees voted on a minimum bid of $72,000 for the property at a meeting Wednesday. Bid requests will be advertised next week and are expected to close around Sept. 9.This ...

Roedel Companies names general manager of Hotel Saranac

SARANAC LAKE - Roedel Companies has picked Michael Salyers as the general manager of the Hotel Saranac.Salyers, 41, has a background in the hotel industry, including almost a decade with hotels in the Adirondacks, most recently with High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid. He served in several ...

Breton joins Tupper planning board

TUPPER LAKE - The village Board of Trustees appointed a new member to the town and village's Joint Planning Board at a meeting Wednesday.Rene "Bill" Breton, former chairman of the Tupper Lake Zoning Board of Appeals, will replace Ralph Russell as a member of the planning board. Trustees touted ...

Head of education opposes opt-out punishment

"We are writing today to formally inform the district of our decision to refuse to allow our child (insert name here), to participate in ..."This is the beginning of the template letter on the New York state Allies for Public Education website with which parents can refuse state tests for their ...

Franklin Co. races shape up

SARANAC LAKE - Barbara Rice is running unopposed, so far, for re-election to her seat on the Franklin County Legislature.Barring a challenge from an independent, the Saranac Lake Democrat will win another three-year term on a seven-member county board that, come Jan. 1, will look very different ...

Bobsled Run Road will be paved in spring

LAKE PLACID - With the repavement of a 1.1-mile road, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority and the annual Ironman Lake Placid triathlon will receive a critical improvement.On a visit to the state Department of Transportation's bridge construction site across from the Olympic ski ...

People of Port Henry vote to dissolve

Residents of Port Henry voted Tuesday to go ahead and dissolve their village government.The Essex County village had a population of fewer than 1,200 as of the 2010 census, and a solid turnout - one in three total residents - came out to vote in the referendum. The village dissolution passed ...

Arc rocked by changes in state policy

TUPPER LAKE - A chance of thunderstorms led the Adirondack Arc to reschedule its annual fundraising concert at the Municipal Park from Saturday to Sept. 10. However, Arc officials have bigger worries than storm clouds on the horizon.As new financial regulations from the state collide with a ...

Health care — why it matters as election issue

WASHINGTON - THE ISSUE: About 9 in 10 Americans now have health insurance, more than at any time in history. But progress is incomplete, and the future far from certain. Millions remain uninsured. Quality is still uneven. Costs are high and trending up again. Medicare's insolvency is two years ...

Donation breakdown in Congress race

First-term U.S. Rep Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, has a clear advantage in fundraising over her challengers: Democrat Mike Derrick of Peru and Glens Falls-based Matt Funiciello of the Green Party. Here's a breakdown of where their money comes from.From January 2015, when she first took the oath ...

Funiciello chides Dems at Green national convention

After he said he voted for President Bill Clinton in 1992 with his "nose held," and after he rattled off a list of nine things that horrified him about Clinton's presidency, North Country congressional candidate Matt Funiciello said he felt responsible as a voter.Then, speaking at the Green ...

Gillibrand: Stefanik ‘being misled’ on military sexual assault

GLENS FALLS - The voice of survivors should take precedence over the voice of military leaders in the debate over transferring prosecution of military sexual assault cases from military commanders to independent military trial lawyers, said U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand."The weight of the ...