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Politics

Stefanik helps maintain funds for rural health centers

PLATTSBURGH — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has played a major role in efforts to maintain federal funding for rural health centers, many of which operate in the North Country. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, was an original co-sponsor of legislation that will extend funding for community health centers ...

Placid awards Main Street work that will wait until spring

LAKE PLACID — The village board of trustees has awarded a bid to complete much-needed sanitary sewer improvements, but that work will now wait until spring. Officials had hoped it would commence this fall. W.M. Schultz Construction of Ballston Spa has been hired as the contractor for the ...

Brainstorming for higher education

PLATTSBURGH — Higher education leaders from northeastern New York gathered Tuesday to brainstorm strategies for increasing enrollment. State Assemblyman Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay, and Clinton Community College sponsored the roundtable, which included administrators of North Country ...

Watertown tapped to receive $10M for downtown revitalization

WATERTOWN — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday inside the Masonic Temple that the city will receive $10 million from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The governor gave his announcement speech to a large crowd of local officials and stakeholders packed inside the temple’s ...

Sen. Rubio: Remove communist U.S. soldier from officer ranks

FORT DRUM (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for an apparent pro-communist U.S. soldier to lose his commission as an officer. In a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, the Florida Republican says the Pentagon should remove 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone from officer ranks while pursuing ...

Supreme Court judges jammed on Justice Center

State Supreme Court judges are locked in a conflict over whether the state agency that investigates abuse allegations for facilities like Sunmount has the power to prosecute. Albany County judges have dismissed three cases since March of this year on the grounds that the Justice Center for ...

Gillibrand, at Paul Smith’s, blasts Congress in wake of shootings

PAUL SMITHS — A sitting United States senator blasted her congressional colleagues Monday afternoon, just hours after authorities announced that the death toll from a Las Vegas mass shooting had reached 58, with more than 500 injured. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, called on ...

Gillibrand visits Paul Smith’s to push new invasives law

PAUL SMITHS — New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Paul Smith’s College on Monday to announce a new law that she hopes will pass with bipartisan support. Gillibrand, along with several environmental leaders, talked about the need to adopt the Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention ...

Gillibrand, in Adirondacks, blasts Congress in wake of Las Vegas shootings

PAUL SMITHS — A sitting United States senator blasted her congressional colleagues Monday afternoon, just hours after authorities announced that the death toll from a Las Vegas mass shooting had reached 58, with more than 500 injured. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, called on Congress ...

GOP transfers ballot line to Snickles after Oliver’s death

BLOOMINGDALE — Roger Oliver, the St. Armand highway superintendent who died last Saturday, will remain on the ballot for re-election Nov. 7, but the town’s Republican committee is transferring its endorsement to Douglas Snickles Jr. Tom Burman, head of the town’s Republican committee, ...

Judge rules tracks must stay

MALONE — A judge ruled Wednesday that the state’s plan to build a 34-mile rail trail was “arbitrary and capricious” and failed to follow numerous state laws. “The 2016 UMP [unit management plan] is annulled and vacated, in its entirety, and in each and every part,” acting ...

Railway on track to store train cars in North Country

NORTH CREEK — As the Saratoga and North Creek Railway plans to bring in revenue by storing train cars from other companies, environmental organizations are calling for the state to reject the plan in the interest of preserving the Adirondack Park. A branch of the Iowa Pacific Holdings ...

Placid mayor: Electric repairs with rails may be possible

LAKE PLACID — National Grid will use equipment that can ride atop the rails to inspect the electric line and power poles that travel through a right-of-way that feeds electricity to this village. The utility company will do so on Oct. 2, Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall said. This ...

Frustration fuels Plattsburgh man’s bid for Dem endorsement

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh City School Board member Steve Krieg has joined the crowded field in the race to challenge incumbent Congresswoman Elise Stefanik in New York’s 21st District, and he is causing a stir right out of the gate. A longtime Republican, he has switched to the ...

Saranac Lake village takes energy-conscious steps

SARANAC LAKE — On Monday night, village trustees adopted a resolution to keep track of energy use in municipal buildings, a practice known as “energy benchmarking,” to put the village in line for state grants that will help it use less energy. They also discussed possibly adding an ...

Village takes a second look at Mt. Pisgah development

SARANAC LAKE — The village Board of Trustees postponed setting a six-month moratorium on development of a handful of contiguous parcels near Old Military Road and Park Avenue Monday. Several residents of the neighborhood who showed up to speak at a public hearing for the moratorium stowed ...

Village changes official seal ridiculed by ‘Daily Show’

WHITESBORO (AP) — A New York village has changed its official seal that was ridiculed by Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” The Oneida County village of Whitesboro worked with an art student to replace the original 40-year-old seal that depicted founder Hugh White wrestling an ...

Benson appointed Saranac Lake treasurer

SARANAC LAKE — The village of Saranac Lake’s Board of Trustees voted Monday night to approve the mayoral appointment of Beth Benson as the new Village Treasurer. Mayor Clyde Rabideau formally presented the appointment to the village board, lauding Benson for her commitment to the ...

St. Armand town highway super dies unexpectedly

BLOOMINGDALE — St. Armand Highway Superintendent Roger Oliver died Saturday, and the town’s employees feel “devastated,” according to town Clerk Barbara Darrah. The death also shakes up the town highway department and the Nov. 7 election. Oliver, 58, of Bloomingdale, was running for ...

St. Armand highway superintendent dies

BLOOMINGDALE — St. Armand Highway Superintendent Roger Oliver died Saturday, and the town’s employees feel “devastated,” according to town Clerk Barbara Darrah. The death also shakes up the town highway department and the Nov. 7 election. Oliver, 58, of Bloomingdale, was running ...