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Politics

New York lawmakers to return to Albany for 2017 session

ALBANY — New York lawmakers will return to Albany on Wednesday to begin their work for 2017, a session expected to include debates over voting laws, corruption, Uber’s proposal to expand upstate and the state’s response to the administration of President-elect Donald Trump. Along the ...

Franklin County board to pick new chair

The Franklin County Legislature will have new leadership in 2017. Legislators will meet Thursday in Malone to elect a new chair, a position held by Billy Jones for the past four years. The Chateaugay Democrat was elected in November to the 115th Assembly District seat being vacated by ...

DeChantal Apartments pipe issues blamed on village water system

SARANAC LAKE — The manager of the DeChantal Apartments says the Church Street high-rise has had major plumbing issues since the village switched to a new source of water. In a letter to village Manager John Sweeney, Wayne Feinberg says the DeChantal’s hot water pipes “have been ...

Pay to rise for millions as minimum wage goes up

ALBANY — It will be a happy New Year indeed for millions of the lowest-paid U.S. workers. Nineteen states, including New York and California, will ring in the year with an increase in the minimum wage. Massachusetts and Washington state will have the highest new minimum wages in the ...

States face off over future of Obama global warming plan

ALBANY — Two weeks after officials in two dozen states asked Republican President-elect Donald Trump to kill one of Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature plans to curb global warming, another group of state officials is urging Trump to save it. Democratic attorneys general in 15 ...

Dwyer replaced on NCCC board

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College’s Board of Trustees will be under new leadership in 2017. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed a new trustee to fill the seat previously held by board Chairwoman Barbara Dwyer. Dan Kelleher, the state Adirondack Park Agency’s special ...

Groups seek constitutional right to clean air, water

ALBANY — Environmental and public policy groups in New York are calling for a state constitutional amendment that would guarantee residents a right to clean air and water. Environmental Advocates of New York and EffectiveNY are promoting the proposed amendment with online video ...

Tupper Lake receives consolidation grants for water/sewer

TUPPER LAKE — The town was awarded two $20,000 Citizens Reorganiz-ation Empowerment Grants from the Department of State’s Local Government Efficiency Program. The town will use the grants to assist in funding separate studies for consolidation of sewer and water districts and review of ...

NCREDC supports Boreas Ponds classification

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council has written a letter in support of alternative one classification for the Boreas Ponds. The council supports the classification, as a mix of Wild forest and Wilderness lands, to provide four-season recreational and economic diversity ...

Cuomo tours Hotel Saranac renovation

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo toured the still-under-renovation Hotel Saranac for the second time during a stop in the village Tuesday afternoon. In pictures provided by the governor’s office, Cuomo is seen inside the landmark Main Street hotel with representatives of the ...

Bandshell, brewery projects top agenda

TUPPER LAKE — The village, a charity and local businesses will seek approval of applications when the joint town-village planning board meets at 7 tonight. Bandshell The village has submitted a special review use application for Flanders Park for construction of a performance ...

Village tables office space lease with Harrietstown

SARANAC LAKE — The village Board of Trustees tabled the renewal of its lease of office space in the Harrietstown Town Hall on Tuesday. The decision came after Trustee Allie Pelletieri raised concerns about the amount of rent the village would have to pay and other stipulations in the ...

2017 State of the State will have localized speeches

ALBANY (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled plans to shake up next year’s State of the State address and take the annual speech out on the road to several regions across the state. The state constitution mandates that New York’s governor address the Legislature once a year. ...

Minimum wage going up in New York state

ALBANY (AP) — The minimum wage is going up at year’s end throughout New York state. Within New York City the wage will rise from $9 to $11 per hour, though the increase will be smaller for employees of small businesses. Their wage will increase to $10.50 an hour. On Long Island and ...

State, COs’ union reach contract deal

New York state has reached a tentative five-year contract agreement with the union representing more than 20,000 corrections officers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association President Michael Powers announced the proposal Thursday. It ...

State, correction officers’ union reach contract deal

New York state has reached a tentative five-year contract agreement with the union representing more than 20,000 workers who secure prisons, mental hygiene facilities and other such institutions. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York State Correctional Officers and Police ...

The Nature Conservancy purchases Moose River lands

LYONSDALE — The Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy purchased more than 750 acres of land on the Moose River in the southwest Adirondacks. TNC said in a press release Tuesday that the acquisition protects both rivers and forests at the same time, and includes a stretch of the ...

Schools hold Petrova tour for capital project

SARANAC LAKE — The school district held its second building tour and informational meeting for its $18.8 million capital project at Petrova Elementary and Saranac Lake Middle School Tuesday night. The meeting focused on elementary and middle school improvements, which will include ...

Dogsled operators, board talk safety

LAKE PLACID — The operators of Mirror Lake’s two dogsled tours discussed the safety of dog sledding atop the lake for more than 30 minutes at Monday’s village board meeting. The operators, John Houghton of Thunder Mountain Dogsleds of Vermontville and ...