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Politics

Study finds High Peaks parking areas often overflow

It’s no surprise to anyone who has been in the northern Adirondacks during the summer and fall that many trailhead parking areas are often overflowing, but a recent study has confirmed that parking locations serving the High Peaks are often at, near or more than double their ...

Cryptomining seminar doesn’t sway village officials

PLATTSBURGH — At this point, cryptomining is still an ambiguous subject with no clear benefit to some North Country officials. The Adirondack North Country Association, the office of state Sen. Betty Little, the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and the City of Plattsburgh ...

Tobacco-purchase age remains 18 in Essex County

A vote to raise the age to buy tobacco products in Essex County got snuffed out Tuesday in a close tally. “If one other person who was absent had been there, it would have gone through,” said Essex town Supervisor Ronald Jackson, who supported the measure. The proposed law that went ...

Primary night Democratic unity event won’t happen

Several weeks ago, the campaign of Emily Martz, Saranac Lake, formally invited the other four Democratic candidates running to face U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik to hold a unity event on the night of the primary election, June 26. “I think it would be a tremendous show of unity,” said ...

Smog hits Whiteface: Adirondack Council sues EPA head Pruitt

A sensor that measures ground-level ozone on Whiteface Mountain found unsafe levels of ozone one day this May. “It’s shocking,” said John Sheehan, director of communications for the Adirondack Council. “We don’t expect to have to deal with this in the Adirondacks. It’s a ...

Camp Gabriels bill passed as Senate solves ‘bill jam’

A “bill jam” in the state Senate was cleared Monday as Republicans and Democrats, each with an equal amount of representatives, compromised to pass more than 20 bills, including a constitutional amendment to let the state sell a former prison in Gabriels. After partisan fighting last ...

Lake Placid meter fines rise to $35, could go higher

LAKE PLACID — Nobody showed up to the public hearing on raising parking meter violation fines Monday, so the amendment was approved within only a few moments. The Lake Placid village board proposed raising parking meter fines from $25 to $35. If a parking fine is not paid within 30 days, ...

Business leaders decry ‘wrongful trade war’ on Canada

PLATTSBURGH — New tariffs on Canadian products and counter-tariffs by Canada could have a major impact on North Country business. Local business leaders say the outcome could mean a loss of more than $1.1 billion to the economy of New York, making it one of the states most impacted by the ...

Counties bust buttons over paying for fashion college

Washington County is joining a growing chorus of complaints about the high cost of one college that all counties are forced to help fund, even though very few students attend. Last year, Washington County paid $47,000, as required by law, for three students to go to the SUNY Fashion ...

Indivisible Lowville hosts challengers from 21st Congressional District

LOWVILLE — Questions on economic justice, the environment and federal spending occupied five Democratic candidates seeking the seat of Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro. Katie Wilson, Emily Martz, Patrick Nelson, Tedra Cobb and Dylan Ratigan and Green Party candidate, Dr. Lynn Kahn met in ...

Lindy Ellis succeeds Rice as legislator

The Franklin County Legislature voted Friday morning to appoint Melinda “Lindy” Ellis as interim county legislator for District 7, filling the post vacated by Barbara Rice. The move revved political engines in the county’s southeast corner. Ellis said she’ll seek election for the ...

Wilson looks for solutions between battle lines

KEENE — Democratic Congressional candidate Katie Wilson wants to be a political representative for the middle and lower classes in a world where upper-class ideologies rein. She criticizes both the Democratic and Republican parties of not properly representing the average American, saying ...

Loan fund officers defend actions in face of problems

QUEENSBURY — Members of the Lake Champlain Lake George Regional Planning Board’s loan committee defended their actions in overseeing the agency’s revolving loan fund, but elected officials from two counties bombarded them with questions and criticism of their operations ...

Martz stresses partnerships, communication in Congress bid

GLENS FALLS — Emily Martz believes that being a successful congressperson is about creating partnerships and communicating effectively. Martz, one of five Democrats running in New York’s 21st Congressional District, said she first thought about running for office following the 2016 ...

Stefanik opposes tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, now in effect

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik sent out a statement Thursday condemning the Trump administration’s imposition of tariffs on metals imported from the United States’ closest neighbors and allies. Tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum from the European Union, Canada and ...

Fourth-graders lobby for plastic bag ban

SARANAC LAKE — Fourth-grade students from Petrova Elementary School lobbied the village board to ban the ubiquitous plastic bags provided by grocery stores and other retailers. The students brought documentation with them, and many of them felt brave enough to address the board aloud. ...

Today is last day to register to vote in June 26 primary

Today is the last day to register for the June 26 primary election for the Democratic and Women’s Equality parties in New York’s 21st Congressional District. The polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. that day, and only enrolled voters from each party will be elligible to vote. The ...

Assembly speaker: If pot is legalized, expunge convictions

ALBANY — If New York legalizes recreational marijuana it must also consider expunging the criminal records of thousands of people who were arrested for using the drug, New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie told reporters Wednesday. The proposal comes as a state task force ...

A test for cottonmouth?

SARANAC LAKE — A Saranac Lake police officer will attend training on the new oral tests for driving while under the influence of drugs [DUID]. Village trustees voted to send Patrolman Leigh Wenske, a NYS Certified Drug Recognition Expert, to an 8-hour workshop in Latham to learn how to ...

Saranac Lake village board appoints climate change task force

SARANAC LAKE — The village has appointed a Climate Smart Community task force as well as a Climate Smart Community Coordinator, joining a statewide effort to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals and prepare for the effects of climate change. The state has committed to reducing greenhouse ...