Politics

Dueling protests converge in front of Stefanik’s office

GLENS FALLS - Demonstrators in front of the Glen Street office of U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, chanted "Hey Stefanik - Dump Trump!"Meanwhile on the opposite side of Glen Street, Devin Pratt, holding a sign reading "The Silent Majority Supports Trump," said Stefanik should continue to ...

Saranac Lake seeks grant to make trail connections

SARANAC LAKE - The village Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved submission of a grant application to the U.S. Department of Transportation to make bicycle and pedestrian improvements in the village, including connections to a proposed trail where a railroad is now.A map provided with the ...

North Elba Town Council critical, yet supportive of rental permit pitch

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid-North Elba Community Development Commission pitched its final proposed permit system to the North Elba Town Council Tuesday. Though the council had 45 minutes worth of questions about vacation rentals for CDC Chairman Dean Dietrich, in the end, the council said ...

Gillibrand taps broadband legislation for rural areas

GLENS FALLS - U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., announced Wednesday the broadband connections for rural opportunities program act, a bipartisan piece of legislation that would help close the broadband gap in rural areas to help ensure that all New Yorkers have access to high-speed internet. ...

Reaction to Boreas proposals is swift, divided

RAY BROOK - Green groups universally derided three options the state Adirondack Park Agency released last week for the 20,000-acre Boreas Ponds tract, but at least one town supervisor is happy with the plan.The APA will begin the classification process this week at agency headquarters in Ray ...

Agency has no record of required referrals of abuse cases

ALBANY - New York's oversight agency for the disabled has no record of forwarding abuse or neglect reports to the state Medicaid inspector general, a legally required step that's a key part of cracking down on problem facilities.Such reports are vital to protecting the more than 120,000 ...

Saranac Lake wins $75k grant to fight zombie homes

SARANAC LAKE - This village has been awarded a $75,000 grant to help combat "zombie" properties in the community.The funding was announced Tuesday in a press release from state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, as part of his Zombie Remediation and Prevention Initiative. His office is handing ...

APA to hear 3 options for Boreas Ponds

RAY BROOK - The state Adirondack Park Agency's State Land Committee will hear about 92 different classification issues this week, but the one people will pay most attention to is the more than 20,000-acre Boreas Ponds tract.The APA has scheduled eight public meetings in November and December ...

Stefanik: Trump’s lewd comments ‘Just wrong’

The North Country's U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik criticized the candidate from her own party that she's supported Donald Trump, for the sexually explicit comments he made, which were published Friday.Stefanik took to Facebook Friday night at 7:32 p.m. to condemn Trump for his remarks, which were ...

Sunday night’s debate: Trump continues aggressive campaign

WASHINGTON - His presidential campaign in peril, Donald Trump left no doubt he'll spend the final weeks before the election dredging up decades-old sexual allegations against Hillary Clinton's husband, even if it turns off voters whose support he desperately needs.Questioned at Sunday's debate ...

For Funiciello, second place is acceptable

Green Party congressional candidate Matt Funiciello is content to be the political engine that almost could."If I come in second, it's amazing forward movement," said Funiciello, who is running in the 21st Congressional District against U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, and Democrat Mike ...

Jones releases full poll under Board of Elections’ pressure

Under pressure from the state Board of Elections, Democratic Assembly candidate Billy Jones released the full contents of an August poll to the board's top enforcement lawyer Wednesday afternoon.The poll was paid for and commissioned by the group Friends of Billy Jones, and over the past month, ...

Saranac Lake Resort responds to APA

SARANAC LAKE - Developers of the proposed Lake Flower Resort and Spa have made a few changes to their plan that could make it easier for them to get a shoreline variance from the state Adirondack Park Agency.They've also responded to questions and concerns the APA has raised about the project's ...

New Tupper hotel among priority projects

A new hotel in Tupper Lake, upgrades to Cascade Ski Center in Lake Placid, and a new art center at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake are among the North Country's priority projects for state economic development funding this year.A trio of projects in Saranac Lake, including planned ...

District seeks $18.7M to improve schools

SARANAC LAKE - The Saranac Lake Central School District will ask voters to approve an $18.7 million-dollar project to rehabilitate and upgrade infrastructure at its schools.The multi-faceted capital project was unveiled at Wednesday's school board meeting held in the Petrova Elementary School ...

TNC wants split use for Boreas tract

NORTH HUDSON - The nonprofit organization that's owned and studied the Boreas Ponds tract for years is calling for the 20,758-acre parcel to be split roughly in half between wilderness and wild forest.It's the first time The Nature Conservancy's Adirondack Chapter has weighed in on how any of ...

Fire chief prefers downtown site

SARANAC LAKE - The chief of the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department says he'd prefer to have a new firehouse in the same location as the current one, rather than re-locate to the former state armory on Route 3.Either way, however, Brendan Keough said he hopes the ongoing discussion about ...

Stefanik releases her tax return

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, earned $149,736 in 2015, according to her 2015 income tax return.Stefanik posted the form Tuesday on her congressional office website as part of her commitment to transparency, her campaign said.The annual salary of a House member is $174,000. Stefanik did ...

Stefanik camp claims debate victory

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik's campaign didn't waste time claiming victory following Monday night's 21st Congressional District candidate debate on Time Warner Cable News.Shortly after it had wrapped, Leonardo Alcivar, her communications director, released a statement touting the "win" and ...

Jones releases full poll under Board of Elections pressure

Under pressure from the state Board of Elections, Democratic Assembly candidate Billy Jones released the full contents of an August poll to the board's top enforcement lawyer Wednesday afternoon.The poll was paid for and commissioned by the group Friends of Billy Jones, and over the past month, ...