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Politics

Adirondack leaders oppose state land PILOTs

SARANAC LAKE — New York’s budget chief says local governments would get as much or more money under a proposal to switch state land property taxes to payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs). In the Adirondacks, however, many leaders beg to differ. In response to the Cuomo administration’s ...

Guns are hot topic at candidates forum

PLATTSBURGH — With another mass shooting fresh in the public mind, candidates for Congress passionately pledged at a public forum that gun control will be at the top of their lists. “The policies that are going on in Washington, D.C., are morally bankrupt. We need to call them ...

Cuomo touts success of Hotel Saranac re-opening

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo stopped by the Hotel Saranac Saturday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a speech about how he has helped the North Country. Cuomo congratulated Fred Roedel III and his family business for buying and reopening the historic hotel, praised the North ...

Cuomo stops by Hotel Saranac for victory lap

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo stopped by the Hotel Saranac Saturday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a speech about how he has helped the North Country. Cuomo congratulated Fred Roedel III and his family business for buying and reopening the historic hotel, praised the North ...

Saranac Laker, TV host considers run for Congress

SARANAC LAKE — Former MSNBC pundit, businessman, Saranac Lake native and Lake Placid resident Dylan Ratigan is considering a run for Congress as the 10th Democratic candidate in New York's 21st Congressional District. He said he expects to announce his decision by the end of the ...

Congresswoman talks issues

GLENS FALLS — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said on Monday she disagrees with the current administration’s decision to allow interim security clearances for people who have access to classified information. “I am deeply, deeply concerned with the security clearance issue,” ...

Stefanik touts legislative wins

GLENS FALLS — With some of the government gridlock and the frustration that people feel on both sides of the aisle, focusing on delivering results to the constituents living in New York’s 21st Congressional District is important, Rep. Elise Stefanik said Monday during a meeting with The ...

New York gives St. Joe’s $450K for 24-hour addiction center

SARANAC LAKE — St. Joseph’s Addiction and Recovery Center’s plans to open a 24-hour intake and intervention center on John Munn Road and got a big boost from the state Tuesday, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced $4 million in grants to establish “Open Access Centers” ...

Tupper Lake village board OKs 8-foot checkerboard in park

TUPPER LAKE — Eighth-grade Girl Scout Marissa Moeller addressed this village’s board Tuesday, requesting permission to build a life-size checkerboard in the Municipal Park. Moeller is pitching the project to earn her Silver Award, the second-highest rank in Girl Scouts, on her path to ...

Electric bills, hotel studies and water violations at village board

TUPPER LAKE — This village’s board passed several laws, set dates for meetings and addressed water violations and high electric bills in it’s Tuesday evening meeting. --- Water violation Residents of Tupper Lake received a notice of water violation in the mail this past week, ...

DEC makes suggestions for St. Armand sewage plant

BLOOMINGDALE — Early last month, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation conducted an inspection of the town of St. Armand’s sewer department. They told its supervisor, Stan Ingeson, that he was doing a good job, but they had some suggestions for improvements. Five of ...

Billy Jones kicks off district tour in Saranac Lake

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that his second district tour will launch Thursday in Saranac Lake and that he will hold a town hall meeting Saturday in Plattsburgh. This is part of Jones' ongoing effort to meet face-to-face with as many residents as he can as he begins ...

Lawmakers OK relief for Plattsburgh flood victims

PLATTSBURGH (AP) — The state Legislature has approved a bill that will extend relief measures to residents of a northern New York mobile home park hit by flooding last month. The bill received final legislative approval Tuesday in the Senate, where it was sponsored by Republican Sen. ...

Cuomo proposes voluntary payroll tax hoping to ease pain of U.S. tax law

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration laid out an ambitious plan Monday to restructure the state’s tax code to ease the burden of the recently enacted federal law. The centerpiece of the Democrat’s proposal is a voluntary payroll tax that companies could adopt in lieu ...

Federal bill would put thousands of people to work on public lands

Two bills making their way through the U.S. House and Senate could put tens of thousands of people aged 16 to 30 to work to “conserve, restore and enhance the great outdoors of the United States.” The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act of 2017 would amend a 1993 law to encourage ...

ROOST refines Saranac Lake pitch

SARANAC LAKE — The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, which receives funding from the town of Harrietstown and other municipalities, pitched its services to the town board Thursday night. The town usually contributes $12,500 annually to ROOST, a number that is matched by the village of ...

Brighton considers regulating solar development

PAUL SMITHS — Brighton town Supervisor Peter Shrope told his council at their meeting Thursday that there is a growing movement in Franklin County to implement local zoning regulations for the development of solar energy. Shrope attended a Jan. 29 meeting of town supervisors at which the ...

Cuomo would replace state land taxes with PILOTs

A proposal tucked in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal for this fiscal year could have a huge long-term impact on Adirondack towns, counties and school districts. Under current law, the state of New York — which owns millions of acres of land in the Adirondack and Catskill parks — ...

Cuomo plans tax change to avoid $1.5B hit on taxpayers

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to separate the state’s tax rates from the federal rates to keep New Yorkers from a $1.5 billion income tax increase, the Democrat’s top budget official testified Thursday during a budget hearing. Budget Director Robert Mujica told lawmakers during the ...

Kolb drops out of N.Y. governor’s race; GOP field now at 2

ALBANY (AP) — Republican state lawmaker Brian Kolb has dropped out of the race for New York governor. The assemblyman said Friday that he decided he doesn’t want to sacrifice time with his family in order to mount a long campaign. His decision leaves two Republicans in the race: state ...