Politics

Candidates face off in second congressional debate

QUEENSBURY - Candidates for the 21st Congressional District seat sparred over health care, college costs, the environment and Donald Trump at the second congressional debate on Monday.Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, Democratic candidate Mike Derrick and Green Party nominee Matt ...

Little, Green challenger Ruzbacki will debate

Longtime Republican state Sen. Betty Little and her sole challenger in the Green Party's Steve Ruzbacki will debate this Friday at the studios of the Saratoga Springs-based Look TV television station. Both are seeking to represent the North Country in New York's 45th Senate District.The ...

Consultant sought for River Walk extension

SARANAC LAKE - The village wants to bring in outside help to engineer, design and permit an extension to the Saranac River Walk.The village Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to direct village Manager John Sweeney to issue a request for qualifications for a potential consultant.The River Walk ...

Stefanik’s name misspelled on Warren Co. absentee ballots

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik's first name was misspelled on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines on absentee ballots mailed out in Warren County for the Nov. 8 election.The error, however, will not prevent votes from being counted, said Mary Beth Casey, the county Republican ...

APA announces state land classification public hearings

RAY BROOK - The Adirondack Park Agency will hold a series of public hearings to solicit public comments for state land classification and reclassification proposals.The action involves proposals for state lands in all 12 counties in the Park, including the recently acquired Boreas Ponds ...

DiNapoli: New York corruption case shows need for added oversight

ALBANY (AP) - Accusations of bid-rigging and bribery show more oversight and transparency is needed when it comes to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's economic development initiatives, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Friday.Speaking on public radio's The Capitol Pressroom, the Democratic ...

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 ...