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Politics

Adirondacks well represented on cell service task force

The Upstate Cellular Coverage Task Force, which held its first meeting Tuesday, has strong representation from the Adirondacks. It is tasked with developing potential solutions and policies to address the lack of cellphone service in rural and remote parts of upstate New York. Five of ...

Protests, primaries highlight the week in NY21 politics

GLENS FALLS — The city has decided to put up metal barricades to keep downtown protesters from going into Centennial Circle. “Keep people out of the circle. It’s all about safety,” said Mayor Dan Hall. The barricades made their debut at last Thursday’s Women for Trump rally. ...

Local county clerks join chorus against license plate fees

Essex County’s Joseph Provoncha, Hamilton County’s Jane Zarecki and Warren County’s Pamela Vogel joined five other county clerks from around the state at a press conference Wednesday in Clifton Park to announce their opposition to a controversial license plate replacement ...

North Country waits for governor to announce DRI funding winner

The waiting game may continue a few more weeks for North Country communities that are competing for $10 million from the state in this year’s round of Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding. In August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the winners in four of the state’s 10 economic ...

GOP: Absolve clerks who give red light to ‘Green Light’ law

ALBANY — Though a measure allowing undocumented immigrants to get New York driver’s licenses has already been enacted, the political fight over the issue is far from over, with GOP lawmakers pushing a bill that would protect motor vehicle clerks who refuse to process the ...

Barrett remembered for leadership, friendship

LAKE PLACID — J. Patrick Barrett, a leader here and around New York, died of leukemia Monday morning at his Lake Placid home after a week of visitations from his family and friends. Many people knew Barrett, 82, of Mirror Lake Drive, as the former chair of the state Republican Party, the ...

Adirondack Council: Park’s popularity is blessing and curse

The Adirondack Council, an environmental advocacy group based in Elizabethtown, has released its annual State of the Park report, giving mixed reviews to local and state leaders who have hands in managing the Adirondack Park. “The success the Adirondacks enjoy is now one of our biggest ...

Assemblyman Jones rips DMV’s license plate replacement fees

PLATTSBURGH — State Assemblyman Billy Jones on Friday publicly opposed a plan by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration to establish new license plates and charge vehicle owners for them. Jones, who lives in Plattsburgh, is a Democrat, as is the governor; nevertheless, he called the ...

Gillibrand ran a good race, Schumer says

SCHUYLER FALLS — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ran a good race, her counterpart, Sen. Charles Schumer said Thursday. “She moved issues, particularly on women’s rights that she cares a lot about, so I don’t think the race was for naught.” - Good team - Gillibrand ...

Schumer tours St. Joe’s

SARANAC LAKE — U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer remarked on the need for growth and expansion of addiction recovery centers upon touring St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers. On Thursday afternoon, the Democratic senator from New York toured the facility ...

Counties weigh joining ‘Green Light’ lawsuits

Essex County officials are considering whether to join other counties throughout the state in opposing the so-called “Green Light Law,” a controversial measure that will let people who immigrated here illegally apply for New York driver’s licenses. The state Legislature passed the ...

Gillibrand exits race for White House

WASHINGTON — Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand dropped out of the presidential race Wednesday, abruptly ending a campaign that once looked poised to ride strong #MeToo credentials to formidability but instead collapsed amid surprisingly low polling and major fundraising struggles. “I know ...

Stec objects to inmate pay raise

ALBANY — A bill in the state Legislature would give prison inmate workers a pay raise. The bill would raise the minimum wage for inmate workers in New York to $3 an hour. The average inmate now makes 62 cents an hour, according to a study from the Prison Policy Institute. The bill is ...

New York Sen. Gillibrand says she’s ending 2020 presidential bid

WASHINGTON — Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand is dropping out of the presidential race as a campaign that once looked poised to ride strong #MeToo credentials to formidability was instead plagued by low polling and major fundraising struggles. The 52-year-old New York senator said Wednesday ...

Interview after Israel trip

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik returned from her eight-day trip to Israel last week talking about artificial intelligence, a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict and “strains of anti-Semitism” within the Democratic Party. Stefanik, a Republican from Schuylerville whose ...

Lawmakers push back on new license plate, fee

ALBANY — In New York state government news, Republican lawmakers aren’t happy with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to charge motorists $25 for new license plates. The Democratic governor recently announced a public vote to pick the plate’s design, as well as plans to impose a $25 ...

State GOP leader blames Cuomo for economic problems upstate

ALBANY — The declining population of upstate New York is being turned into a political weapon by the new leader of the state’s Republican Party, who suggests the blame rests squarely with the policies of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Nick Langworthy, who recently took over as the GOP chairman, ...

Stefanik visits Israel as part of delegation

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik was in Israel last week, where she visited the new U.S. Embassy and talked to security officials about efforts to secure the country’s border. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, documented the trip on social media, posting pictures of her standing next to the 2018 ...