Politics

Stefanik backs Trump on Iran

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik spoke this week on the U.S.-Iran military situation, saying she supports President Donald Trump’s authority to authorize retaliatory military strikes without congressional approval when U.S. security is threatened. Relations hit a high-tension point last week ...

Tupper Dems pick Lefebvre, Carmichael for town board

TUPPER LAKE — This town’s Democratic committee held its caucus Monday night, nominating two candidates to run against the Republican town council incumbents whose seats are up for election this year. Chair of the committee Dean Lefebvre and Democratic Party newcomer Daniel ...

Stefanik votes yes as House yields to Senate, passes bipartisan border bill

WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House voted Thursday to send President Donald Trump a bipartisan, Senate-drafted, $4.6 billion measure to care for migrant refugees detained at the southern border, capping a Washington skirmish in which die-hard liberals came out on the losing end ...

DEC issues final management plan for Saranac Lake Wild Forest

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has finalized its plan for about 75,000 acres in and around the Tri-Lakes area after nearly two decades in the works. The unit management plan for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest includes dozens of miles of new trails, the ...

Concern mounts as APA faces year without full board

RAY BROOK — The state Senate session ended last week with four nominees to the state Adirondack Park Agency board left in limbo, and while local government and environmental groups remain at odds, everyone seems to agree that the APA needs a full collection of board members. The APA board ...

Spending, tuition up in NCCC budget

SARANAC LAKE — North Country Community College’s proposed budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year includes a spending increase of more than $1.1 million and a 4% increase to student tuition. The college is projected to spend 8.6%, or $1,143,690 more, in the next fiscal year. Approximately ...

Trump claims migrant deaths preventable if Dems change laws

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday blamed Democrats for the deaths of a migrant father and toddler girl whose bodies are depicted in searing photographs that have become a symbol of the perils faced by those trying to cross illegally into the U.S. Speaking with reporters as ...

Cuomo heads to Israel to spur economic ties, show solidarity

ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is traveling to Israel for a quick trip aimed at strengthening economic ties and showing support following recent anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. The Democrat was expected to arrive in Israel Thursday morning after departing Wednesday. He returns ...

Senate passes $4.6B border aid measure; Pelosi seeks talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-held Senate on Wednesday passed a bipartisan $4.6 billion measure to deliver aid to the southern border before the government runs out of money to care for thousands of migrant families and unaccompanied children. The sweeping 84-8 vote came less than 24 hours ...

Speaker Heastie downs first michigan at P’burgh eatery

PLATTSBURGH — Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie got a taste of the North Country on Tuesday afternoon. The Bronx Democrat paid a visit to the Bombardier Transportation plant in the Town of Plattsburgh and, following a press conference, Assemblyman Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay, suggested he grab ...

Assembly speaker: MTA connects North Country to New York City

PLATTSBURGH — New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said the MTA is a major economic engine for places like the North Country. Covering 5,000 square miles throughout New York City, Long Island, southeastern New York state and Connecticut, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority ...

Top court: Ballot images aren’t public

ELIZABETHTOWN — The state’s highest court has ruled in favor of Essex County in a lawsuit that called into question whether electronically scanned images of ballots can be obtained without a court order following an election. In an opinion released June 13, state Court of Appeals ...

Town board candidates picked in primaries

Republican and Democratic voters in North Elba, Keene and Jay went to the polls Tuesday to choose town board candidates in this year’s primary elections. Across the county, more than 1,900 votes were cast in 11 races across Essex County. There were also primary races in Elizabethtown, ...

H’town council race is set for November

SARANAC LAKE — For the Harrietstown Town Council general election on Nov. 5, the candidates have been set, with three running for two seats. On Thursday, two were given the Democratic nod at that party’s caucus. Deputy Supervisor and Councilman Howard Riley, a Democrat, received the ...

New York government watchdog fired after sexual misconduct probe

ALBANY (AP) — The longtime head of a New York state office focusing on public access to information and government transparency was fired Monday night after a journalist said he harassed her and touched her inappropriately. Robert Freeman, who led the Committee on Open Government, ...

Local county clerks oppose ‘Green Light’ license law

ELIZABETHTOWN — Local county clerks are joining a growing rallying cry against the so-called “Green Light” law, a controversial measure that will let undocumented immigrants apply for New York driver’s licenses. The state Legislature passed the bill last week, and Gov. Andrew ...

Local NY legislators give session mixed reviews

Legislators gave this year’s session a mixed grade, noting that it focused heavily on downstate issues such as driver’s licenses for immigrants in the country illegally and criminal justice reform. Assemblyman Dan Stec, R-Queensbury, said the recently wrapped legislative session was ...

Primaries tomorrow: North Elba, Keene, Jay

Republican and Democratic voters in three local towns will decide their candidates for town boards Tuesday. In both North Elba and Keene, three candidates are seeking ballot access on the Republican line for two town board seats. Democratic voters will pick one of two candidates for Jay ...