Politics

Tupper Lake school budget from A to Z

TUPPER LAKE — Tupper Lake Central School District Business Administrator Dan Bower presented the proposed 2019-20 budget to the public in a low-attendance hearing on Tuesday. The budget includes funds for two school resource officers and a new Zamboni. The public will vote on the ...

Stefanik helps add child abuse hotline

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik co-sponsored an amendment to the Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to fund a national hotline to prevent child abuse in a Wednesday hearing marking up the bill, also known as CAPTA. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, said the overall bill ...

Tupper Lake village board passes budget under tax cap

TUPPER LAKE — This village passed its $3 million budget for 2019-20 last week, with no numerical changes from the proposed budget that was released last month. The budget stays below the 2% tax cap by $58, raising the tax levy by 1.976%, the tax rate by 1.78% and spending by 2.79%. ...

Lawmakers announce efforts to curb robocalls

Legislators on a state and federal level are growing increasingly impatient with the increasing problem of robocalls. According to the office of U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., Americans received 47.7 billion robocalls last year, a 57 percent increase from the year before. On ...

Stefanik promotes new chief of staff

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has a new chief of staff after losing her most recent one to the private sector. Patrick Hester has worked for Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, since her first term in 2015-16 and was most recently her deputy legislative director. The news of his ...

Stefanik votes to meet Paris climate obligations

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, voted in four roll call votes this past week, including breaking from most of her Republican colleagues to support H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act. The act directs the president to develop a plan to meet the United States’ obligations to ...

Tupper school budget meets 2.1% cap, has resource officers

TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake Central School District board on April 23 adopted a $19,432,445 budget for 2019-20 that includes two resource officers — village police officers stationed at L.P. Quinn Elementary School and Tupper Lake Middle-High School. The budget being presented to ...

AuSable Valley school budget is below tax cap

The proposed budget for AuSable Valley Central School District would increase the tax levy by 2.62%, to $14,168,500. This is below the 2.69% allowable state tax cap for AVCS. The district will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at the AuSable Valley ...

Stefanik nears 1,000th public event, says Cobb is ‘nowhere’

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, said she would reach her 1,000th public event sometime in the summer. Stefanik, who has been in office since 2015, said she is currently at around 950, which does not include meeting with individual constituents. Stefanik said Congress had ...

St. Armand has new supervisor

BLOOMINGDALE — The St. Armand Town Council appointed a new supervisor on Thursday night. Davina Winemiller, a 25-year resident of the town, is replacing Dean Montroy as supervisor. Winemiller was appointed unanimously by the four-person council: Donald Amell, Jennifer L. Fuller, Karl ...

Ad’k Council: Boat washing should be mandatory park-wide

A state law requiring boaters to take “reasonable” care not to spread invasive species is set to expire June 1, and the Adirondack Council wants to not only see it renewed but wants state legislators to require mandatory boat washing across the Adirondack Park. Some local lawmakers, ...

Essex County gets closer to finalizing new coroner rules

After Monday’s public hearing, the Essex County Board of Supervisors got a little closer to finalizing a law that would govern how the county coroners operate. Many policies pertaining to coroner training, dispatch, stipends, documentation and body removal were already outlined in a ...

Lake Placid schools propose budget with 2.1% tax hike

LAKE PLACID — The proposed $19.2 million Lake Placid Central School District budget carries a tax increase of roughly 2.1%. The first of two public hearings is set for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Wilmington Community Center. Voters weigh in May 21. Under the district’s proposal, the ...

State’s top economic development official is stepping down

ALBANY (AP) — The Cuomo administration’s top economic development official is stepping down. Empire State Development says Friday that Howard Zemsky will relinquish his duties as president and CEO of the state’s main economic development agency. Zemsky will remain with the ESD as ...

Little pushes for longer crime sentences, help for victims

Not thrilled with the thought of convicted murderers getting out of prison on parole, state Sen. Betty Little is pushing for a package of bills that would reform the state system. Little, R-Queensbury, joined her Republican colleagues at a press conference in Albany earlier this week to ...

Tourist destination or home? Officials look for balance on Lake George

LAKE GEORGE — It’s not just the High Peaks that are struggling with overuse issues. Lake George is also feeling the pressure. The tug of war between tourism businesses and residents came to a head Tuesday at the Lake George Park Commission meeting. Businesses with detailed plans, ...

Law could alter golf courses’ tax bills

A law being considered by state legislators would make it easier for municipalities to win assessment challenges by the owners of golf courses. The legislation, A.6444/S.4420, would allow passage of local laws to stipulate that golf course property tax assessments be based on the ...

Report: Adirondack economy is like much of rural U.S.

Earlier this month, the Essex County Board of Supervisors repeated a common, woeful refrain as it passed a resolution calling on the state to not close prisons in the North Country. “The County of Essex has during the past 50 years experienced a sharp and extreme loss in industry due to ...

Getting proactive about fighting climate change

SARANAC LAKE — Around 100 turned out for a climate change symposium at the First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake, where the issue was discussed at the national, community and individual levels. Titled “Climate Action: What are we doing about climate change?,” the symposium was ...