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Cobb campaign has more than 1,800 volunteers

Election Day is now 98 days away, and the Tedra Cobb campaign, with more than 1,800 volunteers, is working to get in touch with voters. According to her campaign, Cobb, Democratic challenger to incumbent Rep. Elise Stefanik in New York’s 21st Congressional District, has hosted five ...

GOP fails again to rein in governor’s emergency powers

ALBANY — Senate Republicans were shot down for the second time to strip Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s expanded spending and legislative powers, which he’s held for over 140 days, as the state combats the COVID-19 public health emergency. Senate Democrats unanimously rejected an amendment ...

NY passes automatic voter registration, Juneteenth holiday

ALBANY — State lawmakers wrapped up work Thursday on bills ranging from automatic voter registration to two new public holidays celebrating Juneteenth and Abolition Commemoration Day. The state Senate and Assembly worked into the evening Thursday on bills addressing calls for a ...

Little appointed to ORDA board

LAKE PLACID — On Thursday the state Senate confirmed Sen. Betty Little as one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s five nominees to sit on the state Olympic Regional Development Agency board. Little, R-Queensbury, is retiring from the state Senate at the end of this year, but she starts this ...

Republicans nominate two for TL village board at caucus

TUPPER LAKE — There are currently two Republican candidates running for two open village board seats in the November election, one incumbent and one political newcomer. There are no other party caucuses planned as of now, so Democrat or Conservative candidates are unlikely. Independent ...

Murphy resigns from SL village board

SARANAC LAKE — Patrick Murphy is stepping down from his position on the Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees, he announced Wednesday in a letter of resignation. Murphy has been on the board since April 2018. “Due to the nature of the unprecedented issues before us,” he wrote, ...

LP school board member resigns

LAKE PLACID — Board of Education member Jeffrey Brownell has resigned from his post, and the Lake Placid Central School District is now looking for residents who may be interested in serving the rest of his term. The board unanimously accepted Brownell’s resignation at its meeting ...

Exodus from TL Dems leaves party with no leadership

TUPPER LAKE — After a mass exodus of local party leaders, the Tupper Lake Democrats do not have much leadership or direction; and are considering a reorganizing process with assistance from Franklin County. Several members of the Franklin County and Tupper Lake Democratic parties were ...

NY heavyweights control campaign funds even after leaving office

ALBANY — A month after resigning as state Senate Republican leader, newly minted lobbyist John Flanagan is holding on to his state campaign war chest bulging with $376,018, according to state records examined by CNHI. Meanwhile, the Republican Senate Campaign Committee, heading into a ...

Trump excluding those in US illegally from reapportionment

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed a memorandum Tuesday that seeks to bar people in the U.S. illegally from being counted in congressional reapportionment, a move that drew immediate criticism and promises of court challenges. Trump said that “respect for the law and ...

Renaming Alabama bridge for John Lewis opposed in Selma

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Growing calls nationally to honor the late Rep. John Lewis by putting his name on the Alabama bridge where he and other voting rights demonstrators were beaten 55 years ago are being met with resistance in Selma, the majority Black city where “Bloody Sunday” ...

Stefanik asks for reform to Paycheck Protection Program

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, has written a letter to the Department of Treasury and Small Business Administration asking officials to allow small businesses to seek an increase in their Paycheck Protection Program if they are entitled to a greater amount than they ...

Several local seats are up for election

There are a handful of local seats up for election in Franklin and Essex counties this November. Thursday is the last day for party caucuses to send a certificate of nomination to the board of elections and the deadline to plan a caucus has passed. Independent candidates can still file ...

Ex-NY assembly speaker sentenced to 6 1/2 years

NEW YORK — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced Monday to 6 1/2 years in prison in the corruption case that drove him from power as a judge said she hoped to “send a message to Albany.” U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni sentenced Silver, 76, for the ...

Waddington mayor concerned ‘Back the Blue’ parade broke COVID-19 rules

WADDINGTON — The mayor of Waddington is concerned that Saturday’s “Back the Blue” parade may put the village at risk for a spike in COVID-19 cases. On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered for a parade down Linden Street in the village, organized to show support for law ...

State Senate candidates show numbers for fundraising

PLATTSBURGH — Candidates for the 45th State Senate District disclosed their campaign finance numbers earlier this week. To date, Clinton County Treasurer Kimberly Davis, a Democrat, has accumulated more than $100,000 since she began her campaign in late May 2019. Assemblyman Dan Stec, ...

He’s back: Trump to re-up virus briefings amid lagging polls

President Donald Trump is set to once again take center stage in the government’s coronavirus response after a White House debate over how best to deploy its greatest and most volatile asset — him — played out in public as his poll numbers falter. One week after a campaign ...

Jones named co-chair of Canada U.S. relations board

PLATTSBURGH — State Assemblyman Billy Jones, D-Plattsburgh, has been appointed to serve as co-chair of the Council of State Governments’ Eastern Regional Conference’s (CSG East) Canada-U.S. Relations Committee through 2022. He will serve with Canadian co-chair Guy Ouellette, a member ...

Roger Stone calls Black radio host racial slur in interview

Roger Stone, a political operative whose 40-month prison sentence was commuted this month by President Donald Trump, his longtime friend, used the racial slur “Negro” on air while verbally sparring with a Los Angeles-based Black radio host. The exchange occurred on Saturday’s ...