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State of the State focused on hope

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged in his annual address Monday to vaccinate millions of residents and jumpstart the state’s flagging economy even as more than 10,000 New Yorkers continue to test positive for COVID-19 each day. The governor’s State of the State address — which will ...

Local legislators dissect State of the State

Local state legislators’ reactions to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address Monday were uniform across the Senate and Assembly, as well as party lines. Assemblymen Billy Jones, D-Plattsburgh, and Matt Simpson, R-Horicon, said they felt the governor’s speech Monday lacked in ...

Stefanik sticks with Trump, rebuffs calls for her resignation

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, said she will not resign her post and will continue to support President Donald Trump, after receiving criticism from a number of officials and organizations for her decision to object to certain state’s electoral votes last week. Last week, Stefanik ...

Political tides leave Schumer in top Senate seat

ALBANY — Leaders of New York’s local governments, facing sharp revenue declines as a result of the shutdown of portions of the state’s economy last year, are infused with fresh optimism now that a familiar face is about to ascend to one of the federal government’s most influential ...

State of the State: Vaccinations, boosting economy top Cuomo 2021 agenda

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged in his annual address Monday to vaccinate millions of residents and jumpstart the state’s flagging economy even as more than 10,000 New Yorkers continue to test positive for COVID-19 each day. The governor’s State of the State address — which will ...

Stefanik sticks with Trump, rebuffs calls for her resignation

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, said she will not resign her post and will continue to support President Donald Trump, after receiving criticism from a number of officials and organizations for her decision to object to certain state’s electoral votes last week. Last week, ...

GOP plans resolutions to strip Cuomo’s expanded power

ALBANY — Senate Republicans will introduce a resolution every day starting next week to curb Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s expanded authority granted last March because of the coronavirus pandemic, lawmakers said, before detailing their priorities for the 2021-22 legislative session. Democrats ...

Tupper Lake photographer was at Trump rally outside Capitol

Amid a sea of flags on the U.S. Capitol lawn Wednesday, Tupper Lake photographer Jim Lanthier documented the scene where thousands of Donald Trump supporters had shown up to protest Congress’ certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election. While the day is known for the ...

Trump rally attendee faces COVID backlash

SARANAC LAKE — Clothing store owner Gregory Moore traveled to Washington to attend a pro-Donald Trump rally on Wednesday. When he arrived home, he faced backlash, and not so much about politics as about the pandemic. After learning that her boss was traveling out of state and concerned ...

Stefanik tells of hiding during mob attack on Capitol

Rep. Elise Stefanik was just about to speak on the House floor as Trump supporters besieged the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. She was about to object to certifying electoral results in four states when the Capitol was overrun. “I was actually on deck to give my speech, so I was seated ...

Teachers help students make sense of violence at Capitol

A teacher in Alabama presented photographs of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol without commentary and asked students to write poems in reflection. A Minnesota instructor fielded comparisons to the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing. And a civics educator in Connecticut urged her ...

Trump finally faces reality — amid talk of early ouster

WASHINGTON — With 12 days left in his term, President Donald Trump has finally bent to reality amid growing talk of trying to force him out early, acknowledging he'll peacefully leave after Congress affirmed his defeat. Trump led off a video from the White House Thursday by condemning ...

Police officer’s death intensifies Capitol siege questions

WASHINGTON — A police officer has died from injuries sustained as President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol, a violent siege that is forcing hard questions about the defeated president's remaining days in office and the ability of the Capitol Police to secure the area. The ...

Stefanik objects to electors after Capitol riot

North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik objected to electors from Pennsylvania but voted to confirm electors from Arizona in an overnight joint congressional session in which the House and Senate approved Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as president and vice president. Stefanik had planned to object ...

Fact check: Stefanik speech had both true, false election complaints

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik explained why she objected to electors from four states in a speech on the House floor Wednesday night. The irregularities alleged in her speech and a press release included some falsehoods and omissions, but also some true statements. This came after the ...

Cobb joins protesters in call for Stefanik’s resignation

CANTON — In response to Wednesday’s riot at the U.S. Capitol, protesters across the north country took to the streets Thursday, calling for Rep. Elise M. Stefanik’s resignation — including her former Democratic challenger, Tedra L. Cobb. The protesters accused Rep. Stefanik, as well ...

Biden introduces Merrick Garland as AG pick

WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden introduced his pick for the nation’s top law enforcement official on Thursday, turning to experienced judge Merrick Garland to help de-politicize the Justice Department and restore the rule of law after what the incoming president described as ...