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Cuomo: Summer school in state will be online

NEW YORK (AP) — Summer school students will not be reporting to the classroom. New York City will deliver 1 million meals a day to fight hunger during the outbreak. State labor officials hit with a flood of unemployment applications say they’re working through the backlog. Coronavirus ...

Trump slams mail-in balloting promoted by his own campaign

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday railed against mail-in balloting that in some cases has been promoted by his own reelection campaign, alleging without evidence that it leads to “total election fraud.” A day earlier, Trump threatened to pull federal money for states ...

Stefanik spars with Cuomo staff on request to probe nursing home deaths

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, is in a war of words with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s staff, after she blamed the governor for the high number of nursing home deaths in the state. Stefanik joined the other Republican New York members of the House of Representatives in calling for an ...

Half of Main Street could close this summer in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Here’s an idea: Close off half of Main Street — the lakeside lane from the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort to Players Sports Bar & Grill — during July and August. Keep the other lane open to one-way traffic, going toward Saranac Avenue. And use the closed lane for an ...

Stefanik disputes Dems’ $3 trillion aid plan

On Friday the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus package that is unlikely to become law since the Republican-majority Senate seems unlikely to pass it. The act contains contested funding, legislation and tax ...

Trump says he’s taking malaria drug to protect against coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he is taking a malaria drug to protect against the new coronavirus, despite warnings from his own government that it should only be administered for COVID-19 in a hospital or research setting due to potentially fatal side ...

Democrats: Fired watchdog was looking into Saudi arms sale

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats say the State Department watchdog fired by President Donald Trump last week was investigating possible impropriety in a massive arms sale to Saudi Arabia last year, adding new questions to the watchdog’s abrupt dismissal. Democrats said Monday ...

GOP chair: ‘We will not be holding a virtual convention’

Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Monday that the party “will not be holding a virtual convention,” pledging that the presidential nominating convention in late August will be conducted at least partly in-person. The coronavirus outbreak forced Democrats to ...

Delegate race drives primary, now back on

The New York Democratic presidential primary is back on — at least for now — and since 10 of the 11 candidates have dropped out, delegates are now the focus. The state is appealing a federal judge’s decision to insist New York continues with its June 23 primary election, which ...

Whistleblower: US still lacks virus plan; Americans at risk

WASHINGTON — Despite White House claims, the U.S. still lacks a comprehensive battle plan against the coronavirus in critical areas including masks, testing, treatments and vaccines, whistleblower Rick Bright warned Thursday in testimony before a House committee. “Our window of ...

Here’s how to vote in the NY Dem primary

To vote in the presidential primary election June 23, you must be a registered Democrat. The deadline to change parties has already passed, but you can register to vote for the first time until May 29. Polling locations will be open on election day, and both Franklin and Essex counties ...

Pelosi unveils $3T virus bill, warns inaction costs more

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package Tuesday, providing nearly $1 trillion for states and cities, “hazard pay” for essential workers and a new round of cash payments to individuals. The House is expected to vote on the ...

Supreme Court appears likely to reject Trump immunity claim

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared likely to reject President Donald Trump’s claim that he is immune from criminal investigation while in office. But the court seemed less clear about exactly how to handle subpoenas from Congress and the Manhattan district attorney for ...

Russian president’s spokesman hospitalized with coronavirus

MOSCOW (AP) — Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has been hospitalized with the coronavirus, the latest in a series of setbacks for President Vladimir Putin as Russia struggles to contain the growing outbreak. “Yes, I’ve gotten sick. I’m being treated,” Peskov, a key Putin aide, told ...

Trump valet has coronavirus; president again tests negative

WASHINGTON — A member of the military serving as one of President Donald Trump’s valets has tested positive for the coronavirus, the White House said Thursday. It said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have since tested negative for the virus and “remain in good health.” It marked ...

Justice Department dropping Flynn’s Trump-Russia case

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Thursday said it is dropping the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, abandoning a prosecution that became a rallying cry for the president and his supporters in attacking the FBI’s ...

Stefanik named to McCarthy’s China Task Force

WASHINGTON — Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican who represents northern New York, has been named to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s China Task Force, aimed at working on policies to hold China accountable for allegedly covering up the initial spread of COVID-19. Stefanik is one ...

AP Exclusive: US shelves detailed guide to reopening country

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Trump administration has shelved a document created by the nation’s top disease investigators with step-by-step advice to local authorities on how and when to reopen restaurants and other public places during the still-raging coronavirus outbreak. The 17-page ...

NY Democratic presidential primary is back on schedule

NEW YORK — The New York Democratic presidential primary must take place June 23 because canceling it would be unconstitutional and deprive withdrawn presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang of proper representation at the Democratic convention, a judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. ...

Stefanik cosponsors act to aid chambers of commerce

SCHUYLERVILLE — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, is cosponsoring the Local Chamber, Tourism, and 501(c)(6) Protection Act, which is bipartisan legislation to expand the Paycheck Protection Program to include local chambers, tourism marketing organizations, and other 501(c)(6)s ...