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Cuomo: State acknowledges need for trail development, land preservation

SARANAC LAKE -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday the state will seek a balance between trail development and land preservation. Cuomo, asked at a press conference Sunday whether the state would continue to fight lawsuits brought forward by Adirondack green groups seeking to curb tree cutting ...

Unrepentant Trump ignores Barr’s plea to back off tweeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by a public rebuke from his attorney general, President Donald Trump on Friday declared he has the “legal right” to intervene in criminal cases and sidestep the Justice Department’s historic independence. At the same time, it was revealed federal prosecutors ...

Cobb: Stefanik keeps sexual harasser’s money

A new ad from the Tedra Cobb campaign for New York’s 21st Congressional District questions why incumbent U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has accepted money from disgraced casino mogul and accused sexual assaulter Steve Wynn. Stefanik’s campaign says that Cobb, whose campaign brought in ...

Cuomo meets with Trump to offer deal on travelers program

WASHINGTON (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the White House on Thursday in the hope he could persuade President Donald Trump to reverse a decision to boot New Yorkers from programs that allow travelers to avoid long lines at the U.S. border. The Democratic governor and Republican ...

Cobb has money to spend, but she’s hanging onto it

SARANAC LAKE — Tedra Cobb has a lot of money and no plans to spend it yet. The Democrat from Canton is running for New York’s 21st Congressional District for the second time in an attempt at taking the seat away from incumbent U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville. Cobb has a ...

DCCC criticizes Stefanik vote on Medicaid

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee criticized U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, for her “no” vote on a resolution criticizing President Donald Trump’s proposal to turn Medicaid into a block grant program. The Trump administration has proposed giving states more ...

SUNY focuses more on enrollment concern

ALBANY — Enrollment in New York’s State University system could drop by “tens of thousands of students” over the next five years unless the system finds ways to bolster recruitment, State University Chancellor Kristina Johnson told lawmakers Tuesday. Johnson told members of a ...

All NY21 county Republican committees back Stefanik

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has been endorsed by the Republican committees of all 12 counties in New York’s 21st Congressional District as she runs for a fourth term in office, according to a press release from her campaign. Republican committees in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, ...

Capitol Watch: Public safety, school aid, Medicaid on agenda

ALBANY — New York lawmakers are heading into a week of hearings on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal, and one of the big issues on the table is how to slash Medicaid costs without hurting patients or financially crippling counties that help pay for the program. A new Medicaid ...

NY to sue US over its ouster from trusted traveler programs

ALBANY — New York state will file a lawsuit challenging the Department of Homeland Security's decision to block New Yorkers from participating in "trusted traveler programs" in retribution for a new state law that could hinder federal immigration enforcement, officials said Friday. "It's ...

Trump thanks Stefanik for her words of support

“I’ll always be your friend,” President Donald Trump told U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik at his post-impeachment trial speech and celebration Thursday. Speaking at the White House, Trump spoke about being acquitted on two counts of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress by a ...

Trump unleashes impeachment fury in acquittal ‘celebration’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Exulting in his impeachment acquittal, a defiant President Donald Trump took a scorched-earth victory lap Thursday, unleashing his fury against those who tried to remove him from office and pointing ahead to his reelection campaign. Triumphantly waving newspaper front ...

Green Light law fuels election fraud concerns

ALBANY — Critics of New York’s new law allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses say that measure coupled with efforts to make it easier to vote have opened up security gaps in the election system. Noncitizens in New York are prohibited from participating in ...

Senate acquits President Trump

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump won impeachment acquittal Wednesday in the U.S. Senate, bringing to a close only the third presidential trial in American history with votes that split the country, tested civic norms and fed the tumultuous 2020 race for the White House. With Chief ...

Stefanik: NY earned federal consequence of Green Light Law

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is barring New Yorkers from participating in its “trusted traveler” programs in response to the recently passed Green Light Law, which lets undocumented immigrants be issued driver’s licenses, potentially safeguarding them from ...

Stefanik sponsors bill to protect voter rolls from foreign hacking

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, has co-sponsored a bill to protect voter registration systems against foreign hacking. The Protect American Voters Act would direct the Election Assistance Commission to issue guidelines regarding the security of “non-voting” election ...

President references Stefanik bill in State of the Union

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, said President Donald Trump delivered an “incredibly strong” State of the Union address Tuesday night, in which he highlighted the congresswoman’s legislation on paid leave and child tax credit. “The President’s emphasis on our strong ...

Cobb doesn’t support removal of Trump without a fair trial

PLATTSBURGH — Democratic Congressional candidate Tedra Cobb told reporters she does not support removing President Donald Trump from office, then later clarified her position. The question had not come up during a roundtable she held at the Koffee Kat Tuesday night. In a statement, ...

Franklin County GOP committee endorses Dan Stec for state Senate

State Assemblyman Dan Stec picked up the official endorsement of the Franklin County Republican committee Wednesday. Stec, of Queensbury, is one of three Republicans and four candidates running to succeed longtime Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, who is not seeking reelection. Kimberly ...

Not guilty: Split Senate acquits Trump of impeachment

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump won impeachment acquittal Wednesday in the U.S. Senate, bringing to a close only the third presidential trial in American history with votes that split the country, tested civic norms and fed the tumultuous 2020 race for the White House. A majority of ...