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Politics

All rise for the judge election

Four seats in the state Supreme Court Fourth District, which covers much of the North Country and Central New York, are up for election this year, and six attorneys are pleading their cases to be elected to the bench. The Fourth District includes the counties of Franklin, Essex, Clinton, ...

NY launches early voting, hopes benefits will outweigh costs

ALBANY — Early voting is set to happen for the first time in New York, and advocates hope the benefits of expanded ballot box access will outweigh the cost and headaches of keeping the polls open for more than a single day. Starting Saturday, voters in this autumn’s election can cast ...

Supervisor candidates talk issues

LAKE PLACID — Affordable housing and short-term rental regulations again emerged as the top issues facing North Elba in a debate between the four candidates running for town supervisor. The debate was hosted at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise offices in Saranac Lake and was moderated ...

Early voting starts Saturday

This is the first year New Yorkers are able to vote before Election Day — at the polls, not just with absentee ballots. The state Legislature and governor approved early voting for this year, and the state’s counties have implemented it. Early voting begins Saturday, running through ...

Clinton County legislator says he’s running for Congress

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County Legislator Simon Conroy has announced that he intends to challenge Tedra Cobb for the Democratic nomination to run against U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, according to the Plattsburgh Press-Republican. Conroy, who represents the town of Plattsburgh ...

NORTH ELBA SUPERVISOR CANDIDATES AT A GLANCE

--- Jay Rand Jr. --- Age: 69 Hometown: Lake Placid Ballot lines: Republican, For the People (independent) Family: Married, three daughters, six grandchildren. Political experience: Served on North Elba Town Council since 1988, and during that time has represented the town as a ...

Schumer seeks review of metals in baby food

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is demanding that the Food and Drug Administration draft regulations to force baby food manufacturers to address the presence of heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmium in their products. Schumer’s call for action is on the heels of a ...

Congress bids tearful farewell to ‘sweet Elijah’ Cummings

WASHINGTON (AP) —Members of Congress bid a tearful farewell Thursday to Rep. Elijah Cummings , hailing the son of sharecroppers as a “master of the House” as the Maryland Democrat became the first African American lawmaker to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers eulogized ...

GOP lawmakers crash their way into session on impeachment

Around two dozen Republican congresspeople stormed a closed-door House impeachment inquiry hearing Wednesday morning, demanding to sit in on a planned testimony of a Pentagon official to the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees, which U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik was ...

Cobb, Stefanik Q3 campaign contributions, by the numbers

Less than one-third of the itemized individual donations to the campaign of U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, in the third quarter of the year came from inside New York’s 21st Congressional District, compared with 70% for Democratic challenger Tedra Cobb, according to an analysis ...

Six vie for two board seats in North Elba

Lake Placid’s affordable housing crunch and the ongoing debate over short-term rental regulations has inspired multiple candidates to run for public office in the town of North Elba. Six candidates, all but two of them new to politics, are vying for two seats on the town council Nov. ...

Stefanik condemns president’s ‘lynching’ tweet

PLATTSBURGH — Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, condemned President Donald Trump’s tweet in which he referred to the impeachment inquiry as a “lynching.” “So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach ...

Franklin Co. early voting permitted only in Malone

TUPPER LAKE — Early voting will be held for the first time in Franklin County this year, from Oct. 26 to Nov. 3, before election day on Nov. 5, but the only polling site will be in the north end of the county, Franklin County Republican Commissioner of Elections Tracy Sparks said, due to ...

Four eye 2 spots on Franklin council

VERMONTVILLE — What does the town of Franklin need? It depends on who you ask. Franklin held a meet-the-candidates event at the town hall Friday night. There, locals were able to meet the four candidates running for two four-year town council seats — Democrats Leo Demong and ...

Franklin highway super job up for grabs

VERMONTVILLE — The race for the town of Franklin Highway Superintendent sees incumbent Jacques Demars going against Leo Law. Demars has been the town highway superintendent for the past 11 years. “When I took over, there were a lot of discrepancies between things like fuel and ...

Holzer, Saunderson vie to be Wilmington supervisor

WILMINGTON — Two candidates are seeking the town’s top slot this November. Interim town Supervisor Roy Holzer, 54, will face off against newcomer Xiaoyan Saunderson, 60, to fill the town supervisor seat left vacant by the death of Randy Preston on July 18. Preston, the sitting ...

Five candidates vie for Keene council, two for justice

KEENE — Five candidates are in the running for two town council seats in Keene. Two people are running to fill a town justice seat. At a candidate forum hosted by Un!te the North Country at the Keene Fire Department Wednesday, six of seven people vying for public office weighed in on ...

Three vie for two spots on Harrietstown Town Council

SARANAC LAKE — Two four-year spots on the Harrietstown Town Council are up for election this year with three candidates vying for the positions. The candidates are incumbents Republican Patricia Meagher and Democrat Howard Riley, and newcomer Ashley Milne, who’s been endorsed by both ...

Stefanik votes to sanction Turkey for Syria aggression

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik on Wednesday addressed the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities to discuss the inadequacies she said she perceives in military infrastructure when it comes to climate change and technology. The Republican ...

Franklin voters can meet all candidates at Friday event

VERMONTVILLE — The town of Franklin will host a meet-the-candidates event at the Franklin Town Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Two town council spots have four candidates running — Democrats Leo Demong and Dick Jarvis, and Republicans Glen Swinyer and Brad Merrill, none of whom is ...