Politics

H’town council race is set for November

SARANAC LAKE — For the Harrietstown Town Council general election on Nov. 5, the candidates have been set, with three running for two seats. On Thursday, two were given the Democratic nod at that party’s caucus. Deputy Supervisor and Councilman Howard Riley, a Democrat, received the ...

New York government watchdog fired after sexual misconduct probe

ALBANY (AP) — The longtime head of a New York state office focusing on public access to information and government transparency was fired Monday night after a journalist said he harassed her and touched her inappropriately. Robert Freeman, who led the Committee on Open Government, ...

Local county clerks oppose ‘Green Light’ license law

ELIZABETHTOWN — Local county clerks are joining a growing rallying cry against the so-called “Green Light” law, a controversial measure that will let undocumented immigrants apply for New York driver’s licenses. The state Legislature passed the bill last week, and Gov. Andrew ...

Local NY legislators give session mixed reviews

Legislators gave this year’s session a mixed grade, noting that it focused heavily on downstate issues such as driver’s licenses for immigrants in the country illegally and criminal justice reform. Assemblyman Dan Stec, R-Queensbury, said the recently wrapped legislative session was ...

Primaries tomorrow: North Elba, Keene, Jay

Republican and Democratic voters in three local towns will decide their candidates for town boards Tuesday. In both North Elba and Keene, three candidates are seeking ballot access on the Republican line for two town board seats. Democratic voters will pick one of two candidates for Jay ...

Officials react to NY climate change bill, EPA rollbacks

This week, the state Legislature passed a landmark climate change bill while the federal government rolled back regulations on coal-fired power plants. The two starkly different decisions mark the ongoing struggle between the environment and business, and what can be done to curb climate ...

Courts will settle battle over licenses for undocumented people, Cuomo says

ALBANY — The fate of controversial legislation that allows undocumented immigrants to qualify for New York driver’s licenses will likely hinge on future court rulings, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday. The New York law, enacted this week after heated debate in the Senate, was designed ...

Stefanik wants 1,846 new staff members at US-Canada border

PLATTSBURGH — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is pushing for the addition of 1,846 new positions within Customs and Border Protection, including 1,200 new officers. The additional staffing, she says, will help curtail the need to transfer officers from the northern border ...

Stefanik has strong words for Iran

Rep. Elise Stefanik called Iran a “rogue regime” Friday after President Donald Trump called off U.S. military strikes he had previously approved against that country. “The recent acts of aggression by Iran are exactly why I firmly opposed the misguided Iran Deal under the Obama ...

NY lawmakers lessen penalty for pot possession

ALBANY — Lawmakers in New York state have voted to eliminate criminal penalties for public possession and use of marijuana after efforts to legalize pot stalled. The measure would reduce low-level criminal charges for unlawful possession of marijuana to a violation, which comes with a ...

Lawmakers vote to curtail use of solitary confinement in NY prisons

ALBANY — New York is going to restrict the use of solitary confinement in state prisons, despite failing to pass legislation that would have prohibited putting a prisoner in isolation for more than 15 consecutive days. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and ...

APA nominations fall by wayside

RAY BROOK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nominated four people to the state Adirondack Park Agency board — including a Lake Clear business owner — but some holdup in Albany means the agency will conduct business without a full board for the rest of this year at least. APA board members are ...

Lake Placid plans tax, water rate increase

LAKE PLACID — The village’s preliminary 2019-20 budget carries both a proposed tax increase and a water rate increase. The village is proposing to levy, or collect, $3,846,423 in taxes in 2019-20. In the current fiscal year, the village collected $3,728,498. That puts the levy increase ...

Senate, Assembly pass unruly camper bill

In the past two days the state Senate and Assembly have passed a bill clarifying the legal grounds for a campground to remove disruptive guests, and the legislation now will be sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for final consideration. Under the proposed law, a campground owner could request a law ...

N.Y. lawmakers eye decriminalization after legal pot stalls

ALBANY (AP) — Lawmakers in New York state are considering a proposal to eliminate criminal penalties for public possession and use of marijuana after efforts to legalize pot stalled. The legislation would replace low-level criminal charges with civil tickets similar to a parking ticket. ...

APA board nominations fall by wayside

RAY BROOK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nominated four people to the state Adirondack Park Agency board — including a Lake Clear business owner — but some holdup in Albany means the agency will conduct business without a full board for the rest of this year at least. APA board members are ...

Essex County bed tax, EMS bills pass

Two bills, one that gives Essex County the authority to raise its occupancy tax and another that authorizes the county to contract with towns and fire districts to provide emergency medical services, both passed the state Legislature Wednesday, the last day of this year’s legislative ...

Albany approves land bank

A bill that would create a long-sought-after state land bank passed its final legislative hurdle on Wednesday and now waits for the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The land bank, officially known as the health and safety account, would provide 250 acres of land within the Adirondack and ...

H’town Republicans run Milne, Meagher, McLaughlin

SARANAC LAKE — The Harrietstown Republican Committee held its caucus for the Nov. 5 election Wednesday night, with no contests from within the party. According to committee head Joe Spadero, Patty Meagher and Ashley Milne were chosen to run for town council and Ken McLaughlin for town ...