Politics

Tentative budget for Saranac Lake at tax cap

SARANAC LAKE — After two budget work sessions, the village has crafted a tentative budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year, raising the tax levy by 2% to $3,819,736 — right on the tax cap. The village will host a public hearing on the budget at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 22 in the village ...

Reps react to Gold Star Education funding approval

PLATTSBURGH — North Country state lawmakers are pleased to see the approval of Gold Star Education funding for families of veterans who died in service of the nation. The legislation provides for free college tuition and room and board to dependents of military veterans who died in ...

April 28 symposium, April 22 film focus on combating climate change

SARANAC LAKE — To anyone who’s been paying attention lately, climate change can seem to be an overwhelming, even insurmountable, problem. Yet, countless government entities, nonprofit organizations and individual citizens across the globe are moving with urgency to address this ...

Village’s 3 Main St. to see upgrades, including facelift for PD

SARANAC LAKE — The village Board of Trustees has agreed to move forward with two of the three projects concerning the renovation and expansion of its building at 3 Main St., totaling around $1 million, according to early design estimates. The trustees agreed at a Thursday work session to ...

Setting Pole dam outside Tupper to be inspected

TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake town board decided to hire a diver to inspect the Setting Pole Dam gate, which has been “sticky” lately at its Thursday meeting. The board was also complimented by Tupper Lake Free Press Publisher Dan McClelland during the meeting’s public comment ...

Proposed DRI project would link Depot, Cedar streets

SARANAC LAKE — A village-sponsored Downtown Revitalization Project would connect Depot Street to Cedar Street, if funded and approved by the state. The project would add an estimated 1,570 feet of new roadway onto Depot Street, which currently terminates by the former Branch & ...

Union requests 3% increases for Saranac Lake DPW workers

SARANAC LAKE — At Monday night’s village board meeting, a union representative for the village Department of Public Works asked that a trustee sit in on wage negotiations, but the request was denied. Negotiations between the village and the Teamsters Local 687 for a new contract are at ...

Reactions mixed to call for stricter ATV legislation

The Adirondack Council and other groups said Monday that they want the state to pass stricter laws around all-terrain vehicle use in the Adirondack Park, but some think the call is unnecessary. The council believes ATV use is harming the park and puts people’s safety at risk. In a report ...

400 Broadway fails DEC inspection

SARANAC LAKE — The Department of Environmental Conservation has found that the village has not kept the standard in the engineering control of one of the two properties known as 400 Broadway. During the DEC’s periodic assessment of the property, it found the village’s application of ...

APA presents forest rangers with local government award

LAKE PLACID — State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers were given an award last week during the Adirondack Park Agency’s Local Government Day in Lake Placid. The Local Government Day award is presented annually to people or organizations that make a difference in ...

No APA meeting in April

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency has canceled its regular monthly meeting for April. According to the APA’s website, the monthly board meeting — scheduled for next Thursday and Friday — will not take place. No reason was given. The agency board, which typically holds ...

Meeting set Thursday on proposed hiking trail from Corinth to Newcomb

CHESTER — An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday about the proposed 99-mile-long First Wilderness Heritage Trail that will run from Corinth to Newcomb. The event will take place in the auditorium of the Chester Municipal Center. The trail would start in the village of ...

DEC taking comments on 46 Corners UMP

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking for public input before it begins updating the unit management plan (UMP) for eight state forests on the western edge of the Adirondacks. The 46 Corners UMP was last updated in 2013, and covers Big Brook, Cobb Brook, Fall Brook, ...

Lower Saranac marina update: Litigation continues, upgrades on hold

SARANAC LAKE — Any improvements to the Lower Saranac Lake marina will continue to remain on hold as ligation continues in the Franklin County Supreme Court. Judge John T. Ellis found the case to be triable, and unless LS Marina LLC’s appeal to reverse the decision is successful, the ...

Tupper’s proposed village budget below tax cap, similar to last year

TUPPER LAKE — The village has released a tentative budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year, with the current iteration staying below the tax cap by $58, raising the tax levy 1.976%, the tax rate 1.78% and including no major purchases. This tax rate increase means there will be a $0.253 ...

Conservation groups want private ATVs banned in some parts of the Adirondacks

ALBANY (AP) — A coalition of conservation groups say New York state must do more to address the impact of all-terrain vehicles in the Adirondacks. The group, which includes organizations such as the Adirondack Council and the Sierra Club, published a report Monday detailing the impact ...

Local police agencies plan to ignore mug shot ‘ban’

State law will change in the coming weeks so that mug shots of those arrested for crimes can be considered public information only for “law enforcement purpose,” but many police agencies around the state say they don’t plan to change their practices. At issue is what is required by an ...

APA board in transition

RAY BROOK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo could potentially reshape the state Adirondack Park Agency for years to come this summer. With seven appointments to the APA board up in the air, Adirondack environmental groups see potential in so many open seats, but also said the current makeup of the ...