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Kolb faces ethics probe after DWI crash in state vehicle

ALBANY — The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics has opened up a fact-finding inquiry into a possible ethics violation by Assembly GOP Leader Brian Kolb in connection with what authorities say was the New Year’s Eve crash of a state-owned vehicle while he was intoxicated, a person ...

Top New York lawmaker faces ethics probe after alcohol-fueled crash

ALBANY — The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics has opened up a fact-finding inquiry into a possible ethics violation by Assembly GOP Leader Brian Kolb in connection with what authorities say was the New Year’s Eve crash of a state-owned vehicle while he was intoxicated, a person ...

Stefanik says airstrike reaffirms doctrine of ‘Peace Through Strength’

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said on social media Thursday evening that “every American should thank our brave men and women in uniform & our intelligence community ...

Stec stacks up more endorsements

Seventeen Republican Essex County public officials have endorsed Assemblyman Dan Stec’s candidacy for New York’s 45th Senate District seat, joining public officials in Washington and Warren counties. The seat will be vacated by Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, a year from now. Stec, ...

Colton man runs for Senate

Another Republican has thrown his hat in the ring to compete for retiring state Sen. Betty Little’s New York 45th District seat. Kevin Beary, a retired English teacher from Colton in St. Lawrence County, announced his candidacy Friday, detailing his desire to improve the district’s ...

Stefanik votes against bill to raise tax deductions cap, hike top rate

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, last week voted against a bill that would have increased the state and local tax deduction from $10,000 to $20,000 for people filing a joint return and hiked the top marginal tax rate. A cap on the state and local tax deduction, also known as ...

Study: Teens vape pot more than before

ALBANY — New York lawmakers are preparing to consider legalizing marijuana just as a new federal study shows that high school students are vaping the drug with far greater frequency than they were two years ago. The research, funded by the National Institutes for Health, found ...

Cuomo’s State of State theme is ‘Making Progress Happen’

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo started off the week dropping pieces of his agenda for the 2020 State of the State and unveiled his theme for the year: “Making Progress Happen.” Two of Cuomo’s proposals were released Tuesday, the first of which would tighten penal law against sexual ...

President impeached by House on 2 counts

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday night, becoming only the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution’s ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors. The historic vote split along party ...

Cobb supports impeachment, on day of vote

On the day the House of Representatives votes on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, northern New York congressional candidate Tedra Cobb took her first stance on impeachment, saying she would vote in favor of it if she was in Congress. “Given the seriousness of ...

Two supervisors to announce Assembly runs

Two members of the Warren County Board of Supervisors plan to announce Thursday that they plan to run for the county’s state Assembly seat next year. Horicon Supervisor Matt Simpson and Queensbury at-Large Supervisor Doug Beaty have both planned formal campaign announcements to seek the ...

Rep. Stefanik’s full statement on impeachment

“As a Member of Congress who swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, I oppose impeachment of President Trump,” U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik said. “House Democrats failed to uphold their Constitutional duty and instead pursued a partisan impeachment process due to their visceral ...

On day of vote, Cobb comes out in support of impeachment

On the day the House of Representatives votes on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, northern New York congressional candidate Tedra Cobb took her first stance on impeachment, saying she would vote in favor of it if she was in Congress. “Given the seriousness of ...

Two Warren County supervisors to announce Assembly runs

Two members of the Warren County Board of Supervisors plan to announce Thursday that they plan to run for the county’s state Assembly seat next year. Horicon Supervisor Matt Simpson and Queensbury at-Large Supervisor Doug Beaty have both planned formal campaign announcements to seek the ...

In snowy Saranac Lake, 40+ people call for Congress to remove president

SARANAC LAKE — More than 40 people gathered at Riverside Park Tuesday night, advocating for President Donald Trump’s impeachment and removal from office. As snow fell and the temperature reached the low 20s, they held signs that said things such as “Defend Democracy,” “(Rep. ...

Stefanik, Cobb support different drug price reform bills

PLATTSBURGH — Not surprisingly, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and her Democratic opponent Tedra Cobb disagree on H.R. 3, the “Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.” On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed the legislation almost entirely along party lines, 230 to ...

Stefanik votes ‘no’ on bill that would negotiate caps on drug prices

U.S. Rep Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, voted no last week on legislation that would allow the federal government to negotiate drug prices. The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which passed 230-192, would require the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to negotiate ...

Senate Dems seek Bolton, Mulvaney as impeachment witnesses

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are proposing a weekslong Senate impeachment trial seeking testimony from four new witnesses including John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney over President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine, according to a detailed outline released Sunday. Minority Leader Chuck ...

Stec promotes support from GOP chairs

After announcing his plan to run for state Senate earlier this week, Assemblyman Dan Stec announced he had met with all six Republican county chairs in the 45th Senate District Thursday — solidifying early support for his candidacy. Six days after state Sen. Betty Little announced she ...

Donaldson retires from Harrietstown Highway Dept.

SARANAC LAKE — After nearly 40 years as Harrietstown Highway Superintendent, Craig Donaldson handed in a resignation and retirement letter at Wednesday night’s town council meeting, and multiple council members said it came as a shock. “We were pretty surprised,” Councilman Howard ...