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Assemblyman tours southern Franklin County infrastructure

Assemblyman Billy Jones visited the towns of Harrietstown, Santa Clara and Tupper Lake Wednesday last week to discuss infrastructure improvements and community needs with local officials in southern Franklin County. Jones, D-Plattsburgh, has had a busy summer touring local infrastructure ...

Holzer named interim Wilmington supervisor

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington town board appointed Roy Holzer, a former town supervisor, as interim town supervisor on Tuesday. In the November election, Holzer will face off against Xiao Yan Saunderson, who is running as an independent candidate on the For the People party line. The ...

Gillibrand in Placid for husband’s birthday

LAKE PLACID — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand visited Lake Placid Wednesday for what appears to be the first time since announcing her presidential bid. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., visited the area to celebrate the birthday of her husband of 18 years, Jonathan Gillibrand, according to Arthur Lussi, who ...

Sen. Gillibrand visits Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand visited Lake Placid Wednesday for what appears to be the first time since announcing her presidential bid. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., visited the area to celebrate the birthday of her husband of 18 years, Jonathan Gillibrand, according to Arthur Lussi, who ...

Hearing set on short-term rental law

LAKE PLACID — A proposed law that would regulate short-term vacation rentals here is headed for a public hearing. The new law would require those who rent out their properties on sites such as Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway to apply for and secure a permit, limit the number of visitors who ...

Trump order weakens protections for monarchs

GREENBELT, Md. — Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to play his part, 3-year-old Thomas Powell flaps his arms and ...

21 states, including NY, sue Trump administration over new emissions rules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A coalition of 21 Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with California’s governor saying the president is trying to rescue an outdated industry. In June, the U.S. ...

Environmental writer McKibben arrested at Stefanik protest

GLENS FALLS — One of the people arrested in Thursday’s protest outside the Glens Falls office of U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, was environmental writer Bill McKibben, who chronicled the experience in The New Yorker. McKibben, a former Adirondack resident who wrote “The ...

Poll finds voters weary of Cuomo

ALBANY — Less than a year after he was elected to a third term as New York’s chief executive, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has hit a rut, with nearly two-thirds of voters giving him a negative job performance rating, a Siena College poll has found. The survey found 64% of respondents reported ...

Essex County OKs coroner rules

The county Board of Supervisors adopted a new law Monday governing how coroners operate in Essex County. The law imposes new regulations and ethical standards for the county’s four coroners. It also puts in place a new dispatch protocol, and it changes how human remains will be ...

Upper SL Association bonds with Tupper Lake

TUPPER LAKE — The Upper Saranac Lake Association met at the Wild Center July 13 for its annual meeting, bringing around 120 seasonal and year-round residents to Tupper Lake and having its village mayor speak to them. Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun said many consider his village to be their ...

Stefanik bemoans ‘epidemic of hate’

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik said she was encouraged to hear President Donald Trump condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy in comments following two mass shootings over the weekend. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, sent out a news release Monday reacting to the shootings that killed a total ...

Cuomo blasts Trump’s response on shootings

Gov. Andrew Cuomo labeled as “hypocritical” remarks made by President Donald Trump, after two mass shootings over the weekend, condemning bigotry and hate. Cuomo, in an interview with WCBS Newsradio 880, said, “I think the president should practice what he preaches. I think for the ...

Sanders is most popular with Dem donors, NY Times finds

Following the second round of debates between the Democratic candidates running for president in the 2020 election, the New York Times has released several maps showing who has the most individual donors, highest dollar amounts and widespread appeal. The main map charts who has the most ...

Harrietstown to renegotiate its broadband contract

SARANAC LAKE — The town of Harrietstown’s contract with Charter Communications is set to expire on Aug. 27, and the town will renegotiate a deal with the company. Charter Communications offers services under the brand name Spectrum. According to Harrietstown town Supervisor Michael ...

Firefighters not liable when saving pet from hot car, new law states

ALBANY (AP) — A new law in New York says firefighters and emergency medical professionals aren’t liable for any vehicular damage when they remove a pet from a dangerously hot or cold car. Existing law already granted legal protections to police who break a car window to rescue a trapped ...

Stefanik: Trump isn’t racist, but she doesn’t like his tweets

LAKE GEORGE — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik said Tuesday that President Donald Trump is not a racist but she wishes he would focus more on solving problems than tweeting. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, simply answered “no” to the question, but elaborated after being pressed by a Post-Star ...

Politics Week in Review: Stefanik tries to update labor laws

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, has introduced legislation to clarify the definition of who is an employee to make it easier for freelancers and other people who do independent work. Stefanik has co-sponsored the Modern Worker Empowerment Act, which would update the Fair Labor ...