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Stefanik believes impeach vote is certainty

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik stood by claims she made last week that her Democratic opponent Tedra Cobb supports impeaching President Donald Trump, despite Cobb’s statement that she isn’t sure about impeachment, although she approves the inquiry. Stefanik defended her assertion by saying ...

Outgoing town councilor named LP village justice

LAKE PLACID — The village has appointed a new justice, but the decision wasn’t unanimous. At the board’s meeting Monday, two trustees voted to affirm Mayor Craig Randall’s appointment of North Elba town Councilman Bob Miller to fill the village justice vacancy left by David ...

Stefanik differs with Trump on Paris climate accord

On Monday the U.S. officially withdrew from the Paris climate accord, an international agreement between the world’s leading nations aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and slowing the tide of climate change. Under President Donald Trump’s direction, Secretary of State Mike ...

Four Republicans win Supreme Court seats

Though one last election district and the absentee ballots for the Supreme Court Fourth District election have still not all been counted, the breakdown of 638,192 votes definitively shows the four Republican candidates winning the seats on the bench. Jim Walsh, Rebecca Slezak, Michael ...

Rand picked to lead North Elba

LAKE PLACID — Jay Rand appears to have clinched the North Elba town supervisor position, and candidates Emily Kilburn-Politi and Richard Cummings appear to have secured seats on the town council. Unofficial results from the Essex County Board of Elections show Rand secured 940 in-person ...

Ellis will remain on Franklin County board

SARANAC LAKE — Franklin County reelected Democratic District 7 Legislator Melinda “Lindy” Ellis over Cliff Donaldson of the Common Sense Party Tuesday. The unofficial results shortly after the polls closed at 9 p.m. were Ellis with 959 votes and Donaldson with 560. “I’m very ...

Newcomer will join Harrietstown board

SARANAC LAKE — Harrietstown will keep one town council person and gain a new one. According to unofficial votes announced at the Harrietstown Town Hall Tuesday night, newcomer Ashley Milne received 866 votes while current council members Howard Riley and Patricia Meagher got 708 and ...

Stefanik objects to Twitter banning political ads

On Monday U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik said she opposes Twitter’s decision to ban all political advertising on its social media platform. She said the move limits free speech for candidates and campaigns. On Oct. 30 Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the company will stop all political ...

Luton, Fontana lead vote count in Tupper Lake

TUPPER LAKE — A hotly contested town board election resulted in the two incumbent councilwomen appearing to keep their seats. Incumbent councilwomen Tracy Luton and Mary Fontana, both Republicans, led the vote count in a close election. They were at the VFW when they found out and ...

Essex County clerk wins reelection in a landslide

Incumbent Joseph Provoncha has secured an eighth four-year term as Essex County clerk. From 8,927 votes cast countywide on Tuesday and during the nine-day early voting period, Provoncha garnered 68% of the votes, or 6,126, according to the Essex County Board of Elections. There were 789 ...

Wilmington voters go back to Holzer as supervisor

WILMINGTON — Independent People’s Party candidate Roy Holzer won this town’s supervisor race in a landslide on Tuesday. Holzer, a former town supervisor and the town’s current interim supervisor, garnered 393 out of 420 total in-person votes cast, according to the Essex County ...

St. Armand voters choose interim Supervisor Winemiller

BLOOMINGDALE — St. Armand voters reelected town Supervisor Davina Winemiller of the Voice of Reason Party over Victor Burman of the Rule of Law party in Tuesday’s election. According to uncertified results from the Essex County Board of Elections, Winemiller received 214 votes, and ...

Whitney, Deyo secure Keene council seats

KEENE — Voters appear to have selected two newcomers, Republican David Deyo and Independence candidate Jennifer Whitney, to serve on the Keene Town Council next year. Independent Common Sense candidate Bill Harral has secured one of two town justice seats. Uncertified results from the ...

McDonald, Sauer win in Jay

Jay voters selected Republican Thomas McDonald and Democrat Knut Sauer to serve on the town council, and independent Adam Coolidge is leading for a third open board seat. Uncertified results from the Essex County Board of Elections show Sauer, a freshman political candidate who was running ...

Dems win Franklin town council seats

VERMONTVILLE — Both Democratic candidates, Richard Jarvis and Leo Demong, were elected Tuesday as the two new Franklin town councilmen over Republicans Brad Merrill and Glen Swinyer. According to unofficial poll results from the town, Demong and Jarvis received 306 and 249 votes, ...

Stefanik backs pathway to legal status for farm workers

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has signed on as a co-sponsor of a bill to create a pathway to legal status for undocumented farm workers. The farm employees would have to be working in agriculture for two years and plan to continue to remain in their jobs. It would allow year-round workers, ...

On this Election Day, some have already voted

The state’s first-ever early voting period ended Sunday, and the new offering drew less than 1.3% registered Franklin and Essex County voters to the polls. That percentage was a little lower than the statewide turnout of 1.9%. Local county Board of Elections commissioners are echoing ...

Abandoned land regulations hang over Franklin election

VERMONTVILLE — Though subdivision land-use codes in Franklin were done away with just about a decade ago, their legacy has lingered in the minds of some residents, and the thought of them coming back hangs over this current election. Democratic town council candidate Richard Jarvis said ...

Lawmakers add a pinch of road salt legislation

SARANAC LAKE — Assemblymen Billy Jones and Dan Stec and state Sen. Betty Little were in town Friday to introduce the “Randy Preston Salt Reduction Act,” proposed legislation that aims to reduce road salt contamination on Adirondack roads. Jones, D-Plattsburgh, Stec, R-Queensbury, ...

Impeachment inquiry OKd by the House, 232 to 196

Since the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s conduct with Ukraine was set into motion in September, northern New York Rep. Elise Stefanik and other House Republicans have demanded a full House vote authorizing the inquiry. On Thursday morning they got that vote, and every ...