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Gillibrand exits race for White House

WASHINGTON — Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand dropped out of the presidential race Wednesday, abruptly ending a campaign that once looked poised to ride strong #MeToo credentials to formidability but instead collapsed amid surprisingly low polling and major fundraising struggles. “I know ...

Stec objects to inmate pay raise

ALBANY — A bill in the state Legislature would give prison inmate workers a pay raise. The bill would raise the minimum wage for inmate workers in New York to $3 an hour. The average inmate now makes 62 cents an hour, according to a study from the Prison Policy Institute. The bill is ...

New York Sen. Gillibrand says she’s ending 2020 presidential bid

WASHINGTON — Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand is dropping out of the presidential race as a campaign that once looked poised to ride strong #MeToo credentials to formidability was instead plagued by low polling and major fundraising struggles. The 52-year-old New York senator said Wednesday ...

Interview after Israel trip

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik returned from her eight-day trip to Israel last week talking about artificial intelligence, a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict and “strains of anti-Semitism” within the Democratic Party. Stefanik, a Republican from Schuylerville whose ...

Lawmakers push back on new license plate, fee

ALBANY — In New York state government news, Republican lawmakers aren’t happy with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to charge motorists $25 for new license plates. The Democratic governor recently announced a public vote to pick the plate’s design, as well as plans to impose a $25 ...

State GOP leader blames Cuomo for economic problems upstate

ALBANY — The declining population of upstate New York is being turned into a political weapon by the new leader of the state’s Republican Party, who suggests the blame rests squarely with the policies of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Nick Langworthy, who recently took over as the GOP chairman, ...

Stefanik visits Israel as part of delegation

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik was in Israel last week, where she visited the new U.S. Embassy and talked to security officials about efforts to secure the country’s border. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, documented the trip on social media, posting pictures of her standing next to the 2018 ...

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 ...