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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 ...

Stefanik honors deceased Wilmington supervisor on House floor

In the U.S. Capitol Thursday, Rep. Elise Stefanik honored the legacy of former Wilmington town Supervisor Randy Preston, who died last week at the age of 60 following a 28-month battle with cancer. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, said on the floor of the House of Representatives that Preston ...

Top 10 for Saranac Lake funding

SARANAC LAKE — Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced which proposals would be funded as part of Saranac Lake’s $9.7 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award. State officials picked 10 projects from 19 submitted by the Local Planning Committee in March. They include the ...

Tupper hotel project outlined; Developers need to raise $150,000 in 45 days

TUPPER LAKE — The developers of the Tupper Lake Crossroads Hotel hosted a public meeting Tuesday to inform people of the progress of the long-discussed project and to ask for funding to meet a 45-day deadline. The proposed location for the hotel is on the corner of Park and Mill Streets ...

Stefanik questions Mueller on Steele dossier accuracy

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik had an exchange with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller as he testified before the House Judicial and Intelligence Committees Wednesday, asking him a series of questions about the Steele dossier for the record, and receiving very little response. Mueller headed ...

Consultant: Don’t merge town, village of Massena

MASSENA — A consultant who studied the possible consolidation of the village and town of Massena says he doesn’t recommend the move. “I don’t want to beat around the bush. Merger really can’t happen. Merger is not one of the options,” Kent Gardner, project director for the ...

Assembly argued over racism in social services debate

Several times in a June 5 floor debate over a bill to change the state’s public assistance system, Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, used phrases like “real world” or “working world.” At least one member of the Assembly thought Goodell’s choice of words was tinged with ...

State to make welfare sanctions more difficult

Legislation that would make it harder for public assistance to be reduced or decreased as a sanction for violating the program’s rules passed the state Legislature in early June. A.2455A/S.3840A is awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s review and possible signature. It passed the state Assembly ...

Lt. gov. bringing DRI news

SARANAC LAKE — Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will come here Thursday morning to make an announcement about the state Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Village Community Development Director Jamie Konkoski said she expects Hochul will say which projects made the final cut for DRI grants. That ...

Cuomo summer includes Lake George waterski

Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent some time in Lake George this weekend. A photo of the governor waterskiing in the Adirondacks was posted on his official Instagram account Sunday evening with the caption: “Had a great time water skiing with my daughter Cara this weekend in the Adirondacks — ...

Cobb says pharma cash steers Stefanik’s votes

Democratic NY-21 Congressional District candidate Tedra Cobb last week called on U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, to return an $11,500 donation she received from the pharmaceutical company Amgen, which was recently fined for a Medicare kickback scheme. The company was forced to ...

NY Senate leader’s national profile rises

ALBANY — In New York state government news, Democrats are hoping Andrea Stewart-Cousins can take her election success to the national level. The Yonkers Democrat and leader of the state Senate was tapped last week to lead the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, an organization ...