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Stefanik, Cuomo spar over summer camps, federal funds

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik and Gov. Andrew Cuomo jabbed at each other Thursday amid a discussion about whether summer camps will be able to open this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. But their argument, conducted through statements at their regularly scheduled press conferences with ...

GOP primary in state Senate race scrapped

COLTON — An anticipated primary for the Republican Party nomination in the state’s 45th Senate District will not take place. State Board of Elections staff recommended on April 15 that the nominating petitions of retired English teacher Kevin Beary of Colton be dismissed, saying they ...

Stefanik, other NY reps discuss COVID-19 in TV town hall

WATERTOWN — Eight U.S. representatives from upstate New York congressional districts, including North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, convened Tuesday night for a virtual town hall meeting regarding COVID-19. Hosted by WTEN-TV/WXXA-TV anchor and political affairs reporter Tim ...

Cobb raises over a half-million dollars in last quarter

NY-21 Democratic candidate Tedra Cobb raised a little over a half-million dollars last quarter — about a third of what Republican incumbent Rep. Elise Stefanik gathered. Cobb, of Canton, collected $557,000 in contributions in the quarter ending March 31, according to the report filed ...

Stefanik on new task force to reopen Northeast region

SCHUYLERVILLE — North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik will serve on the Bipartisan Northeast Congressional COVID-19 Regional Recovery Task Force, which includes a group of House of Representatives members from the Northeast, where COVID-19 has hit the hardest. “Examining how to ...

Virus leads NY to nix Democratic presidential primary

ALBANY — New York on Monday canceled the Democratic presidential primary election that had been scheduled for June 23, a result of the coronavirus pandemic and a move denounced by former candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign and his supporters as a blow to democracy. The Democratic members ...

New York nixes Democratic presidential primary due to virus

ALBANY — In an unprecedented move, New York has canceled its Democratic presidential primary that was scheduled for June 23 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic members of the State’s Board of Elections voted Monday to nix the primary. New York will still hold its ...

Stefanik says bring China to justice for COVID-19

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik has joined a slew of Republican members of Congress in asking the U.S. to bring China to the International Court of Justice to answer for its handling of the coronavirus, specifically for alleged withholding and giving inaccurate information to the World Health ...

New York’s virus death toll falls to lowest level in weeks

NEW YORK — New York’s daily coronavirus death toll dropped slightly, state leaders braced for a $13.3 billion budget hit, and residents will be receiving applications for mail-in ballots. Details on developments in the coronavirus outbreak in New York: - The numbers New York ...

No, don’t inject disinfectant: Outcry over Trump’s musing

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s raising of unproven, even far-fetched ideas for fighting COVID-19 — including his latest musing about injecting disinfectants into people — triggered an outcry from health officials everywhere on Friday. It also highlighted his unconventional ...

Stefanik presses for new hospital aid formula

Local hospitals say they are hemorrhaging revenue as the coronavirus pandemic stretches on. As hospital administrators continue to sound the alarm and underscore what they describe as a critical need for federal aid, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik is calling for funding allocated by Congress to ...

Essex Co. coroner resigns, citing broken system

Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw has resigned from his post, citing a broken coroner system and alleged efforts by county officials to force him out. Essex County officials have refuted his comments. Whitelaw, who lives in Bloomingdale, resigned on Tuesday after serving as an ...

Protesters in Albany demand Cuomo reopen NY

ALBANY — The sound was deafening. Scores of blaring car, air and tractor-trailer horns and people shouting into megaphones surrounded Albany’s Capitol Park on Wednesday afternoon as part of an “Operation Gridlock: Reopen NY” protest demanding Gov. Andrew Cuomo rescind stay-at-home ...

Stefanik says she helped FCI Ray Brook COs with COVID get paid

RAY BROOK — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik says she has helped ensure pay for correctional officers at the Federal Correctional Institute at Ray Brook who tested positive for COVID-19 but were denied their request for continuation of pay. These COs may have been been paid if they used accrued ...

Senate panel backs assessment that Russia interfered in 2016

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan Senate report released Tuesday affirms the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusions that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election in a far-ranging influence campaign approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin and aimed at helping Donald Trump win ...

Saranac Lake election date up in the air, but you can start voting now

SARANAC LAKE — No date for the village election has been set yet, as the COVID-19 pandemic has postponed the original March 18 event. But voters can start voting now, by absentee, and can also still register to vote. Gov. Andrew Cuomo already postponed this election until April 28 ...

Stefanik breaks with Trump on virus testing

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik on Friday said she believes the federal government should play a role in increasing COVID-19 testing capabilities nationwide, a departure from fellow Republican President Donald Trump’s insistence that states bear the responsibility for purchasing those ...

Trump slams Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump accused Democrats on Monday of playing “a very dangerous political game” by insisting there is a shortage of tests for the coronavirus. But Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, expressing the frustration of many state leaders, said the federal ...

Franklin County eyes cuts as revenues are expected to decline

MALONE — On paper, Franklin County’s finances are in pretty good shape. But the actual situation is far less rosy, county Treasurer Fran Perry told the Board of Legislators on Wednesday, and county Manager Donna Kissane proposed more measures to rein in county spending. The ...

Stec, Davis differ on PAUSE

Assemblyman Dan Stec and candidate Kimberly Davis, who are running for New York’s 45th State Senate District on the Republican and Democratic lines, respectively, have issued differing opinions on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to extend New York State on PAUSE. This program is the one ...