Politics

Tourist destination or home? Officials look for balance on Lake George

LAKE GEORGE — It’s not just the High Peaks that are struggling with overuse issues. Lake George is also feeling the pressure. The tug of war between tourism businesses and residents came to a head Tuesday at the Lake George Park Commission meeting. Businesses with detailed plans, ...

Law could alter golf courses’ tax bills

A law being considered by state legislators would make it easier for municipalities to win assessment challenges by the owners of golf courses. The legislation, A.6444/S.4420, would allow passage of local laws to stipulate that golf course property tax assessments be based on the ...

Report: Adirondack economy is like much of rural U.S.

Earlier this month, the Essex County Board of Supervisors repeated a common, woeful refrain as it passed a resolution calling on the state to not close prisons in the North Country. “The County of Essex has during the past 50 years experienced a sharp and extreme loss in industry due to ...

Getting proactive about fighting climate change

SARANAC LAKE — Around 100 turned out for a climate change symposium at the First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake, where the issue was discussed at the national, community and individual levels. Titled “Climate Action: What are we doing about climate change?,” the symposium was ...

Stefanik: Russian interference widespread, but no Trump involvement

BEEKMANTOWN — Congresswoman Elise Stefanik says the Mueller report shows some startling information about Russian involvement in American elections and changes need to be made. “I don’t think there was an understanding of the breadth and depth of just how much Russia was trying to ...

Cobb, in interview, says early start will help her reach more voters

GLENS FALLS — Some people may think it’s too early to start campaigning for an election still 18 months away, but Tedra Cobb said she wants to make sure she meets as many people as she can in the 17,000-square-mile NY-21 Congressional District. Cobb, a Democrat, on Monday officially ...

Challenge leaves Essex County clerk candidate short 9 signatures

ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County Clerk Joseph Provoncha is asking State Supreme Court to invalidate the designating petitions of Kari Ratliff, his opponent as he seeks re-election. Both are Republicans, and Provoncha, the incumbent, is seeking to have Ratliff removed from the ballot for ...

Stec praises bill giving free SUNY tuition to Gold Star families

Assemblyman Dan Stec, R-Queensbury, declared victory after Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week signed an executive order to extend free tuition and room and board at SUNY and CUNY schools to students who had a parent die in the military. The Assembly held in committee legislation that would ...

DRI project spurs further upgrades at BluSeed Studios

SARANAC LAKE — Interior and exterior improvements are planned at BluSeed Studios to complement its Downtown Revitalization Initiative project for a new elevator. “We thought it was a little further down the road, but this was a great opportunity,” said Kathy Recchia, BluSeed’s ...

Legislation would parole certain inmates at 55 if eligible

ALBANY (AP) — New York prison inmates would be eligible for parole once they reach 55 after serving 15 consecutive years under legislation being considered by the Democratic-controlled state Legislature. While the measure introduced in the Senate by Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-Manhattan, ...

Explosive reaction to propane tank proposal in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The Hurley Bros Inc. proposal to install a 36,000-gallon propane storage-filling station on Old Military Road has been met with plenty of negative reactions from residents in that neighborhood. About 40 concerned, some furious, locals showed up to the North Elba Joint ...

Tentative budget for Saranac Lake at tax cap

SARANAC LAKE — After two budget work sessions, the village has crafted a tentative budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year, raising the tax levy by 2% to $3,819,736 — right on the tax cap. The village will host a public hearing on the budget at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 22 in the village ...

Reps react to Gold Star Education funding approval

PLATTSBURGH — North Country state lawmakers are pleased to see the approval of Gold Star Education funding for families of veterans who died in service of the nation. The legislation provides for free college tuition and room and board to dependents of military veterans who died in ...

April 28 symposium, April 22 film focus on combating climate change

SARANAC LAKE — To anyone who’s been paying attention lately, climate change can seem to be an overwhelming, even insurmountable, problem. Yet, countless government entities, nonprofit organizations and individual citizens across the globe are moving with urgency to address this ...

Village’s 3 Main St. to see upgrades, including facelift for PD

SARANAC LAKE — The village Board of Trustees has agreed to move forward with two of the three projects concerning the renovation and expansion of its building at 3 Main St., totaling around $1 million, according to early design estimates. The trustees agreed at a Thursday work session to ...

Setting Pole dam outside Tupper to be inspected

TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake town board decided to hire a diver to inspect the Setting Pole Dam gate, which has been “sticky” lately at its Thursday meeting. The board was also complimented by Tupper Lake Free Press Publisher Dan McClelland during the meeting’s public comment ...

Proposed DRI project would link Depot, Cedar streets

SARANAC LAKE — A village-sponsored Downtown Revitalization Project would connect Depot Street to Cedar Street, if funded and approved by the state. The project would add an estimated 1,570 feet of new roadway onto Depot Street, which currently terminates by the former Branch & ...