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Hamilton County DA candidates spar over arrests, experience

The Democratic candidate for Hamilton County district attorney is questioning whether his Republican opponent is qualified to hold office in light of revelations about his arrest history, social media behavior and residency claims. The race between Long Lake attorney Paul Roalsvig, ...

Stefanik votes no to impeachment probe

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 ...

Stefanik votes no on bill to stop foreign election interference

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, voted against a piece of legislation last week that would attempt to prevent foreign interference in elections. The Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Last Democracy (SHIELD) Act would require political committees to report if they ...

State legislators weigh in on Medicaid changes

PLATTSBURGH — North Country state representatives weighed in on the state Department of Health’s proposed changes to how it determines nursing homes’ Medicaid reimbursement rates. Instead of basing rates on the facility’s reports of acuity levels two days each year, the DOH is ...

Twitter bans political ads ahead of 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter, reacting to growing concern about misinformation spread on social media, is banning all political advertising from its service. Its move strikes a sharp contrast with Facebook, which continues to defend running paid political ads, even false ones, as a free ...

Candidates are candid on Jay’s obstacles

AuSABLE FORKS — Five candidates seeking seats on the Jay Town Council painted a bleak picture of the present state of this town at a forum Monday evening. The four candidates for two town council seats — independent Community First candidate Adam Coolidge, Democrat Wayne Frederick ...

Early voting: 3 days down, 6 to go

This past weekend, New York introduced early voting for the first time ever. Since this was the premiere of the new procedure, it’s hard to tell whether the turnouts were good or bad, but state and local boards of elections are reporting that the experience went well and that they ...

Essex County clerk rivals share their priorities

ELIZABETHTOWN — Newcomer Kari Ratliff is seeking to deny longtime Essex County Clerk Joseph Provoncha an eighth term. Whoever clinches the seat will essentially oversee two offices: the county’s Department of Motor Vehicles and the clerk’s office. Together, these offices process ...

GOP elects Gereau as North Country vice chair

PLATTSBURGH — Essex County Republican Chairman John Gereau has been elected as vice-chairman for the North Country region of the state Republican Party. “I’m pleased to announce Essex County Republican Chairman John Gereau has been elected as the New York GOP’s North Country ...

Trump draws boos when introduced at World Series

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's low-profile appearance Sunday night at Game 5 of the World Series came at a high-profile moment of his presidency. Yet he still drew loud boos and jeers when introduced to the crowd. Wearing a dark suit and a tie, Trump arrived at Nationals Park ...

All rise for the judge election

Four seats in the state Supreme Court Fourth District, which covers much of the North Country and Central New York, are up for election this year, and six attorneys are pleading their cases to be elected to the bench. The Fourth District includes the counties of Franklin, Essex, Clinton, ...

NY launches early voting, hopes benefits will outweigh costs

ALBANY — Early voting is set to happen for the first time in New York, and advocates hope the benefits of expanded ballot box access will outweigh the cost and headaches of keeping the polls open for more than a single day. Starting Saturday, voters in this autumn’s election can cast ...

Supervisor candidates talk issues

LAKE PLACID — Affordable housing and short-term rental regulations again emerged as the top issues facing North Elba in a debate between the four candidates running for town supervisor. The debate was hosted at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise offices in Saranac Lake and was moderated ...

Early voting starts Saturday

This is the first year New Yorkers are able to vote before Election Day — at the polls, not just with absentee ballots. The state Legislature and governor approved early voting for this year, and the state’s counties have implemented it. Early voting begins Saturday, running through ...

Clinton County legislator says he’s running for Congress

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County Legislator Simon Conroy has announced that he intends to challenge Tedra Cobb for the Democratic nomination to run against U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, according to the Plattsburgh Press-Republican. Conroy, who represents the town of Plattsburgh ...

NORTH ELBA SUPERVISOR CANDIDATES AT A GLANCE

--- Jay Rand Jr. --- Age: 69 Hometown: Lake Placid Ballot lines: Republican, For the People (independent) Family: Married, three daughters, six grandchildren. Political experience: Served on North Elba Town Council since 1988, and during that time has represented the town as a ...

Schumer seeks review of metals in baby food

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is demanding that the Food and Drug Administration draft regulations to force baby food manufacturers to address the presence of heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmium in their products. Schumer’s call for action is on the heels of a ...

Congress bids tearful farewell to ‘sweet Elijah’ Cummings

WASHINGTON (AP) —Members of Congress bid a tearful farewell Thursday to Rep. Elijah Cummings , hailing the son of sharecroppers as a “master of the House” as the Maryland Democrat became the first African American lawmaker to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers eulogized ...

GOP lawmakers crash their way into session on impeachment

Around two dozen Republican congresspeople stormed a closed-door House impeachment inquiry hearing Wednesday morning, demanding to sit in on a planned testimony of a Pentagon official to the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees, which U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik was ...