Politics

Primary voters must be registered by Friday

Voters wishing to participate in the June 25 primary in New York state must be registered in a party by this Friday, May 31. While there are no statewide primaries, there are numerous local races to be voted on. Only voters in registered parties can vote in those specific ...

Court rules farmworkers can unionize

Farmworkers have the right to organize and bargain collectively, a new court ruling says. The decision by the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Department in the case of Crispin Hernandez v. the State of New York and the New York Farm Bureau ruled the exclusion of farmworkers ...

Overturning Roe v. Wade wouldn’t turn back the clock to 1973

A wave of state abortion bans has set off speculation: What would happen if Roe v. Wade, the ruling establishing abortion rights nationwide, were overturned? Although far from a certainty, even with increased conservative clout on the Supreme Court, a reversal of Roe would mean abortion ...

Teens demand climate action

SARANAC LAKE — Students joined with local residents to protest climate change and the lack of action on behalf of politicians to curb humanity’s contribution to the problem. Under gray skies and a faint drizzle, the high school students were applauded by a small crowd of residents ...

Write-in winner will take school board post

SARANAC LAKE — Mark Farmer has agreed to join the Board of Education. Tuesday night left the Saranac Lake Central School District in suspense. After Board of Education member Clyde Baker decided not to run for another term and no one ran for the position, it was to be decided by a ...

APA chair says she quit over pay and delay

RAY BROOK — The acting chairwoman for the state Adirondack Park Agency, who quit last week, told a local magazine reporter her resignation stemmed from her frustration over not being paid enough for the work she was doing on a supposedly interim basis. Karen Feldman, an APA commissioner ...

Bill to help ‘Blue Water’ veterans passes House

Legislation to streamline the process for obtaining benefits for U.S. Navy veterans exposed to Agent Orange unanimously passed the House of Representatives last week. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act would change current policy of the Veterans Administration, which in 2002 limited ...

New York puts Democrats a step closer to Trump tax returns

ALBANY — New York lawmakers gave final passage to legislation Wednesday that would allow President Donald Trump’s state tax returns to be released to congressional committees that have, so far, been barred from getting the president’s federal filings. The Democrat-led Senate and ...

Local school budgets pass

Keene school administrators can breathe a sigh of relief. Voters there narrowly approved a school budget that needed a 60% supermajority to pass — the only one in the greater Tri-Lakes area that exceeded the state tax cap — and they also squeaked through a capital construction ...

Acting APA chair quits

RAY BROOK — The former acting chair of the state Adirondack Park Agency has left the board, leaving more than one-third of the board’s eight appointed commissioner seats open. Karen Feldman, who served as an APA commissioner since 2013 and acting chair since last July, was not at ...

Stefanik wants sharp response to Iran

On Tuesday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed the House and Senate, but first told reporters that the situation between the U.S. and Iran was easing after several weeks of increasing and decreasing threats. “Our prudent response, I ...

Acting APA Chairwoman Karen Feldman departs

RAY BROOK — The former acting chair of the state Adirondack Park Agency has left the board, leaving more than one-third of the board’s appointed seats open. Karen Feldman, who served as an APA commissioner since 2013 and acting chair since last July, was not at last week’s regularly ...

School voting is today

Voters around the region head to the polls today to weigh in on their school districts’ proposed 2019-20 budgets. The AuSable Valley, Lake Placid, Long Lake, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake central school districts have each proposed budgets that either meet or fall below the tax cap set ...

Tupper Lake student art, music displayed for voters

TUPPER LAKE — Teachers and students are working to fill the halls of the Tupper Lake Middle-High School with art projects while the music department readies for their performances. Months of preparation and weeks of displaying led up to Tuesday. It is the day when residents of the ...

Longtime NY GOP chair leaves to join Trump campaign

ALBANY (AP) — Ed Cox, the longtime chairman of the New York state Republican Party, will step down to raise money for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. Trump’s campaign announced the move Monday. It comes as Cox faced a strong challenge for the party chairmanship from Erie ...

Firefighters seek to charge insurance companies for ambulance services

ALBANY — Allowing fire departments to recoup the cost of their ambulance services from patient insurance plans will help the often cash-strapped organizations’ finances and improve emergency services, especially in rural upstate New York, the leaders of statewide firefighter groups said ...

Stefanik: Keep northern border fully staffed

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik is one of 13 House members who signed a letter to the secretary of Department of Homeland Security, urging the agency to rescind any transfers of staff away from the northern border to the U.S.-Mexico border. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, and Democrat Brian Higgins of ...

School tax relief program retooled

ALBANY — New York’s property taxes are not only among the highest in the nation, but they’re also complicated. This year, they are becoming even more complex, due to new wrinkles in the state’s school tax rebate (STAR) program for homeowners that were stitched into the state ...

AuSable schools won’t rehire some retiring staff

The tax levy increase for AuSable Valley Central School’s 2019-20 budget came in under the state cap, but not without some struggle. “This was definitely a very difficult year to develop a budget as our planned revenues (the total tax levy and state aid to be received) were much less ...