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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 ...

Randy Preston mourned region-wide

WILMINGTON — When he had a point to make, the corner of his mouth turned up. Wilmington town Supervisor Randy Preston was known to talk out of the side of his mouth, his eyes slightly narrowed and his teeth half-clenched, when he sought to drive home an issue. Preston was a staunch ...

Trustee: Short-term rental moratorium will ‘stop bleeding’

LAKE PLACID — When someone is bleeding, you don’t stand around and assess the bleeding, you stop the bleeding, Lake Placid village Trustee Jason Leon said Monday. That’s how Leon characterized what he saw as the effect of short-term vacation rentals on the village of Lake Placid: A ...

New York’s climate plan will drive big changes, if it works

ALBANY — Solar panels on every roof. Parking meters that double as car chargers. Wind turbines towering above farm fields and ocean waves. A new law signed Thursday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sets the nation’s most aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions and is intended to ...

Judge candidate loses ballot line

A lawsuit between candidates for Hamilton County judge candidates has resulted in one of the candidates losing a ballot line for November’s general election. Marsha Purdue sued Tatiana Coffinger in state Supreme Court because she believed that an independent party that Coffinger created ...

Stefanik votes not to condemn Trump tweets as racist

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik voted against a House resolution that condemned President Donald Trump’s recent tweets and statements as racist attacks on four progressive congresswomen of color. The House majority of 235 Democrats passed the resolution with 240 votes, four of which came from ...

Stefanik votes not to condemn Trump tweets as racist

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik voted against a House resolution that condemned President Donald Trump's recent tweets and statements as racist attacks on four progressive congresswomen of color. The House majority of 235 Democrats passed the resolution with 240 votes, four of which came from ...

Stefanik says Trump’s tweets are ‘denigrating’

On Monday, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, tweeted out her views about President Donald Trump’s weekend tweets. Trump tweeted Sunday that four Democratic congresswomen of color should “go back” to the countries they came from. All of the women are American citizens, and ...

Cobb has no primary rivals so far

November 2020 is still a long way away, and when it arrives, the presidential race is likely to draw much of the attention. But it will also bring what is increasingly likely to be a rematch between incumbent U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, and Democratic candidate Tedra Cobb, ...

Legalize raffles? Voters will decide

This November, voters will weigh in on a local law that would authorize charitable and religious organizations to host "games of chance" — raffles, primarily — in the town of North Elba. As it turns out, it’s currently against the law to host raffles in the town outside the villages of ...

Stefanik ends up voting against Dems’ military spending bill

WASHINGTON — Northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik ultimately voted against House Democrats’ National Defense Authorization Act for the 2020 fiscal year on Friday, although she had previously voted for a different version it in committee. She released the following statement ...

Tupper Conservative Party backs Dems as well as a Republican

TUPPER LAKE — The local Conservative party held its caucus last week, nominating two Democratic town council candidates and one Republican town justice incumbent. Dean Lefebvre and Daniel “Boonie” Carmichael, already running for four-year-term council seats on the Democratic line, ...

Two supervisors outed in Hamilton County primary

The final results of Hamilton County’s June primary elections have come in, deciding two close town supervisor races, where incumbents were both beat out by new contenders by four votes. In Lake Pleasant, incumbent Town Supervisor Daniel Wilt, an Adirondack Park Agency commissioner who ...

Criminalizing crowing

SARANAC LAKE — The rooster’s crow was faintly heard at the intersection of Leona Street and Olive Street by this reporter. It was easily heard outside 33 Leona St., but soon it may not heard at all. “What I would like to talk about is how incredibly difficult it is when you live next ...

Public hearing set on Essex County coroner regulations

ELIZABETHTOWN — A new version of a proposed law governing how coroners operate in Essex County is headed for a public hearing later this month. This latest version of the law mirrors the original regulations proposed in February, barring a few minor changes. If the law passes, a number ...