Politics

Dumas, Hutchins square off in Franklin County Legislature District 3 race

    Voters in the town of Brighton will choose between a pair of Malone-area residents to represent them on Franklin County’s Board of Legislators. Republican Andrea Dumas and Democrat Jon Hutchins are looking to replace Gordon Crossman in District 3, which includes the towns of ...

Gold Star father backs Mike Derrick for congress at press event

WATERTOWN — Lowville resident Derek Davey, a Gold Star father whose son was killed in a gunfight in Iraq in 2005, supports Democratic congressional candidate Mike Derrick partly because of the retired Army colonel’s military experience. Attending a press conference on Thursday, Davey ...

North Elba 2017 budget meets tax cap

LAKE PLACID — The town of North Elba passed its budget Tuesday night, meeting the state-mandated tax cap. The tax levy for 2017 is set at $4,248,704, a 0.85 percent increase ($36,230) over the 2016 tax levy. The town raised its tax levy by 1.3 percent last year and 2.3 percent the year ...

H’town reduces tax levy increase

SARANAC LAKE - Town of Harrietstown officials have cut the potential tax levy increase for next year. As it was originally proposed, the preliminary 2017 budget would increase the tax levy - the portion of the budget that comes from property taxes - by 11.5 percent, or $268,992, going from ...

Ruzbacki, Little take on issues in Senate race

State Sen. Betty Little’s sole challenger to return for her eighth two-year term in the 45th Senate District is Green Party challenger Steve Ruzbacki, a teacher from Olmstedville. Little, a Republican from Queensbury, is a representative entrenched here in the North Country, her more ...

Stefanik leads in endorsements, but how much do they matter?

PLATTSBURGH — If the 2016 election for the 21st Congressional District were to be decided by the number of candidate endorsements, Elise Stefanik would be in a good position to win re-election. But endorsements can mean a lot or not much at all, according to one expert. “To some ...

State gave 911 services a broadband boost

A $2.8 million project to upgrade broadband service for emergency call centers throughout the North Country, Capital Region and Mohawk Valley is complete, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday.Essex and Franklin were among the 13 counties that benefitted from the Round II Regional Economic ...

N.Y adopts stricter emissions on building generators

ALBANY (AP) - New York state now has tougher emission limits for diesel generators and natural gas-fired engines commonly used to supply back-up power in large buildings like hospitals and offices.Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration says Tuesday that the new air quality standards are ...

Assembly District 115: State parties fuel big spending by candidates

State Republican and Democratic party leaders are pumping tens of thousands of dollars into the race for the 115th Assembly District seat held now by Janet Duprey.As of this morning, Democrat Billy Jones and Republican Kevin Mulverhill have received a combined $491,663 in contributions, most of ...

Reasons for closed door rail-trail meetings

RAY BROOK - A stakeholder group says it wants the public to see its consensus rails-to-trails decisions and not be distracted by its members' disagreements along the way.That's one reason why it's reinforcing its decision to keep its meetings closed to the public and press, according to notes ...

Stefanik engaged in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID - This Olympic Village is a place U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik fell in love with as a child, when she'd travel to town to watch her younger brother compete in hockey tournaments. So when she took her boyfriend Matt Manda of Lawrence, Kansas, to the Adirondacks for the first time several ...

State parties fuel big spending by Jones, Mulverhill

State Republican and Democratic party leaders are pumping tens of thousands of dollars into the race for the 115th Assembly District seat held now by Janet Duprey.As of this morning, Democrat Billy Jones and Republican Kevin Mulverhill have received a combined $491,663 in contributions, most of ...

Notes give view into private rail trail meetings

RAY BROOK - If a rail trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake is completed as it's now being planned, it may look similar to a plan previously put forward by Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates.State Department of Environmental Conservation officials were hesitant about using resources ...

Candidates offer various views on the economy

The 21st Congressional District race has become synonymous with three letters: TPP.Democratic candidate William "Mike" Derrick has used TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations, as a primary point of attack against U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, ...

Village sets hearing for land-use code

SARANAC LAKE - The public will be asked to weigh in on Saranac Lake's new land-use code at a village Board of Trustees meeting next month.The village board agreed Monday to schedule a public hearing on the draft development code at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14. The hearing will be held in the village ...

Weatherization program seeks applications

ELIZABETHTOWN - The Adirondack Community Action Program Inc. Weatherization Assistance Program of Essex County is seeking applicants for the 2016-17 program year.The program provides free services to income-eligible families and individuals by reducing their heating-cooling cost and improving ...

H’town tax levy hike at 11.5% for now

SARANAC LAKE - Residents of the town of Harrietstown could see a substantial increase in their town taxes next year.The preliminary 2017 budget would increase the tax levy - the portion of the budget that comes from property taxes - by 11.5 percent, or $268,992, going from $2,332,769 to ...

Bigger crowd, more input at second rail trail meeting

SARANAC LAKE - A second open meeting held by a village trustee drew more than a dozen people, and created a lot of suggestions for how this village should handle the proposed rail trail.Village Trustee Rich Shapiro, who is also the village representative to the stakeholder group coming up with ...

ORDA postpones Tuesday’s board meeting to December

ORDA announced Tuesday it has postponed its Board of Directors meeting, which was scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center. ORDA Director of Communications Jon Lundin said the meeting was postponed due to a couple of board members falling ill.The ...