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Assembly Speaker Heastie heads to North Country

ALBANY (AP) — New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is heading to the North Country as his summer tour of upstate New York continues. The Bronx Democrat is scheduled to stop at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton and visit the Thousand Islands today. Heastie was in Rochester on ...

Researchers, officials push for federal support of new tick law

PAUL SMITHS — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was scheduled to speak in support of one of her bills Monday afternoon at Paul Smith’s College, but when weather kept her away, state Assemblyman Billy Jones was on hand. The bill requires the federal government to establish a “tick-borne ...

Lake Placid lands Children’s Games, bobsled-skeleton World Championship

Lake Placid will host the International Children’s Games in 2019 and the Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships in 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday. Cuomo announced the news at the Adirondack Summer Challenge rafting trip in Indian Lake, and then tucked a written announcement at ...

Thousands say goodbye to fallen state trooper

FORT DRUM — Three years ago, Rochester police Lt. Naser Zenelovic had to go through the sorrow of losing a colleague in the line of duty. That’s why he knew the importance for him and seven other Rochester police officers to honor fallen state trooper Joel Davis at his funeral at ...

Keene lifer believes she’s the one to take on Stefanik

KEENE — As Katie Wilson followed her dog Derby and her neighbor’s dog Lucy up a mossy cascade of a path in this tiny mountain town she’s always called home, the 33-year-old small business owner talked about why she wants to represent the North Country in U.S. Congress. The single ...

Protect picks Englebright as Legislator of the Year

Protect the Adirondacks announced Thursday its Legislator of the Year Award for 2017 will go to state Assemblyman Steve Englebright, chairman of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation, for several conservation bills and amendments. The Democrat from Setauket, Long Island, ...

Trouble for revised Senate health bill

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders have revised their health care bill in an increasingly desperate effort to deliver on seven years of promises to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s overhaul. They immediately lost two pivotal votes, leaving none to spare as the party’s ...

Retrial sought after court tosses Silver’s conviction

NEW YORK — The corruption conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was overturned Thursday by a federal appeals court that found sufficient evidence but flawed jury instructions in light of a recent Supreme Court ruling narrowing the definition of what it takes to convict a ...

Retrial sought after court tosses conviction of ex-NY Assembly speaker

NEW YORK — The corruption conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was overturned Thursday by a federal appeals court that found sufficient evidence but flawed jury instructions in light of a recent Supreme Court ruling narrowing the definition of what it takes to convict a public ...

New Senate GOP health care bill teeters on the brink

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders unveiled a new health care bill Thursday in their increasingly desperate effort to deliver on seven years of promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare." They immediately lost two key votes, leaving none to spare as the party's own divisions put its top ...

Democrat from Saranac Lake joins busy North Country Congress race

SARANAC LAKE — Emily Martz of Saranac Lake officially announced her congressional candidacy to represent the North Country at an event attended by nearly 100 people Wednesday in Riverside Park. The 45-year-old enters an already loaded field of Democratic candidates vying to challenge the ...

Democrat from Saranac Lake announces congressional run

SARANAC LAKE — Emily Martz of Saranac Lake officially announced her congressional candidacy to represent the North Country at an event attended by nearly 100 people Wednesday in Riverside Park. The 45-year-old enters an already loaded field of Democratic candidates vying to challenge ...

Saranac Lake hires code enforcement officer

SARANAC LAKE — The village has filled the two positions it created to handle former Community Development Director Jeremy Evans’ responsibilities. “It’s been a relatively quick turnaround,” village Manager John Sweeney said Tuesday. After Evans announced his departure in mid ...

Cash flowed from subways to skis

LAKE PLACID — What’s come to be known as “the winter that wasn’t” in 2015-16 was so bad for business at state-owned ski centers such as Whiteface Mountain that Gov. Andrew Cuomo swooped in late last winter and directed a major downstate authority, cash-strapped in its own right, ...

APA to decide fate of campground plans

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency will decide if proposed changes to some state-run campgrounds align with the State Land Master Plan at its usual monthly meeting on Thursday. The unit management plans for Buck Pond campground in Onchiota and Caroga Lake campground in the ...

ORDA received almost $5M from MTA

LAKE PLACID — What’s come to be known as “the winter that wasn’t” in 2015-16 was so bad for business at state-owned ski centers such as Whiteface Mountain that Gov. Andrew Cuomo swooped in late last winter and directed a major downstate authority, cash-strapped in its own right, to ...

Candidates speak at ‘Progressive Summer Camp’

SARANAC LAKE — About 40 people heard from Democratic congressional candidates and other speakers Saturday at a “Progressive Summer Camp” event sponsored by Adirondack Voters for Change, a political action group based in Saranac Lake. Due to flooding at the Meacham Lake campground where ...

Placid officials travel to Lithuania to secure kids’ games

LAKE PLACID — In the wake of a multi-day visit to this region that was lauded by World University Games officials, local leaders are ratcheting up their pursuit of the two other world winter sporting events they’d like to bring here in 2019 and 2021. Jim McKenna, CEO of the Regional ...

Village of Lake Placid OKs 2017-18 budget

LAKE PLACID — This village’s board of trustees approved all of its 2017-18 budgets at a special meeting Friday, including a water rate increase much less steep than initially proposed earlier this month. Along with voting unanimously to approve its general fund, sewer and electric budgets, ...

Constituents yearn to speak to, hear from Stefanik

GREENWICH — It was a sunny June afternoon. A blue-and-white cumulus-dotted sky painted the historic village in shades of nostalgia, and there was no sign of previously threatened storms. Turning into this quaint community after about a mile and a half on state Route 29, the Greenwich ...