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Politics

Stefanik hopes for military boost

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik said she was pleased to see increased troop levels and pay raises in the final National Defense Authorization Act now working its way through Congress. The $619 billion bill includes an additional $5.8 billion in supplemental funding for overseas operations and ...

Green Party Congress candidate defends Stein’s recount efforts

Local Green Party activist Matt Funiciello is defending Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s election recount effort. Funiciello said although money for the recount may be coming from “individual angry Democrats,” Stein’s motive is to draw attention to voting ...

Longtime code officer retires

LAKE PLACID — Longtime North Elba and Lake Placid Code Enforcement Officer James Morganson has retired, Lake Placid village Mayor Craig Randall said at Monday’s village board meeting. The village Board of Trustees and the North Elba Town Council will hold a joint meeting at 3:30 p.m. ...

Down-ballot, Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake differ

Tupper Lake leaned Republican, and Saranac Lake leaned Democratic as the difference in support for Republican President-elect Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton trickled to down-ballot races. After the Franklin County Board of Elections completed their final official ...

Medical pot law tweaked

ALBANY — New York is loosening restrictions in its nearly year-old medical marijuana law but, to the dismay of some pot advocates, there is no sign the state is in any hurry to join eight other states in embracing full legalization. Among the latest to do so are two in the Northeast — ...

Franklin County tax levy to rise 1.47%

Franklin County tax rates for 2017 --- By township, per $1,000 of assessed property value Brighton: $5.48 Franklin: $4.60 Harrietstown: $4.19 Tupper Lake: $4.60 Santa Clara: $4.60 --- MALONE — Franklin County legislators adopted a 2017 budget Thursday that will ...

Tupper Lake village swears in trustees

TUPPER LAKE — Not much has changed in the organization of the village of Tupper Lake since last year, with the exception of a new board member being sworn in. Clint Hollingsworth took his place as a member of the village board at Thursday’s annual organizational meeting, succeeding ...

Saranac Lake adopts new land-use code

SARANAC LAKE — The village finally has new a land-use code, although it hasn’t taken effect yet. The village Board of Trustees adopted the new Unified Development Code Monday night, ending a process that involved years of work by a volunteer committee, a paid consultant, village ...

Smith-Holzer unofficially wins W’ton justice seat

WILMINGTON — Hope Smith-Holzer has unofficially won the job of justice in this town after she launched a grassroots write-in campaign for the position this fall. Smith-Holzer, 37, received 34 of 36 write-in votes, the Essex County Board of Elections reported unofficially after it ...

Stefanik prepares for new term in Congress

PLATTSBURGH — Fresh off a convincing re-election win, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is looking forward to tackling many issues in the new term and working with the new president and a majority Republican Congress. “I think we will be able to get a lot done,” Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said ...

Tough-on-corruption, prosecutor tells Trump he will stay

NEW YORK — Financial cheaters and corrupt politicians beware: One of America’s hardest-charging prosecutors isn’t going anywhere. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s brief announcement that he has agreed to stay on in the Donald Trump administration signals in at least one way ...

A $200,000 jump start

SARANAC LAKE — A $200,000 economic development loan from the village will help jump-start key upgrades to the former Dew Drop Inn as its new owners await word on grant funding they’re seeking from the state. The village Board of Trustees voted 4-0 Monday night to approve the ...

DEC taking comments on proposed hunting regs

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to submit comments on several proposed changes to state hunting regulations. Comments will be accepted until Dec. 23. There are five proposed changes to rules, including several on white-tailed deer, bobcat hunting and ...

Feds show no ‘Love’ for New York state roadway signs

ALBANY (AP) — The Federal Highway Administration isn’t showing any “Love” for some tourism signs along New York state highways. Officials with the FHA and the New York state Department of Transportation will meet next month to discuss the removal of more than 500 “I Love NY” ...

Former DEC project manager gets prison time for fraud scheme

ALBANY (AP) — A 51-year-old former project manager for the state Department of Environmental Conservation has been sentenced to prison for his role in a fraud scheme. David Comenale of New York Mills was sentenced Monday in Oneida County Court to two to six years in prison. He pleaded ...

Local governments call for access and wilderness for Boreas lands

A local government coalition of towns in the central Adirondacks is calling for both wilderness and access as the state Adirondack Park Agency prepares to decide the make-up of land within the Boreas Ponds tract. The Five Towns, made up of Minerva, North Hudson, Newcomb, Long Lake and ...

Keene looks to resolve water capacity problem

KEENE — An engineering proposal to fix a capacity problem with the Keene Valley water system was presented to the Keene Town Board last week by the engineering firm AES Northeast of Plattsburgh. The state Department of Health issued a letter in April to the town of Keene identifying items ...

Farm-to-foodbank bill awaits action by Cuomo

ALBANY (AP) — A bill creating a tax break for New York state farmers who donate food to food banks is awaiting action by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Farmers already donate millions of pounds of food every year, but say the credit of up to $5,000 annually would reduce the costs of harvesting and ...

Village may loan $200k to Dew Drop owners

SARANAC LAKE — The village Board of Trustees will consider making a big loan to the owners of the former Dew Drop Inn at its regular meeting Monday evening. The board will also take up adoption of the proposed land use code, with a few modifications, and consider granting a local business ...

Ferebee to work for state Environmental Facilities Corporation

KEENE — Keene Town Supervisor Bill Ferebee formally submitted his letter of resignation to the Keene Town Board at a special meeting Monday night. Speaking before the meeting, Ferebee said he’s taken a job with the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...