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Congressman Bill Owens is once again sworn in as Representative for the newly drawn 21st congressional district of New York. District encompasses twelve counties, including all of Clinton, Essex, Franklin,  Fulton, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence , Warren and Washington county, and portions of Herkimer and Saratoga county. This is the congressman’s third term in Congress.

Owens Says he’s excited to return to Congress and hopeful for what they can accomplish in the months ahead. Throughout the district the key issues remain very much the same: creating jobs, building an environment where small businesses and family farmers can get ahead..

Herkimer Snowmobile Club Treasurer under investigation

New York State’s Comprtoller Thomas DiNapoli says a Snowmobile Association Treasure has misdirected tail grooming funds in HerkimerCounty…  According to DiNapoli, Pat Deyle, the Associations Treasurer, admitted he falsified grooming logs and submitted them in an effort to collect the maximum aid allotted to HerkimerCounty. The Comptroller’s Office says in addition to falsifying documentation, he improperly used his dual authority as the association’s treasurer and president of a trail maintenance entity to redirect funds from one snowmobile club to his own.

New YorkState’s Office of Parks and Historic Preservation receives about $5 million annually in aid from snowmobile registration fees and penalties that individuals pay to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The money is distributed to “sponsors,” such as counties and municipalities, who administer snowmobile trail services.

As for the Misdirected Grooming funds in HerkimerCounty… Criminal and Civil Charges are pending against Deyle following completion of an investigation underway by the Herkimer County Sherriff’s Office.

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APPR Plans Due January 15th

The New York State Department of Education has posted a link to each of the school districts in the state who have completed their Annual Professional Performance Review and it’s been approved..

The Saranac Lake’s School District plan isn’t on that list yet, because as Superintendent Gerald Goldman says, the process is rather bizzantene..

Saranac Lake submitted their initial plan more than a month ago, but for some reason, the State has created an approval process that is not the most efficient system, in fact, it creates the need for a tremendous amount of man hours just to get the job done.

Goldman says the plan hasn’t been approved yet and there are about two weeks to go. The Deadline is January 15th. If the district doesn’t get the plan approved by then, they lose the 4% increase in state aid.  They’re optimistic that the plan will be approved but the School Board is not happy about the amount of work required to accomplish this task. In fact, at the most recent meeting, they began calculating whether the 4% gain in state aid was worth the overall expense involved with preparing the plan in the first place, especially when the state could have simply provided guidance for each district to work within rather than requiring each individual district to accomplish the task on their own. Goldman says, there’s a real disparity between the smaller rural districts and the larger districts

The objectives of the plans include measures of student growth, Procedures for assessing results through the year and measures of effectiveness. Those three concepts along with all of the specifics of these plans.. Lake Placid, TupperLake and Elizabethtown’s APPR plans do not yet appear on the approval list.

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