Monthly Archives: June 2013

State Senate Passes 22 bills for Hurricane Sandy Relief

The New York State Senate passes a comprehensive legislative package that provides relief to people and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The group of 22 bills will aid rebuilding efforts, and increases disaster preparedness while providing needed financial assistance to homeowners, businesses, local governments, school districts, and others still recovering from the storm

A Week of Celebration in The Lake Placid School District

The Lake Placid Middle School Celebrates tonight with an evening of recognition following three years of hard work for the Class of 2017..  Middle School Students will be recognized for their achievement and accomplishments. Monday evening, The Lake Placid Central School Class of 2013 were honored at the Senior Project, Art & Technology, and Scholarship…

North Joins Trudeau Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the Trudeau Institute has announced the election of its newest member, Julie A. North, a 1980 graduate of Saranac Lake Central High School. Ms. North is a partner in the litigation department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York City. Her broad litigation practice encompasses general commercial, securities, and mergers and acquisitions litigation, among other areas.

Comptroller uncovers $3 million improperly spent at Dept. of Labor

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli uncovered up to $3 million in inappropriate unemployment insurance payments made by the Department of Labor (DOL), including payments to recipients who were ineligible because they were employed, had collected more than the maximum weekly benefits or were not authorized to work in the United States, according to a report released today.…

Tupper School Budget is Tomorrow

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Tupper Lake Residents will vote Tuesday (June 17th) for the second time on whether or not to approve the School Board’s Budget Proposal. Polls will be open from 12 Noon until 8pm at the Tupper Lake Middle / High School.  Click here for Details of the Proposed Budget

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Talk of the Town Monday 6/17/13

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Podcast 7am Monday 6/17/13

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K&J – Lena Bombard Speaks about Petapalooza and Pet Adoption

K&J – 061713 – Petapalooza – Lena Bombard Animal Control Officer

Saturday, June 15th marked the 4th annual Petapalooza pet adoption event at Curtis Lumber in Ray Brook. We spoke with Tri Lakes Humane Society Manager Lena Bombard about their animals and adoptions.

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Podcast 6am Monday 6/17/13

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Airport Cafe to Re-Open June 25th

The Airport Café has been undergoing major re-construction and will re-open on June 25th, just in time for this year’s Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows… The café will be managed by Melissa and Tracy Eulick. Adirondack Regional Airport Manager Corey Hurwich says they’ve completed all of the work on the new…

Advocates Seeking Relief for Surprise Medical Bills

It even happens to New Yorkers who have good health insurance coverage – surprise medical bills that can total tens of thousands of dollars.

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That’s why consumer and health advocates are calling on lawmakers to protect consumers from the unexpected. Joclyn Krevat says she was on life support and clearly in no position to be thinking about out-of-network providers.  Her husband is a New York teacher with good health benefits. She was at a New York hospital, so they figured everything would be OK.  But, about two weeks after she got home they checked the mail.  “I started getting enormous bills,” she recalls. “You know I thought this was a huge mistake, because I went into this thinking I had really good health insurance, but it wasn’t a mistake, this is what they do.” Krevat was hit with more than $70,000 in surprise medical bills because out-of-network doctors saved her life. With the help of Consumer Health Advocates and the State Department of Financial Services, her bill has been greatly reduced, but she believes lawmakers need to pass legislation to protect fellow New Yorkers from surprise medical bills. Chuck Bell with New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage says his organization gets a steady flow of thousands of complaints about unexpected, and often very expensive, medical bills. “We have about 2,000 people every year complaining that they have surprise medical bills,” he says. “We think we need better ground rules in the market place to give consumers fair warning when they’re going to have a bill that’s going to come in much higher than they would expect.  “So, we’ve been talking to the governor and Senate and Assembly leaders about passing legislation to prevent this problem.”

New York lawmakers have already proposed measures that require hospitals to provide patients with information about the network affiliation of doctors. Bell says greater disclosure is needed and New Yorkers should be held harmless if they were not aware providers were not in their network.

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Pew Research Center Surveys LGBT Community

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A new PEW Research Center survey show life has changed for the better for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. CBS’s Erickson Blakney speaks with PEW’s Paul Taylor about the results.

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No Human Gene Patents for Biotechs

AUDIO – 061413 – Supreme Court ruling on Gene Patents

The Supreme Court on Thursday is unanimous in their decision to throw out attempts to patent human genes. The decision will affect Biotech for years to come.

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Would You Choose Traffic Safety or the Monarch Butterfly?

What do Traffic Safety and Monarch Butterflies have in common – It’s not the traffic signs that’s for sure.. 

AUDIO – 061413 – Harrietstown Board Meeting – Traffic and Butterflies

Believe it or not, In July, It’s a question of Traffic Safety versus the Monarch Butterfly and in the Town of Harrietstown, Public Safety wins..  The Board heard a presentation on just those topics Thursday evening…

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Talk of the Town Friday 6/14/13

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Podcast 7am Friday 6/14/13

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State Senate Votes to Prohibit Novelty Lighters

The State Senate passes a bill promoting fire safety by prohibiting the sale and distribution of novelty lighters including many which have features like music, lights, and toy-like designs. The bill is headed to the assembly and if it passes there, would remove novelty lighters from store shelves