Education

A Birthday Wish from AMC Surgical Staff

David Narreau, of Plattsburgh, was at Adirondack Medical Center for a surgical procedure on his birthday, but that did not stop staff in the Ambulatory Surgical Unit from celebrating his special day.  Following his procedure, the staff sang “Happy Birthday” to David and gave him a blueberry muffin and a card.  David marked his 65th…

Cuomo Annonces Women’s Equality Act Legislation

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo joins members of the Women’s Equality Coalition, introducing legislation designed to end discrimination and inequality based on gender and to restore New York as a leader in women’s rights. If enacted by the Legislature, the Women’s Equality Act will achieve pay equity, stop sexual harassment, prevent pregnancy discrimination in all workplaces,…

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Cruising the Bloomingdale Fire Department

AUDIO – 060313 – Bloomingdale Fire Department Cruise In and Tri Lakes Cruisers

The Tri Lake’s Cruisers meet at Curtis Lumber every Tuesday evening but Saturday, they were at a special event at the Bloomingdale Fire Department.

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Raising the Bridge – Crosswalk Installation underway

AUDIO – 051313 – Newly Installed Crosswalk over Lapan Highway

There’s a newly installed concrete bridge over the Lapan Highway again…  It doesn’t look much different..

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VIS Hangs Flower Baskets / Partners with Village

AUDIO – 053013 – VIS Watering Partnership with VIllage of Saranac Lake

The Village Improvement Society is preparing to place hanging flower baskets throughout the community. In May and June, they begin preparing the soils and plantings for four entry planters, eight trash receptacles 24 barrels, 24 hanging baskets and more than six local municipal gardens..  In a letter to the village Board, The VIS says their partnership with the village makes it possible to maintain the plantings by watering the number and diversity of sites in an efficient manner with the help of village employees..  Saranac Lake’s Mayor Clyde Rabideau says they really look at the VIS as a tremendous asset of volunteers who are dedicated to the beautification of our village.

The Village Board every year seems a little wary of putting too much money into the beautification of the village, but continues to vote positively for supporting the partnership and watering of the baskets..

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No Smoking in Harrietstown Parks

AUDIO – 053013 – Harrietstown Votes to Ban Smoking in Parks

The Town of Harrietstown is hanging “No Smoking” signs in all of their parks an if they can work out an arrangement with the village, the ban could eventually include the front of the Harrietstown Town Hall.

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Still Counting Chickens in Saranac Lake

AUDIO – 052913 – Trustees Table Chicken Law

The proposed law would have been a temporary measure to prohibit the new introduction of raising and keeping domesticated animals in the village. A vote was tabled until the next meeting.

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Youth Baseball Opening Day

AUDIO – 052813 – Saranac Lake Youth Baseball Opening Day The League’s President is Danielle Phelan says there used to be an opening day when Mike Ritchie was one of the coaches. The league began over 50 years ago…  A few years ago 200 kids participated in the program but this year only 150 are involved.…

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Poetry Contest Winners

AUDIO – 052713 – Poetry Contest Winners

The Top Three 4th grade Poets came out to the bandshell in Saranac Lake on Saturday to read their poems to onlookers braving the cold and the wet weather.

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Marching Against Monsanto GMOs in Saranac Lake

AUDIO – 052713 – March Against Monsanto in Sarnac Lake

A Worldwide Protest against Monsanto brings out protesters in 52 countries and 436 cities, including Saranac Lake..

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New Grant Money Available for First Time Homebuyers

A Fund for First time homebuyers in the Adirondacks could pay as much as $40,000 towards your downpayment..

AUDIO – 052413 – Adirondack Community Land Trust

The real estate market is on the rise again and The Adirondack Community Housing Trust says they have an opportunity for Lower Income First Time Homebuyers to save as much as $40,000…   Emily Kilburn is the Director of the Adirondack Community Housing Trust.. She says prospective first time homebuyers should call their office because they’ve just received more funding from Federal and Local Sources.

Kilburn says there’s a homebuyers education class which covers everything from dealing with a realtor, dealing with a lawyer, looking for a house and being financially responsible.. The Biggest element, she says is creating a budget and making sure that you can afford the house and that you’re planning for the future..

Click here for the Adirondack Housing Trust Website

Through an initiative by Senator Betty Little, the State budgeted $1 Million to be used by an “Adirondack Community Housing Trust” to reduce the cost of home purchases for families making up to 120% of area median income. Resale limitations on the property require that future sales of these homes be controlled by ACHT so that they will be passed on to other income-qualified families at affordable prices.

Adirondack Community Housing Trust utilizes the Community Land Trust (CLT) model for perpetually affordable housing. The first CLT’s were developed in the 1970’s. There are now some 200 in the country, and the number is growing rapidly as more communities are concerned with preserving affordable homeownership.

For qualified home buyers, ACHT will finance a portion of the mortgage to purchase an affordable house in exchange for title to the land.

 

 

 

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History Matters – Quilting in the Adirondacks

Historic Saranac Lake announced that the last of its four “History Matters” discussions in May will feature the topic of quilting in the Adirondacks. The talk is hosted in conjunction with the Lake Placid North Elba Historical Society. Hallie E. Bond, former curator at the Adirondack Museum, will present her lecture titled “Common Threads: Adirondack Quilts Tell Their Stories,”…

School District Voting Today

Budget Votes and School Board Elections are today. Saranac Lake 7am-8pm. Tupper Lake 12n-8pm. Lake Placid 2pm-9pm. Tupper’s School Board needs approval from 60% of voters for their budget to pass because the budget exceeds the tax cap.

Local School Board Elections May 21st

AUDIO – 052013 – School Board Budget Votes and Elections Tomorrow

Budget Votes and School Board Elections are tomorrow -  In Saranac Lake, the vote takes place in the district offices at SaranacLakeHigh School from 7am until 8pm…  Candidates in Saranac Lake include Incumbents Esther Arlan, and Clyde Baker.. Tracey Schrader and Shir Filler are also vying for the two available seats on the board..  The School Board is asking the community to approve a budget which approaches $28 Million Dollars..  an increase of 2.91%.

Two seats are also available on Lake Placid’s School Board. There are three candidates, John Hopkinson is the Boards Appointee and has served on the school board for just over a year, He’s seeking to retain his seat for another three year term. Two other candidates, Rick Preston, and Jennifer Tufano are vying for one of the two seats on the board. The Lake Placid School Board is asking voters to approve a budget of $17,264,976.00   One resolution on the ballot ask residents to allow the district to apply for an additional 10% in state building aid.. Board president Mary Deitrich says this resolution is a win win..  Polls in Lake Placid will be open from 2pm until 9pm…

In Tupper Lake, The school board has proposed a budget that will exceed the state’s 2% tax cap..  The Property Tax Levy would increase by 8.35% and includes a spending increase of 7.64% to just over $17,000,000 dollars, up from $16,000,009 in 2012..  Voting In Tupper Lake will take place at the Middle High School from Noon until 8pm Tomorrow and will require a “Super Majority” of 60% of voters voting in favor of the increase in order for it to pass.

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The Affordable Care Act In Depth

K&J – 051613 – Burnham Benefit Advisors – Ian Coryea speaks on Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act is turning out not to be so affordable..  Not only according to republicans, but also according to some of the authors of the legislation. And in order to navigate through the extremely complex new regulations, we’re going to need a consultant, just to help us understand all of the implications… That’s exactly who we found at a recent Town of Harrietstown Work-session where we hear from an expert on the ins and outs of health care reform which in most cases takes effect January 1st, 2014..  Burnham consults on many different levels of health care ranging from working with individuals to help them understand their options (A free service by the way) to consulting for over 43 municipalities including Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties, Lake Placid, and where we caught up with them – The Town of Harrietstown…

If you’re an employee in a company with under 50, and you have a flexible spending account, The maximum you can contribute is $2,500 through payroll deduction. The employer can contribute more but you can’t deduct more than the $2,500.. In addition, All Employers will be required to notify their employees of a new Health Care Exchange in New YorkState.. They’ll have to make you aware that there’s a new access point for health insurance..

If you’re a group under 25 employees and your average wages are less than $50,000 and you pay more than half of the premiums, you’ll be eligible for a tax credit until 2016. Clearly a talking point for the authors of the program as very few employers will fall into this category..  And as for the Health Care Exchanges, you may find an inexpensive program but it may not apply to our region as the choices are not as plentiful in the North Country.. And so what about pre-existing conditions, why are prices going to go up?

It seems difficult to understand how citizens of the united states can be forced to do anything they don’t want to and so I asked Ian at this point to clarify for us how the government can require us to pay for health care, or penalize us for that matter if we don’t participate..

But wait, there’s more…. Not only do you have to pay a penalty if you don’t participate, which congress has conveniently called a health care tax… There’s also a huge list of increases simply in the form of additional government taxes which will no doubt increase your premiums over and above the other anticipated increases..

Coryea says It’s too early to tell but using mid year increases as a barometer, some groups renewing in June are seeing 16% increases in premiums, and by year end, your premiums may exceed 20%

Just to clarify – If your premium is say $667 per month and you multiply by 12, you’ll get just over $8,000 and those are basic insurance premiums for a single payer.. if you go over $10,200 annually, employers will be subject to a tax as high as 40% of the premium. Coryea says you could reach the threshold in less than two years under this scenario.. There is, however, one bit of good news for small business owners..

So consider this… If you were working 40 hours a week, you may become the victim of corporate planning to adjust for the new 30 hour classification for requiring employers to pay health insurance..  here’s an example..

Health Care Reform will most likely not be repealed, but consider that it costs nearly $100 Million Dollars to run the Health Insurance Exchange in just New York alone.. That’s expensive..  Tish Beismeyer is still at the table with us and we asked when people should start talking about these issues and for individuals, considering options, for Companies, considering new policies.. Luckily, one thing that hasn’t changed is that Burnham’s advice is free to individuals, small businesses municipalities and large corporations. Beismeyer says they can provide the consulting services for free because the broker costs are already included in the annual premium, whether or not you use a broker, so for anyone considering health insurance, Burnham can help you keep up with all of the best solutions for you, your company and your family..  and as Ian has said several times.. stay tuned because even the government hasn’t answered all of the questions yet.. One things for sure, the premium your paying right now is going up.. perhaps as much as 20% plus another 7% in taxes…  it’s no wonder there have been so many attempts in congress to repeal the entire legislation..

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Lake Placid / North Elba Plan Joint Meeting

AUDIO – 051513 – Joint North Elba – Lake Placid Meeting to discuss AMC – May 28th 430pm

A meeting is set for Tuesday, May 28th at 4:30pm to allow the boards of the Town of North Elba and The Village of Lake Placid to consider a making joint recommendation to the Adirondack Health Board which is expected to formalize their decisions shortly thereafter.

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