Local Economy

Health Insurance Tops Lake Placid’s Budget

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The Village of Lake Placid is looking towards approval of their proposed 2014 – 2015 budget as their fiscal year comes to a close at the end of June..  During their last meeting, Mayor Craig Randall introduced a budget of $5,811,156 which represents an increase of $102,433 over the current year’s budget..  The Proposed Property…

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Calnon Says Planning the Budget is a Year Round Project

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The City of Plattsburgh’s $22 Million Dollar Budget takes more work to whittle down every year than you might think.. and this year, getting under the tax cap may prove to be more of a challenge than in years past..”We always want to be below the tax cap, obviously our goal would be to reduce…

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K&J – Preparing for the Lake Placid Horse Show

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The Lake Placid Horse Show kicks off June 24th and work is being completed on the new footings being installed in all of the major rings at the North Elba Show Grounds. Today in the K&J Show we’re speaking with Lori Martin who is the Executive Director of the Lake Placid Horse Show Association. The…

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DOT Grants Pen Air two year contract for Plattsburgh Airport

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The Department of Transportation has renewed its selection of PenAir to provide Essential Air Service to Plattsburgh International Airport. Congressman Bill Owens announced the continuation of funding on Wednesday..  PenAir will receive $5,428,148 in funding support over two years and provide 12 weekly nonstop round trip flights to Boston Logan International Airport. Congressman Owens says…

Plattsburgh’s Business Expo

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Businesses were gathered together on Thursday for the Business Expo sponsored by the North Country Chamber of Commerce..  Gary Douglas is President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce.. We asked him for his thoughts on the days activities.. Bruce Lawson is taking over the reigns of Community Development Director in the City of Plattsburgh.. He says…

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FAA Funding Comes Through for Plattsburgh and Lake Placid Airports

Congressman Owens announces two Federal Aviation Administration grants totaling $1,159,700 awarded for rehabilitation and upgrades to airports in Plattsburgh and Lake Placid. In an Email to WNBZ, Congressman Owens says “These airports make travel easier and more convenient for local business leaders, residents and visitors,” “Investing in these facilities will help ensure their long-term viability…

SLVFD Public Protection Classification Upgraded

The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department has received an upgraded Public Protection Classification which means rates on fire insurance could be going down..  OverallVillage Manager John Sweeney says the department is upgraded from a Grade 5 to a Grade 4 and the department is about 9 points away from a Grade 3 classification.. which they…

Remediation Begins

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Contractors are on site at the former Wilson Farms in Saranac Lake and Community Development Director Jeremy Evans says they’ve been hired to complete a DEC approved environmental remediation plan…  It includes removing all of the gasoline pump fixtures, The Concrete Slab, the canopy, underground tanks and associated piping and any contaminated soil..  As for…

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Gillibrand Legislation Would Ease Student Debt in New York

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New York College graduates are saddled with an estimated $60 billion in student loan debt and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is continuing her push for legislation that would help tens of millions of graduates find some relief…. National student loan debt is now approximately $1.2 trillion dollars, surpassing auto loan and credit card debt, and…

Small Business Week

It’s officially Small Business Week and The Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce along with it’s partner organizations are Celebrating by hosting daily events throughout the entire week including Wellness Summits, Public Speaking Workshops, and tutorials on how to apply for grants…The Chamber is offering as much as they can in to ensure the success of small…

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Comptroller Gives Plattsburgh Good Financial Report

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli  says A steady population, an expanding tax base and a diverse economy have helped establish a stable financial foundation for the city of Plattsburgh…   The Comptroller made a special visit to Plattsburgh on Wednesday to speak with local business leaders, the media, and local legislators including Town of Plattsburgh…

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K&J – Spring Planning for Community Development

The Community Development Office in the Village of Saranac Lake is focused on a large array of projects, and with spring there’s an influx of requests for building permits, and the continuation of a feasibility study to look at all of the issues relating to placing a beach back on Lake Flower, plus in today’s…

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Adirondack Club and Resort – One Step Closer to Reality

The lengthy battle the ACR has faced is now in the hands of the appellate court judges. On Monday, the State of New York Supreme Court, , heard oral arguments from the attorneys for Protect the Adirondacks, The Adirondack Park Agency and the Adirondack Club and Resort regarding the Article 78 lawsuit. Jim LaValley is…

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Unclaimed Excellus Cash

Every year, the state requires insurers like Excellus BCBS to make a list of unclaimed checks that are at least three years old. The names are then placed in advertisements in local papers in an attempt to find the people who have money to claim. If the property is not claimed by the end of…

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Plattsburgh Community Garden Group Adds a Second Location

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The Plattsburgh community Garden Group says their community garden is built with the goal of creating a safe and open space for people in the community to grow their own vegetables, flowers and fruits.. and to give them an opportunity to participate where they could learn the habits and skills of successful gardening.. Doug Butdorf is…

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Comcast – The Latest to Disclose Political Contributions

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli says there’s a new shareholder agreement with media and technology company Comcast Corp. to disclose political spending made with corporate funds. In December, as trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund), DiNapoli filed a shareholder resolution calling for the company to make public its political…

City of Plattsburgh Approves Outdoor Restaurant Seating

It may be a little to cold today to think about outdoor dining in Downtown Plattsburgh, but the City Council is once again allowing local restaurants to add to their seating by creating what Councilwoman Becky Casper calls “Parklets” outside of their establishments.. “Concrete barriers may not be the best looking way to separate the…

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K&J – Treasurer Paul Ellis Discusses Saranac Lake’s Village Budget

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An Interview with Saranac Lake Village Treasurer Paul Ellis  Today on the K&J show, we’re speaking with Paul Ellis who has been the VIllage Treasurer in Saranac Lake since 2008. Our discussion takes us to the general requirements of a village by the state of New York as well as to the Water and Sewer…

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K&J – Tupper Lake’s Budget Hearing (A Focus on Police Staffing)

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A Passionate Plea from Officers at the Tupper Lake Police Department begs the question.. Are there enough cops on the force in Tupper Lake…. That’s the question the Village of Tupper Lake is dealing with as it hears from members of the audience at the village’s public budget hearing on Monday Evening…First to Speak is…

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Tupper Lake Budget Hearing Tonight

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The Village of Tupper Lake presents it’s tentative budget to voters tonight in a public hearing at 7pm in the municipal offices… The Budget hearing provides an opportunity for the public to weigh in one last time on the budget or any particular portion of the budget..  This year, the board has been working towards…