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Albany Reaches Budget Agreement – Vote Pending

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says an agreement has been reached on the 2014 – 2015 state budget..  The agreements allows for $1.5 billion dollars in property tax relief for New York homeowners.. The caviat, is that the relief is linked to and conditioned on approved plans for local governments to become more efficient, in…

Environmental Advocates Applaud NY State Budget

Advocates for New York’s clean water, clean air and open space applauded today as an agreement on the next New York State Budget was announced including $162 million in appropriations for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). This is a $9 million increase over the current funding level. The EPF, which once stood at $255 million,…

State Budget – Good and Bad News for Schools

The Alliance for Quality Education Released a statement on the new State Budget…  Billy Easton is Executive Director; “The enacted budget contains a mix of good and bad news for public school students across New York State. The budget provides a $1.1 billion increase in aid to public schools – at least $400 million more…

Could Part of Downtown be Closed to Vehicles?

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Is there an area in Downtown Plattsburgh that could be closed off for pedestrian foot traffic only.. That’s the question proposed for consideration by City Councilman Josh Kretzer.. “There is support from the Chamber and the Development Corporation who have both offered to be part of the process,” Krestser tells the CIty Council, and he continued…

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Plattsburgh Votes to Restrict Hydraulic Fracturing

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The City of Plattsburgh Votes Unanimously Thursday Night to ban Hydrofracking within the City Limits and to prohibit activities associated with Hydraulic Fracturing such as the use of the City of Plattsburgh’s Wastewater Collection system for the disposal of waste-water from Hydraulic Fracturing.. Mary Dufore lives in Plattsburgh.. She commended the board for their actions.. …

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Hotels Going Green at Paul Smith’s College

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The Paul Smith’s College Hospitality Club is hosting a panel discussion, with four hotel and resort operators who will talk about green and sustainable practices in the hospitality field. Each of the panelists’ properties is certified by Audubon International’s Green Lodging Program, which accredits green hotels and resorts.  “Audubon International has been invaluable to them…

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37th Annual Mayors Cup Sails into Spring

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The Sunrise Rotary in Plattsburgh and the City of Plattsburgh are Sailing into the 37th Annual  Mayor’s Cup Festival July 10th through the 13th.. A festival with a long history of free family fun celebrating the region, the community and Lake Champlain… Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon summed up the event at a press conference on…

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Duprey Recognized for her Advocacy

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Assemblywoman Janet Duprey is the latest recipient of recognition from the non-profit Hispanic Women’s Organization “Entre Nosotras” .. She’s given the recognition for her advocacy on behalf of women’s rights and children with special needs. Bronx Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo presented the award to Assemblywoman Duprey at the 27th annual SOMOS conference held by the Puerto…

NY Senate OKs Town Speed Limit Mandate Relief

Legislation that would authorize towns to set speed limits within their own jurisdictions was approved today by the State Senate. Current law requires most towns to petition the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to do so but exempts villages, cities and about 80 towns with large populations. Senator Betty Little sponsors the legislation…

Adirondacks ACO Launches Mobile Web Site

Adirondacks ACO, one of Medicare’s newly accepted Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), today announced the launch of its informational website, AdirondacksACO.com.  The new mobile site is designed to provide the more than 25,000 Fee-For-Service Medicare beneficiaries in the region with more information on the role of an Accountable Care Organization in their patient care. Adirondacks ACO…

Equalizing Saranac Lake’s School District Attendence

School Boards across the North Country are awaiting the final answers from Albany, State Education, and the Governor as to where the State’s Aid figures will fall into place… The Budget Proposals in Saranac Lake include reductions in teacher levels, but also may include some changes to where elementary students attend classes.. “The two schools…

Owens Co-Sponsors Trade Adjustment Assistance Act Extension

Congressman Bill Owens is Co-Sponsoring legislation that would extend provisions in the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act for an additional seven years… TAA provides benefits to workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade, including individualized training plans, on-the-job training, and allowances for expenses associated with re-employment. According to the Department of…

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Applications Available for Town of Jay Community Garden

The Town of Jay will once again be taking applications for their Community Garden located on the Grove Road in Au Sable Forks. There are 15 individual raised-bed plots in the garden and applications are now available at Town of Jay Offices in the Community Center in Au Sable Forks. Returning gardeners will be given…

Superintendent’s Budget Proposal Includes Teacher Reductions

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Unless the State aid in this year’s proposed budget is changed before April 1st, School Districts across the North Country are going to have difficult decisions to make before their budgets must be adopted and presented for approval to the local communities…  And unfortunately, it appears everything must be on the table, including reductions in…

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Clinton County Sheriff; “Beware of Phishing Scheme”

The Clinton County sheriff’s office is actively investigating complaints of a potential phishing scheme in the region… Residents say they’re receiving phone calls from an unknown male who claims you’ll be arrested if you hang up the phone…  In one case, the male, who identifies himself as “from the sheriff’s office,” stated that the homeowner…

Local Reporters.. On Their Return from The Sochi Olympics

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Reporters Chris Knight and Lou Reuter are back from Sochi Russia..  Enterprise Senior Staff Writer Chris Knight and Senior Sports Writer Lou Reuter gave a slide show presentation at Monday night’s village board meeting on their trip last month to Sochi, Russia to cover the local athletes who competed in the Winter Olympics.  Both Lou and…

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The First “First Weekend” In Plattsburgh starts April 4th

The First Weekend in April is also the First First Weekend for Downtown Plattsburgh… First Weekend’s Events Committee Co-Chair Leigh Smionette says some favorites from last year will be returning and they’re looking to come back bigger and better than ever.. First weekend activities will begin Friday at Peabody’s with another Celebrity Bartending event, followed…

Heroine Arrest In Plattsburgh

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On Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 Plattsburgh Police received a tip alleging heroin was being sold from a residence on Cornelia Street in the vicinity of Montcalm Avenue in the City of Plattsburgh. Plattsburgh Police Detectives began investigating. By yesterday, Detectives had developed probable cause to believe that heroin was being sold from 113 Cornelia Street,…

Essex County Drug Sweep

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On Friday the New York State Police took part in a multi-agency round-up of suspects involved in the sale of drugs in EssexCounty, which resulted in numerous suspects being arrested. As a result of ongoing narcotics investigations by law enforcement agencies throughout EssexCounty and Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague, 18 suspects were apprehended during early morning…

Pre K vs. GEA; Senator Betty Little says Remove the GEA First

Senator Betty Little says the 2.8 Billion Dollar Cut to Education in 2009 has created a growing problem.. Especially for school districts in the North Country that were more dependent on state aid than some of the bigger schools, say in Long Island which may not have felt the impact as much..  Now, she says,…

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