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City of Plattsburgh Adjusts Zoning Laws

With an RFP for hotel projects near the Airport under their belts without much response, the City of Plattsburgh is looking to strengthen their ability to work with companies that may be interested in locating a facility in the city… Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon says they’re looking to accommodate changes if necessary to the zoning…

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Education Forum Questions Common Core Testing

High Stakes Standardized Testing and the Effects of the Common Core Education Standards on Students, Teachers, and school administrators.. That’s the topic of an education forum in Plattsburgh Thursday Evening..  The weather didn’t put the damper on an education forum in Yokum Hall at SUNY Plattsburgh on Thursday Evening…   At issue, the question of high…

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Village Elections Today in Saranac Lake

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Residents in The Village of Saranac Lake head to the polls today from Noon until 9pm and there are two lines on the ballot..  one for Village Mayor and one for Village Trustee.. There are three candidates running for two open Village Trustee Seats.. Trustees Allie Pelletieri and Tom Catillaz are the incumbents. They’re being…

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WORLD TB DAY is March 24th

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The World’s finest researchers will once again focus on Saranac Lake as World TB Day approaches in just one week from now… World TB Day is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of several million people each year, mostly in developing countries. World…

Karen Bisso Receives Conservative Party Support

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Karen Bisso, candidate for New York State Assembly in the 115th District, has received the endorsement of the St. Lawrence County Conservative Party. Bisso has been teaching for 28 years in the Plattsburgh City School District and she says she has also received the endorsement of the Franklin County Conservatives for the primary runoff…  Bisso says there…

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Harvest for All Program Reaches New Highs for Food Banks

New York Farm Bureau President Dean Norton says their “Harvest for All” program is at it’s peak… in fact, the effort has had its best year yet.” According to the farm bureau, farmers across the state in 2013 gave nearly 9.3 million pounds of food to regional food banks including those in upstate, New York…

Affordable Care Act Deadline Fast Approaching

In a teleconference Thursday afternoon, State exchange directors from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, New York, and Washington spoke about their ongoing efforts to implement health care coverage marketplaces in their respective states by the upcoming deadline of March 31st in accordance with Affordable Care Act. Lisa Sbrana, Counsel of New York State of Health , Says they…

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Councilor Mike Kelly Proposes a Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing in Plattsburgh

The City of Plattsburgh is on it’s way to a vote on banning Hydraulic Fracturing.. The resolution is the brainchild of Councilor Mike Kelly who says he’s observed that approximately 210 municipalities in the State of New York have passed similar resolutions.. Kelly says the first goal of his resolution is to prohibit Hydraulic Fracturing from…

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Duprey Speaks to NYSCOPBA Corrections Officers

Assemblywoman Janet L Duprey attended a NYSCOPBA-sponsored rally at the Capitol on Tuesday where she spoke to hundreds of correction officers and supporters from across the state, including several from Chateaugay. The rally was a protest against the governor’s proposal to close four correctional facilities. Duprey says “She will continue to work with my colleagues…

New York State Adds 69,000 Finch Pruyn Acres to Forest Preserve

New York State is adding 69,000 acres to the State Forest Preserve formerly owned by Finch Pruyn & Company.. Governor Cuomo says there are also now $875,000 in available grants for projects to develop sites within the AdirondackPark and further position the region as a world-class tourism and recreation destination. Governor Cuomo says “Expanding the…

Cuomo Highlights Snowmobiling in Franklin County

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Snowmobiling in the North Country is on the Map this week following Governor Cuomo’s Visit to the region..  Our look at the activity begins with Jim McCulley who is one of the snowmobilers on hand for Governor Cuomo’s Arrival.. Governor Cuomo Arrived at the Adirondack Peak Experience and spoke with the media before he left for…

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Village Board Commends Winter Carnival Committee

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One more commendation for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee and the volunteers who were instrumental in the success of this year’s event…  Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau recognized Committee Chair Eric Foster and the rest of the committee in attendance at the village board meeting on Monday Evening..  Mayor Rabideau presented the committee with a…

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Lake Placid High School Congratulates Erin Weaver / David Knapik

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The Lake Placid High School announcea the Class of 2014 Valedictorian: Erin Weaver and the Salutatorian: David Knapik Valedictorian Erin Weaver, daughter of Tim and Kate Weaver of Lake Placid, NY, has been named Valedictorian of the Class of 2014. Erin, a member of the National Honor Society and High Honor Roll has pursued Advanced…

Mulverhill Underscores Importance of Sex Offender Registry

Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill is reminding citizens to use the online sex offender registration and notification center called OFFENDER WATCH which can be found on the Franklin County Sheriff’s web site . Mulverhill says OFFENDER WATCH helps monitor and track all of the sex offenders in Franklin County and sends them reminders when the…

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Gillibrand; DOT Must Update Guidelines for Hazardous Liquid Transport

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After another derailment of tankers carrying crude oil, this time in the Capital Region, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand renewed her call for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to urgently update and implement guidelines for safer transport of hazardous liquids. According to the Association of American Railroads, oil shipments have increased from 9,500 carloads in…

Dr Anthony Tramontano Joins Adirondack Health

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Adirondack Health is proud to welcome Dr. Anthony F. Tramontano, a leader in comprehensive cardiology care in the North Country since 2009.  Patients requiring cardiology care have access to a broad range of sophisticated services and treatment options at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.  Dr. Tramontano and his team provide the latest innovations in…

Council Reviews Plattsburgh’s Sidewalk Clearing Policy

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Snow is melting this weekend but the topic of slippery sidewalks isn’t going away..  Especially in Plattsburgh where the City Council is deliberating on the question of how to deal with residents who are required to clear their sidewalks..  The discussion begins with Councilwoman Becky Kasper referring to the code itself as a starting point…

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Lake Placid High School Students Recognized

The Artwork of two Students in Lake Placid is selected as part of the 24th statewide New York State art teachers association legislative art exhibit in Albany.. The exhibit was unveiled in the Legislative office buildings yesterday.. Lake Placid School Superintendent Roger Catania complimented the students and also suggested that he would like to expand the…

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Two NCCC Students Receive Chancellor’s Excellence Award

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Dr. Steve Tyrell, North Country Community College President, has announced that NCCC students Epril Nossent and Melody Blackmore are recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. The award is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by the State University of New York and recognizes those who have best demonstrated the integration of academic…

Erin Hynes to Chair the CCC Foundation Board

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The Clinton Community College Foundation welcomes Erin M. Hynes, a prominent local economic developer, as Chair of the Foundation Board of Directors for the next two years. The Foundation’s main goal is to raise private funds to provide Clinton Community College with the financial, academic, technological, and physical resources that are essential to great public…