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Adirondack Consortium Student Symposium Judging is April 14th

All submissions are in for this year’s Adirondack Research Consortium’s Student Symposium and they are inviting the public to see what they’ve been working on. Students from around the North Country were asked to compose a research paper or poster abstract submission regarding current Adirondack related research on their choice of science, social sciences, economics and…

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State’s Budget On Time 4 Years in a Row

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After several weeks of negotiations to reconcile budget proposals from Governor Cuomo, the Senate, and the Assembly, The Legislature has passed another on time budget for New York State…  On Education Spending, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey says she would have preferred a larger sum for State Education Funding… Senator Betty Little says her push was for…

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Harrietstown Teams with Saranac Lake Chamber

The Town of Harrietstown is teaming up with members of the Saranac Lake area Chamber of Commerce to develop and implement steps to further the growth and development of the Adirondack Regional Airport and the Town of Harrietstown Business Park, both in Lake Clear..  The Chamber’s President Tim Hesseltine will act as chair of the…

Studying Possible Pedestrian Solutions for Margaret Street

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A feasibility study is underway in Plattsburgh to determine the possibility of creating a more pedestrian Friendly Margaret Street (Route 9) by Georgia Pacific.. Kevin Farrington is the City’s Engineer..  He says the concept is to investigate the possibility of narrowing vehicular lanes… The original idea was precipitated by some concerned citizens looking to improve the…

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More Staffing at the Boarder for Champlain and Alexandria Bay

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is adding 2,000 officers and many of these additions will include staffing Land Ports of Entry at Champlain and Alexandria Bay.  The allocation is made possible by the Fiscal Year 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, with help from Congressman Bill Owens, who is a Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on…

Tupper Lake’s Budget Proposes 2.83% increase

The Village of Tupper Lake is out with their budget.. right now, the numbers appear to come in under the tax cap..  The tax levy comes in at $1,836,992 which represents an increase of 2.86% over last year’s budget… The levy based on current assessed value represents a total of $13 dollars and 42 point…

Alcoa Avoids Layoffs at Massena’s East Plant

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an agreement with Alcoa that will avoid layoffs at the aluminum manufacturer’s Massena operations in connection with the company’s plans to close its Massena East potlines by the end of this month. “The news in January of Alcoa’s plans to deal with the global changes in the aluminum markets led…

Camp Gabriels Public Meeting

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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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