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VA Bill passes House Conference

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Congressman Bill Owens votes to approve the Veterans Access, Choice & Accountability Act of 2014.. It’s a bill we’ve been hearing about for the past few days which will reform the Department of Veterans Affairs.. It went to conference to combine the Senate and House differences and conference report was approved by a wide bipartisan…

Owens Presented with “Spirit of Enterprise” Award

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognized Congressman Bill Owens on Wednesday with a prestigious “Spirit of Enterprise” award for his leadership on economic and business issues during the 113th Congress. “My focus as a representative has always been economic growth and job creation, which depends first on the health and success of the private sector,”…

Skate Park Construction Delayed by Two Weeks

It appears breaking ground on the new Skate Park behind community Bank in Saranac Lake will be delayed another week pending a final review of insurance documents which the contract requires…   Right now, the Skate Park Committee has met all of the requirements of the contract with one exception, they have bids out to insurance…

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VA Gets a Boost from House and Senate

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Conferees Ok VA Bill House and Senate negotiators late Monday signed a conference committee agreement on legislation that would allocate about $17 billion to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. The agreement, filed in the House of Representatives shortly before midnight, includes $5 billion for strengthening the VA by recruiting more doctors, nurses and other medical…

Mayor Calnon Proposes Health Insurance Reserve Fund

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The City of Plattsburgh spends roughly $Six point One Million Dollars on Health Insurance Every year.. But every year, they’re budgeting closer to $Seven Million Dollars.. and in these numbers, there is good news and there is some bad news.. the good news is that even though the city budgeted to spend $2.2 Million Dollars…

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3 Underage Children in Suspects Vehicle during Ray Brook Accident

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20 year old Trevor J. SIsto of Fort Covington is charged with Attempted Assault in the First Degree (Felony), Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree (Felony) , Endangering the Welfare of a Child (3 Counts) (Misdemeanor), Reckless Driving (Misdemeanor) and Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident (Misdemeanor)  Police were called to investigate a vehicle recklessly…

Fatal Accident – Autopsies Released / Suspect Arrested

An autopsy was performed on James E. Barney at AMC Saranac Lake by Dr C. Francis Varga who determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma consistent with a motor vehicle collision.  Essex County Coroner Francis Whitelaw ruled the manner of death to be homicide. An autopsy was performed on Kimberly Barney at…

Margaret Street adds Re-Paving to it’s “Diet”

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The City Council held a special meeting on Thursday Night to formalize an addition to what City Engineer Kevin Farrington refers to as the Margaret Street Diet near Georgia Pacific..  In the next month or so, Margaret Street from just before McDonalds to Georgia Pacific will become a two lane road with a center turning…

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City Nets $61,688 in Auction, Keeps Highway Oil

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After foreclosing on three properties in Plattsburgh, the City Council will bring in $108,364 on two of those properties after the delinquencies are paid back.. Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon says the city has decided to hold on to the Highway Oil Property.. The total delinquency on the two properties Auctioned on Wednesday was Just over…

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Two Die in High Speed Chase Through Ray Brook

The State Police continue to investigate a fatal collision that has now claimed the life of one other person. A 2011 Ford F-150 pick-up truck collided with a 2009 Honda Fit on State Route 86 in Ray Brook shortly before 2 p.m. following a brief pursuit by State Police. The Lake Placid Police Department had…

City Council Considers “Oil Train Task Force”

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A Canadian Pacific train was headed south over the Saranac River with a majority of DOT-111 Oil Cars in tow and Ironically, this particular train went by just as the City council was preparing to discuss an Oil Train Task Force proposed by Councilwoman Rachelle Armstrong.. The City Council is meeting again Thursday evening and once…

DOT Announces Changes to Oil Train Regulations

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July 24th, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued new proposed rules on tankers transporting oil including quickly phasing out the use of old DOT-111 rail cars for transporting crude oil and other hazardous liquids. The new proposed rules would also propose new operational requirements that would reduce operating speeds and enhance…

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Lapan Sewer Project to Repair “Eminent Failure”

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The Village of Saranac Lake has taken emergency action to repair a section of sewer pipe that if it were to fail, could affect more than 30% of the residents of the village who live on Kiwassa Road and South of the Lapan Highway.. The project is in response to several sections of this sewer which…

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A New Finance Committee in the Town of Plattsburgh

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The Town of Plattsburgh is one step closer to their goal of recruiting members of the community to sit on a newly formed Finance Committee.. At their Regular Meeting on Monday night, the board approved the appointment of Carol Rugar..who works with the Vice President for Student Affairs at SUNY Plattsburgh and she and her…

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State Police Investigating single plane crash in Lake Placid

On July 19, 2014, at approximately 10:39 a.m., New York State Police were advised of a single engine plane crash which occurred off River Road in the town of North Elba.  Lake Placid Fire Department responded and extinguished the flames after the aircraft burst into flames upon impact. The investgation has so far determined that…

Cuomo, Shumlin Tie in Adirondack Whitewater Challenge

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo held the 2014 Adirondack Challenge over the weekend, an exciting afternoon to highlight the summer tourism opportunities in the region, including outdoor activities such as rafting and fly fishing. The event, held in Indian Lake, attracted elected officials, tourism industry leaders and summer enthusiasts to Upstate New York. In today’s award…

City Helps Catherine Gardens Move to Phase Two

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Catherine Gardens is getting a boost from the City of Plattsburgh.. Maria Alexander is the executive Director of the Senior Citizen’s Council.. “We’re in phase two of the project and we’re putting 12 more units on our property and thanks to the bridge loan from the city, we’ll be able to do it sooner rather…

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Plattsburgh “Ward Walks” Begin Monday Morning

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The Plattsburgh Renewal Project and the Plattsburgh City School District’s Health Committee are sponsoring “WARD WALKS” through the City of Plattsburgh and This morning’s “WARD WALK” kicked off at 6am in Councilwoman Rachelle Armstrong’s Ward… It will continue in Ward One this week and then move on through each Ward for Six Weeks of walking…

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City Council Approves North Margaret’s “Diet”

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Good news for the PASS organization on Thursday. The City Council approves the changes recommended in a feasibility study and North Margaret Street by Georgia Pacific will become a two lane road with a turning lane in the center and two bike lanes.. one on each side.. and as part of the approval process, the council…

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FLW Tour Stops in Plattsburgh

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The Rayovac FLW series Pro Fishing Tournament makes a stop in Plattsburgh this weekend.. It’s stop number two of the Northern Division for Ron Lappin the Tournament Director for all five divisions.. “This would have been stop number three,” Lappin Said, “but we had to cancel one of the earlier events because of the length…

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