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Trustee Paul Van Cott; “Bed Tax Good for Saranac Lake”

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Bed Tax Legislation that passed the Assembly on Tuesday is now headed to the state Senate.. The Legislation if passed, would give Franklin County the authority to enact a tax for hotel/motel visitors so that it can fund county-wide tourism promotion efforts.. Saranac Lake Village Trustee Paul VanCott thanked Assemblywoman Janet Duprey for helping to…

Saranac Lake High School Concert Choir Performs Mozart’s Requiem May 31st.

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The Saranac Lake High School Concert Choir will give a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem, collaborating with professional vocal soloists and chamber orchestra. This masterwork of the Classical Era will be paired with student vocal solo performances representative of significant solo literature from a variety of styles and languages. The performance will take place…

Senator Betty Little’s Recall Legislation Heads out of Committee

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The State Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday approved legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would require registered owners be notified of any manufacturer recall notices when their motor vehicles are inspected. If the official inspection station found that the motor vehicle is the subject of a safety recall, it would notify the owner in…

NYSUT Presses State Ed to Address New Yorker’s Concerns

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In advance of Thursday’s State Education Department hearing on teacher evaluations, New York State’s Teachers Union says is will be disseminating more information about the issue as it continues to press State Ed to do more to listen to… And address New Yorkers’ concerns. State Ed says its Thursday “Learning Summit” is designed to get…

State Assembly Pushes Families First Agenda

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The state Assembly Continues it’s efforts to support the Families First Agenda…  On Tuesday, in the wake of another leadership scandal, this time in the Senate… The Assembly passed a bill introduced by Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, that will prevent employers from discriminating against people based on their family status. Assemblywoman Russell says “Families are…

Douglas to resign as Essex County Chairman / Jay Supervisor

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On Monday, Essex County Chairman and Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas announced that he would be making a statement following the Essex County Board of Supervisors Meeting…  During that statement he announced that he would be retiring at a date to be determined in early June. In his letter to the board, Douglas said he…

Kiwanis Club to Kick Off Cycle Adirondacks

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For the past several years, the Saranac Lake Kiwanis Club has been running the Pat Stratton Memorial Ride, a 15-year tradition honoring the “bicycling plumber,” a beloved member of the community. And this year it happens on Saturday, August 22, just as Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Cycle Adirondacks riders are gathering in Saranac Lake for an August 23-29 road…

Official Lake Placid Ice Out Results

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We have the official winners of the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service’s Ice Out.. Ice Meisters Tom Mason… Ben, Marty and Mary Shubert and Brian Bliss have declared Lake Placid’s ice officially out as of Friday, May 1st, 2015 at 3:21 PM as they could navigate around the lake and thru the straights. Lake Placid…

CIty of Plattsburgh Achieves Small Surplus with Adjustments to Budget

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The City of Plattsburgh is taking advantage of some anticipated savings in their health insurance fund and more savings in the New York State retirement fund to balance out the 2014 budget and to essentially re-pay the general fund $300,000..    According to Mayor Jim Calnon, The city will be decreasing health insurance appropriations by $200,000…

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Safe Routes to Schools Kicks off Walk to School Challenge

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The Franklin County Safe Routes to School (SR2S) Team kicks off the first day of the 2015 Walk + Bike to School Challenge today.  May 6th is National Bike to School Day, however the SR2S Team is dedicating the entire month of May as Bike + Walk to School Month at Petrova Elementary School. The…

Douglas to Announce Future of Political Career Later This Morning

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Following the Essex County Board of Supervisors Meeting in Elizabethtown this morning…  Randy Douglas tells us he plans to make an announcement regarding the future of his political career..   Douglas says the media has been very fair to him during his political career. And he says, he’s going to be making a career move announcement…

Gillibrand Disappointed with DOD Report on Sexual Assault in the Military

Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the Department of Defense’s latest report on sexual assault in the military is “More of the same.” And she continues “All of the positive rhetoric ignores the reality that 75 percent of the men and women in uniform who have been sexually assaulted lack the confidence in the military justice…

Comptroller is Critical of Certain Aspects of NY State Budget

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New York state’s short-term financial condition continues to improve and the state has built on its reserves, but the 2015-16 Enacted State Budget contains broad statutory authority on some spending, according to an analysis released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. “Fortunately, New York state has moved beyond the recurring budget gridlock of the past,” DiNapoli…

ROOST bidding for 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships

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The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism in Lake Placid says the community has placed a bid to host the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championships.. A half Ironman distance competition that welcomes more than 4,500 athletes and their family and friends from over 90 countries. Lake Placid is one of 40 potential North American Host Region representatives…

Hedge Law / Parking Restrictions Pending in Plattsburgh..

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The City Council has called for two public hearings on May 14th at 5pm… The First of these two hearings will be to discuss amendments to the law governing hedges and how they’re to be trimmed or removed if they restrict or obstruct the use of sidewalks in the City…  Ward Three Councilman Dale Dowdle…

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Stefanik “Pleased NDAA Appropriations Vote

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik Says she’s pleased with the 60 to 2 vote in favor of thte National Defense Authorization Act for 2016…  “The federal government has no greater role than providing for our national defense,” and she continued by saying… $30 Million Provided for East Coast Missile Defense Site “Specifically, I am very proud that…

Duprey Wants More Supervision for Violent Sex Offenders

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Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I – Peru) says she is discouraged by the recent decision of the Assembly Democrats on the Codes Committee to block legislation that would strengthen protections against violent sexual predators. The bill, A.520, which Duprey co-sponsors, would mandate lifetime parole supervision of violent sex offenders after their release from prison. “It’s…

Town of Saranac to Benefit From $632,000 in Federal Grants

Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $632,000 in federal grant funding and a $222,000 federal loan for the Town of Saranac in Clinton County to help finance improvements to Standish Water District. Funding was allocated through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.…

39th Annual Jazz Festival at SUNY Plattsburgh Tonight

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The SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Music presents the 39th annual SUNY Plattsburgh Jazz Festival Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall. The concert will feature the SUNY Plattsburgh Jazz Ensemble and the Zip City Blues Band performing a repertoire ranging from Chicago-style blues to Duke Ellington swing. Tickets…

Saturday – Jean Arthur Day in Plattsburgh

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Tomorrow is a special day for a prominent resident of Plattsburgh… Jean Arthur was born in the Lake City October 17th, in 1900… And Saturday is Jean Arthur Day in Plattsburgh.. Jean was a successful actress and film star in the 1930s and 40s with feature roles in three Frank Capra films: “Mr. Deeds Goes…

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