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NYSAC Endorses Forever Wild State Land

County Leaders Endorse Ballot Propositions for Adirondack Park and Sewer Project Debt Exclusion The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), which represents all 62 counties, including New York City, has recently passed a resolution endorsing three proposed constitutional amendments that will be on the November 5 statewide election ballot. NYSAC urges statewide voter support of Propositions…

Regional Tourism Council Shows Growth for Saranac Lake Website

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The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism says businesses play a large part in the impact of social marketing and tourism in our region..   Saranac Lake Village Trustee Paul Van Cott says the relationship with ROOST is a powerful part of the village’s efforts to strengthen tourism.. The Presentation is followed today at 10am in the Cantwell…

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DEC Issues Draft UMP for Historic Fire Towers

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Comments Remain Open on Draft Unit Management Plans until November 15 The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released the draft unit management plans (UMPs) for the Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower Historic Area and the Saint Regis Mountain Fire Tower Historic Area, Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The UMPs contain management proposals for…

Advances on Invasives and Renewable Energy Top Adirondack Council’s State of The Park Report

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     Many of the Adirondack Park’s environmental organizations and local governments stopped fighting one another and worked together in this year on issues of common concern, advancing agreements that better protect the park’s environment while also encouraging community development, according to the Adirondack Council’s 2013 State of the Park Report.             State of the…

Adirondack Council “State of the Park” to be Released Wednesday

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The Adirondack Council says it will release its 2013 State of the Park Report this Wednesday.  State of the Park is a 20-page, illustrated review of more than 100 actions taken by local, state and federal government officials, briefly explaining what they did to help or hurt the ecology and economy of the Adirondack Park over…

Congressman Owens Highlights Border Trade in Light of Shutdown

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While it seems like bipartisan cooperation is dead in Washington, there is a group of lawmakers working together to find balance between commercial and security interests on our border with Canada… Representative Bill Owens addressed the Canadian American Border Trade Alliance’s annual policy conference in Washington on Wednesday.. He says while there may be differences…

K&J – Touring St Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center

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A Tour of St Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Center in Saranac Lake.. There are several Outpatient facilities throughout the region, but we’re focusing on the the 63 Bed Inpatient facility, and we start with a little history of the original building from Communications Director Jim Grant..  One of the important locations in the facility…

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Finch Pruyn Lands Now Available for Public Access

Under Interim Plan, Public Will Have Access – for the First Time in 100 Years – to 11,600 Acres of Adirondack Forest Lands and Waters   For the first time in more than 100 years, access to approximately 11,600 acres of lands and waters on the Essex Chain Lakes tract in the center of the…

Cuomo Says Apple Harvest “Best in Years”

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is encouraging New Yorkers and tourists from neighboring states to “Taste NY” apples this year at over 654 apple orchards and support New York’s important apple industry this fall. Apple growers from across the state are hailing this year’s apple crop as the best in many years following storm events that…

PROTECT Objects to Snowmobile Corridor

Protect the Adirondacks is pushing for a Preliminary Injunction against the APA and DEC to stop the new class II community connector snowmobile trail construction in the Forest Preserve. In their motion, PROTECT says the work should be stopped while its legality is in litigation. ARISE Chairman Jim LaValley says this strategy is becoming a…

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Texting and Driving? New York is Cracking Down

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Governor Cuomo says State Police have seen a 365% increase in tickets issued in summer 2013 compared to summer 2012 for distracted driving, a result of an extensive enforcement crackdown by the State Police. This summer, State Police issued 21,580 tickets, surpassing last summer’s total of 5,208 tickets. Cuomo was speaking at a Thruway rest area…

More Support for Gillibrand’s Military Sexual Assault Proposal

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THREE MORE RETIRED GENERALS COME FORWARD IN SUPPORT OF GILLIBRAND PROPOSAL TO CREATE INDEPENDENT, NON-BIASED, OBJECTIVE MILITARY JUSTICE SYSTEM FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today that three more retired Generals have come out in public support of her proposal to create an independent,…

Five Plattsburgh Border Patrol Officers Moving South

A follow up to our report on the changes in the Plattsburgh Air Branch for Patrol of the Northern Boarder.   After our report yesterday, Congressman Owens told WNBZ he spoke with Major General Randolph Alles, the Border Patrol’s Assistant Commissioner in the Office of Air and Marine. Congressman Owens tells us he was informed that…

More Money Available for Businesses in Jay

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the New York State Small Business Storm Recovery. This program is for businesses who are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Irene. These grants and loans are intended to meet the unmet needs of small businesses once they have settled with any governmental agencies, FEMA, the Small Business Association or…

Paul Smith’s College Joins “Say Yes” Initiative

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Says Yes to Education and 11 new College Partners committed to tuition aid for urban students… and Paul Smith’s College become one of the newest participants in the program.. Say Yes to Education Inc., a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing high school and college graduation rates for students in urban school…

K&J – Today – Tupper Lake’s Point of View

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The Wild Center is host to the final public listening session hosted jointly by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Conservation..   Tupper Lake Residents were joined by residents of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake as well as people from as far away as Pennsylvania who’ve expressed an interest in the success of…

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Ski Big Tupper Again – Again..

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The ARISE Board in Tupper Lake is moving forward with plans to re-open Big Tupper Ski Area this winter.. A group of key volunteers met with the board on Friday and added their unanimous support to the effort. Arise Chairman Jim LaValley

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Grimditch Lake Placid Boathouse Arguments are Sinking Fast

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The Town of North Elba will apparently get their way and while it’s not going to happen tomorrow, the Grimditch family is much closer to a summary judgement ordering them to tear down the two boathouses which they continued to build even after 3 separate stop work orders.. A 21 page Decision written by Judge…

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K&J – DEC Ray Brook Hosts Public Listening Session #2

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The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) has joined with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in a joint effort to hear from the public  in 4 listening sessions during September. The DOT heard from key stakeholders including The Adirondack Recreational Trail Associates and The Adirondack Rail Preservation Society. Both stakeholders…

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Cuomo Proposes New Slumlord Prevention Guidelines

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced proposed Slumlord Prevention Guidelines (SPG) for bank lending to help protect tenants, strengthen communities, and promote sustainable, long-term investments in rental housing. The guidelines include new Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations from the Department of Financial Services (DFS) that incentivize banks to lend to landlords who are committed to…