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Open Enrollment Continues on New York Heath Exchange

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Today marks one of two deadlines for consumers in the North Country looking to sign up for health insurance in 2015… January 15th is the last day to sign up and become eligible for Health Insurance in February… Donna Frescatore, is the Executive Director, New York Health Benefit Exchange.. She says New York State is…

Duprey Calls for Vote on Women’s Equality Act

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In light of the passage of eight Women’s Equality Act bills in the State Senate, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R, I – Peru) renewed her support for the complete proposal – including the proposal which codifies Roe v Wade in the State of New York and ensures safe healthcare for women across the state. This is…

Alliance Weighs in on Charter School Agenda in Albany

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The Alliance For Quality Education Weighs in on the Debate over Privately-Run Charter Schools On Tuesday, the leaders of the Assembly and the Senate made statements regarding the cap on privately-run charter schools. Billy Easton is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education. He says  “Inequality in our public schools is the burning education…

Owens Joins Law Firm Focused on Cross Border Commerce

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Congressman Bill Owens Joins McKenna Long & Aldridge’s Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs Practice Owens is teaming with the firm’s Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs practice as a senior strategic advisor in the Washington, D.C. office. Based on his extensive experience in federal policy in the context of the Canada-U.S. relationship, Congressman Owens will advise Canadian…

St Joe’s Makes List of “Best Places to Work” in 2014

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For the fourth year in a row, St Joseph’s Addiction and Treatment Center in Saranac Lake has been named one of the best places to work in New York State…  And Monday night Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau touted their success…Mayor Rabideau was speaking with St Joeseph’s Chief Talent Officer in Human Resources, Katie Kirkpatrick…

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Saranac Lake Train Depot; The Focus of Special Village Work-Session on Wednesday

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The Village of Saranac Lake is holding a special work-session to discuss the implications and whether or not to renew their lease of the Train Depot by the Village…   On Monday evening the board received several new items outlining different points of view from the Department of Transportation who owns the Building. When the topic…

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Senate Approves 8 Point Women’s Equality Agenda

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The New York State Senate today approved an eight-point women’s equality agenda, including two bills sponsored by Senator Betty Little. This is the first action on bills in the 2015 legislative session. All of the bills passed with unanimous support. Senator Little says “With six months in the scheduled session, the state Assembly will have…

Adirondack Council Weighs in on Boy Scout Camp Development

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According to WIllie Janeway,Executive Director of The Adirondack Council, the Adirondack Development Proposal for the Boy Scout Camp in the Southern Adirondacks Highlights Need for Adirondack Park Agency Reforms; In a recent blog post on his website, Janeway says A 1,118-acre development proposal at the former Woodworth Lake Boy Scout Camp in the Adirondack Park…

A Ceremonial Oath of Office for Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

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Although she took the oath of office on Tuesday, The youngest woman in the history of the House of Representative was in Plattsburgh on Saturday afternoon to take a ceremonial oath of office. Congresswoman Else Stefanik was honored by a full house at the Clinton County Offices in Plattsburgh. She spoke about bipartisanship, working to…

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Statewide Parent Group Opposes Governor’s Education Agenda

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NYS Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE), a coalition of 50 groups statewide, recently sent a letter to Governor Cuomo, responding to the questions posed in a letter from his office addressed to Commissioner King and Chancellor Tisch on December 18 and shared widely by the media. In their statement, NYSAPE says it’s evident that the Governor…

NY Comptroller Finds Slow Property Tax Growth for Local Governments

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Municipalities and school districts face growing challenges to keep pace with increasing costs, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s 2014 Annual Report on Local Governments. The report found that property tax levy growth has slowed over the past several years, from a peak increase of 7.7 percent in 2003 to a 2 percent…

Minority Leader Kolb Says “Get Education on the Right Track”

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In a message to New Yorkers, The Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb says ensuring children have access to a high-quality education is among the most important duties we have as elected officials. “This legislative session, I am renewing the call to take a long, hard look at improving New York State’s education system and finally…

$3.7 Million towards Fight against Motor Vehicle Theft in New York

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $3.7 million in grant funding to fight against motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud. The grant awards will go to district attorneys’ offices and police departments in seven counties and New York City, the Fire Department of New York, as well as to two training organizations, all…

Stefanik Votes for Hire More Heroes Act

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Saying Bipartisan Legislation Would Help Our Nation’s Veterans;    Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) voted in support of House passage of H.R. 22 – the Hire More Heroes Act — and released the following statement: “Far too many of our nation’s bravest remain unemployed,” said Rep. Stefanik. “This is unacceptable, as those who put their lives on…

No State of the State today for Governor Cuomo

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Today would have been a big day for Governor Andrew Cuomo but with the death of his father and former Governor Mario Cuomo and with Calling hours on Monday and the funeral yesterday at St Ignatius Loyola Church in Manhattan, the Governor’s State of the State will now be heard two weeks from today on…

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Witherbee Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

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On January 5, 2015, State Police arrested 53-year-old Kirkland C. Smith of Witherbee, New York for possession of child pornography. Smith was arrested at his residence after State Police secured warrants for his arrest. On October 30, 2014, Smith was arrested for DWI after his vehicle crashed on State Route 73 in Keene. His blood…

Stefanik Becomes Youngest Woman Ever to Serve in Congress

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When the new Congress is sworn in Tuesday, it will include the most diverse group in history, with a record number of minorities and women. Elise Stefanik, a Republican, in the 21st NY Congressional District becomes the youngest woman ever to serve.”It’s very exciting. It’s a humbling feeling. And I’m just excited to add an additional…

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Happy Holidays

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Just in case you forgot what snow looked like on the trees, we decided to save a few pictures from the big “Dumping” a few weeks ago that helped reign in winter a little early this year.. Needless to say there’s more to come. Until then, enjoy these views of the snow and Happy Holidays…

Religious leaders celebrate ministry at Adirondack Health

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An interfaith meeting of Adirondack regional clergy and pastoral care providers was held recently at Adirondack Medical Center.  Sponsored by Adirondack Health and hosted by Pastoral Care Director Rev. Steve Kovacevich, the annual event promotes knowledge and builds greater awareness around service, support and healing.  The gathering also offers pastors and pastoral care workers of…

Adirondack Scenic Railroad Benefits from NY Capital Grants Program

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NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week that the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society (ARPS), the nonprofit operator of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad will receive $791,000 in state funding. Through the Governor’s Aviation Capital Grants Program $26.8 million was allocated to 38 rail and aviation safety programs. Since the Adirondack Scenic Railroad lost its lease agreement…