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Owens recognized by Canadian Embassy for cross-border advocacy

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Congressman Bill Owens was presented with a Canadian flag that was flown over the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. in recognition of his work supporting U.S.-Canadian relations. “For many years, investments in the vast and growing economic partnership between the U.S. and Canada have paid off in the form of jobs and economic growth in…

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Pushes Military Justice Act

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In Light of a recent report on Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says “For a year now we have heard how the reforms in the previous Defense bill were going to protect victims, and make retaliation a crime. It should be a screaming red flag to everyone when 62% of…

AQE Report Calls for Moratorium on Charter School Expansion

A New Report from the Alliance for Quality Education Reveals New York State’s Charter Schools Pose a possible financial risk to Taxpayers… The Alliance is calling for Moratorium on Charter School Expansion… According to the Center for Popular Democracy the report reveals vulnerabilities in the state’s charter oversight system that could potentially cost New York…

Senator Little – A “Partner in Quality” for Seniors

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Adirondack Health, a leading provider of healthcare and services to older New Yorkers in the North Country, recognized Sen. Elizabeth Little with the prestigious “Partners in Quality” award for her work in securing and preserving high-quality services for New York’s seniors. “Sen. Little has provided exceptional support and leadership to protect and enhance long term…

NCCC Nurses Out-Perform National Average

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 Administrators at North Country Community College say Both the Registered Nursing and Licensed Practical N triple C’s 2014 graduating class have out-performed both the national and state pass rates for the National Licensure Exams. In the RN program 81.48% passed on their first attempt. At the national level the pass rate was 76.59%, and for…

K&J – The NYSSMA Zone 6 Concert at NCCS

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On Saturday we attended the New York State School Music Association Zone 6 Concert..  Zone 6 is essentially made up of high schools in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties. Students who excel in music and song have qualified to share music together with their peers as well as with family, friends and their communities..  The event…

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A Blueprint for the Blue Line

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The Adirondack Common Ground Alliance (CGA) has released the updated Blueprint for the Blue Line, a set of legislative priorities for the Adirondack Park for 2015 and beyond. The Blueprint is meant to help inform our state elected officials about what is important to the people of the Adirondacks. For the last seven years, CGA…

Owens: Gridlock May Continue Even with Majority

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Congressman Bill Owens says the transition to the new congress may not provide as much activity as some expect if the 5 or 6 Republicans in the Senate don’t move closer to the center on issues and i the House, a similar issue, where close to 60 representatives will still be pushing bills to the…

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K&J – Doing Business Across the U.S. – Canadian Border

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Congressman Bill Owens appeared very comfortable in his place as host of a forum featuring a practical panel discussion with Managers and Directors of successful local businesses. The conference was held at the Holiday Inn on Thursday morning in Plattsburgh. It was attended by 95 local business leaders, members of customs and border patrol, regulatory…

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At The View in Old Forge – Agencies Continue Rail Corridor Discussion

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Transportation are now hearing from stakeholders in the second round of discussions about New York’s Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor…   Currently Adirondack Scenic Railroad offers train services from Utica to the Big Moose station which is just north of Old Forge and…

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Meg LeFevre wins Plattsburgh Town Council Race – Plus More Results

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The Turnout seems to have been better than may have been expected by many..  And just before 11pm, many local candidates began to either concede or claim victory.. We spoke with Assemblywoman Janet Duprey just before 11pm. She says she’s waiting to see more results from Franklin County but gave a special shout out and…

Voter Turnout – Surprisingly Vibrant in the Adirondacks

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It looks like voter turnout in the North Country may prove to be what some inspectors suggest are numbers that may be “On pace with a Presidential election.” By the end of the workday on Tuesday, it appeared as though the numbers were going to continue on track to outpace the expectations nationally where pundits…

K&J – Dedicating The Spirit of Plattsburgh

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Today we’re talking about the Spirit of Plattsburgh.. One of 23  F-16 Bombers stationed in Burlington at the Vermont Air National Guard..   Its “Drill Weekend” which means the base is full with national guardsmen and women who are there once a month to serve our country…  On Sunday we were there with Plattsburgh Mayor Jim…

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Owens Reminds Emergency Services of Available AFG Grants

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program will award more than $300 million this year to assist fire departments and other emergency service providers across the country. The application period for these grants runs from November 3rd at 8am ET to…

DEC Public Meeting Set to Discuss Wild Forest UMP

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Public Meeting Scheduled for Wednesday November 12 at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center The Wilmington Wild Forest Unit Management Plan (UMP) is under review for a possible amendment to identify improvement and expansion of trails within the unit, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Robert Stegemann announced today. “We are responding to…

Duprey “Disturbed by Cuomo’s Statements”

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Assemblywoman Janet Duprey is responding to statement by Governor Cuomo on the question of charter schools s public education. In a letter to WNBZ, Duprey writes; As a strong supporter and advocate of our public school system, I am disturbed by Governor Cuomo’s statement that our public schools are a ‘monopoly’.  I am pleased to…

Alliance Opposes Charter Schools

The Alliance for Quality Education, local school superintendents and leaders of the state’s major community organizations issued the following statement in response  to Gov. Cuomo’s vow to break the public schools “public monopolies” and replace them with more privately-run charter schools. “Gov. Cuomo has laid clear plans to expand his frontal assault on our public…

Smart Schools Bond Referendum on Ballot Nov 4th

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today received the final report from the Smart Schools Commission, an advisory board established by the Governor to gather information on strategies for how schools can most effectively invest proceeds from the proposed $2 billion Smart Schools Bond. The Commission’s findings focus on expanding robust broadband and wireless connectivity for schools…

North Country Development Authority Joins with Ex-Im Bank

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Congressman Bill Owens (D-N.Y.), the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), and the Development Authority of the North Country announced that Ex-Im Bank has joined forces with the Development Authority in order to help local businesses boost export sales and jobs. In April 2014, Senator Gillibrand, who is a member of the President’s…