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NY Assembly Releases their proposed Budget

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Calling it an investment in the health, safety, economic success and social well-being of New York’s families, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman D. Farrell, Jr.  released the State Assembly’s 2015-16 “Families First” budget proposal. The $150.7 billion proposal makes strategic investments focused on New York’s families in education, health…

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SUNY Presidents Ask Legislators to Invest in Higher Education

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Presidents from North Country area State University of New York campuses and local community leaders urged state elected officials on Monday to continue their bold leadership in supporting New York’s public higher education sector, asking for the creation of a new Investment Fund and an extension of NYSUNY 2020 — including the broadly successful rational…

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Village Honors Saranac Lake Alpine Ski Team

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At the start of Monday’s 5:30 PM regular Village Board Meeting in the Harrietstown Town Hall Auditorium, two high school teams hailing from Saranac Lake Central High School were saluted by the Board as Deputy Mayor Tom Catillaz read a special Proclamation naming March 10th Saranac Lake High School Girls Alpine Ski Team Appreciation Day. AUDIO…

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North Country Chamber: Confidence Index Shows Real Optimism

The North Country Chamber of Commerce has released the results of its Annual Issue Survey, conducted in February and drawing a response rate of 14% from the 4,200 businesses surveyed in Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton and northern Warren Counties. In one feature of the survey, the Chamber establishes the annual “BUSINESS CONFIDENCE INDEX”, which is…

Job Report – Manufacturing up 8,000 Jobs in February

The Department of Labor reported Friday morning that America’s manufacturing sector added 8,000 jobs in February. The #AAMeter, which tracks President Obama’s promise to create 1 million new manufacturing jobs in his second term, progressed to +383,000 jobs, after revisions to January’s data. Additionally, the U.S. Commerce Department reported this morning that America’s monthly goods…

Clean Water Advocates Urge Legislature to add $800m to Budget

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A new analysis released today by a coalition of organizations shows that across New York State, communities have an immediate documented need for $12.7 billion in clean water funding – impacting every single county across the state. In Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties, there are 41 projects listed in the report with a total budget…

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Duprey Joins Colleagues to call for an Open & Transparent Albany

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Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey joined with the minority speaker Brian Kolb to present a 17-point reform package that would bring openness and accountability back to state government. The 17 rules reform proposals include measures such as term limits for legislative leaders, committee chairpersons, and the Speaker of the Assembly. In an email to WNBZ, Duprey says “These…

13th Back Country Ski Festival in Keene Valley This Weekend

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The Mountaineer in Keene Valley, NY is again hosting the Thirteenth Annual Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival this weekend. (March 7 & 8, 2015). Backcountry skiing combines all of the elements of touring, climbing and downhill skiing into a real winter mountaineering experience  “And this winter, the conditions have been great! We are excited to host…

March 3rd is “Park Advocacy Day” in Albany

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New Yorkers from across the state are coming together at the State Capitol on March 3 for the 9th annual Park Advocacy Day to urge policymakers to protect and preserve New York’s state parks. Representatives from more than 30 park Friends groups, environmental organizations, local parks, and educational organizations will make the case for state…

Duprey: ” Protect our Children with Stronger Sex Offender Laws”

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Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I – Peru) is calling on members of the Assembly to pass legislation, A.547, which would strengthen residency requirements for sex offenders by prohibiting them from living within 1,000 feet of a school. Currently, there is a loophole in New York State Law that only requires level 3 sex offenders reside…

FEMA Flood Insurance Program Under Pressure from Schumer and Gillibrand

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New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, and Charles E. Schumer, along with  Robert Menendez and Cory Booker today called on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs to hold new oversight hearings of the flood insurance claims of homeowners impacted by Superstorm Sandy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is run by the Federal Emergency…

Stefanik Supports Senate Bill to Fund Homeland Security

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was scheduled to visit Saranac Lake over the weekend but after the House failed to pass a short term funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security she decided to remain in Washington while congress contemplated what to do next… Just after the first vote.. She says “ I crossed party lines…

Village of Saranac Lake Anticipates Legal Troubles with Lake Flower Lodge PUDD

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The Saranac Lake Village Board met Thursday at 4pm in an emergency session in order to authorize Mayor Clyde Rabideau to enter into an agreement with the Law Firm Miller, Mannix, Schachner & Hafner, LLC. Following Monday’s public hearing, the board went into executive session to discuss pending litigation at which time Trustee Paul Van…

Stefanik Votes to Ammend 1986 IRS College Savings Codes

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A vote in Congress on Wednesday afternoon supports saving for higher education… It gets support from Congresswoman Elise Stefanik…  Stefanik is a new member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.. She voted in support of legislation to amend a 1986 IRS code which would improve college savings plans.  The updated code would…

K&J – 35 Years – Reliving the “Miracle on Ice”

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It was February 22nd, 1980 when the underdog U.S. hockey team led by Coach Herb Brooks Played their own game and beat the Soviet Union 4-3 in what became known as the “Miracle on Ice.” On Saturday Night, the 19 surviving members of the U.S. gold medal hockey team relived the experience in Lake Placid….  …

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Re-Living the Miracle on Ice

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How many of you remember where you were in 1980 when the underdog U.S. hockey team beat the powerful Soviet Union team 4-3 in what became known as the “Miracle on Ice.” This Saturday the 19 surviving members of the U.S. gold medal hockey team arrive at Lake Placid’s Olympic Center to once again feel the…

Dupery: “Out of State Licenses Should be Accepted for Military Spouses”

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Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I-Peru) is calling on state legislators to join her in supporting legislation that would help military families across the state gain employment when they are relocated for military service. More specifically, the bill would allow military spouses to use their out-of-state licenses to continue to practice their profession when they are…

Saranac Lake Fire Dept Enters Year of Recruiting in 2015

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The average age of a volunteer at the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department isn’t getting any younger.. That’s according to Fire Chief Brendan Keough.. “Right now the average age of our members is between like 45 and older members like me and 2015 is going to be a big year for recruiting younger firefighters.” Keough…

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DOT / DEC Commissioners Weigh in on WV Train Derailment

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NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald and NYSDEC Commissioner Joseph Martens weigh in on the Crude Oil Train Derailment in West Virginia. The two Commissioners say that yesterday’s derailment of 25 rail cars carrying crude oil through West Virginia and the resulting house fire is exactly the reason why the U.S. Transportation Department should not wait any…

Fewer NY School Districts Overriding Tax Cap

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The number of school districts overriding New York’s property tax cap declined by more than half over the past three fiscal years, dropping from 44 school districts in 2012-13 to only 19 in 2014-15, according to a report issued today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The report also found low- and average-need districts were twice as…