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Adirondack Council on Dangers of Transporting Crude by Rail

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We have an update from the Adirondack Council today on the Dangers of Transporting explosive crude Oil through the region… The Council is urging the EPA to take action to protect the Adirondack Park and Lake Champlain along with more than a dozen lakeshore communities from the risk of an accident or a spill.. In…

AMC Lake Placid may have First Part Time ER in the State

A citizens committee in Lake Placid is hearing regular updates from Adirondack Medical Center on the fate of the Emergency Room and right now it appears Lake Placid’s ER could become something of a model for the rest of New York State… Senator Betty Little says Rural Hospitals are dealing with this question every day..Little…

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Unclaimed Excellus Cash

Every year, the state requires insurers like Excellus BCBS to make a list of unclaimed checks that are at least three years old. The names are then placed in advertisements in local papers in an attempt to find the people who have money to claim. If the property is not claimed by the end of…

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments; Aereo vs Broadcast TV

Back in 1982, Motion Picture Association of America President Jack Valenti employed some dramatic rhetoric to convince Congress that home VCR recordings ran afoul of the 1976 Copyright Act and posed a dire threat to his industry: “I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as…

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Comcast – The Latest to Disclose Political Contributions

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli says there’s a new shareholder agreement with media and technology company Comcast Corp. to disclose political spending made with corporate funds. In December, as trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund), DiNapoli filed a shareholder resolution calling for the company to make public its political…

Owens Announces Northern Border Grant Opportunities

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Congressman Bill Owens announces the availability of grant funds through the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). Grants will be awarded to projects that develop infrastructure, provide workforce training and business development, provide health care and public services to underserved areas, promote resource conservation, or promote renewable or alternative energy production. “Northern Border Regional Commission grants…

DEC – Region 5 – Winter Search and Rescue

DEC REGION 5 FOREST RANGER 2013-14 WINTER SEARCH AND RESCUE REPORT New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to search and rescue incidents on forest preserve, state forest and conservation easement lands. Working with other State agencies, local emergency response…

K&J – Creating a Municipal Fire District In New York

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(Rebroadcast from March 6th, 2014) It turns out there are public officials in our region who have been discussing the concept of creating a joint fire district between local towns and villages in the Adirondacks for more than 8 or 9 years…  and on Wednesday evening, that discussion took one more step towards reality… before…

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Cuomo Supports National Popular Vote

New York State becomes the latest in a movement supporting a national popular vote as Governor Cuomo signs the legislation into law. The National Popular Vote movement is an interstate effort to guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the entire United States. By signing the bill Governor Cuomo…

Firearms Safety a Key Component of State Police Training

A young girl is dead today because here two year old brother accidentally fired a gun that was available to them in the room.. Firearms Training in The North Country is all about safety and that’s why New York State Police in Ray Brook are continuously honing their skills..  As for personal firearms… The NRA…

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Gillibrand Proposes Rebuilding Brownfield Sites

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, announced bipartisan legislation she co-sponsored to clean up and rebuild on industrial brownfield sites passed through the committee. The Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development (BUILD) Act would jumpstart development efforts and provide additional resources for sites in need of redevelopment. The measure…

State Police Continue Search for Collin Gillis

New York State Police are Continuing Search for Collin Gillis.. In fact there are 16 active missing person cases dating back to 1971.. In addition, There are 9 homicide cases still pending.. those date back to 1953…Captain Robert LaFountain is the BCI Captain for Troop B whose headquarters are in Raybrook.. He tells WNBZ they…

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State’s Budget On Time 4 Years in a Row

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After several weeks of negotiations to reconcile budget proposals from Governor Cuomo, the Senate, and the Assembly, The Legislature has passed another on time budget for New York State…  On Education Spending, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey says she would have preferred a larger sum for State Education Funding… Senator Betty Little says her push was for…

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More Staffing at the Boarder for Champlain and Alexandria Bay

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is adding 2,000 officers and many of these additions will include staffing Land Ports of Entry at Champlain and Alexandria Bay.  The allocation is made possible by the Fiscal Year 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, with help from Congressman Bill Owens, who is a Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on…

Alcoa Avoids Layoffs at Massena’s East Plant

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an agreement with Alcoa that will avoid layoffs at the aluminum manufacturer’s Massena operations in connection with the company’s plans to close its Massena East potlines by the end of this month. “The news in January of Alcoa’s plans to deal with the global changes in the aluminum markets led…

Environmental Advocates Applaud NY State Budget

Advocates for New York’s clean water, clean air and open space applauded today as an agreement on the next New York State Budget was announced including $162 million in appropriations for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). This is a $9 million increase over the current funding level. The EPF, which once stood at $255 million,…

State Budget – Good and Bad News for Schools

The Alliance for Quality Education Released a statement on the new State Budget…  Billy Easton is Executive Director; “The enacted budget contains a mix of good and bad news for public school students across New York State. The budget provides a $1.1 billion increase in aid to public schools – at least $400 million more…

IRS Warns Against Email Scam

The Internal Revenue Service is warning consumers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number. ‪The fake emails may include the following message: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document…

K&J – Maple Weekend & The Parker Maple Farm in West Chazy

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March 22-23 & 29-30, 2014 10 am-4 pm each day We all knew that Maple Weekend was a fun event for the entire family.  Now scientific research shows there’s something more to the taste of sweet, delicious maple syrup – it might just keep you healthy.  Recent studies have uncovered some significant health benefits. A University of Rhode…

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NY Senate OKs Town Speed Limit Mandate Relief

Legislation that would authorize towns to set speed limits within their own jurisdictions was approved today by the State Senate. Current law requires most towns to petition the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to do so but exempts villages, cities and about 80 towns with large populations. Senator Betty Little sponsors the legislation…