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Adirondack Council Honors the Marshall Family

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ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. – The Marshall Family of Saranac Lake will be named “Conservationist of the Year” by the Adirondack Council at a gathering here on Saturday, in celebration of several generations of advocacy on behalf of the Adirondack Park’s wilderness and communities. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the federal Wilderness Act, which was…

NY Association of Counties Support Invasive Species Week

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New York State’s first Statewide Invasive Species Awareness Week Continues and New York’s Association of Counties says they’re actively participating in the awareness campaign and also in many of the activities that are taking place through the week.. An invasive species is a non-native species (plant, animal, insect, or disease) that is accidentally or intentionally…

Canada Tops List for Share of Jobs Supported by U.S. Exports

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A new report from  the Office of Trade and Economic Analysis, the International Trade Association and the Department of Commerce reiterates that Canada is a top buyer of American goods and services supporting Millions of U.S. Jobs..  According to the report issued Monday, Our trading partner to the North tops the list with an 18%…

It’s Invasive Species Week

KEENE VALLEY, NY  This year marks the first Invasive Species Awareness Week in New York State and the Adirondack region is poised and ready with a lineup of great activities and events to mark the occasion. Some of the greatest harm to our environment and agriculture is caused by invasive plants and animals—organisms that have…

NY Pay for Registered Nurses Below National Average

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Among New York’s 12 metropolitan areas, only New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island had wages significantly higher than the national average for registered nurses, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Nine areas, including New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island and Ithaca, had wages significantly higher than the national average for nursing assistants. Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that…

Gillibrand Bill Connects Youth with Jobs

Kirsten Gillibrand

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says key provisions from her legislation to help increase employment among at-risk youth have passed the Senate as part of the bipartisan, bicameral deal, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which reauthorizes federal job training programs under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Senator Gillibrand’s Urban Jobs Act would…

K&J – Invasive Species Week Follows July 4th Holiday

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Activities Set for NY’s First Statewide Invasive Species Awareness Week, July 6–12 KEENE VALLEY, NY This year marks the first Invasive Species Awareness Week in New York State and the Adirondack region is poised and ready with a lineup of great activities and events to mark the occasion. Some of the greatest harm to our…

Owens applauds Ikea decision to raise employee wages

Company will use regional cost of living to determine new wage floor at each U.S. store WASHINGTON—Congressman Bill Owens responded today to an announcement that Ikea will raise the average hourly minimum wage of its workers to $10.76 an hour at its 38 U.S. stores. The new average minimum wage represents a 17 percent increase…

Stefanik Wins Primary Contest with 60% of the Vote

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It’s been called the ugliest senate race in the country… The Mississippi Republican runoff between 7 term incumbent Thad Cochran, and challenger Chris McDaniel came down to a vote Tuesady. Cochran wins by a close margin.. In New York, Congressman Charles Rangel’s 22-terms in Congress could be decided by a very small number and is…

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K&J – Environmental Groups Pleased with NY Legislative Session

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The Adirondack Council is applauding the New York State Legislature for passing two bills to help the Adirondacks and its communities cope with the effects of climate change and to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. In a statement emailed to WNBZ, The Adirondack Council also says they’re pleased with the state Assembly for halting…

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Franklin County to Benefit from 25 New Judgeships

Senator Betty Little lauded passage of legislation in the New York State Senate today that adds 25 new Family Court judgeships including in Franklin and Warren counties. The measure passed the Assembly on Thursday, June 19. This year’s State Budget provided $5 million to add judgeships to address increasing family court caseloads, but a decision…

A New Defense Against Aquatic Invasives

The State Legislature has approved a measure directing the Department of Environmental Conservation to design and post at public boat launches a universal sign warning of the threat of aquatic invasive species. Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman Dan Stec are sponsors of the legislation. “The importance of public education cannot be overstated in the fight…

NCCC Acknowledges Local Students

North Country Community College (NCCC) acknowledges the many local students who were among 73 honored at NCCC’s 32nd annual awards ceremony celebrating student excellence held on May 16. Awards were given to the following area students:  Gabriels Andrew James, Associate Degree Nursing Award for Clinical Excellence Brianna Meyer, Grace Nesbitt Strauss Award and Ramez Durham…

Senate Releases Comprehensive Report on Lyme Disease

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The State Senate on Wednesday gave final legislative approval of a measure that would authorize tribal judges and other tribal officials to solemnize marriages on Indian lands. Senator Betty Little Introduced the Legislation at the request of tribal officials.. She says “New York State confers marriage authority upon a wide array of religious, public leaders…

“Grace Under Pressure”

More than 100 local government and school district leaders met at Hudson Valley Community College today for a summit titled Grace Under Pressure: Innovation in a Time of Forced Efficiencies. The event is part of a series of Municipal Innovation Summits hosted throughout New York by the state’s largest municipal associations: the New York State…

Duprey, Stec Supporting Meningitis Vaccination Legislation

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Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I-Peru) was joined today by her fellow Assembly members and Debbie Jerdo of Saranac Lake. Debbie and her husband Don’s daughter, Lindsey, died of meningitis in 2001 and their son, Joshua, committed suicide three years later because he could not get over the loss of his sister. The Jerdos are very…

Republican Candidates Debate in Watertown

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Two candidates are vying for the nod from republicans in the primary on June 24th and they faced off in Watertown Thursday night in a debate that was broadcast on Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh and on public stations across the northern rim..  Stefanik was on message, making sure that everyone knows she grew up…

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Environmental Coalition Opposes ATV Bill

BROAD COALITION CALLS ON ASSEMBLY SPEAKER SILVER TO HALT BILL THAT WOULD O.K. MUCH LARGER ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES Coalition Warns of Damage to Water, Trails, Wildlife, Air Quality, Tourism, Public Safety A coalition of environmental organizations and police officers today called on NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to stop a bill that would allow the owners of all-terrain…

DEC / ADK celebrate National Trails Day at Northvill Trailhead

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) celebrated National Trails Day* and the 90th anniversary of the Northville-Placid Trail on Saturday by dedicating the relocation of the Northville Trailhead to Waterfront Park in Fulton County. DEC Commissioner Joe Martens says “DEC, the Adirondack Mountain Club and others…

25% of 3rd – 8th Graders Opting Out of State Testing

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It seems like testing never ends for students in all grade levels, whether mandated by the state or otherwise and Saranac Lake Superintendent Diane Fox says the number of students who opted out of the English Language Arts test in grades 3 through 8 was 90 out of 600.. Interestingly she says, ELA comes first and…

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