Politics

Gillibrand Pushes National Online Voter Registration

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With the 2016 presidential campaign season officially underway, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was joined Sunday by executives from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Common Cause New York, the League of Women Voters of New York City and the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) and social activist, Russell Simmons…

K&J – Clinton County Oil Train Task Force Marks Earth Day

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The Clinton County Oil Train Task Force was formed to research the current status of federal and state regulations that govern the movement of crude oil by rail across the County, to assist in the formulation of local emergency response plans in case a train accident or derailment should occur in our County, and to…

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Calnon Appointed to NYCOM Nominating Committee

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Mayor James Calnon of the City of Plattsburgh has been appointed to the eight-member Nominating Committee of the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM). NYCOM President Ann Thane, Mayor of the City of Amsterdam, made the selection. In announcing the appointment, Mayor Thane stated, “Mayor Calnon has been an active participant in NYCOM programs…

K&J – Retiring Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Bernie Bassett

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Today we’re talking with Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Bernie Bassett who recently announced he would be retiring at the end of his term… Since Bassett’s announcement, Councilor Michael Cashman has announced his candidacy for the position and Supervisor Bassett has expressed his support for Cashman to replace him come December 31st… Click on the play button…

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Councilor Cashman Enters Race for Plattsburgh Town Supervisor

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Town of Plattsburgh Councilman Michael Cashman announced his candidacy for the office of Town Supervisor in a tweet on Monday… Cashman grew up in Massachusetts and attended SUNY Plattsburgh (He received his B.S. in Speech Communications and then his M.S. in college and Agency Counseling).where he says he loved the Town of Plattsburgh so much…

K&J – Stefanik Visits St Joseph’s Veterans Facility

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik spent Wednesday visiting with Veterans in Tupper Lake and Touring St Josephs Veteran’s Facility in Saranac Lake… For veterans in rural settings, Stefanik says she’s been hearing one common theme.. And that was the focus of the conversation in Tupper Lake.. “Transportation is a problem for veterans who live in rural areas,…

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A Letter to Parents from SLCSD Superintendent Diane Fox

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The Saranac Lake Central School District, after considering the implications of a policy designed to accommodate students in grades three through eight whose parents decide to have them opt out of testing have sent a letter home to parents explaining the policy..  The letter says “The district is receiving many questions about whether or not…

More Support, and A Detailed Look at the State’s Budget

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Local municipal leaders continue to add their thoughts to the newly enacted budget in the State of New York…  Randy Douglas is the Town of Jay Supervisor and the Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors… He says..  “The people of upstate New York are the real winners… Whether it’s the $1.5 billion Upstate…

Mayor Rabideau; “Budget Good for the North Country”

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Mayor Clyde Rabideau found a lot to like in the new state budget approved by state lawmakers last night in Albany, particularly the $1.5 billion earmarked for upstate economic development, broadband installation monies and increased funding for rural hospitals. Rabideau commented, “These three items alone will give the Adirondacks significant help and tax relief.” Rabideau especially…

Assembly Minority Disappointed with State Budget Initiatives

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“The 2015-16 State Budget was billed as an ‘Opportunity Agenda’ and a ‘Families First’ initiative. The final agreement turned out to be neither. Far too much time was spent promoting ideologies rather than developing meaningful financial programs that help New Yorkers put food on the table.” That’s the word from Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb.…

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NYS Budget Offers Hope to Small Adirondack Communities & Clean Water

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The NYS budget for the next fiscal year includes much-needed investments in clean water, wilderness, wildlife and communities of the Adirondack Park, including a three-year, $200-million capital program to repair wastewater treatment and drinking water facilities, the Adirondack Council said today. Under the three-year capital investment plan, the state would set aside $50 million this…

North Country Chamber Welcomes $1.5 Billion for Upstate Revitalization

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The North Country Chamber of Commerce welcomes the on-time state budget and is pointing to the inclusion of several key items supported by the regional business community. Garry Douglas is President of the North Country Chamber… He says “We’re already starting to take two things for granted… The on time budget.. and the 2% growth…

State’s Budget Includes Logger Training at Paul Smiths

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Senator Betty Little Monday said the state budget will include funding to establish a logger training program at Paul Smith’s College.  Little proposed the new program in response to concerns from paper and pulp mills and other wood product manufacturers about a logger labor shortage in New York. “Sustainable forestry supports jobs, contributes millions of…

NY State Legislators Reach Agreement on Budget

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced an agreement on the 2015-16 State Budget. The Budget agreement includes what Governor Cuomo calls landmark education reforms and investment, an ethics package with the nation’s strongest disclosure laws for legislators with outside income, and new investments in rebuilding…

City Abstains from Approving Protestor’s Request for Parking Spaces

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In Plattsburgh, The City Council has backed away from taking any part in a planned protest by the church group Apostles for Life on April 3rd..   Apostles for life asked the council for permission to use 2 parking spaces in front of Planned Parenthood on Brinkerhoff Street from 9:30 to 11am that Friday but the…

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Work Begins This Week on two I-87 Bridges in Clinton County

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Work starts this week on a $10.5 million project to replace four bridges on the Adirondack Northway –Interstate 87 – in Clinton County. The bridges are among the first under contract as part of New York State’s Scour Critical/Flood Prone Bridge Program. The Governor has requested $518 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management…

Town Considers Resolution of Support for Oil Train Task Force

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Councilors in the Town of Plattsburgh are considering the approval of three separate resolutions supporting the efforts of the Clinton County Oil Train Task Force.. One targets the Federal Department of Transportation, another targets New York State’s DOT and the third is one that would be mailed to the oil companies and to the railroads.…

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Environmental Coalition Calls for Larger Oil Spill Fund

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After four recent oil-by-rail disasters in North America in less than a month, it could not be more clear that New York’s “Oil Spill Fund” must be increased so that it is adequate to cover the response costs and damages associated with loss of life and destruction of property that have been caused by rail…

Duprey Continues Work to Enact Meaningful Ethics Reform

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Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R,I – Peru)Thursday reiterated her support for a more open and transparent state government in light of an ethics reform agreement between Gov. Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. Duprey, a longtime advocate for ethics reform, was appointed to a bipartisan search committee earlier this year for an executive director for the new…

Farm Bureau: “Keep Minimumum Wage at Federal Levels”

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During a conference call today with reporters, farmers spoke out against plans to raise the minimum wage to $10.50 or higher.  It would strain farmer income and place farmers in this state at a further competitive disadvantage. New York Farm Bureau has compared other minimum wage rates across the country, including those states New York…

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