Politics

Harrietstown Supervisor Resigns

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The Town of Harrietstown is without a Supervisor following the resignation of Bob Bevilacqua from the chair.. Bevilacqua tells WNBZ he resigned as of last Sunday and we asked him if someone would be taking over but he said that wasn’t going to be his decision..  He did read, he said that Mike Kilroy and…

K&J – Republican Congressional Candidate Elise Stefanik

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The K&J show, is named after WNBZ’s previous Owners Jim and Keela Rogers who used to produce the program every Tuesday and Thursday mornings..  It was called the K&J show and Keela and Jim would interview members of the community in the primary studio of WNBZ. Back then, the person being interviewed would be seated…

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Councilor Kelly “Plattsburgh Elections Should Parallel Presidential Election”

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Plattsburgh Councilor Mike Kelly says he’d like to see more voter participation in City Government and he’s proposing a concept that would allow for city elections to Parallel the Presidential schedule.. Kelly says in 2007 there were 19,886 people who showed up to vote in Plattsburgh.. then close to $31,000 in 2008 during the Presidential Election..…

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Gillibrand Legislation Would Ease Student Debt in New York

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New York College graduates are saddled with an estimated $60 billion in student loan debt and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is continuing her push for legislation that would help tens of millions of graduates find some relief…. National student loan debt is now approximately $1.2 trillion dollars, surpassing auto loan and credit card debt, and…

Dean Schneller Appointed Plattsburgh Corporate Counsel

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The City of Plattsburgh has a new Corporate Counsel this week.. His Name is Dean Schneller… Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon says on of his strengths is his focus on environmental law.. “Environmental issues are issues that plague municipalities all over the place,” Mayor Calnon said, “The work that we had to do by the waterfront,…

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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…

City Council Responds to Editorial – Defends Decision

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An Editorial in the Press Republican Sparks response from Councilors in the City of Plattsburgh on Thursday Evening… The board recently voted down a request by the group Bishop’s Apostles for Life to use two parking spaces across from Northern Adirondack Planned Parenthood on Good Friday.. The group was hoping to add to their numbers…

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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…

K&J – Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon

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Today in the K&J Show, we sit down with Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon as he settles into his new office..  literally…  The walls are somewhat bare as he considers a new paint scheme and the historic pictures he’d like to include in the new decor. We’ll talk about the waterfront and some of the possibilities…

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Albany Reaches Budget Agreement – Vote Pending

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says an agreement has been reached on the 2014 – 2015 state budget..  The agreements allows for $1.5 billion dollars in property tax relief for New York homeowners.. The caviat, is that the relief is linked to and conditioned on approved plans for local governments to become more efficient, in…

Plattsburgh Votes to Restrict Hydraulic Fracturing

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The City of Plattsburgh Votes Unanimously Thursday Night to ban Hydrofracking within the City Limits and to prohibit activities associated with Hydraulic Fracturing such as the use of the City of Plattsburgh’s Wastewater Collection system for the disposal of waste-water from Hydraulic Fracturing.. Mary Dufore lives in Plattsburgh.. She commended the board for their actions.. …

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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…

Pre K vs. GEA; Senator Betty Little says Remove the GEA First

Senator Betty Little says the 2.8 Billion Dollar Cut to Education in 2009 has created a growing problem.. Especially for school districts in the North Country that were more dependent on state aid than some of the bigger schools, say in Long Island which may not have felt the impact as much..  Now, she says,…

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Congressman Owens Weighs in on Ukraine…

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There’s a surprising amount of agreement from lawmakers in Washington about how to proceed in the Ukraine crisis: punish Russia with more sanctions while extending a loan guarantee to the interim Ukrainian government and taking other steps to get them back on their feet. But when President Obama meets with world leaders during a trip to Europe…

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Saranac Lake Village Election

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Residents in The Village of Saranac Lake weren’t terribly motivated to vote on Tuesday in the Village’s Mayoral Election.. Polls were open at the Town Hall from Noon until 9pm and a total of 546 residents came out to vote.. actually 547 signed in at the desks and verified their voting status but only 546…

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Village Elections Today in Saranac Lake

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Residents in The Village of Saranac Lake head to the polls today from Noon until 9pm and there are two lines on the ballot..  one for Village Mayor and one for Village Trustee.. There are three candidates running for two open Village Trustee Seats.. Trustees Allie Pelletieri and Tom Catillaz are the incumbents. They’re being…

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Karen Bisso Receives Conservative Party Support

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Karen Bisso, candidate for New York State Assembly in the 115th District, has received the endorsement of the St. Lawrence County Conservative Party. Bisso has been teaching for 28 years in the Plattsburgh City School District and she says she has also received the endorsement of the Franklin County Conservatives for the primary runoff…  Bisso says there…

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K&J – Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Bernie Bassett

Today in the K&J show we’re speaking with Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett. In addition to a meeting with City Councilors and department heads in the City, the town has been the beneficiary of the work of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council with transportation manufacturing receiving the benefits of the Governor’s $180 Million…

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Duprey Speaks to NYSCOPBA Corrections Officers

Assemblywoman Janet L Duprey attended a NYSCOPBA-sponsored rally at the Capitol on Tuesday where she spoke to hundreds of correction officers and supporters from across the state, including several from Chateaugay. The rally was a protest against the governor’s proposal to close four correctional facilities. Duprey says “She will continue to work with my colleagues…