Politics

A Call to FIFA for Soccer Equality

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U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand with six other U.S. Senators today renewed their call for organizers of the 2015 International Association of Federation Football (FIFA)Women’s World Cup, to work with players to reach an agreement on the playing surface. The Senators sent a letter to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, following a meeting…

Lt Gov. Kathy Hochul In Lake Placid to Announce $500 Million for Broadband

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Lt Gov. Kathyh Hochul Announces $500 Million for broadband in New York..  She made the announcement in Lake Placid at the Convention Center Friday Morning to a crowd of legislators, including Assemblyman Dan Stec and The Chairman of the Essex County Board of Supervisors Randy Douglas. Essentially, the Cuomo administration has outlined the third component…

City Council Discusses Open Government at Training Session Thursday

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Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon and the rest of the City Council played host to a special discussion about open government conducted by Mr Robert Freeman who is the Executive Director of the New York State Committee on Open Government…   And just to give you some background… Mr Freeman is a veritable encyclopedia of information on…

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K&J – Honoring Martin Luther King Jr

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With the Holiday Weekend upon us honoring the late Reverend Martin Luther King Junior.. We’re talking with Reverend Joanne White who is the Pastor at the Presbyterian Church in Saranac Lake.. and Father Bill Small, a retired Episcopal Priest. He remains active on many ecumenical groups in the community..  Father Small was in Washington when…

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Duprey Calls for Vote on Women’s Equality Act

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In light of the passage of eight Women’s Equality Act bills in the State Senate, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R, I – Peru) renewed her support for the complete proposal – including the proposal which codifies Roe v Wade in the State of New York and ensures safe healthcare for women across the state. This is…

Alliance Weighs in on Charter School Agenda in Albany

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The Alliance For Quality Education Weighs in on the Debate over Privately-Run Charter Schools On Tuesday, the leaders of the Assembly and the Senate made statements regarding the cap on privately-run charter schools. Billy Easton is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education. He says  “Inequality in our public schools is the burning education…

Senate Approves 8 Point Women’s Equality Agenda

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The New York State Senate today approved an eight-point women’s equality agenda, including two bills sponsored by Senator Betty Little. This is the first action on bills in the 2015 legislative session. All of the bills passed with unanimous support. Senator Little says “With six months in the scheduled session, the state Assembly will have…

Stefanik Votes for Hire More Heroes Act

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Saying Bipartisan Legislation Would Help Our Nation’s Veterans;    Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) voted in support of House passage of H.R. 22 – the Hire More Heroes Act — and released the following statement: “Far too many of our nation’s bravest remain unemployed,” said Rep. Stefanik. “This is unacceptable, as those who put their lives on…

No State of the State today for Governor Cuomo

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Today would have been a big day for Governor Andrew Cuomo but with the death of his father and former Governor Mario Cuomo and with Calling hours on Monday and the funeral yesterday at St Ignatius Loyola Church in Manhattan, the Governor’s State of the State will now be heard two weeks from today on…

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Stefanik Becomes Youngest Woman Ever to Serve in Congress

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When the new Congress is sworn in Tuesday, it will include the most diverse group in history, with a record number of minorities and women. Elise Stefanik, a Republican, in the 21st NY Congressional District becomes the youngest woman ever to serve.”It’s very exciting. It’s a humbling feeling. And I’m just excited to add an additional…

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Ward 6 Councilor Josh Kretser Holds Community Forum at Strand

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Councilor Joshua Kretser will be conducting a community forum on Wednesday Tonight (December 17th, 2014) at 7:00pm at the Strand Theatre at 25 Brinkerhoff Street in the City of Plattsburgh. The title of the forum, “Half a Degree of Separation”, plays to the concept of how closely related downtown residents, businesses, community action groups and others are in…

K&J – Final Weeks for Congressman Bill Owens

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On January 2nd, 2015, Democratic Congressman Bill Owens.. Having decided not to run again for re-election… Will vacate the seat he’s held either in the 21st district.. Or the 23rd, since 2009. On Today’s K&J Show, (Click on the link below to listen) we’re speaking with Congressman Bill Owens about the latest issues in the news as…

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Two REDC Grants for The City of Plattsburgh

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We’re continuing to evaluate the results of Governor Cuomos Announcement of Awards to the North Country Regional Economic Development Council..    Plattsburgh’s Mayor Jim Calnon says there are two newly funded projects in the City..  One of which will help Plattsburgh with phase two of the feasibility study for the redevelopment of the City’s beach.  The…

Sanders to Become Ranking Member of Senate Budget Committee

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement Friday after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Sanders’ appointment as the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee in the next session of Congress: “I want to thank Sen. Reid and the Democratic caucus for the opportunity to serve as the ranking member on the Senate…

$63.4m Awarded to North Country Regional Economic Development Council

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday that $709.2 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative. A centerpiece of the Governor’s strategy to jumpstart the economy and create jobs, the Regional Councils were established in 2011 to transform the State’s approach to…

Menorah Lighting Won’t Include Mayor Calnon

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Recently we reported that Rabbi Avrohom Rimier, from Habad of Plattsburgh, presented an idea to the City Council which would allow him to place a Menorah in the Trinity Park.. In order to do this, the Council authorized ten plots each ten feet by ten feet for free expression during the holidays..  Following the council’s…

Four Councilors Offer Apologies – Approve Open Government Training

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Four of Plattsburgh’s City Councilors on Thursday Apologized for their participation in the drafting of a press release which specifically questioned whether or not there would be a nationwide search to find the most qualified candidate to assume the role of community development Director in the City of Plattsburgh..  During a vote to hold a…

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Pushes Military Justice Act

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In Light of a recent report on Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says “For a year now we have heard how the reforms in the previous Defense bill were going to protect victims, and make retaliation a crime. It should be a screaming red flag to everyone when 62% of…

Plattsburgh’s Mayor, Councilors Disagree Over Community Development Officer

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Earlier this week, councilors in the city of Plattsburgh including Rachelle Armstrong, Mike Kelly, Becky  Kasper and Josh Kretser, issued a joint statement saying they disagree with Mayor Jim Calnon who they say has signaled his intention to appoint Bruce Lawson..  Who is currently acting as interim Community Development Officer, as a full time Community…

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K&J – 500 Acres of Bison.. In Vermontville

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If you’re looking for a home where the Buffalo Roam, You may want to head to Vermontville because there are a growing number of Buffalo Roaming wild on the Norman Ridge Road at the Edgley Farm… Which is where we found ourselves on Monday last October during a visit by Congressman Bill Owens with owners…

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