Community Planning

Empire State Winter Games Returns with Even Higher Numbers

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The New Year will bring another Empire State Winter Games to the Olympic Region.. Jim McKenna is the President of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism… he says the numbers have grown from 858 athletes in 2011, to 977 in 2012, 1167 in 2013 and in 2014 the numbers continued their upward trend.. “We’re already…

Plattsburgh’s 2015 Budget Includes Activities Coordinator

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Whether or not to Hire an Activities Coordinator is one of the final items for discussion as Plattsburgh’s City Council approves their budget for 2015..   The final resolution to approve the budget also locks in the tax levy for 2015 with a rate of $10.78 for each $100,000 of assessed property value in the city..…

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Saranac Lake Planning Board Seeing Changes in Membership

The Village of Saranac Lake says goodbye to a member of the Planning Board whose been there since the start of the Lake Flower Lodge Project.. Scott Stoddard tendered his resignation as of December 15th to the Village Board and Trustee Allie Pelletiere said he is going to be missed.. Village Trustee Paul VanCott echoed the…

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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…

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…

$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…

K&J – Court Of Appeals May Give Tupper Lake a Very Merry Christmas

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Today we’re talking with ARISE Chariman Jim LaValley and one of the Developers of the Adirondack Club and Resort, Tom Lawson… Our Conversation from one of the new businesses in Tupper Lake on Park Street – Well Dressed Foods and we begin our conversation by asking Jim LaValley about the progress at the Court of…

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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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City Council Renames Bridge Street Bridge “Veterans Bridge”

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The Bridge Street Bridge in Plattsburgh has a new name this morning… It’s now going to be called Veterans Bridge..  Councilor Paul O’Connell says he was approached by Lenny LaValley several months ago about the idea and thought it would be a great opportunity to honor and thank Veterans in the city. The City Council…

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K&J – Former APA Chair Curt Stiles on Lake Flower Lodge PUDD

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Today in the K&J show we’re speaking with Curt Stiles, a former Chariman of the Adirondack Park Agency, and a Veteran. Stiles is also active on many boards, including the Adirondack Council, The Upper Saranac Lake Association and other community groups in and around the Adirondack Park… (Click on the Play button below, or download the…

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K&J – Saranac Lake Village Trustee Paul VanCott

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Saranac Lake Village Trustee Paul VanCott is spearheading several initiatives in the village. We spoke with him on Monday afternoon at the WNBZ Studios about some of those projects. (Click on the PLAY button below to listen online or right click on the link to download and listen to our conversation with Trustee VanCott inside the…

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The 10th Annual Christmas in the Forks – Dec 6th

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The 10th Annual Christmas in the Forks, an old fashioned Town Yuletide Christmas will include the highlight of the day, the tree lighting ceremony at 6:00pm, Saturday, December 6th, 2014 located in Au Sable Forks at the corner of Route 9N and North Main, “The Forks” Times Square; followed by a spectacular fireworks display! AUDIO…

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Council Leaning Towards Funding Aerial Ladder Truck in 2015

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Work on the Budget in Plattsburgh continues as the City Council investigates line items in the Mayor’s Proposed 2015 budget…  Before the holiday..  In addition to expressing their concern about recruiting for the Community Development Office… The City Council, during their review of capital projects in the city, considered the question of purchasing a new…

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Rabideau Proposes Handicapped Accessibility Grants

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Holiday Shopping for some may not be quite as easy for others.. It’s much harder than you might realize for someone in a wheelchair or a scooter to navigate downtown shopping centers and make their way in and out of stores, Saranac Lake’s Mayor Clyde Rabideau is looking to promote upgrades in the village for…

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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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Fate of the Lake Flower Lodge Project May Rest with One Trustee’s Vote

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The Fate of the Lake Flower Lodge Project in Saranac Lake may come down to one trustee’s vote over the next few weeks. At their meeting on Monday evening, Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau and Village Trustees heard a report from Trustee Allie Pelletieri who said his concern about developers applying for a PILOT has…

Kretser Opposes Waterfront Planning

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The City Council has given Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon the authority to move forward with local engineering firm AES Northeast to begin drawing plans for repair of the building at the City Docks..  The City’s Engineer Kevin Farrington says the project is a fairly simple building renovation..”The new design will include plans for one or…

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Plattsburgh’s Councilors May Rename Bridge Street Bridge

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The Bridge Street Bridge in Plattsburgh may have a new name in coming weeks..  Lanny LaValley has been leading a movement to rename the bridge to the “Veterans Memorial Bridge” Lanny himself is a veteran of the Vietnam war. He’s been speaking with the councilors about the possibility and he’s been feeling as though the…

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Village’s Lake Flower PUDD Law Resolution on Hold

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As of Monday Night’s Special Village Board meeting in Saranac Lake, the resolution proposing the Lake Flower PUDD Law is tabled and there’s no Planned Unit Development District for developers hoping to move forward on The Lake Flower Lodge..  For Trustee Barb Rice, it’s a question of Scale, She wants to be sure that I have…

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