Local Economy

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…

Canada’s Counsul General Delivers Address at SUNY

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John F. Prato, consul general of Canada in New York, will deliver the Distinguished Canadian Address  Tuesday, March 24, at the Valcour Educational Conference Center, Route 9, Valcour. The Distinguished Canadian Address, sponsored by The Development Corporation in partnership SUNY Plattsburgh’s Center for the Study of Canada, recognizes select individuals who have made a profoundly…

City Presents “Most on the Coast”

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The City of Plattsburgh Presents The Most on the Coast, an Adirondack Coast Market Day on Saturday, May 2, 10a.m.-4p.m. at the Crete Civic Center.  The Most on the Coast is a diverse showcase of the best that our region has to offer, including handmade crafts, local artists, food vendors, beer and wine tasting, live…

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Councilwoman Rachelle Armstrong Hopes to Support Local Schools with GEA Resolution

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Councilwoman Rachelle Armstrong is hoping to support local school districts in the North Country by urging governor Cuomo and the Legislature to Eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment..   Armstrong has submitted a resolution that if passed by the City Council would express it’s opposition to the education portion of the 2015 budget and the Gap Elimination…

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K&J – City Council Commits to Renovation of Marina Building

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Construction Bids to repair and re-furbish the building which is soon to become the City’s new Marina offices were opened earlier this week… As it turned out, even the lowest bid was about $67,000 higher than originally estimated…  That stirred up conversation from members of the council who initially felt they had been backed into…

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Former Congressman Bill Owens Joins Canada Institute Advisory Board

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Canada Institute Advisory Board co-chairs David Jacobson and Hugh MacKinnon announced the appointment of former Congressman Bill Owens, partner at Stafford, Owens, Piller, Murnane, Kelleher & Trombley in Plattsburgh, New York, and a senior strategic advisor and independent consultant for McKenna Long & Aldridge, as a new member of the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute Advisory…

Gillibrand Pushing Legislation towards Paid Leave

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With 4.1 million New Yorkers serving as family caregivers, today U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand reintroduced legislation that would create paid family leave, including maternity and paternity leave, personal medical leave, and spousal support. Gillibrand’s Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act would establish a national, gender-neutral paid family and medical leave insurance program, ensuring that…

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…

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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K&J – Discussing the Impact of Albany’s Education Policy on Teachers

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Today on the K&J show we’re listening in on a conversation about education. A local group called Voters For Change hosted a forum on Tuesday Night at Blue Seed Studios in Saranac Lake.. The event focused on the impact to local educators of statewide policies on education… “Any member of our group can develop a…

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N.C. Chamber Welcomes US/Canada Pre-Clearnace Agreement

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     The North Country Chamber of Commerce is welcoming the announcement by the U.S. and Canadian governments of a long sought agreement on pre-clearance within the framework of the Beyond the Border Action Plan.”The Beyond the Border process has provided an important opportunity for the U.S. and Canada to jointly build our connections while…

Rabideau Reflects on Approval of Lake Flower Lodge PUDD

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The Lake Flower Lodge, a proposed destination resort hotel on the shores of Lake Flower in Saranac Lake is one step closer to reality this morning… That’s because The Village Board voted unanimously on Monday evening to approve passage of the zoning changes as part of a law creating a Planned Unit Development District for…

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Former Treasurer Arrested In Tupper Lake Fire Department Theft

Former Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department Treasurer Timothy J. Brown was arrested on grand larceny charges Monday afternoon, after allegedly stealing up to $20,000 as he spiraled into credit card debt. That According to New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. “From plane fare to pizza, Mr. Brown used fire department money for his own benefit, even…

Indian Lake Reserve Funds Don’t Meet OSC Requirements

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The Town of Indian Lake is in some hot water this week following a New York State Audit which finds that the town’s reserves weren’t properly established…  Indian Lake has about $614,266 in their reserve funds but the audit says the board doesn’t have OSC approval for establishing these funds and two of them totaling…

Peru Named “Most Affordable Small Town in NY”

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Peru has been identified as the most affordable small town in New York State by Business Insider Magazine. The magazine  has released a list which identifies the most affordable small town in each of the fifty states, focusing on communities between 1,000 and 10,000 residents whose households spend no more than 30% of their annual income…

Village Board Hears Update on Lake Flower Beach Proposal

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A report presented to the community Monday on the feasibility of returning the beach to Lake Flower in Saranac Lake says there are no major obstacles to pursuing the concept if that’s the way residents are inclined to go.. Jeremy Evans, Community Development Director in the Village of Saranac Lake says “The footprint of the…

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North Country Chamber: Confidence Index Shows Real Optimism

The North Country Chamber of Commerce has released the results of its Annual Issue Survey, conducted in February and drawing a response rate of 14% from the 4,200 businesses surveyed in Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton and northern Warren Counties. In one feature of the survey, the Chamber establishes the annual “BUSINESS CONFIDENCE INDEX”, which is…

K&J – Women’s Investment Club Tops 20 years of Success

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On the K&J Show today, we’re talking about a group of women who’ve been investing in stocks together since 1985… They call themselves the Saranac Lake Women’s Investment Club. Our interview was recorded Wednesday afternoon at AMC in Saranac Lake. Hannah Hanford who is the Executive Director of the Adirondack Health Foundation, and Cheryl Palyswiat…

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IRS Phone Scams Causing Problems for Taxpayers

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If you have a phone, then you most likely have been the target of or possibly the victim of scam or fraud.  It’s National Consumer Protection Week, and Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York is reminding everyone to be on alert for common phone scams. “The phone is still a scammer’s number one contact…

Village of Saranac Lake Anticipates Legal Troubles with Lake Flower Lodge PUDD

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The Saranac Lake Village Board met Thursday at 4pm in an emergency session in order to authorize Mayor Clyde Rabideau to enter into an agreement with the Law Firm Miller, Mannix, Schachner & Hafner, LLC. Following Monday’s public hearing, the board went into executive session to discuss pending litigation at which time Trustee Paul Van…