Local Economy

First Night Saranac Lake – Happy New Year

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On behalf of all of us at WNBZ “Happy New Year” and so far so good in Saranac Lake.. The First Night Celebrations are underway and the entertainers are hard at work helping to ring in the new year for revelers throughout the town. Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau says it’s brings out the best…

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K&J – First Night Saranac Lake – Schedule

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Today on the K&J Show, we’re speaking with the three women who’ve been the brains behind First Night Saranac Lake for the last 9 years.. Connie Langdon and Nancy LaBombard, who are responsible for scheduling the venues and booking the entertainment, and Sue Patterson, who is in charge of fundraising year after year..This year, First…

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K&J – An Interview with Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon (Part One)

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Today on the K&J Show, Part one of our conversation with Plattsburgh’s Mayor Jim Calnon, who is headed into year number two of his term.. As we head into the new year, we’ve asked Mayor Calnon about his first year as Mayor, and about some of his plans for the future.. In part one of…

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Comptroller Audits Clinton County IDA

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The New York State Comptrollers Office says they’ve completed an audit of the Clinton County IDA… The Clinton County Industrial Development Agency is an independent public benefi t corporation whose purpose is to promote, develop, encourage and assist in acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining, equipping and furnishing industrial, manufacturing, warehousing, commercial, research and recreation facilities. The…

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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Community Bank Donates $25,000 to Tupper Wild Walk

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Another Large grant for a local organization.. This time from Community Bank.. Community Bank is recognizing the regional significance of Wild Walk Project at the Wild Center by donating $25,000 towards completion of the project.. Craig Stevens is Vice President of Commercial Banking at Community Bank.. He says “Aside from its innovative design, The Wild…

Plattsburgh City Council Closes in on Final Budget

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Councilors in the City of Plattsburgh have completed their deliberations on Mayor Calnon’s Proposed 2015 budget and it appears as though the overall expenditures will remain below the tax cap..  The council approved additional expenses of about $9,700 dollars for conferences and employee training, in addition, they approved a resolution which returned the library’s budget…

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A Very Merry Christmas for Tupper – PROTECT Appeal Denied

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After more than ten years The Adirondack Club and Resort Project in Tupper Lake has been given the  green light to move forward with development in Tupper Lake..  On Wednesday afternoon, The New York State Court of Appeals Denied another motion to appeal by the extreme environmental group PROTECT The Adirondacks and in doing so,…

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Champlain National Bank Opens New Branch in Lake Placid

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Joseph P. Shaw, President and CEO of Champlain National Bank announced that the Bank has completed construction on a new 2,520 square-foot branch in Lake Placid located at 2040 Saranac Avenue. Champlain National Bank has owned the property at 2040 Saranac Avenue since 2003, which is located between Burnham Financial and Super Shoes. The new branch…

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Ward 6 Community Forum – Half a Degree of Separation

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Plattsburgh Councilor Josh Kretser conducted a community forum on Wednesday evening which he called “Half a Degree of Separation”  Kretser says the forum was designed to look at the concept of how closely related downtown residents, businesses, community action groups and others are in the collaborative process of improving downtown Plattsburgh. One of the members…

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Champlain National Bank Leads The Way for Strand Upgrades

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Champlain National Bank has made a new $10,000 pledge to the Strand Theatre Restoration. This is the second donation Champlain National Bank has made to the Strand Theatre for a total donation of $30,000. Champlain National Bank President and CEO Joseph Shaw said, “The Strand Center for the Arts is a key component of 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…

Owens recognized by Canadian Embassy for cross-border advocacy

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Congressman Bill Owens was presented with a Canadian flag that was flown over the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. in recognition of his work supporting U.S.-Canadian relations. “For many years, investments in the vast and growing economic partnership between the U.S. and Canada have paid off in the form of jobs and economic growth in…

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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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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