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13th Back Country Ski Festival in Keene Valley This Weekend

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The Mountaineer in Keene Valley, NY is again hosting the Thirteenth Annual Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival this weekend. (March 7 & 8, 2015). Backcountry skiing combines all of the elements of touring, climbing and downhill skiing into a real winter mountaineering experience  “And this winter, the conditions have been great! We are excited to host…

March 3rd is “Park Advocacy Day” in Albany

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New Yorkers from across the state are coming together at the State Capitol on March 3 for the 9th annual Park Advocacy Day to urge policymakers to protect and preserve New York’s state parks. Representatives from more than 30 park Friends groups, environmental organizations, local parks, and educational organizations will make the case for state…

Duprey: ” Protect our Children with Stronger Sex Offender Laws”

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Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I – Peru) is calling on members of the Assembly to pass legislation, A.547, which would strengthen residency requirements for sex offenders by prohibiting them from living within 1,000 feet of a school. Currently, there is a loophole in New York State Law that only requires level 3 sex offenders reside…

FEMA Flood Insurance Program Under Pressure from Schumer and Gillibrand

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New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, and Charles E. Schumer, along with  Robert Menendez and Cory Booker today called on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs to hold new oversight hearings of the flood insurance claims of homeowners impacted by Superstorm Sandy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is run by the Federal Emergency…

Stefanik Supports Senate Bill to Fund Homeland Security

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was scheduled to visit Saranac Lake over the weekend but after the House failed to pass a short term funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security she decided to remain in Washington while congress contemplated what to do next… Just after the first vote.. She says “ I crossed party lines…

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…

Stefanik Votes to Ammend 1986 IRS College Savings Codes

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A vote in Congress on Wednesday afternoon supports saving for higher education… It gets support from Congresswoman Elise Stefanik…  Stefanik is a new member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.. She voted in support of legislation to amend a 1986 IRS code which would improve college savings plans.  The updated code would…

K&J – 35 Years – Reliving the “Miracle on Ice”

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It was February 22nd, 1980 when the underdog U.S. hockey team led by Coach Herb Brooks Played their own game and beat the Soviet Union 4-3 in what became known as the “Miracle on Ice.” On Saturday Night, the 19 surviving members of the U.S. gold medal hockey team relived the experience in Lake Placid….  …

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Re-Living the Miracle on Ice

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How many of you remember where you were in 1980 when the underdog U.S. hockey team beat the powerful Soviet Union team 4-3 in what became known as the “Miracle on Ice.” This Saturday the 19 surviving members of the U.S. gold medal hockey team arrive at Lake Placid’s Olympic Center to once again feel the…

Dupery: “Out of State Licenses Should be Accepted for Military Spouses”

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Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I-Peru) is calling on state legislators to join her in supporting legislation that would help military families across the state gain employment when they are relocated for military service. More specifically, the bill would allow military spouses to use their out-of-state licenses to continue to practice their profession when they are…

Saranac Lake Fire Dept Enters Year of Recruiting in 2015

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The average age of a volunteer at the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department isn’t getting any younger.. That’s according to Fire Chief Brendan Keough.. “Right now the average age of our members is between like 45 and older members like me and 2015 is going to be a big year for recruiting younger firefighters.” Keough…

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DOT / DEC Commissioners Weigh in on WV Train Derailment

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NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald and NYSDEC Commissioner Joseph Martens weigh in on the Crude Oil Train Derailment in West Virginia. The two Commissioners say that yesterday’s derailment of 25 rail cars carrying crude oil through West Virginia and the resulting house fire is exactly the reason why the U.S. Transportation Department should not wait any…

Fewer NY School Districts Overriding Tax Cap

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The number of school districts overriding New York’s property tax cap declined by more than half over the past three fiscal years, dropping from 44 school districts in 2012-13 to only 19 in 2014-15, according to a report issued today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The report also found low- and average-need districts were twice as…

Duprey Appointed to Ethics Search Committee

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Earlier this week, Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I – Peru) was appointed by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to a panel that will conduct a national search for an executive director for the new Office of Ethics and Compliance. The panel will recommend a list of potential directors, with Heastie making the final selection. The committee…

Governor Cuomo Visits Plattsburgh with Opportunity Agenda

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Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Plattsburgh Thursday morning to highlight portions of his Opportunity Agenda for New York State. Among his Opportunity Agenda proposals, Governor Cuomo focuses on the following initiatives affecting the North Country: Provide the North Country with high-speed broadband access by the end of 2018: Governor Cuomo has set an ambitious goal to ensure…

Stefanik Votes in Support of Keystone XL Pipeline

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik(R-NY-21) voted in support on Wednesday afternoon of S. 1 – the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act. This bipartisan legislation that has passed out of the Senate would authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. “I am proud to support this commonsense, bipartisan energy project,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “This project will create as…

K&J – Plattsburgh Council Votes to Invite Medical Marijuana Growers to the City

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Plattsburgh is one of the first municipalities in the State of New York to actively invite Growers of Medical Marijuana to their community… In their initial approval of growers, New York State is planning to limit the number of certifications.. The City Council on Thursday evening voted unanimously for a resolution put forward by Councilor…

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Council May Invite Medical Marijuana Growers to Plattsburgh

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If you think back to July of last year, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill that allows the medical use of marijuana in New York State.. Thursday Night the City of Plattsburgh was introduced to a resolution that welcomes medical marijuana businesses..   Councilman Josh Kretzer says he would like to see the city reach…

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Carl Heastie Replaces Sheldon Silver as Majority Leader

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Carl Heastie has replaced ousted speaker Sheldon Silver as the new Majority Leader in New York’s Assembly. He was first elected as an Assembly Member in 2000 and represents the 83rd District, which covers the Williamsbridge, Wakefield, Edenwald, Eastchester, and Baychester sections of the Northeast Bronx. Heastie is a Democrat. Heastie is also the county leader…

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Stefanik Announces Plattsburgh Office Opening, New District Staff

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik(R-NY-21) announced the opening of her Plattsburgh office on Wednesday morning.. “I am excited to have our doors open to serve the Plattsburgh community,” said Rep. Stefanik. “Whether you need help with a federal agency, information about services my office can provide, or wish to share your opinion on issues before Congress, I…