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Adirondack Park Population Declining

A newly published report identifies four dominant trends shaping life inside the Adirondack Park: • The Park’s population is declining at a steadily increasing pace; • The median age in the Park is eight years older than in the rest of New York State and, more strikingly, five years older than in the communities outside…

Gillibrand Legislation Would Ease Student Debt in New York

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New York College graduates are saddled with an estimated $60 billion in student loan debt and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is continuing her push for legislation that would help tens of millions of graduates find some relief…. National student loan debt is now approximately $1.2 trillion dollars, surpassing auto loan and credit card debt, and…

DEC Recreational Facilities Opening

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 5 Director Robert Stegemann says the Second Pond Boat Launch Site, Saranac Lakes Island Campgrounds and the Lower Locks on the Saranac Lakes Chain will be open and staffed beginning Friday, May 23rd. *We are pleased to have these popular recreational facilities open for Memorial Day weekend,*…

Sea Lamprey Barrier – Grand Opening Thursday

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On Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:00AM representatives of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the municipality of Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge, Quebec will officially open the new and state-of-the-art sea lamprey barrier. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service will present information on the construction, operation, and importance of the new barrier.. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife…

SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury Teams Up With Local School Districts to Build Leaders

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The notion of a solitary Superman or Superwoman heading up a school doesn’t hold water any more, according to SUNY Plattsburgh Branch Campus Dean Steve Danna. That’s why he has collaborated with four local districts to write “Strengthening Teacher Leader Effectiveness” grants. These provide schools the means to train a league of heroes who can band…

Comptroller Gives Plattsburgh Good Financial Report

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli  says A steady population, an expanding tax base and a diverse economy have helped establish a stable financial foundation for the city of Plattsburgh…   The Comptroller made a special visit to Plattsburgh on Wednesday to speak with local business leaders, the media, and local legislators including Town of Plattsburgh…

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Gillibrand / Senators Condemn Boko Haram Kidnappings

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today joined all twenty Senate women in sending a bipartisan letter led by U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine)  to President Obama condemning the abduction and mistreatment of more than 200 girls by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria and calling for additional international sanctions…

NY Assembly Strengthens 1999 Campus Safety Act

Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell (D-Theresa) announced the passage of legislation she sponsored to strengthen the 1999 Campus Safety Act by requiring colleges and universities to report violent felonies and missing students to law enforcement within 24 hours of an incident (A.2089-B). Russell noted that this legislation is crucial to dealing with violent felonies, such as sexual assaults, that have…

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AMC Lake Placid Emergency Room goes Part Time June 16th

AMC Lake Placid will be the first in the state to move to a part time Emergency Room…   The Department of Health Approved the request by Adirondack Health to transition it’s existing emergency room in Lake Placid to a 15 hour model..  The plan goes into effect on Monday June 16th.. As part of the…

Massena Student Wins Congressional Art Competition

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Cashlynn Jaggers a 10th grade student at Massena Central High School, is the New York 21st Congressional District winner of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition. Her piece, “Papa’s Farm,” will hang in the United States Capitol Building representing New York’s 21st Congressional District for the coming year. Congressman Owens says “The art submissions we received…

Owens Pushes Keystone Pipeline

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Congressman Bill Owens is again throwing his weight behind efforts to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project.. In a statement, Owens says “he is fully supportive of efforts in the Senate to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and he continued by saying “he has long called for the approval of the pipeline arguing…

Teachers Picket Whiteface Lodge / Camp Philos Education Retreat

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Members of the Alliance for Quality Education, Teachers and Students were among those participating in a protest against what they’re calling “Governor Cuomo’s Broken Education Philosophy.” The protest was held outside the “Camp Philos.” conference on Sunday, outside Lake Placid’s Whiteface Lodge. “Let’s get one thing straight, these aren’t philosophers, they’re bullies who are accustomed to…

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K&J – Crude Oil “Transportation Without Representation”

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In the Wake of Wednesday’s train derailment in Lynchburgh Virginia involving several cars carrying crude oil which ignited and were allowed to burn themselves out, Plattsburgh Councilwoman Rachelle Armstrong says something’s got to be done to mitigate the risk to residents as a result of transporting crude oil by train through the city.. “It seems…

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Adirondack Council on Dangers of Transporting Crude by Rail

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We have an update from the Adirondack Council today on the Dangers of Transporting explosive crude Oil through the region… The Council is urging the EPA to take action to protect the Adirondack Park and Lake Champlain along with more than a dozen lakeshore communities from the risk of an accident or a spill.. In…

AMC Lake Placid may have First Part Time ER in the State

A citizens committee in Lake Placid is hearing regular updates from Adirondack Medical Center on the fate of the Emergency Room and right now it appears Lake Placid’s ER could become something of a model for the rest of New York State… Senator Betty Little says Rural Hospitals are dealing with this question every day..Little…

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Unclaimed Excellus Cash

Every year, the state requires insurers like Excellus BCBS to make a list of unclaimed checks that are at least three years old. The names are then placed in advertisements in local papers in an attempt to find the people who have money to claim. If the property is not claimed by the end of…

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments; Aereo vs Broadcast TV

Back in 1982, Motion Picture Association of America President Jack Valenti employed some dramatic rhetoric to convince Congress that home VCR recordings ran afoul of the 1976 Copyright Act and posed a dire threat to his industry: “I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as…

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Comcast – The Latest to Disclose Political Contributions

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli says there’s a new shareholder agreement with media and technology company Comcast Corp. to disclose political spending made with corporate funds. In December, as trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund (Fund), DiNapoli filed a shareholder resolution calling for the company to make public its political…

Owens Announces Northern Border Grant Opportunities

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Congressman Bill Owens announces the availability of grant funds through the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). Grants will be awarded to projects that develop infrastructure, provide workforce training and business development, provide health care and public services to underserved areas, promote resource conservation, or promote renewable or alternative energy production. “Northern Border Regional Commission grants…

DEC – Region 5 – Winter Search and Rescue

DEC REGION 5 FOREST RANGER 2013-14 WINTER SEARCH AND RESCUE REPORT New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to search and rescue incidents on forest preserve, state forest and conservation easement lands. Working with other State agencies, local emergency response…