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Conn. gov.: Extra transformers for powerless rail

NEW YORK — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says authorities will try to use three transformers to restore partial power to a crippled track of the nation’s second-largest commuter railroad. Malloy made the announcement Thursday at New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. He says the transformers will be brought in by New York-based utility Consolidated…

Man found dead in Adirondacks at Marcy Dam

LAKE PLACID — State police say a 36-year-old Saranac Lake man has drowned near Marcy Dam in the Adirondack Mountains. Troopers say a group of hikers discovered the body of Kevin Benham floating in water near the popular dam on Wednesday afternoon and called 911. A state police aviation unit flew in forest rangers and…

Utility settles claims of late pay after Sandy

ALBANY — Electricity and gas utility National Grid says it has agreed to pay more than $6 million to workers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island who waited months to receive compensation for work performed after Superstorm Sandy. More than 8,500 employees in those states will receive lump sum payments of $750. Company spokeswoman…

Cuomo Says Apple Harvest “Best in Years”

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is encouraging New Yorkers and tourists from neighboring states to “Taste NY” apples this year at over 654 apple orchards and support New York’s important apple industry this fall. Apple growers from across the state are hailing this year’s apple crop as the best in many years following storm events that…

PROTECT Objects to Snowmobile Corridor

Protect the Adirondacks is pushing for a Preliminary Injunction against the APA and DEC to stop the new class II community connector snowmobile trail construction in the Forest Preserve. In their motion, PROTECT says the work should be stopped while its legality is in litigation. ARISE Chairman Jim LaValley says this strategy is becoming a…

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Texting and Driving? New York is Cracking Down

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Governor Cuomo says State Police have seen a 365% increase in tickets issued in summer 2013 compared to summer 2012 for distracted driving, a result of an extensive enforcement crackdown by the State Police. This summer, State Police issued 21,580 tickets, surpassing last summer’s total of 5,208 tickets. Cuomo was speaking at a Thruway rest area…

Suit seeks to nullify Cuomo-Oneida deal

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With a vote coming soon on whether to expand casino gambling in New York, two small upstate towns are asking a court to throw out the rules that would govern the rollout and a related deal between the state and the Oneida Indians. The towns of Verona and Vernon in central New York argue in…

More Support for Gillibrand’s Military Sexual Assault Proposal

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THREE MORE RETIRED GENERALS COME FORWARD IN SUPPORT OF GILLIBRAND PROPOSAL TO CREATE INDEPENDENT, NON-BIASED, OBJECTIVE MILITARY JUSTICE SYSTEM FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced today that three more retired Generals have come out in public support of her proposal to create an independent,…

Seizing state pensions of crooked pols is tough task

Albany A call by a federal prosecutor to strip the pensions of crooked lawmakers received a mixed reaction Wednesday as some lawyers and lawmakers questioned whether it could be done under the state constitution. Preet Bharara, the Manhattan-based U.S. attorney, said the thought of lawmakers who accepted bribes sitting in prison collecting their taxpayer-backed pensions…

Panel: Pay up or assets get frozen

Albany The state Board of Elections is stepping up its enforcement efforts against scofflaw campaign committees by moving to freeze their bank accounts. The board’s enforcement division will send out dozens of letters by the end of the week to representatives of committees that have sustained judgments for infractions of election law, and the banks…

Assemblyman splits with party over lawyer

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Albany We want our own lawyer, thanks very much. That’s the message of at least one Assembly Republican who is offended that majority Democrats were able to pick a lawyer to represent the entire chamber before the Moreland Commission, which is probing possible corruption in the campaign finance system. “How is that not a gigantic…

Lawmakers renew bid to halt NY’s Plum Island sale

MINEOLA — Lawmakers from both sides of Long Island Sound are again voicing their opposition to the planned sale of Plum Island. The tiny New York island is home to a laboratory that researches infectious animal diseases that could imperil the nation’s livestock industry. Legislation passed in 2008 calls for the lab to be moved…

Port Authority: $10 WTC name rights sale shameful

NEW YORK — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Wednesday called a deal that sold the World Trade Center’s name rights to a nonprofit organization for $10 decades ago “a shameful episode” and vowed to cooperate with an anticipated investigation by New York’s attorney general. A newspaper story this month revealed…

Five Plattsburgh Border Patrol Officers Moving South

A follow up to our report on the changes in the Plattsburgh Air Branch for Patrol of the Northern Boarder.   After our report yesterday, Congressman Owens told WNBZ he spoke with Major General Randolph Alles, the Border Patrol’s Assistant Commissioner in the Office of Air and Marine. Congressman Owens tells us he was informed that…

More Money Available for Businesses in Jay

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the New York State Small Business Storm Recovery. This program is for businesses who are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Irene. These grants and loans are intended to meet the unmet needs of small businesses once they have settled with any governmental agencies, FEMA, the Small Business Association or…

Paul Smith’s College Joins “Say Yes” Initiative

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Says Yes to Education and 11 new College Partners committed to tuition aid for urban students… and Paul Smith’s College become one of the newest participants in the program.. Say Yes to Education Inc., a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing high school and college graduation rates for students in urban school…

K&J – Today – Tupper Lake’s Point of View

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The Wild Center is host to the final public listening session hosted jointly by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Conservation..   Tupper Lake Residents were joined by residents of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake as well as people from as far away as Pennsylvania who’ve expressed an interest in the success of…

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Ski Big Tupper Again – Again..

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The ARISE Board in Tupper Lake is moving forward with plans to re-open Big Tupper Ski Area this winter.. A group of key volunteers met with the board on Friday and added their unanimous support to the effort. Arise Chairman Jim LaValley

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Grimditch Lake Placid Boathouse Arguments are Sinking Fast

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The Town of North Elba will apparently get their way and while it’s not going to happen tomorrow, the Grimditch family is much closer to a summary judgement ordering them to tear down the two boathouses which they continued to build even after 3 separate stop work orders.. A 21 page Decision written by Judge…

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