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K&J – Interviews Marty Bowman on The Lake Placid Horse Show

K&J – 062613 – Marty Bowman on the Lake Placid Horse Shows

The 44th Anniversary of the Lake Placid Horse Shows presented by Sea Shore Stables is underway. We spoke with Communications Director Marty Bowman on Tuesday afternoon about the event.

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Capping Residential Basement Drains in Tupper Lake

AUDIO – 062513 – Tupper Basement Drains

The DOT plans on capping basement drains and Tupper Lake’s Village Board considers an exemption for residents on Park ave and Wawbeek who will need to connect to the village’s sewer instead..

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Emergency Room didn’t Make Assembly Agenda

AUDIO – 062513 – AMC Lake Placid Emergency Room and the Legislature Clarified

We’ve been following legislative activity in Albany.. A Bill allowing Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid to continue to operate it’s Emergency Room during the day while closing at night passed in the Senate 62 to 1 in favor..  In the assembly, the proposal never made it to the floor for a vote.

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NY State Comptroller unveils new Fiscal Stress Monitor

Two dozen communities in New York have been designated as fiscally stressed under State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s new Fiscal Stress Monitoring System. The list includes eight counties, three cities and 13 towns. “The challenges facing local governments have reached a critical point and these fiscal stress scores should serve as a wakeup call,”said DiNapoli. “Taxpayers, local…

Local Groups Reach Out to Michelle Obama during Great Outdoors Week

AUDIO – 062413 – Plea to First Lady on Parks

Outdoor Groups are asking Michelle Obama to Broaden her “Let’s Move” initiative to fight against childhood obesity and to strengthen her focus on bike paths, soccer fields, and other places for physical activity.

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Saranac Seniors Top the Graduation Stats

AUDIO – 062013 – Saranac Lake High School Graduates at top of graduation scores

Saranac Lake Seniors are among the highest percentage of those looking to move into college. High School Principal Bruce VanWeelden says 40.5% of students scored above a 75 on the ELA regents and 80 on the math regents (The Aspirational Performance Measure) Other Schools included Long Lake at 37.5%, Tupper Lake at 32.4%, Malone with 30.9%, Brushton Moira students scored a 30.6% ratio, Chateaugay 26.7%, Lake Placid 24.3%, St Regis Falls 14.7% and Salmon River at 13.8%.

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New Mercy Care Friendship Volunteers

On May 21, 2013 Mercy Care for the Adirondacks commissioned new Friendship Volunteers Karen Fleming, Gladys Hatch, Arlene Horton, Raymond McIntyre, Albert Pozzi, Margaret Ratigan, Cynthia Rowe, and Arthur Volmrich.  The training and commissioning ceremony were held at St. Margaret’s Convent Library and Chapel in Lake Placid. Mercy Care has recruited and trained more than…

Owens Touts “Beyond the Border Action Plan”

Congressman Bill Owens recently touted the ongoing implementation of the Beyond the Border Action Plan with a publication in the Canada-United States Law Journal.  Owens’ article, “Beyond the Border: A New Chapter in North American Trade,” highlights the relationship between cross-border trade and economic development, in particular the benefit Canada’s presence offers in the way…

Senate Approves Gov’s APA Appointments

Governor Cuomo’s APA Board Nominations were approved by the Senate yesterday – The newly approved nominees include; Arthur S. Lussi, Daniel Wilt, Karen M. Feldman, and William H. Thomas In a statement following the approvals in the Senate, The Adirondack Council says they are pleased that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nominated – and the Senate has confirmed —…

No Place for Hate in Saranac Lake

AUDIO – 062013 – No Place for Hate – Saranac Lake 8th Graders in NYC

A group of 8th Graders in Saranac Lake are just returning from an awards ceremony at Grenwich Village in New York City… Saranac Lake was named one of the “No Place For Hate” schools in the state.. Middle School Principle Trish Kenyon told us about the trip

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$80 Million in Support for “Struggling Municipalities”

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced an agreement on legislation that will create a Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments as well as reform the binding arbitration process to help eligible municipalities manage their finances and provide public services in a more…

Rabideau Supports Binding Arbitration Reform

Saranac Lake Mayor “Strongly” Behind Governor’s Binding Arbitration Reform Proposal  Mayor Clyde Rabideau announced “strong and unequivocal support” for binding arbitration reform as recently proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The measure would take into consideration a municipality’s ability to pay and its financial condition in the new era of the 2% tax cap when making…

Legislative Session Running Out on Environmental Advocates

The 2013 legislative session is nearing its end in Albany, but Environmental Advocates of New York is holding out hope that several environmental measures will make it to the Senate floor for a vote. Deputy Director David Gahl said there is legislation concerning hydro-fracturing, climate change and child safety ready for an “up or down”…

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Signs of the Times in Saranac Lake

AUDIO – 061913 – Signs in Saranac Lake

Saranac Lake is taking control of a different kind of invasive species this summer, the political sign and banners of all shapes and sizes… and the implementation phase begins on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

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Third Thursday Art Walks in Saranac Lake

AUDIO – 061913 – Third Thursday Art Walks in Saranac Lake

Saranac Lake’s art walks begin again this Thursday (June 20th, 2012) with artists and musicians presenting their trade in their studios and on the streets. We speak with Tim Fortune and Jill Wenner about the event.

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K&J – Lake Placid Horse Shows

K&J – 061813 – Lake Placid Horse Shows – Lori Martin

The Lake Placid Horse Show is June 25th through the 30th and the I Love New York Horse Show runs July 2nd through the 7th. We spent some time with Lori Martin..  She’s the executive director of the Lake Placid Horse show Association.

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Comptroller uncovers $3 million improperly spent at Dept. of Labor

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli uncovered up to $3 million in inappropriate unemployment insurance payments made by the Department of Labor (DOL), including payments to recipients who were ineligible because they were employed, had collected more than the maximum weekly benefits or were not authorized to work in the United States, according to a report released today.…

Advocates Seeking Relief for Surprise Medical Bills

It even happens to New Yorkers who have good health insurance coverage – surprise medical bills that can total tens of thousands of dollars.

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That’s why consumer and health advocates are calling on lawmakers to protect consumers from the unexpected. Joclyn Krevat says she was on life support and clearly in no position to be thinking about out-of-network providers.  Her husband is a New York teacher with good health benefits. She was at a New York hospital, so they figured everything would be OK.  But, about two weeks after she got home they checked the mail.  “I started getting enormous bills,” she recalls. “You know I thought this was a huge mistake, because I went into this thinking I had really good health insurance, but it wasn’t a mistake, this is what they do.” Krevat was hit with more than $70,000 in surprise medical bills because out-of-network doctors saved her life. With the help of Consumer Health Advocates and the State Department of Financial Services, her bill has been greatly reduced, but she believes lawmakers need to pass legislation to protect fellow New Yorkers from surprise medical bills. Chuck Bell with New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage says his organization gets a steady flow of thousands of complaints about unexpected, and often very expensive, medical bills. “We have about 2,000 people every year complaining that they have surprise medical bills,” he says. “We think we need better ground rules in the market place to give consumers fair warning when they’re going to have a bill that’s going to come in much higher than they would expect.  “So, we’ve been talking to the governor and Senate and Assembly leaders about passing legislation to prevent this problem.”

New York lawmakers have already proposed measures that require hospitals to provide patients with information about the network affiliation of doctors. Bell says greater disclosure is needed and New Yorkers should be held harmless if they were not aware providers were not in their network.

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