Politics

Ward 6 Councilor Josh Kretser Holds Community Forum at Strand

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Councilor Joshua Kretser will be conducting a community forum on Wednesday Tonight (December 17th, 2014) at 7:00pm at the Strand Theatre at 25 Brinkerhoff Street in the City of Plattsburgh. The title of the forum, “Half a Degree of Separation”, plays to the concept of how closely related downtown residents, businesses, community action groups and others are in…

K&J – Final Weeks for Congressman Bill Owens

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On January 2nd, 2015, Democratic Congressman Bill Owens.. Having decided not to run again for re-election… Will vacate the seat he’s held either in the 21st district.. Or the 23rd, since 2009. On Today’s K&J Show, (Click on the link below to listen) we’re speaking with Congressman Bill Owens about the latest issues in the news as…

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Two REDC Grants for The City of Plattsburgh

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We’re continuing to evaluate the results of Governor Cuomos Announcement of Awards to the North Country Regional Economic Development Council..    Plattsburgh’s Mayor Jim Calnon says there are two newly funded projects in the City..  One of which will help Plattsburgh with phase two of the feasibility study for the redevelopment of the City’s beach.  The…

Sanders to Become Ranking Member of Senate Budget Committee

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement Friday after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Sanders’ appointment as the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee in the next session of Congress: “I want to thank Sen. Reid and the Democratic caucus for the opportunity to serve as the ranking member on the Senate…

$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…

Menorah Lighting Won’t Include Mayor Calnon

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Recently we reported that Rabbi Avrohom Rimier, from Habad of Plattsburgh, presented an idea to the City Council which would allow him to place a Menorah in the Trinity Park.. In order to do this, the Council authorized ten plots each ten feet by ten feet for free expression during the holidays..  Following the council’s…

Four Councilors Offer Apologies – Approve Open Government Training

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Four of Plattsburgh’s City Councilors on Thursday Apologized for their participation in the drafting of a press release which specifically questioned whether or not there would be a nationwide search to find the most qualified candidate to assume the role of community development Director in the City of Plattsburgh..  During a vote to hold a…

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Pushes Military Justice Act

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In Light of a recent report on Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says “For a year now we have heard how the reforms in the previous Defense bill were going to protect victims, and make retaliation a crime. It should be a screaming red flag to everyone when 62% of…

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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K&J – 500 Acres of Bison.. In Vermontville

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If you’re looking for a home where the Buffalo Roam, You may want to head to Vermontville because there are a growing number of Buffalo Roaming wild on the Norman Ridge Road at the Edgley Farm… Which is where we found ourselves on Monday last October during a visit by Congressman Bill Owens with owners…

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Senate inaction allows NSA to keep collecting phone records

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Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy’s Bill to end bulk collection of Americans’ phone records fails largely due to Republican opposition, dealing a blow to Obama’s reform attempts. The 58-42 vote was two short of the 60 needed to proceed with debate. Voting was largely along party lines, with most Democrats supporting the bill and most Republicans…

Owens: Gridlock May Continue Even with Majority

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Congressman Bill Owens says the transition to the new congress may not provide as much activity as some expect if the 5 or 6 Republicans in the Senate don’t move closer to the center on issues and i the House, a similar issue, where close to 60 representatives will still be pushing bills to the…

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At The View in Old Forge – Agencies Continue Rail Corridor Discussion

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Transportation are now hearing from stakeholders in the second round of discussions about New York’s Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor…   Currently Adirondack Scenic Railroad offers train services from Utica to the Big Moose station which is just north of Old Forge and…

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Meg LeFevre wins Plattsburgh Town Council Race – Plus More Results

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The Turnout seems to have been better than may have been expected by many..  And just before 11pm, many local candidates began to either concede or claim victory.. We spoke with Assemblywoman Janet Duprey just before 11pm. She says she’s waiting to see more results from Franklin County but gave a special shout out and…

Republican Elise Stefanik Claims Victory in 21st

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With 53% of voters choosing Republican Elise Stefanik, she claims victory in the 21st district just before 11pm on Tuesday evening. During her speech, she thanked everyone who worked with her on her campaign, and she thanked all of the voters in the district for their support. Stefanik says she spoke with Aaron and Matt…

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Voter Turnout – Surprisingly Vibrant in the Adirondacks

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It looks like voter turnout in the North Country may prove to be what some inspectors suggest are numbers that may be “On pace with a Presidential election.” By the end of the workday on Tuesday, it appeared as though the numbers were going to continue on track to outpace the expectations nationally where pundits…

Duprey “Disturbed by Cuomo’s Statements”

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Assemblywoman Janet Duprey is responding to statement by Governor Cuomo on the question of charter schools s public education. In a letter to WNBZ, Duprey writes; As a strong supporter and advocate of our public school system, I am disturbed by Governor Cuomo’s statement that our public schools are a ‘monopoly’.  I am pleased to…

Local Forum for Town of Plattsburgh and 115th Assembly Candidates

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The Champlain Valley Business and Professional Women’s Club held their annual “Meet the Candidates Forum at the American Legion in Plattsburgh Thursday Evening.. During the forum, the two candidates running for Plattsburgh Town Council are seated to the Right of the podium and Incumbent Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, along with her challenger Karen Bisso are seated…

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K&J – Playing the “Race Card” in the Gubernatorial Debate

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and his Republican Challenger Rob Astorino are heading into debate mode this evening..   The two third-party candidates have also been invited to spar among the candidates.. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Michael McDermott… And it’s likely Governor Cuomo will be the target of all three of his challengers as he’s…

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Similar Questions for Candidates in Debate Number 4

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Debate number four last night between the candidates vying for the seat in the the 21st congressional district being vacated by Congressman Bill Owens..  Three of the debates have been televised, and the latest last night had a similar format, the candidates were even sitting in the same positions, asked essentially the same questions by…