Politics

Essex County Board hears from “Families First”

AUDIO – 051313 – May is Mental Health Month – Families First speaks with Essex County Board

Joanne Caswell is Executive Director of Families First…  She tells the Essex County Board of Supervisors May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. At a recent Essex County Meeting, Caswell says  21% of children age 9 to 17 have a diagnosable mental health or addictive disorder.. and she says “Unfortunately 79% of those don’t receive any services so the stigma associated with mental health is still here with parents and their kids”

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Tupper Lake Holds Emergency Services Building Referendum Today

The Tupper Lake Committee working on plan for the new Emergency Services Building will be watching the polls today at the Goff Nelson Library. Voters will answer yes or no to the referendum which asks “Can the Village of Tupper Lake borrow up to $3.2 Million towards construction of a new emergency services building on…

NY Court Upholds Small Towns’ Fracking Bans

A New York Appeals Court has ruled in favor of two upstate towns, Dryden and Middlefield, saying a lower court was right in upholding bans the towns placed on fracking – or the fracturing of underground shale rock to extract natural gas. Dryden passed a zoning ordinance in 2011 prohibiting oil and gas drilling, including…

Should Money go to Hollywood or Developmental Disabilities?

 

A coalition of lawmakers from the Assembly are proposing to cut Hollywood tax credits by $90 million and use the savings to restore cuts from not-for-profits supported by the Office of People With Developmental Disabilities..  Assemblyman Dan Stec is part of the coalition..

ARTA asks DOT to review of UMP

Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates (ARTA) today filed a formal request with New York’s Departments of Environmental Conservation and Transportation and the Adirondack Park Agency pressing for an immediate review of the 1995 management plan for the corridor, a review scheduled in the plan itself for each of 2001, 2006, and 2012 but never undertaken. The rail-to-trail conversion…

Local Parent Teacher Alliance to screen “Race to Nowhere”

A group of parents, teachers and school administrators are presenting A groundbreaking documentary on education tonight called “Race to Nowhere” – This film is one of the first to identify and challenge a one-size-fits-all achievement culture in American schools, and to document its impact on students..

The Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Education Alliance is sponsoring the screening of the documentary and plans to lead a discussion Afterwards…  Zoe Smith is a leading organizer of the Alliance..

Smith says The Parent Faculty Alliance is dedicated to improving education in their schools, and they’ve joined together because of a deep concern for the growing impacts of high-stakes standardized testing on our children. The Screening begins at 6:30pm this evening (Thursday, April 18th) in the Petrova School Auditorium.

Race to Nowhere is a film that the group says has sparked a national conversation and is an opportunity for parents, faculty, and community members to join together to discuss the current system of education.

AUDIO – 041813 – Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Education Alliance – Road to Nowehere

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Called a “must-see movie” by The New York Times and “compelling” by Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education, the film has succeeded in exposing how excessive homework, high-stakes testing, and a cyclical trap of busyness and competition have led to an epidemic of anxious, overworked, and unhealthy young people.  The film has been screened in more than 6,000 public and community settings in all 50 states and more than 30 countries since its release in 2010.

“The “Race to Nowhere” is another inconvenient truth. It’s a wake-up call to all of us who care about children, the purpose of schools, and how we define success in American education. And, importantly, it provides viewers with excellent, actionable suggestions of how to begin to address change locally in our schools.” – George Lucas Education Foundation

The film is being sponsored by the SLPFEA, the Saranac Lake Teachers’ Association, and the North Country Community College Massage Club.

To learn more about Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Education Alliance, like them on Facebook.  For more information about the film, www.RacetoNowhere.com

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Tupper Lake Asks; Who Should Pave the Road?

AUDIO – 041713 – Tupper Lake Amell Road Issue

The Village of Tupper Lake is considering a request by Roger Amell on the acceptance of Amell Lane as a village road.

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Adirondack Regional Airport Looking for New Restaurant Proposal

AUDIO – 041513 – Adirondack Regional Airport Needs a new restaurant

Councilman Ron Keough says Harrietstown  is actively pursuing and encouraging the response to their request for restaurant proposals.  The deadline is April 24th

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May is Skate-Park Month in Saranac Lake

AUDIO – 041513 – May is Skate-Park Month in Saranac Lake

The Saranac Lake Village Board votes on a Resolution supporting the Skate Park Committee’s efforts to recruit new members and initiate new fundraising appeals.

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Franklin County Legislators Discuss the Possibility of a Bed Tax

AUDIO – 041213 – Franklin County Legislators Hold Bed Tax Public Hearings

Franklin County Legislators Wednesday evening met with the public twice. First in Saranac Lake and again in Tupper Lake. Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun weighs in on a possible outcome.

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Saranac Lake Partnering with Regional Tourism Office

AUDIO – 041213 – ROOST partners with Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

Essex County ratchets up its marketing efforts. The Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce and local legislators join ROOST in a marketing partnership.

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Saranac Lake School Boards Opposes Elementary Testing Schedule

AUDIO – 041113 – Parents Opt Out of Standardized Tests

A School Board Resolution against high stakes testing is headed to Governor Cuomo asking the State to “de-emphasize” testing in our schools and to re-examine Assessment.

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Owens Joins Effort to Support Dairy Farmers

With Congress set to begin debating comprehensive immigration reform as early as this week, Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Bill Owens (D-N.Y.) and Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) today introduced legislation to help ensure a stable workforce for Vermont and New York dairy farmers by granting them access to an important visa program. The Congressmen will fight to…

Cuomo Clamps Down on Corruption

Public Trust Act Would Establish a New Class of Public Corruption Crimes, Tough New Penalties on Offenders, Require Public Officials to Report Bribery Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new legislation, the Public Trust Act, which would create a new class of public corruption crimes and enhance New York prosecutors’ ability to crack down on…

North Country Community College Inauguration

It’s been more than 21 years since the last Presidential Inauguration at North CountryCommunity College.. Which is what makes this event such an important milestone in our community, and for that matter, in Malone and Ticonderoga as well..  With that in Mind.. We began our in depth coverage of the President’s Inauguration with a comment…

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K&J – Is New York Safe?

A presentation at the Convention Center in Lake Placid includes Tom Fazio, a Colonel with the New York State Police. He’s speaking to a crowd of unhappy gun owners who, like many, are having trouble understanding what the new gun laws in New York State Really mean.. As part of the new regulations owners of…

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Farmers Gather in Albany to set Bureau’s Agenda and Policy

Farmers from across this great state will gather for New York Farm Bureau’s State Annual Meeting which begins tomorrow in Albany. The State’s Annual Meeting will set New York Farm Bureau policy and it’s agenda for the coming year, which many agree comes with many uncertainties. Perhaps the most pressing issue involves the ongoing struggle inWashingtonto…

Essex County Weighs and Means Ups Bed Tax by 2%

The Essex County Weighs and Means Committee Met earlier this week. The committee is chaired by Town of North Elba Supervisor Robi Politi.  One of their actions – a Resolution to amend the local law to increase the Occupancy Tax by 1%…  Supervisor Randy Preston moved to change the increase to 2% which would give…

Skate-Park Committee Says “Poop or Get Off the Pot”

After considering the tennis court at Ampersand Park in Saranac Lake at a recent village board meeting and being met with a roomful of opposition, The Village Board asked the Skate Park Committee to consider other locations and according to Rich Shapiro, it’s time for the board to make up their minds.. Shapiro, in his…

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VT VA Getting New CBOC

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announces the selection of a contractor to build a new $2.6 million community-based outpatient clinic for veterans in Burlington which will serve about 4,000 veterans. The Senator is a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and at a recent interview, he said the need for health care service has…