Politics

Rice Formally Joins Franklin County Legislature

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Franklin County Opens their business for the new year with some new County Legislators.. One of whom represents the Southern end of the County; Legislator Barb Rice… She was officially sworn in Monday afternoon.. We spoke with her following the meeting. “I’m looking forward to getting to work.” Rice Said, “and I’m excited to have…

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Locking in Plattsburgh’s 2014 Tax Rate

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The first major decision for new Council members in the City of Plattsburgh comes this week as Thursday will mark the vote to lock in the City’s Tax Rate…   Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon tells WNBZ the new council does have the ability to amend the budget when necessary.. The key vote will be to solidify…

Kasprzack’s Final Day as Mayor of Plattsburgh

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Today is the last day in office for Plattsburgh Mayor Don Kasprzack.. On New Year’s Day tomorrow at 1pm, Mayor Elect James Calnon will be sworn in during an inauguration ceremony in the Auditorium at City Hall… City Court Judge Mark Rogers will deliver the Oath of Office to Calnon and to the incoming Common…

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Harrietstown Fire Contract Increases $35,000

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Before the Town of Harrietstown even gets started on next year’s budget, they’ll have to pay back money they borrowed from an emergency fund designed to be there in times of need. That’s because the Town of Santa Clara has chosen to enter into the Tupper Lake Fire Contract, as opposed to the Saranac Lake…

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Owens weighs in on President’s NSA Surveillence Commission

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In an effort to revive public confidence in the nation’s embattled intelligence services, the White House on Wednesday released a report suggesting far-reaching changes to the National Security Agency’s controversial data collection programs. WNBZ speaks with Congressman Bill Owens on this topic and explores the implications and what might come from the report.. The report, offered by…

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Cuomo Announces $715 Million in REDC Awards

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Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that $715.9 million has been awarded through Round Three of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.  A centerpiece of the Governor’s strategy to jumpstart the economy and create jobs, the Regional Councils were put in place in 2011 to redesign the state’s approach to economic development from a top-down model to…

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Ten Regional Councils – $750 Million in Funding Announced Today

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Three Quarters of a Billion Dollars is up for grabs today in Albany as Governor Cuomo Announces the winners among ten Regional Economic Development Councils who are all competing for their share of the pie in round Three… The North Country Regional Economic Development Council has been extremely successful in positioning itself in one of…

Cuomo Accepts Tax Commission Recommendations

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First on the list this morning is the final report from the Tax Relief Commission and its co-chairs, former Governor George Pataki and Chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees and former State Comptroller H. Carl McCall. Governor Cuomo has accepted the recommendations of the report which means homeowners and businesses in the state could…

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The economy is improving, housing prices seem to be on the rise. As far as we can tell, without spending a few hours verifying specific numbers and statistics, things are getting better across most industries. It’s not necessarily the reason we’re hiring, but WNBZ and our sister stations are pleased to see the impact of…

Douglas asks Essex County Board for another term as Chairman

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Jay Town Supervisor Randy Douglas is again vying for the chairmanship of the Essex County Board of Supervisors….  In a letter to the public and his colleagues, Douglas says he and Vice Chairman Bill Ferebee have worked hard to keep EssexCounty at the front of the line for State and Federal funding grant opportunities. With…

Trudeau / Clarkson Receive $35 Million Grant

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a partnership between New York State, Clarkson University, and the Trudeau Institute to form a world-class biotech enterprise and further establish the region as a premier center of biotechnology research and development. Clarkson University, a nationally-ranked private university in Potsdam, and the Trudeau Institute, a world-renowned center for immunological…

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Noisy Vehicles Beware.. Tupper Lake is on the Prowl

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The Village of Tupper Lake is throwing their weight behind a new local law that would restrict the use of aftermarket noise-makers installed on vehicles in the community..  The new law would allow Tupper Lake Police Chief Eric Proulx to provide for enforcement  He says right now his department does have options, but the new law…

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Schumer Seeks to Extend Restrictions on 3-D Gun Printing

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Senator Chuck Schumer is seeking an extension of a federal law banning the printing of 3-D firearms…  The law banning the technology is set to expire on December 9th…  Schumer says the technology of so-called 3-D printing has advanced to the point anyone with $1,000 and an Internet connection can access the plastic parts that…

Senate Considers Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act This Week

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The Senate considers Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s proposal this week…  If approved, Gillibrand’s Bill would give victims of rape and sexual assault in the military an independent route outside the military chain of command for prosecutions.  Gillibrand has support from nearly half the Senate for her proposal But the legislation remains short of the necessary votes.…

Owens “Trade Relationship is Critical”

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U.S. Congressman Bill Owens addressed the 19th Annual Canadian American Business Council’s (CABC) Ottawa Summit as part of the conference’s Canada/U.S. Lawmaker Roundtable. The two-day conference focused on the future of Canada-U.S. trade relations. The roundtable included two other panelists, MP Rob Merrifield and MP Don Davies. Owens and his Canadian counterparts discussed cross-border issues and…

K&J – Local Mid Term Election Results – In Depth

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Kim Fitzgerald has borrowed a pair of glasses from Clyde Baker who sits across from here at the “Counting Table” in the Harrietstown Town Hall as independent monitors from both parties, poll workers and officials from the Franklin County Board of Elections are all on hand to assure a smooth running election day. We hear Chad…

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RICE wins District 7 / Riley wins 2 yr term on Harrietstown Board

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Franklin County’s District 7 has a new legislator following the retirement of Tim Burpoe from that seat – Barb Rice wins with 819 votes, Ed Randig receives 21% of the vote with 273, and Curtis Reynolds 198 votes…  We caught up with Rice and many of her supporters in the entrance to the Harrietstown Town…

Tupper Results Delayed – Littlefield Wins Supervisor Seat

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An hour and a half past the closing of the polls and still no answer in Tupper Lake as to the outcome of the races there… Machine number three appeared to have broken down and election workers were coordinating with local Election Board representatives to identify the best course of action. Town of Tupper Lake…

K&J – Election Day

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Election Day across the country and there is national attention being paid to the governor’s race. In New Jersey, Republican Governor Chris Christie is a heavy favorite to win election to a second term. Recent Polls show Christie’s lead in double digits. His opponent, Democrat Barbara Buono says Christie is more interested in being President…

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No ECOSponsibility for the Setting Pole Dam

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There appear to be two different versions of a letter from Dennis Ryan announcing his withdrawal from the bid process for the Setting Pole Dam… His company, ECOSponsible had originally offered $450,000 for the purchase of the Setting Pole Dam and the surrounding property. The bid itself was contingent upon the approval of Ryan’s attorney.…

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