Public Works / UItilities

Work Begins This Week on two I-87 Bridges in Clinton County

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Work starts this week on a $10.5 million project to replace four bridges on the Adirondack Northway –Interstate 87 – in Clinton County. The bridges are among the first under contract as part of New York State’s Scour Critical/Flood Prone Bridge Program. The Governor has requested $518 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management…

Environmental Coalition Calls for Larger Oil Spill Fund

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After four recent oil-by-rail disasters in North America in less than a month, it could not be more clear that New York’s “Oil Spill Fund” must be increased so that it is adequate to cover the response costs and damages associated with loss of life and destruction of property that have been caused by rail…

Town of Plattsburgh Adds Weight Limits to Local Roads

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Pursuant to Section 1650 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law the following Town roads will be temporarily posted to any non-essential vehicle in excess of five (5) ton to an axle. Emergency and Service vehicles are exempt from the reduced weight limit; all others will be fined effective March 16, 2015 until further notice; Akey Rd.…

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Former Treasurer Arrested In Tupper Lake Fire Department Theft

Former Tupper Lake Volunteer Fire Department Treasurer Timothy J. Brown was arrested on grand larceny charges Monday afternoon, after allegedly stealing up to $20,000 as he spiraled into credit card debt. That According to New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. “From plane fare to pizza, Mr. Brown used fire department money for his own benefit, even…

Duprey Advocates for Local Road Funding

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  Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I – Peru) recently met with highway superintendents and local town officials from Clinton, Franklin and Essex counties at the state Capitol to advocate for additional funding for roads and bridges in the upcoming state budget. Duprey highlighted the critical nature of the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), which provides…

Village of Saranac Lake Says Run Your Water

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We may be feeling a sample of Spring in the next few days but that doesn’t mean the temperatures 6 feet underground are going to change any time soon… and that’s the problem for many municipal water districts where the frost line is so deep it’s begun to affect water customers whose pipes have never…

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Plattsburgh’s Sidewalk Committee to Meet Again March 11th

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For over a year, Plattsburgh City Council has held many discussions about keeping sidewalks clear of snow during the winter. Residents, the council, the mayor, the Building Inspector, and the DPW Supervisor have all weighed in concerning current local law, property owner responsibilities, and the operational constraints of dealing with complainants and the noncompliant.  Numerous…

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Plattsburgh Sidewalk Committee Formed

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Plattsburgh’s City Council will no doubt be hearing regular updates from their new Committee on Sidewalk Snow Removal and Safety…  Councilwoman Rachelle Armstrong says there will be 10 members on the newly formed committee providing a wide range of knowledge and opinion as they begin their deliberations. Armstrong says they’ll be holding their first meeting shortly…

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Plattsburgh Council Considers More Regulations for Public Transportation

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The City of Plattsburgh has begun looking at the system of public transportation in and around their local neighborhoods.. and as Plattsburgh’s Mayor Jim Calnon says.. Taxis are a big part of the puzzle.. but not as well managed, as they could be..  Most of their regulations, for example revolve around the drivers, and there…

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DOT / DEC Commissioners Weigh in on WV Train Derailment

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NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald and NYSDEC Commissioner Joseph Martens weigh in on the Crude Oil Train Derailment in West Virginia. The two Commissioners say that yesterday’s derailment of 25 rail cars carrying crude oil through West Virginia and the resulting house fire is exactly the reason why the U.S. Transportation Department should not wait any…

DPW Clears Roads / Lots for Winter Carnival

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We have word from Saranac Lake that the DPW will be cleaning the Municipal Parking Lot on Dorsey Street this week early on Thursday morning.  DPW Superintendent Jeff Dora says the work will be done between the hours of 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM and that all cars need to be moved otherwise they’ll be…

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Schuyler Falls Fire – Not Suspicious

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On February 7th at 2:46pm the Plattsbugh Fire department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 34 Laura Dee Drive in the Town of Schuyler Falls. Firefighters arrived to find a two story home at that address well involved. No one was home at the time of the fire. The home is…

More Snow !!!

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A winter storm warning is in effect today and continues through 1am tomorrow morning. Today’s forecast is calling for 4 to 8 inches of snow through the North Country with steady temperatures.. Perhaps in the North Country the storm won’t have as much of an impact as it may in Boston where they’re expecting another…

City Council Attends to Problems in West Shore Village

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Plattsburgh’s City Council has decided to look carefully at a capital project to repair some of the sidewalks in West Shore Village..   Councilman Mike Kelly says he might bring a prospective employer to view one of the city’s newest developments, but he wouldn’t want to bring them too close.. “It’s time to stop making excuses for…

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City of Plattsburgh Plans Application for Home Repair Funding

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City of Plattsburgh residents may soon be able to get assistance with leaking roofs, plumbing, electrical work, or other problems that impact health and safety. The City of Plattsburgh is applying for funding through New York State Homes and Community Renewal, through the NYS Affordable Housing Corporation to repair homes in the City.   If successful,…

Blizzard to Bring 2+ Feet of Snow to NYC

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is urging New Yorkers to prepare for blizzard conditions forecasted to affect downstate areas early this week. New Yorkers should plan in advance for major disruptions during Monday evening and Tuesday morning commutes, including the possibility of closed roads and delayed or canceled public transit routes. In addition, New Yorkers should prepare for…

City Council Establishes Snow Removal Advisory Committee

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The Plattsburgh City Council continues to struggle with the question of how to deal with snow removal on the sidewalks of the community…  During their meeting Thursday night, the City Council voted to authorize the creation of a citizen committee who would be charged with the task of identifying the issue and proposing solutions for…

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DEC Proposes Lowering Imperial Dam on Saranac River

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It’s been a long time coming but if all goes well, The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has entered into a joint agreement with the other owners of the Imperial Dam to finally take action to make the dam safer for residents downstream while at the same time improving the movement of Salmon in the…

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Governor Cuomo’s State of the State

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s State of the State was a combination of his regular State of the State speech and his proposed 2015 budget.. He spent close to 20 minutes of a 90 minute speech on Education, proposing $4.8 Billion in new education spending and reforms with incentives coming directly from the state. He’s already…

New Windows Arrive Next Week for the Hotel Saranac

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There are lots of new windows arriving in the Village of  Saranac Lake next week… That’s because all of the old windows in the Hotel Saranac are being replaced as part of the overall renovation of the Hotel over the next 7 or 8 months..  Jeremy Evans is the Community Development Director in Saranac Lake..…