During a regular financial report Thursday, the head of Plattsburgh’s Municipal Lighting Department updated city leaders on shutoffs now occurring in the aftermath of COVID-19 and new fees that are expected to be added to utility bills.
Former Plattsburgh Ward 5 Common Councilor Patrick McFarlin resigned on July 2nd because he was moving to Albany. Mayor Chris Rosenquest announced this week his appointment to fill the vacancy, and the council ratified Caitlin Bopp Thursday to fill the seat until the end of the year. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at City Hall for the vote and then spoke to the city’s newest councilor.
Earlier this month, Canadian officials announced that on August 9th fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents will be allowed to enter the country through its land borders. There are caveats: travelers must prove they have been vaccinated and need a negative pre-departure COVID test. All of the information must be presented at the border and must also be pre-filed on an official Canadian website. SUNY Plattsburgh Center for the Study of Canada Director Christopher Kirkey says the rules Canada is imposing are not simple but not overwhelmingly complex.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott and members of his administration held their weekly briefing on Tuesday. Continuing vaccinations against COVID-19 in the highest vaccinated state in the nation was their primary focus as cases rise in other areas of the country.
A University of Vermont Health Network official says a cyberattack that crippled its computer systems last fall costing an estimated $50 million, mostly in lost revenue, happened after an employee opened a personal email on a company laptop while on vacation.
Clarkson University and Clinton Community College signed a new agreement Tuesday morning extending and expanding a partnership between the two colleges to advance engineering studies and workforce training.
Since January, 48 states have introduced nearly 400 measures that would restrict the ability to vote. Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro and Vermont Congressman Peter Welch, both Democrats, are pressing for passage of the “For the People Act” and the “John Lewis Voting Rights Act” to protect voter rights. Welch and Castro recently held a virtual town hall to discuss what they see as voter suppression threats.
Plattsburgh’s Community Development Office has drafted a three-phase plan to enhance and expand the city’s bike infrastructure. A public meeting was held Thursday night to get feedback on the draft proposal.
Last month, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise’s long-time managing editor Peter Crowley left after nearly 20 years to pursue a teaching career. Ogden Newspapers, which owns the Saranac Lake based newspaper, has named Elizabeth Izzo the Enterprise’s new managing editor. Izzo has been the paper’s health and Lake Placid reporter for the past two years. Prior to that she worked for the Sun newspapers in Plattsburgh. She says she had an unconventional start to her journalism career.
The Adirondack Common Ground Alliance is a coalition of groups, municipalities and interests working to maintain the environmental and economic integrity of the Adirondack Park. The Alliance held its annual summer forum virtually on Wednesday.
A committee of the advisory panel monitoring the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant held a meeting this week to get an update on federal nuclear waste policy and the potential ramifications for the Vermont plant.