Vermont's health commissioner says a coronavirus outbreak connected to recreational hockey and broomball at an indoor ice rink in Montpelier has grown to 43 cases, including cases at seven schools, seven workplaces, two colleges and two hospitals.
In northern New York this week, the Clinton County Health Department reported nearly three dozen new COVID-19 cases. While the numbers compared to other areas of the state are low, it reflects an upward trend that concerns local officials.
The Burlington City Council meeting earlier this week featured a report on the stalled downtown development project and an update from Burlington school officials on plans to address PCB contamination in the high school building.
The two candidates running in New York’s 21st District Congressional race met for their second and final televised debate Wednesday evening. The animosity between Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik and Democratic challenger Tedra Cobb was apparent throughout the hour-long exchange.
During Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s regular COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, a new round of grants for businesses impacted by the pandemic was announced, and officials provided an overview of infection predictions for the fall.
Vermont has one representative in the U.S. House, and the seat is has been held by Democrat Peter Welch since 2007. In the state’s August primary, Republican Miriam Berry won a four-way race to advance to next month’s general election. Berry grew up in a Democratic family and when she first started voting in her teens supported Democrats. Berry tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley she soon found that her beliefs were more in line with conservative Republican values. Berry says she is undaunted as she challenges a popular long-time incumbent.
Compared to the rest of the country, Vermont is a rare bright spot when it comes to controlling the spread of COVID-19. But its economy is facing challenges related to the pandemic, as Congressman Peter Welch discussed on Monday.
Canada is keeping its border with the U.S. closed to non-essential travel until at least November 21st due to the coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the extension Monday on Twitter.
Plattsburgh’s mayor presented his 2021 budget to the common council in June. The panel then requested another 10 percent in reductions. An emotional public hearing was held Thursday afternoon on the revised 2021 fiscal plan that was roundly criticized by the public for its cuts to public safety.
In September the Burlington City Council invited protesters who had camped out, calling for police reforms, to an executive session. Two days later, the weekly newspaper Seven Days filed a formal complaint claiming the council had violated the state’s Open Meeting law. The council subsequently agreed and part of the recommended cure for the violation included educating councilors about the law. During its most recent meeting the council heard from experts about open meeting requirements.
Police departments across the country have come under increasing scrutiny this year. In Burlington, Vermont, a month-long encampment at a park adjacent to the city police department and nightly marches to City Hall emphasized activists’ demands for changes. While the camp has disbanded, city officials are working on policing issues. At the most recent Burlington City Council meeting, the panel heard reports on racial equity and policing issues.
New York’s 21st Congressional district is nearly 15,000 square miles and extends from Watertown to Plattsburgh and Syracuse to the Canadian border. With less than three weeks to the election, the two candidates vying for the seat are attending rallies and forums across the region, including recent events in Plattsburgh.
The annual Champlain Valley Business and Professional Women’s Meet the Candidates Forum was held last night in Plattsburgh. All of the candidates appearing on ballots across the county were invited to introduce themselves and then answer questions. Among those attending were five of the six people running for three Plattsburgh Common Council seats.