A report from the International Association of Chiefs of Police says the Bennington Police Department’s practices have created deep mistrust in parts of the community, undermining its “law enforcement legitimacy."
On Friday, the chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges system announced a plan to close and consolidate campuses. The system’s Board of Trustees initially planned to vote on the plan Monday. But the idea has been met with considerable criticism and the board instead took hours of scathing public comment.
Vermont State Police say a St. Albans police officer has been arrested on charges of repeatedly sexually assaulting a woman in the past and recently kidnapping and assaulting her to keep her from reporting it.
The Plattsburgh Common Council and its finance committee spent most of their meeting Thursday evening discussing options the city has to deal with an estimated $3.1 million decline in the budget due to the coronavirus pandemic. The panel passed a resolution that will impact dozens of city employees.
The mayor of the largest city in northern New York discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Plattsburgh region Thursday and praised Governor Andrew Cuomo’s most recent actions to curb its spread.
Testing individuals will be a key component to determining the level of COVID-19 infection within the population. But there aren’t enough tests available and only people that are symptomatic are being tested at restricted locations. The University of Vermont Medical Center announced Wednesday it is now doing its own coronavirus testing.
With most businesses shuttered and unemployment claims rising, the North County Chamber coordinated a virtual town hall this morning with the leaders of four northern New York counties to discuss the response to and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vermont Independent Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders endorsed former vice president Joe Biden for the presidential nomination on Monday. The question now for Democrats eager to defeat President Trump is whether Sanders’ supporters will follow his lead.
It was a month ago today that Vermont Governor Phil Scott issued his original State of Emergency to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. During his regular briefing Monday, Scott praised Vermonters for their patience but said it is too soon to back away from mitigation measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
A longtime North Country politician is resigning his seat on the Clinton County Legislature effective at the end of business today and moving to South Carolina. Area 8 Republican Mark Dame has planned the move for some time since his wife is now teaching there. Dame began his political career in Plattsburgh in the late 1980’s. He tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he’s not really sure how he first got into politics.
Agriculture is being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic as markets for all products tighten. Dairy farmers in particular have been hurt. Vermont Congressman Peter Welch discussed the situation with farmers and co-ops Thursday afternoon.
A quorum of the Vermont Senate met at the Statehouse in Montpelier this week to vote on a measure that will allow them to vote electronically during the pandemic. Vermont Governor Phil Scott also said he plans to extend his Stay at Home order.