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Roby Politi
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For more than two decades, Lake Placid businessman Robi Politi has been a fixture in local politics. He was a magistrate before serving as mayor of Lake Placid from 2001 to 2005.  Following a short break, he was elected supervisor of the Town of North Elba, which includes the Olympic village.  In 2019, Politi, a registered Republican who is known for his independent streak, announced he would not run for reelection and at the end of the year officially retired from politics.  He tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that his goal throughout his 25 years in politics has been to serve the residents of the Lake Placid area.

Whiteface Ski Center (file)
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New York State Police are investigating a fatal skiing accident at the Whiteface Ski Center last week.

Dr. Stephen Leffler
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Vermont's largest health care system has named a veteran physician as its new president and chief operating officer.

U.S. Huey helicopter spraying Agent Orange over Vietnam
U.S. Army/Public Domain

On January 1st , for the first time Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans and/or their survivors will be eligible for benefits for exposure to Agent Orange.  Clinton County Veterans Service Agency Director Steve Bowman tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that eligible veterans and dependents who had previously been denied need to apply before the end of 2019 or risk losing retroactive benefits.

Roby Politi
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The town of North Elba’s Supervisor is retiring from politics after serving the North Country town and the village of Lake Placid for nearly 25 years.

Senator Bernie Sanders at Our Revolution launch
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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, released letters from three physicians on Monday that say he is fit to serve in the nation’s highest office.

A Vermont utility company wants to invest $15.5 million to upgrade transmission lines and build a new substation to help reduce the strain on the power grid.

A Vermont legal services coalition says it plans to ask lawmakers for $1 million to help cover civil legal costs for low-income people.

A former top federal prosecutor in Vermont has been chosen to lead an investigation into conditions at the state's women's prison in South Burlington and other prisons in the state.

Retired SUNY Plattsburgh President Dr. John Ettling
SUNY Plattsburgh

For nearly 15 years, John Ettling was president of SUNY Plattsburgh, a campus with about 5,700 students in northern New York.  He recently retired and is looking back at the challenges he faced and that colleges and universities continue to encounter in the changing educational environment. He sat down recently with WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley and recalled that until the Great Recession a decade ago, enrollments and the budget at his SUNY campus had been growing.

Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe
Vermont Legislature

The Vermont Legislature will begin the second half of its biennium on January 7th.  When it gavels into session, the Democratically controlled chambers will take up vetoes that Republican Governor Phil Scott penned along with other measures that the House or Senate failed to complete before adjourning in May.  Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe of Chittenden County tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that the theme for the upcoming session is similar to the last one.

Photo of Empire State Winer Games banner
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It’s an event that began four decades ago and draws over 2,500 young athletes to the Olympic region in northern New York. The Empire State Winter Games run from January 30th until February 2nd. The regional event offers many traditional sports, but is also hoping a new competition will become an Olympic sport.

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy discusses issues out of Washington as he returns to Vermont
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Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy spoke to reporters Thursday at the Burlington International Airport as he returned to Vermont from Washington.  Most of the discussion focused on the recently passed 2020 appropriations agreement and the pending impeachment trial.

Vermont National Guard logo
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The Vermont National Guard says the defense budget signed by the president includes funds for a new mountaineering training facility in Jericho, Vermont.

114th District Assemblyman Dan Stec
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Assemblyman Dan Stec, who recently began campaigning for New York’s 45th district state Senate seat, is securing the support of Republican officials across the district.

School bus
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Three Vermont school districts will soon be using electric buses.

Prevost buses
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A bus manufacturer in Plattsburgh has secured a major contract from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City.

U.S. Canada flags graphic
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The North Country Chamber of Commerce is praising Thursday’s U.S. House approval of the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, a tri-lateral trade agreement meant to replace NAFTA.

While the U.S. House Rules Committee worked Tuesday to prepare for Wednesday’s floor vote on the articles of impeachment, House members were determining how they will vote. Vermont Congressman Peter Welch will support the impeachment of President Trump. The Democrat held a telephone Town Hall Monday evening to explain why and take questions from constituents.

OpenGov page is projected as Mayor Colin Read demonstrates the system
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The mayor of Plattsburgh has demonstrated a new system the city is rolling out that will allow the public greater access to review its finances.

A wreath placed at a military grave at the Old Post Cemetery in Plattsburgh
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In 1992, a Maine company had a surplus of wreaths and arranged to place them in Arlington National Cemetery to honor the veterans. The effort became a company tradition. In 2005 a photo went viral and similar ceremonies began occurring at veterans’ cemeteries across the country. In 2007 Wreaths Across America formed, expanding the effort to annually lay wreaths at the graves of veterans during the holiday season.  This year, WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the Old Post Cemetery in Plattsburgh where veterans going back to the War of 1812 were honored.

Town of Horicon Supervisor Matt Simpson announces his campaign for the 114th Assembly district
Photo provided by Matt Simpson

A candidate has entered the race for New York’s 114th  state Assembly seat after the incumbent announced he’s running for state Senate.

An Essex Junction man is Vermont's new commissioner of the Department of Taxes.

The commissioner of the Vermont Department of Corrections has resigned amid scrutiny of the department that began with a media report about problems at the women's prison in South Burlington.

Joyce Mitchell in courtroom with her lawyer during sentencing
Rob Fountain/Press Republican - pool photographer

The former prison tailor serving time for helping two killers escape from an upstate New York correctional facility is tentatively approved for release in February.

Burlington City Hall
WAMC Photo

The Burlington City Council met for the last time in 2019 on Monday and debated whether three proposed charter changes should appear on March’s Town Meeting Day ballot.

photo of Burlington Police logo on a podium
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The city of Burlington had three police chiefs on Monday. After appointing an interim chief at noon, the mayor announced hours later he replaced that officer too. It all comes down to social media.

Laurentide apartment building in Burlington, VT
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Access to affordable housing is no longer associated with the abject poor and homeless. It is a problem that affects low and middle income workers and their quality of life. As part of a special news series, WAMC is talking a look at housing — and how communities and governments across the region are addressing what is becoming a crisis for municipalities across the country. In the first story of our six-part series, North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley examines what Burlington has been doing this past year after the mayor called for concrete action in his State of the City address.

Kory Lee George
Vermont State Police

A Vermont man was arrested Friday in the shooting death of his stepfather, two days after his mother was also charged in the crime.

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo
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The police chief in Vermont's largest city has admitted that he used an anonymous Twitter account to troll a government critic.