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Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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New York Senator Charles Schumer (left) and Vermont Congressman Peter Welch
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Congressional representatives have been meeting virtually with constituent groups as a new COVID relief package is negotiated in Washington.  In northern New York business interests recently heard from Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, while Vermont’s Congressman spoke to business interests in the Rutland region.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott posted a video to Twitter as he signed a proclamation making Feb. 17 "Recovery Day."
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Vermont state representatives joined advocates today to discuss ways to deal with barriers to treatment and recovery and legislation that is planned this session to address the overdose crisis.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington, Vermont City Council postponed consideration of a settlement agreement with developers of a downtown project and also chastised the University of Vermont during Tuesday evening’s meeting.

Vermont State Police patch on the Williston barracks sign
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State police say a Washington, Vermont, man has died after a two-vehicle crash on a snow-covered road.

Photo of Vermont Statehouse in winter
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Vermont’s governor and members of his administration gave their latest COVID-19 briefing today. It came as the state dealt with a deluge of calls as it opened appointments for the next eligible group in its age-based vaccination rollout.

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Vermont Mayors Coalition

The Vermont Mayors Coalition recently announced the issues it wants the state legislature to prioritize this session.

Moderna vaccine
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The next age group in Vermont eligible for coronavirus vaccinations may start registering for vaccine appointments on Tuesday.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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The city of Plattsburgh, New York is investigating resident complaints that their water smells odd.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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During the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, House managers presented video evidence that included comments from Republican officials. Among them were statements Governor Phil Scott made to the Vermont Legislature in January.  On Friday, the governor responded to the use of his comments.

Burlington street sign
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The U.K. variant of COVID has been confirmed in Vermont for the first time. On Thursday, officials in the state’s largest city reported they detected evidence of the variant in wastewater.

Daguerrotype of Alexander Twilight
Collection of the Orleans County Grammar Schools / Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

A Middlebury artist has been picked to paint a portrait for the Vermont Statehouse of Alexander Twilight.

Vermont Statehouse
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The appropriations committees of the Vermont Legislature took testimony this week on Governor Phil Scott’s proposed 2022 state budget.

A more easily transmissible variant of the coronavirus first found in the United Kingdom is likely in Vermont after wastewater testing in Burlington detected the presence of two virus mutations associated with the variant.

Burlington City Hall
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On Town Meeting Day March 2nd, Burlington, Vermont voters will select who they want to lead the city for the next three years. The candidates for mayor have participated in a series of debates focused on policing, public safety, housing and downtown development.

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A northern New York man has been sentenced to five years in jail for attempting to distribute marijuana in the North Country.

Senator John Reagan
New Hampshire state Senate

A New Hampshire state senator unaware he was unmuted during a virtual hearing has apologized after calling a female colleague a vulgar name.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Burlington, Vermont officials distributed free masks to residents to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Now, the city plans to give out more.

Electric vehicle with charging station
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Many states and communities are working to adapt their infrastructure to carbon free technologies including electric vehicles.  A recently released report ranks states on how well they are enabling the use and building infrastructure for EV’s.

Vermont Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray
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Vermont’s new Lieutenant Governor recently kicked off a new discussion series that is intended to bring together experts and advocates on critical topics the state is facing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The first topic: broadband.

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras discusses COVID testing on campuses during visit to SUNY Plattsburgh
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The Chancellor of the SUNY system was in New York’s North Country on Monday. Chancellor Jim Malatras visited SUNY Plattsburgh’s COVID-19 testing site and discussed requirements that have been put in place to stem the spread of the virus on campuses.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington, Vermont City Council passed a Public Safety Continuity Plan at Monday night’s meeting. But amendments to the proposal fundamentally changed the intent of the mayor’s proposal.

A new strategic plan for Vermont’s agriculture and food system aims to increase the economic output by 26% and add 5,000 new jobs by 2030.

Old Mill Building on the University  of Vermont campus
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The University of Vermont will freeze tuition for the upcoming school year.

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras discusses COVID testing on campuses during visit to SUNY Plattsburgh
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The Chancellor of the SUNY system visited three northern New York campuses Monday as students begin to return for in-person classes.

The director of Burlington, Vermont’s Community and Economic Development Office is leaving today to take a job in the Biden administration.

Burlington's CityPlace remains undeveloped in this September 2019 photo
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Burlington, Vermont’s mayor announced a settlement today with the developers of a downtown project that has been stalled for years.

The leaders of the Vermont Senate are decrying the use of a racial slur by a witness during a break of an online meeting of the transportation committee.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announces lawsuit against drug distributors
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The state of Vermont will receive over $1.5 million from a multi-state settlement with the global business consulting firm McKinsey over its role in the opioid crisis.

dairy cow
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Farm Credit East is a lender that provides financial resources to the agricultural industry.  It recently hosted a webinar with a Cornell University dairy expert who talked about the impact of the pandemic on the dairy economics and provided an outlook for the upcoming year.

From left: Mayor Chris Rosenquest, Legislature Chair Mark Henry, Supervisor Michael Cashman
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This is the time of year when political leaders provide status updates on their municipalities. For several years the North Country Chamber has hosted joint State of the County, Town and City addresses. This year due to the pandemic the event was held virtually.