Scientists in northern New York are launching a complicated experiment this week, hoping to find out if salmon can be “reprogrammed” to consider Lake Champlain home. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation positioned aquatic cages and then stocked them with Atlantic salmon at the Plattsburgh Boat Basin this week. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, it’s a complex job to try to reestablish the fish in the lake.
The Common Ground Alliance is a collaborative bringing together diverse groups that advocate for various Adirondack issues. For the first time the Alliance held a winter meeting to discuss progress since their summer forum and hear ideas about how to attract more full-time residents to the Adirondacks.
Communities across New York were mandated to perform a review of their police departments and policing policies and submit a plan to the state by April 1st detailing reforms in procedures and community engagement. The Plattsburgh Common Council approved the city’s recommended plan Wednesday night.
The Institute on Quebec Studies at SUNY Plattsburgh invites experts from Quebec to speak on issues of cross-border interest. This year the Distinguished Quebec Address focused on the province’s post-COVID international strategies.
Village of Lake Placid officials held a virtual information session Thursday evening on the upcoming major renovation of Main Street. The overview included a review of plans, detours, impacts, and answered questions.
The head of the North Country Chamber of Commerce has been holding a series of virtual conversations with New York’s elected officials. This week U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand discussed a number of issues of interest to the business community.
New York’s Lieutenant Governor met virtually with members of the North Country Chamber on Wednesday afternoon. She discussed economic issues and bypassed any mention of scandals swirling in Albany political circles.
The North Country Chamber recently held its annual legislative breakfast forum with the region’s three New York state representatives. Two are relatively new to their legislative positions, and all discussed the implications of the proposed state budget for the area.
Last June, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an Executive Order that required all local governments and stakeholders to review their police departments and develop a plan to improve operations. The plan must be adopted by April 1st and filed with the state. The village of Saranac Lake is holding public hearings on its proposed Police Reform Plan as it prepares to finalize the document.
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.
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.
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.
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.