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The Clinton County Health Department is warning residents who were at a local diner they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Martin Luther King Jr at the White House, January 1964
LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto / US Department of State GPA Photo Archive/Public Domain

The commemoration in Plattsburgh honoring Dr. Martin Luther King is normally held at the SUNY Plattsburgh Newman Center.  But this year due to COVID-19 organizers had to find a different way to hold the event, turning to the local public television station to create an hour-long virtual program.

Plattsburgh drive-through vaccination site opens
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The New York state Health Department opened a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Plattsburgh Monday.

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones at SPARCC meeting
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New York state Assemblyman D. Billy Jones of the 115th district represents Clinton and Franklin counties and the St. Lawrence county towns of Piercefield, Lawrence, Hopkinton, and Brasher.  First elected in 2016, the Democrat tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that along with the COVID pandemic, the state budget must be the overriding priority during the new legislative session.

Clinton Correctional Facility
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State and local officials, union leaders and employees are hoping to stop a state decision to close the Clinton Annex prison in Dannemora, New York. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at a rally Saturday as closure by the end of March looms.

Chris Rosenquest
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Plattsburgh Mayor Chris Rosenquest was ceremonially sworn into office to his first term on January 4th and held his first full Common Council meeting three days later. This week, the Democrat talked about his first full week in office with WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley and described some of the changes implemented during his first council meeting.

Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik speaks at a Save the Annex rally in Dannemora
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Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st District was among the more than 100 House representatives who challenged some Electoral College ballots late Wednesday even after the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol.  While in Dannemora, New York on Saturday for a rally to keep the Clinton Correctional Facility’s Annex open, Stefanik spoke about the incident in Washington and her vote with reporters.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik speaks to NYSCOPBA members in Dannemora on January 9, 2021
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New York 21st District Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is one of the more than 100 Republican representatives who challenged the presidential Electoral College results. Stefanik responded to calls for her and President Donald Trump to resign during a visit to Dannemora on Saturday.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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The Plattsburgh Common Council held its first meeting of the year Thursday.  Following the organizational meeting the new mayor and council held their first formal session.

CVPH Medical Center
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing hospitals across the state to step up their rate of COVID-19 vaccinations.  The medical center in Plattsburgh reports that most of the allotment that the North Country has received has been used.

U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The congressional representative for northern New York plans to join House members challenging the Electoral College results.

Chris Rosenquest
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Plattsburgh’s new mayor was ceremonially sworn in Monday morning at City Hall.

Chris Rosenquest
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The leadership of the city of Plattsburgh will change as the New Year begins.  WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the political campaigns that unseated the incumbent mayor.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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The Plattsburgh Common Council met for the last time in 2020 Thursday night and their agenda included final passage of the city’s 2021 budget.

The Clinton County Health Department held a virtual update on the status of the pandemic in New York’s northernmost county including a look at the start of vaccinations at the local medical center.

Natalie Bombard LeDuc
Paul Smith’s College archive

Paul Smith’s College has announced the death of one of its original ski team athletes. Natalie Bombard LeDuc died December 8 at the age of 90.

Senator Betty Little
NYS Senate

New York State Senator Betty Little has been serving in the legislature for 25 years.  In 1995, the Republican won a special election to the state Assembly and in 2002 she won the state Senate seat that opened with the retirement of Senator Ronald Stafford.  A year ago, she announced that she would retire at the end of this term — December 31st.  As she approaches the end of her public service, the 80-year-old Little tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley she has no regrets about her decision to retire.

Snowplow with salt/sand (file)
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Environmental advocates and North Country lawmakers are celebrating New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signing of a bill aimed at reducing the use of road salt.

New York State Police are continuing their investigation after a shootout near Plattsburgh on Sunday.

Sunday afternoon police responded to a residence in Schuyler Falls in the Town of Plattsburgh for a welfare check on 34-year-old Kevin M. Doherty. When troopers attempted to make contact, he fired a shotgun at them.

Troopers Shannon Saunders and David Rogers returned fire and Doherty was struck several times. He is currently in stable condition at Albany Medical Center and faces charges when released.

No one else was injured. 

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC Photo

Plattsburgh common councilors have stalled in their negotiations over a proposed 2021 budget. But most of Thursday’s meeting focused on an effort to annex a 224-acre parcel of land from the adjacent town.

Ward 1 Councilor Ira Barbell in the Plattsburgh Common Council Chambers January 2020
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A Plattsburgh Common Councilor is resigning his seat after representing his ward for less than a year.

NY Assemblyman D. Billy Jones discusses food insecurity at the Clinton County JCEO
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York state Assemblyman D. Billy Jones was at the regional Joint Council for Economic Opportunity in Plattsburgh today. He’s calling on the USDA to readjust its emergency food distribution program to be more equitable for families in Northern New York and the Northeast.

hockey puck
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The National Women’s Hockey League season will be limited to a two-week stretch and played in a bubble in Lake Placid, New York, as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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Plattsburgh’s mayor is re-imposing limits for all city government buildings and departments originally issued in March and April to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Part of Main Street in Lake Placid
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Officials from Lake Placid, New York and the surrounding Town of North Elba held a video conference this week to provide information and answer questions about planned infrastructure improvements to the village’s Main Street.

Comptroller DiNapoli.
Pat Bradley / WAMC

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli was recently in New York’s North Country for an economic development tour of Franklin and Clinton counties. During a stop in Plattsburgh, the Democrat discussed the state and region’s fiscal health.

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC/Pat Bradley

A controversial early deadline to vote on the city of Plattsburgh’s 2021 budget has been changed. But only a few weeks remain for councilors to review the fiscal plan.

Military and service flags fly at the Plattsburgh Barracks Veterans Park before being lowered for the winter
Pat Bradley/WAMC

At the Plattsburgh Oval on the former Air Force Base, 13 flags representing veterans organizations and all military branches fly alongside the American flag from Memorial Day until Veterans Day. WAMC North County Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the annual ceremony today.

Chris Rosenquest
Photo provided by Chris Rosenquest

The Clinton County Board of Elections counted absentee ballots Monday, determining Democrat Chris Rosenquest will become the next mayor of Plattsburgh. Rosenquest expressed relief and discussed his plans shortly after the count was completed.

Chris Rosenquest observes absentee ballot count
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Chris Rosenquest will be the next mayor of Plattsburgh, New York.

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