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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
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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
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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.

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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.

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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
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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
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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.

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

Plattsburgh City Hall
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Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read released his nearly $58 million 2021 budget proposal in June. In mid-September the common council sent it back, requesting he propose reductions at least 10 percent by October 8th.
The mayor released his revision on October 5th and the council‘s budget officer set a November 19th deadline for final passage.  During Thursday evening’s meeting, tempers flared over the deadline and a councilor’s request to meet with the city chamberlain.

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Two breweries in Lake Placid are closed for two weeks after staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

Democrat Chris Rosenquest (left) and Republican Scott Beebie
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Voters in the city of Plattsburgh knew they would have a new mayor following the election. But they won’t know who until at least next Monday.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read discusses COVID-19 and other issues
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Plattsburgh’s outgoing mayor discussed several topics Monday affecting the city including a pilot program for early detection of coronavirus and how downtown parking has been shifted to compensate for a planned development.

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There has been record early voting across the country prior to this official Election Day.  In two mostly rural northern New York counties, election officials say lines have been long as people exercise their voting options.

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The Berkshire County chapter of the NAACP has its own contentious presidential election happening this week.

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On-ice training for the American national sliding programs started Monday in Lake Placid, though how the rest of the season will ultimately play out amid the coronavirus pandemic remains unclear.

Democrat Chris Rosenquest (left) and Republican Scott Beebie
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Plattsburgh will have a new mayor in January after incumbent Democrat Colin Read lost a three-way primary in June.  The Democrat and Republican running for the seat agree on many issues but clash over who has the appropriate management skills to run a city.

Republican Elise Stefanik (left) and Democrat Tedra Cobb
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The race in New York’s 21st Congressional district is a rematch of 2018. But the elbows are a little sharper this time. 

In northern New York this week, the Clinton County Health Department reported nearly three dozen new COVID-19 cases. While the numbers compared to other areas of the state are low, it reflects an upward trend that concerns local officials.

Republican Dan Stec (left) and Democrat Kimberly Davis
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The two candidates running to replace retiring long-time state Senator Betty Little in New York’s 45th district debated at Mountain Lake PBS this week.

The New York state Department of Transportation has broken ground on a rail-trail project in the Adirondacks.

Republican Elise Stefanik (left) and Democrat Tedra Cobb
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The two candidates running in New York’s 21st District Congressional race met for their second and final televised debate Wednesday evening.  The animosity between Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik and Democratic challenger Tedra Cobb was apparent throughout the hour-long exchange.

The Clinton County Health Department is reporting an uptick in COVID-19 in the northeast New York county.

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The Empire State Winter Games are off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Republican Elise Stefanik (left) and Democrat Tedra Cobb
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Both candidates running for New York’s 21st Congressional district seat are declaring victory following a tempestuous debate on WWNY in Watertown Monday night.

Flags of the U.S. and Canada
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Canada is keeping its border with the U.S. closed to non-essential travel until at least November 21st due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the extension Monday on Twitter.

Plattsburgh City Hall
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Plattsburgh’s mayor presented his 2021 budget to the common council in June. The panel then requested another 10 percent in reductions.  An emotional public hearing was held Thursday afternoon on the revised 2021 fiscal plan that was roundly criticized by the public for its cuts to public safety.

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Emotions flared during a public hearing Thursday on a revised budget that Plattsburgh’s mayor is presenting to the city council.

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