North Country News

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Saranac Lake today to announce that the Adirondack village is the latest community to receive state Downtown Redevelopment Initiative funds.

Administration Building, Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium
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A former sanitarium from the 19th century that made the Adirondack village of Saranac Lake famous for curing tuberculosis is up for sale.

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A 37-year-old Vermont man was jailed in New York after authorities say he led police on a 30-mile (48-kilometer) high-speed chase on an upstate highway.

Senator Betty Little (left) and Assemblyman D. Billy Jones (right) visit Plattsburgh with state Housing Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas (center)
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In January, Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the New York state Health Department to study the impact of legalization of marijuana. Issued in July, the report concluded: “The positive effects of a regulated marijuana market in New York State outweigh the potential negative impacts.” During a visit to Plattsburgh this week the region’s state Senate and Assembly representatives weighed in about the potential for pot legalization.

Plattsburgh’s mayor is looking at the possibility of obtaining a plot of land in the adjacent town by annexation. But the idea is not going over well with the town supervisor.

Residents moving into new homes at Underwood Estates
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Residents of a mobile home park in Plattsburgh who were displaced by severe flooding in January moved back into new homes Tuesday.

Retiring APA Chairman Sherman Craig (center) is presented with resolution and 2018 Adirondack Park Land Use map from Annette Craig (left) and Executive Director Terry Martino (right)
Adirondack Park Agency

At this month’s meeting of the Adirondack Park Agency, board chairman Sherman Craig announced his retirement.  He was appointed to the board in 2011 becoming the first commissioner from St. Lawrence Country. He became chair in July 2016.  Craig says his tenure on the board came during a time of significant land acquisition and reviews.

Neil Blouin
Plattsburgh City Police

Plattsburgh City Police quickly apprehended a man who tried to rob a downtown bank Friday.

Hawkins Hall on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus hosts the office of the campus president
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An updated report on the economic impact of SUNY Plattsburgh on the North Country region finds the college’s total economic impact is more than $307 million across the seven-county northern tier.

Photo: Pat Bradley/WAMC / Farnborough International Air Show

The North Country Chamber of Commerce spearheads the New York State exhibit at the Farnborough International Air Show in England, the largest annual aerospace and aviation trade and air show in the world. This year the feature article in the brochure distributed to more than 1,500 distributors from 52 countries focused on aeronautical and transportation infrastructure development in Plattsburgh, New York.  Chamber President and CEO Garry Douglas has just returned from the event. He says it was a pleasant surprise to see the region highlighted before the world.

Adirondack Park sign
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The tourism organization that markets and promotes the Adirondack region recently released its latest study of tourism trends in the region.  The Leisure Travel Information study finds outdoor activities remain the key attraction.

Adirondack Park sign
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The Adirondack Park Agency recently approved amended management plans for areas in the central Adirondacks.  But some conservation groups are critical of the move.

farm produce
US Department of Agriculture

Both chambers of Congress have passed versions of the 2018 Farm Bill and are now moving the bills to conference committee.  As farmers and advocates in the Northeast assess the bills, deliberations are expected to be most contentious over nutrition assistance program provisions.

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones
NYS Assembly

While there is debate in Albany over bringing the state Senate back for a special session, it’s unlikely the Assembly will return.  First-term Democrat D. Billy Jones of the 115th Assembly District does not face a challenger in November. He is traveling the district during the summer recess to gauge constituent issues.  Before he discussed state and regional politics, he provided an update on a wildfire in Clinton County. The nearly 600-acre fire at the Altona Flat Rock, an area of rare jack pine barrens, started a week ago. Jones reports it has now been contained and is about 55 percent controlled.

An historic preservation group in New York is preparing to purchase a building central to Saranac Lake's role in revolutionizing the care of tuberculosis patients.

Morgan Miller
NYS Police

A former employee of an upscale Adirondack resort has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $130,000 from the business.

Plattsburgh waterfront lot
City of Plattsburgh

The mayor of Plattsburgh recently announced plans to seek developers who would partner with the city to redevelop a waterfront lot.

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Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

New York’s annual Invasive Species Awareness Week begins on Sunday. This year, the focus is on what individuals can do to stop the spread of the plants and animals.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
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Plattsburgh’s mayor and city councilors are continuing to work on a five-year fiscal plan even though they completed the city’s annual budget several weeks ago. Mayor Colin Read explains that while a multi-year year plan is required, for many years it was not produced.

Sun with halo
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A runner has died of heatstroke suffered during a race in the Adirondacks.

One of the losing Democratic candidates in last week’s Democratic primary in New York’s 21st District is now mounting a challenge to incumbent Republican state Senator Betty Little.

Tedra Cobb
Tedra Cobb for NY21

Democrat Tedra Cobb won a five-way primary Tuesday in New York’s 21st Congressional district and will now challenge two-term incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik. The barbs between the camps began on primary night. Cobb says her victory was about the people of the district and the need for change.

Tedra Cobb
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Coming off a long, five-person primary in New York’s 21st House district that ended Tuesday night, Democrat Tedra Cobb is hoping to unify the party as she gears up to face incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik.  It’s considered an uphill climb.

NY 21 candidates
photos by Pat Bradley/WAMC

The general election in New York’s 21st Congressional district is set. Democrat Tedra Cobb easily won the five-person primary in the 12-county region Tuesday and will challenge two-term incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has reaction from the candidates.

NY 21 candidates
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Two women will face off in the general election in New York’s 21st district Congressional race as Tedra Cobb handily won Tuesday’s five –way Democratic primary to challenge incumbent  Republican congressman Elise Stefanik.

NY 21 candidates
photos by Pat Bradley/WAMC

At its peak, 10 Democrats made up the primary field in New York’s 21st Congressional district.  Over time the numbers have diminished. Voters will choose between the final five Tuesday. The three women and two men who are running all say it is crucial to make a change and oust the Republican incumbent.

Health insurance provider CDPHP, or Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, said this week that it is expanding its coverage area to the North Country.

Democrats in NY 21st District primary debate at MLPBS in Plattsburgh
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The five Democratic candidates running in New York’s 21st Congressional district primary were at the Mountain Lake PBS studio this week to tape a debate that will air tonight at 8.

Business Expo 2018
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The North Country Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business Expo this afternoon in Plattsburgh.

U.S. and Canadian flags
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Last week, the Trump Administration imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum from America's closest allies in Europe, Mexico and Canada.  President Trump has said the tariffs are needed to protect national security.  But officials in northern New York say the tariffs imposed on Canada will be more detrimental to the U.S. and are likely to hurt New York state’s economy.