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Whiteface Ski Center (file)
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New York State Police are investigating a fatal skiing accident at the Whiteface Ski Center last week.

Roby Politi
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The town of North Elba’s Supervisor is retiring from politics after serving the North Country town and the village of Lake Placid for nearly 25 years.

Retired SUNY Plattsburgh President Dr. John Ettling
SUNY Plattsburgh

For nearly 15 years, John Ettling was president of SUNY Plattsburgh, a campus with about 5,700 students in northern New York.  He recently retired and is looking back at the challenges he faced and that colleges and universities continue to encounter in the changing educational environment. He sat down recently with WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley and recalled that until the Great Recession a decade ago, enrollments and the budget at his SUNY campus had been growing.

Photo of Empire State Winer Games banner
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It’s an event that began four decades ago and draws over 2,500 young athletes to the Olympic region in northern New York. The Empire State Winter Games run from January 30th until February 2nd. The regional event offers many traditional sports, but is also hoping a new competition will become an Olympic sport.

114th District Assemblyman Dan Stec
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Assemblyman Dan Stec, who recently began campaigning for New York’s 45th district state Senate seat, is securing the support of Republican officials across the district.

Prevost buses
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A bus manufacturer in Plattsburgh has secured a major contract from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City.

U.S. Canada flags graphic
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The North Country Chamber of Commerce is praising Thursday’s U.S. House approval of the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, a tri-lateral trade agreement meant to replace NAFTA.

OpenGov page is projected as Mayor Colin Read demonstrates the system
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The mayor of Plattsburgh has demonstrated a new system the city is rolling out that will allow the public greater access to review its finances.

A wreath placed at a military grave at the Old Post Cemetery in Plattsburgh
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In 1992, a Maine company had a surplus of wreaths and arranged to place them in Arlington National Cemetery to honor the veterans. The effort became a company tradition. In 2005 a photo went viral and similar ceremonies began occurring at veterans’ cemeteries across the country. In 2007 Wreaths Across America formed, expanding the effort to annually lay wreaths at the graves of veterans during the holiday season.  This year, WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the Old Post Cemetery in Plattsburgh where veterans going back to the War of 1812 were honored.

Town of Horicon Supervisor Matt Simpson announces his campaign for the 114th Assembly district
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A candidate has entered the race for New York’s 114th  state Assembly seat after the incumbent announced he’s running for state Senate.

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC Photo

The city of Plattsburgh held a public hearing Thursday on a proposed local law that would impose new registry and enforcement provisions for rental units in the city. While numerous speakers warned city officials to revise the measure to avoid potential problems, the Common Council voted to approve the law immediately following the comment period.

114th district Republican Assemblyman Dan Stec (file)
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The race for the 45th state New York Senate district seat is gearing up after Republican Betty Little’s announcement last week that she would retire. Republican Assemblyman Dan Stec on Wednesday announced that he’s running for the seat.

U.S. and Canadian flags
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Democrats in the U.S. House announced Tuesday that they had reached an agreement on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA. Border interests in the North Country have been waiting for the announcement and call it a substantial move to provide stability in cross border trade.

Special Attorney Mark Schachner (right) explains the DGEIS as city councilor Peter Ensel observes
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A public hearing was held Monday evening on the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement that assesses the impacts of proposed redevelopment in Plattsburgh’s downtown area as a result of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

Tenzin Dorjee
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A downtown businessman is challenging Plattsburgh’s mayor in the 2020 election.

New York state Senator Betty Little announces she will not run for re-election in 2020
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Longtime Republican New York state Senator Betty Little announced today that she will not run for re-election in 2020. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, Little is the second Republican in a week to make such a move.

Plattsburgh Common Council
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A bill introduced in the U.S. House in January would impose “a fee on the carbon content of fuels… or any other product derived from those fuels that….emit greenhouse gases…”  City officials in Plattsburgh recently joined a number of municipalities across the country in supporting the measure.

Law enforcement officials from Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties discuss the impact of bail and discovery reforms set to go into effect January 1st
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A series of criminal justice reforms set to take effect on January 1st in New York will revise the bail and discovery process. Law enforcement officials across the state have been speaking out against the reforms. In New York’s North Country, law enforcement officials and the District Attorneys from Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties recently gathered in Plattsburgh to discuss how the measures could negatively impact the North Country.

Plattsburgh Common Council meets on November 26th to approve 2020 city budget
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The Plattsburgh Common Council approved the city’s 2020 budget Tuesday night.  The $59.6 million dollar plan includes a $600,000 surplus and builds the fund balance.

Howie Hawkins
Howie Hawkins Green for President

Most of the attention has been on President Trump’s re-election campaign and the Democratic primary, but third parties are also getting ready for 2020. Howie Hawkins is the co-founder of the U.S. Green Party. He has unsuccessfully run for governor of New York three times and U.S. Senate once. In 2016, Hawkins was the Green Party’s candidate for vice president and he is now the party’s candidate for president. On a visit to Plattsburgh, Hawkins told WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he was drafted by Greens across the country to run.

Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st district was in the national spotlight during the impeachment hearings when she challenged Intelligence Committee Chair Democrat Adam Schiff. The conservative base has been enamored with her steadfast support of President Donald Trump and insistence that the hearings have not produced evidence of impeachable offenses. She’s discussed her interchanges with the Democratic committee chair extensively during national interviews. Stefanik spoke this morning with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about the witness testimony. She says she prepared for the hearings by attending and reviewing the depositions.

Tedra Cobb meets supports during her Fighting For Northern New York campaign stop in Plattsburgh
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Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st district has been in the national spotlight after challenging House Intelligence Committee Chair Democrat Adam Schiff during the impeachment hearings in Washington. The president has called her a rising star, while the left responded vociferously.  The attention has spilled over to the district’s congressional campaign and has translated into a surge of donations for Democratic opponent Tedra Cobb, who is in the midst of a campaign tour that came to Plattsburgh Wednesday.

Alexander Enyedi
SUNY Plattsburgh

SUNY Plattsburgh has named Alexander Enyedi as its next president. He is currently the provost and vice president of academic affairs at Humboldt University in California. 

Jay Rand
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In January, the Town of North Elba, which includes the village of Lake Placid, will have a new supervisor.  Supervisor Robi Politi, who has served since 2008, decided not to run for re-election, setting up a four-way race for the seat.  WAMC North County Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports former Olympian Jay Rand will take over the position.

Some areas, including Plattsburgh NY, received up to 8 inches of snow in a Veteran's Day storm
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Thanksgiving is still more than two weeks away, but chairlifts are operating after the early season snow this week brought over 8 inches to some areas of the Northeast. That’s good news for some winter sports enthusiasts. But as WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, not everyone can take advantage of the new powder.

John R. Sexton
New York State Police

New York State Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing northern New York teen.

Officials celebrate a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Atlas Heights affordable housing community in Plattsburgh
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A new affordable housing complex is under construction in Plattsburgh.

The panel consisted of (from left) Dave Wolfe, Neal Woodworth, Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman D. Billy Jones with host Thom Hallock
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The importance of getting broadband service into underserved areas of the Adirondacks and North Country region was the focus of a recent forum in Plattsburgh.

A Champlain, New York man is being held in jail after being charged with making a terrorist threat.

August hikers in the Adirondacks crowd a trailhead (file)
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The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation wants to develop a plan to manage increased use of the Adirondack High Peaks region.

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