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Village of Tupper Lake municipal offices
Village of Tupper Lake

Tupper Lake is part of the Tri-Lakes area of the Adirondacks that includes Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. Its primary draw is access to the surrounding mountains, lakes and the Wild Center. But its remote location makes accessible high-speed internet service access a challenge. A new grant will help the Town of Tupper Lake expand broadband service to businesses and some residents.

Tedra Cobb at the People's Forum at SUNY Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Democratic candidate in New York 21st Congressional district is mounting her second challenge against Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. In her first campaign two years ago, Tedra Cobb emphasized heath care issues.  Speaking at WAMC’s North Country Bureau this morning, Cobb tells WAMC’s Pat Bradley that in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, health care remains her top priority.

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC Photo

The Plattsburgh Common Council recently decided not to renew a contract with the city school district allowing the police department to provide School Resource Officers. At the latest council meeting, several residents were in City Hall to criticize the move.

U.S. and Canadian flags
Flanker/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The Trump administration has dropped tariffs on Canadian aluminum imports, a move being praised by Canada and U.S. border businesses.

Reenactors participate in a past Battle of Plattsburgh commemoration
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Battle of Plattsburgh has been commemorated in the northern New York city for decades.  But this year organizers were presented with a number of challenges – including limits mandated by the coronavirus pandemic.  This week, scaled down in-person commemoration events have been occurring as other presentations are offered virtually.

Census worker in Albany
Ian Pickus/WAMC

Complete Count Committee members from across the North Country met at the United Way in Plattsburgh today to urge people to complete their U.S. Census form.

View of the Adirondacks from the Keene Valley area
Pat Bradley/WAMC

With other recreation options limited due to the pandemic, the Adirondack Park has been experiencing a large number of visitors this summer despite the closure of the U.S.-Canada border. The Labor Day weekend was no exception as hikers and visitors flocked to the High Peaks and other areas of the 6-million acre park.

2020 State of the Park preview
Adirondack Council

The Adirondack Council publishes an annual report analyzing legislation and actions that have impacted the 6 million acre Adirondack Park over the past year. The organization has just released a preview of the upcoming State of the Park review, out next week. Council Executive Director Willie Janeway tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley it focuses on positive developments, and focuses on the park as a “A Landscape of Hope” to reflect its importance during the pandemic.

Plattsburgh City Hall

During the most recent Plattsburgh Common Council meeting, councilors refused to renew a contract with the city school district to allow the police department to provide school resource officers. The move surprised both the school district and the police chief.

Leave No Trace principles poster
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A report from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is offering a number of recommendations to help reduce overcrowding on popular trails in the Adirondacks. One of the most controversial may be a suggestion to require permits in the High Peaks region.

Officials from Essex County, New York and a local rehabilitation and senior living center met virtually Thursday afternoon to discuss an outbreak of COVID-19 over the past two weeks that has led to four deaths.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
U.S. House

Northern New York’s Congresswoman took center stage in primetime Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention to deliver a speech in support of President Donald Trump. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of the 21st District has become a stalwart supporter and Republicans in her district are praising her performance.

Hawkins Hall on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus hosts the office of the campus president
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The president of SUNY Plattsburgh has suspended 43 students for violating the college’s Code of Conduct and COVID-19 safety rules.

Scott Beebie
Scott Beebie for Mayor/Facebook

Former city police lieutenant Scott Beebie is the Republican running for mayor of Plattsburgh.  He retired in 2017 from the city police force after 28 years of service.  He has served as vice-chair of the Plattsburgh city Republican committee but has not held elective office. Beebie says after nearly three decades on the city police force, he has the tools to lead Plattsburgh. Beebie tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that he’s hearing common concerns from voters in the city.

A hospital in Essex County, New York is suspending visitation to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during a nearby outbreak of the virus.

Chris Rosenquest
Photo provided by Chris Rosenquest

Democrat Chris Rosenquest ran for mayor of Plattsburgh as an Independent in 2013 before losing to Republican James Calnon.  Since then he has served two terms as a Clinton County Legislator representing Area 9, the northeast part of the city. This year he won a three-way Democratic primary against a local businessman and Mayor Colin Read.  Rosenquest has released a nine-point “Plan for Plattsburgh” outlining his goals for the city and how he will achieve them. He explains to WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why he initially referred to it as his Potluck Plan for the city.

Chancellor Jim Malatras and President Alexander Enyedi walk past Hawkins Pond during the new SUNY chancellor’s campus tour
Gerianne Wright Downs / SUNY Plattsburgh

Newly named SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras was at SUNY Plattsburgh today to tour the campus and review COVID-19 safety and screening protocols as students return to campus.

Meadowbrook sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A nursing home and rehabilitation center in Plattsburgh is calling on the state to ease nursing home visitation policies it says are too stringent and unfair to residents and their families.

Senator Charles Schumer discusses coronavirus relief with business owners in Peru, NY
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York’s senior U.S. Senator was in the North Country Friday.  During a stop in Peru, south of Plattsburgh, he met with local business owners to discuss what he says is the need for more federal pandemic relief.

U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The border between Canada and the U.S. is staying closed to non-essential travelers for another month. The move places additional strain on border communities and businesses that rely on cross-border tourism and business.

Amid pressure from activists and community leaders, a prosecutor has asked New York State Police for the case file on an incident in which an off-duty police officer claimed he had been shot at by a group of Black people.

Vermont Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman is going to be seeking to oust incumbent GOP Governor Phil Scott in the November General Election. 

Emerald Ash Borer
courtesy NYS DEC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed this week that an invasive beetle that kills ash trees has been found in the southern Adirondacks for the first time.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read proposes annexation of town land in August 2018
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Plattsburgh Common Council recently approved a measure authorizing the mayor to formally petition the adjacent town annex over 200 acres of land.  The plan has been pending for two years.

SUNY Plattsburgh President Alexander Enyedi
SUNY Plattsburgh

SUNY Plattsburgh has issued its Fall 2020 Restart Plan. The 68-page document outlines physical and procedural changes the college has implemented to make the campus safer for students, faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The plan says the college is working toward a “blended academic delivery model.” College President Dr. Alexander Enyedi tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley when college officials began working on the plan, they knew having a regular face to face semester would be impossible.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
U.S. House

Campus leaders have been working for months to plan the fall semester in the midst of a global pandemic. Northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has been holding conference calls with various sectors of the economy to discuss COVID-19. On Monday she met virtually with higher education officials from across the district.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is surrounded by regional officials as she discusses the need for local government aid
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Plattsburgh Friday afternoon to make the case for the Senate to pass legislation that provides direct financial relief to local governments struggling with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

The New York state Legislature has passed a measure that will create a pilot program to reduce the use of road salt in the Adirondacks.

Aerial photo of the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake (file)
Trudeau Institute

The Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce recently named Adirondack Health and the Trudeau Institute joint businesses of the year due to their work to help the regional community during the COVID-19 pandemic.  As the award was presented, the conversation included a look at what role the Institute plays in global pandemic vaccine research.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Adirondack Common Ground Alliance is a diverse group representing advocates, educators, government and residents of the park.  It meets once a year to craft strategies to communicate key priorities for the Adirondacks in one voice.  This year’s forum was held virtually due to the pandemic and focused on the demographics of the Park.