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Democratic Plattsburgh mayoral candidates (from left) Chris Rosenquest, Colin Read and Tenzin Dorgee
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There are three Democrats running for mayor in northern New York’s largest city including the incumbent. While one challenger doubts he will win today’s primary, the other two are expected to contend the race all the way through Plattsburgh’s general election.

View of the Adirondacks from the Keene Valley area
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Plattsburgh City Hall
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Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read is discussing his proposed 2021 budget, which is being criticized for being released early and close to the Democratic mayoral primary.

U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle
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The border between Canada and the U.S. will remain closed to non-essential travelers for another month.  While North Country interests had expected the border to remain closed, they are blasting federal officials for not crafting a plan for future opening.

Plattsburgh City Hall

Three individuals are running in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for mayor of Plattsburgh including the incumbent. They recently debated in a sparsely populated auditorium due to coronavirus restrictions.

U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle
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Canada and the U.S. have extended to July 21 an agreement that keeps the border between the two countries closed to non-essential travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

Plattsburgh City Hall

At a time when policing is the subject of national debate, the mayor of Plattsburgh has outlined a recent upgrade of the city’s policing policies.

New York’s North Country is among the five regions approved to move into Phase Three of reopening on Friday.

Adirondack Park Agency sign in front of Ray Brook headquarters
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has submitted a list of nominees to fill long empty seats on the Adirondack Park Agency board.

Acting Consul General of Canada in New York Khawar Nasim
Government of Canada

At a time when the border is closed, the North Country Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a virtual conversation with a key Canadian official to discuss cross-border issues.

Sign held at Plattsburgh's No Justice No Peace walk
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Hundreds of people marched through downtown Plattsburgh Saturday to call for racial equity and justice.  North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was there.

A march for peace and racial justice is planned Saturday in Plattsburgh.

The march will begin in Trinity Park adjacent to City Hall and move through the downtown to the police department and then return to the park.  Organizers say they are protesting racism, legal injustice and violence against Black Americans.  

The North Country Chamber is holding a series of virtual town halls on various issues impacting regional business during the COVID-19 crisis.  This week, the New York state Comptroller joined chamber members in a virtual meeting to provide a summary of the state’s fiscal situation and outlook in the midst of the pandemic.

Republican Elise Stefanik (left) and Democrat Tedra Cobb
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Northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s campaign is blasting her predecessor for a statement he made on behalf of Stefanik’s Democratic challenger, Tedra Cobb.

Plattsburgh Citizens Coalition members hold a banner they say show the signatures of Durkee Street re-development opponents
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A group of Plattsburgh residents has filed a lawsuit to stop center city re-development plans.

Mold-Rite Plastics in Plattsburgh
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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik toured a plastics manufacturing company in Plattsburgh Monday and held a roundtable discussion on the company’s operations and growth during the pandemic.

Cars began lining up at 6 a.m. Sunday for the food giveaway that began at 9 a.m.
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In a scene that has played out around the country during the pandemic, hundreds of people took advantage of a drive-through food giveaway in Plattsburgh on Sunday morning.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read distributes packets with N95 masks and face shields to salon owners and workers
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A fierce proponent of wearing face coverings during the pandemic, the mayor of Plattsburgh has been coordinating donations of N95 masks and face shields this week. The materials are being given at no cost to a business sector that must work in close contact with customers: owners of and workers at hair salons and tattoo parlors.

dairy cows

Dairy farmers are facing numerous challenges in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic including a loss of markets and falling milk prices.  Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st district held a call with the district’s dairy farmers on Wednesday to talk about what Washington can do to help.

Adirondacks Elk Lake Dix Mountain
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Despite the coronavirus pandemic, hikers and visitors were out to enjoy the mountains, streams and trails of the Adirondacks this Memorial Day weekend.

Duncan Kennedy in his Lake Placid workshop
Luge Canada

Duncan Kennedy, one of the top sliders in USA Luge history and a three-time qualifier for the Olympics, has been hired as an assistant coach by Luge Canada.

U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle
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The border between the U.S. and Canada will remain closed to non-essential travelers until at least June 21st.  Northern New York border interests say the move is disappointing but not unexpected.

"Politely Adirondack" poster series
Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism

As businesses in New York begin to reopen, an organization in the Adirondacks has launched a campaign to promote the region and pandemic safety.

Stop the Invasion logo
Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

Boat stewards will be stationed at nearly 100 boat launches across the Adirondacks starting during the Memorial Day weekend to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read wears a mask as he discusses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic
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As New York gradually reopens, many residents are eagerly anticipating the openings of beauty parlors and barber shops.  But Plattsburgh’s mayor says workers in those establishments need more secure COVID protections.

Over the weekend, the Clinton Health Department reported that two parties by SUNY Plattsburgh students led to dozens of people being put in isolation or quarantine. The county sheriff is now warning people not to lie to contact tracers.

Plattsburgh's Durkee Street parking lot
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The Durkee Street parking lot is a two-and-a-half acre site in downtown Plattsburgh that is the focus of the $10 million Downtown Redevelopment Initiative project and funding the city was awarded in 2016. Project developers are now seeking zoning and planning approvals. Opponents urged the zoning board to reject the plan during Monday’s review.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read (left) and City Council budget officer Mike Kelly discuss COVID-19 issues
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The budget officer for the Plattsburgh City Council says furloughs and layoffs planned when the coronavirus pandemic began to impact city finances are going into effect.

Garry Douglas
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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the North Country region has met all metrics to begin the first phase of reopening after the New York State PAUSE order expires Friday.

Odinn (left) is among the sailboats racing in the 2018 Mayor's Cup Regatta
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The largest summer festival in New York’s North Country has been scaled back and many of its events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.