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Tenzin Dorjee
Tenzin for Mayor/Facebook

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
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
U.S. House

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
Friends of jay Rand/Facebook

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
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation wants to develop a plan to manage increased use of the Adirondack High Peaks region.

Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

In Clinton County, New York, many of Tuesday’s races were for the so-called “down ticket” positions such as Highway Superintendent and Town Clerk.  With low turnout, political leaders and candidates are frustrated that voters dismiss the importance of those choices.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Hikers, hunters and others planning to head into the Adirondack backcountry may find some trails and roads inaccessible due to extensive damage from the Halloween storm.

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

The New York Senate and Assembly members representing the Adirondack region have introduced legislation intended to limit road salt pollution.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
U.S. House

For the past few weeks, impeachment hearings have been held behind closed doors by three U.S. House committees. Among them is the House Intelligence Committee, including Republican Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st district. She has been calling for open hearings yet voted against last week’s House resolution to begin the public phase of the inquiry into President Trump. Congresswoman Stefanik tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley she believes such a move would actually further secrecy.

August hikers in the Adirondacks crowd a trailhead (file)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Environmental advocates in the Adirondacks are calling on New York’s governor to commit $10 million to address overuse of the most popular sections of the six million acre park.

The new General Aviation Federal Inspection Station at Plattsburgh International Airport
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Officials from across the North Country are celebrating the opening of a new customs facility to service general aviation at the Plattsburgh International Airport.

Assemblymen D. Billy Jones (left) and William Magnarelli tour Nova Bus in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The chair of the New York state Assembly Committee on Transportation was in Plattsburgh Monday visiting the region’s transportation manufacturers. Officials wanted to highlight the opportunities for growth in green transportation initiatives.

Area 4 Legislator Simon Conroy attends the September 25th meeting of the Clinton County Legislature
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Clinton County Legislator Simon Conroy, who had said that he planned to challenge the Democrat in New York’s 21st Congressional district race, has changed his mind and now says he’s endorsing Tedra Cobb.

Rail tracks
Tipiac-Alain Caraco/Wikimedia Commons

A railroad company that has in the past been embroiled in controversy for parking unused rail cars in the Adirondacks is agreeing to a voluntary abandonment of tracks it owns the right to use.

Mural of Jean Arthur in downtown Plattsburgh by artist Brendon Palmer-Angell
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Earlier this month, members of the Plattsburgh arts community unveiled a huge mural on the back of a downtown building depicting a woman born in Plattsburgh in 1900 as Gladys Georgianna Greene. She became one of Hollywood’s most popular stars of the 1930’s and 40’s.  Oscar nominated and known as Jean Arthur, she stared in classic films by Frank Capra, Cecil B. DeMille, John Ford and others.  But she was a very private individual who shunned publicity. In 1997, biographer John Oller published “Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew.” Oller visited Plattsburgh this week to view the mural.  He tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chef Pat Bradley he had always been a fan of 1930’s and 40’s era movies and wrote the book because no one had ever fully delved into Arthur’s life.

Poll Pad welcome screen
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Clinton County Board of Elections officials are demonstrating a new election system that will be rolled out this weekend as early voting begins across New York state.

rail tanker cars
Protect the Adirondacks

A short line railroad company has consented to the abandonment of a 30-mile stretch of rails in the central Adirondacks.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand unveils the Rebuild Rural America Act at Clinton Community College's Institute for Advanced Manufacturing
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is introducing legislation intended to help rural communities access federal government grants for long-term projects.  She was at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh on Monday to discuss how it would help initiatives like the school’s Institute for Advanced Manufacturing.

U.S. Canada flags graphic
Flanker/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Following a campaign fraught with twists and turns, Canadians went to the polls on Monday.  Polls showed a tight race between the Liberals and Conservatives after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced a blackface controversy and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer was lambasted late in the campaign for not revealing his dual Canadian-U.S. citizenship. The Liberals prevailed but must form a minority government. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the results are not expected to have any serious ramifications for border interests on the U.S. side.