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Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read proposes annexation of town land in August 2018
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During the most recent Plattsburgh Common Council meeting, questions were raised about the willingness of the mayor to meet with town officials regarding an ongoing dispute over annexation of land.

Elevate Plattsburgh plan rendering
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Planners for the Town of Plattsburgh held a “community social” last night to present preliminary concept plans for redevelopment of a large tract of the town’s commercial center.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was there.

Adirondacks Elk Lake Dix Mountain
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The funeral for the 41st President of the United States was held in Washington today. While George Herbert Walker Bush leaves a mixed environmental legacy, northern New York advocates says his tenure as president benefitted the environmentally-sensitive Adirondack region.

2018 CP Rail Holiday Train in Plattsburgh
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A train covered with holiday lights wended its way through the region this week.  While the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train may brighten the holiday, its goal is to increase awareness about the needs of local food shelves.

Town of Plattsburgh water tanks in 2017
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The state of New York recently announced nearly $25 million in water infrastructure grants would be distributed to North Country communities for 13 projects.

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC Photo

At the most recent common council meeting, Plattsburgh officials were asked when the city’s cryptocurrency moratorium would end.

Plattsburgh Common Council discuss new manager benefit package
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The Plattsburgh Common Council is revising the city’s departmental managerial compensation package to attract and keep personnel while at the same time dealing with fiscal constraints.  At the most recent meeting, there was considerable disagreement between councilors over data presented to justify some proposed changes.

Sierra Nevada Brewing

Breweries in our region are participating in a nationwide effort to support communities affected by the devastating Camp Fire in California.

Gale Associates

Controversial businessman Alex Kelly has withdrawn his skydiving company from the public airport in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Mayor Craig Randall
Village of Lake Placid

Lake Placid is a focal point for winter sports, hosting international championships to regional competitions. But the village holds events throughout the year, bringing thousands of people to hotels and shops along Main Street. That in turn has stressed the infrastructure. Village leaders have implemented a plan to upgrade the water and sewer systems along with improving what has been cramped and competitive parking. Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley infrastructure needs have been an issue since he was first elected a decade ago.

Ben Stiller looks at scrapbook kept by WAMC's Pat Bradley
Cassidy Aquino / Showtime

Ben Stiller is getting rave reviews for his seven-part series based on the 2015 prisoner escape from the Clinton Correctional facility. The actor, director and producer spent nearly two years in northern New York researching and filming the series. Stiller discovered it’s a small world as WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley shows him a scrapbook she’s had for nearly 45 years.

Audience awaits premiere of "Escape at Dannemora"
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A miniseries based on the 2015 escape by Richard Matt and David Sweat from the Clinton Correctional Facility will debut on Showtime this weekend.  In advance, its producers and director Ben Stiller has held several premieres of the first episode including in Cannes, New York City and last night in Plattsburgh.

In June 2015, the nation was captivated by the nearly three-week effort to capture two murderers who escaped from Clinton Correctional facility in Dannemora, New York. The manhunt resulted in Richard Matt being killed and David Sweat wounded and captured. Two years later, actor and filmmaker Ben Stiller announced he would produce and direct a Showtime series based on the escape, much of it to be filmed on location.  Stiller is in Plattsburgh tonight for a special screening of the first episode before the series premieres Sunday.  He told WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley this afternoon it was the human element that intrigued him most.

Mayor Craig Randall
Village of Lake Placid

A two-time Winter Olympics host, since 1980 Lake Placid has promoted itself and as the Olympic Village and the Winter Sports Capital of the world.  In his offices across from the Olympic speed skating oval, Mayor Craig Randall talks about a number of upcoming international sporting events.

Benjamin Warner knapsack
Fort Ticonderoga

A rare military knapsack carried by a Connecticut soldier during the American Revolution will be on display Saturday at Fort Ticonderoga in honor of Veterans Day.

Protesters gather in Plattsburgh's Trinity Park as part of nationwide demonstrations
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Hoping to protect the Mueller investigation, people from Vermont and northern New York joined national protests at 5 p.m. Thursday against President Donald Trump’s installation of Matt Whitaker as Acting Attorney General.

Northern New York voters on Tuesday will choose between a long-term incumbent and a former economic developer in the race for 45th state Senate seat.

Considering the first candidate jumped into the race as the new Congress was being sworn in almost two years ago, it’s been a long campaign in northern New York’s 21st district. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley recaps some of the highlights as Election Day finally approaches.

Authorities say a woman choked a nightclub bouncer into unconsciousness after she mistakenly thought he had slapped her buttocks.

Picture of a marijuana plant
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

Canada's legal recreational market is off to a bumpy start.

The National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration and National Traffic Safety Board on Wednesday sent investigators to the scene of a fiery helicopter crash that killed two and injured two in northern New York.

A helicopter crashed north of Plattsburgh Tuesday afternoon.

New York state Senator Betty Little represents the 45th district, which includes Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Warren and parts of St. Lawrence and Washington Counties. She served seven years in the Assembly before her election to the upper chamber in November 2002. The Republican is now facing Democrat Emily Martz as she seeks another term. Little says she is seeking her 9th term because she loves what she’s doing.

Plattsburgh City Council considers cryptocurrency regulations
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In March, Plattsburgh officials imposed an 18-month moratorium on new cryptocurrency operations in the city.  Last night, the Common Council adopted a local law placing regulations on such operations – but did not end the moratorium.

Lake Placid Film Festival logo
Lake Placid Film Festival / Adirondack Film Society

The 17th annual celebration of film is being held in Lake Placid this weekend. The Lake Placid Film Festival made a few changes this year including its name and when it’s held.

John Sheehan
Adirondack Council

An update now to a story we’ve been following for months: rail cars that were being stored in northern New York.
The Adirondack Council had been critical of the company storing tankers on railroad tracks in the Adirondacks. Iowa Pacific has removed the rail cars and New York state is now petitioning the federal Surface Transportation Board to declare the line abandoned.  The Council recently penned a letter supporting the state effort. Adirondack Council Spokesman John Sheehan says it’s important that people understand the petition would not result in the removal of the tracks.

With two weeks left to campaign, the three candidates running in New York’s 21st district House race participated in their first debate Tuesday. Afterward, each told WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley, who was a member of the panel, they felt they had done well.

NY-21 Candidates Debate

Oct 23, 2018

The three women running to represent New York’s 21st House district in Congress taped their first debate at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh yesterday afternoon.  The trio exchanged  barbs throughout the testy session. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was a panelist.

At the end of the month, a new addiction treatment center will open in Clinton County. It will provide both detox and rehabilitation services for Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties and will be the only such facility in Northeastern New York.

Picture of a marijuana plant
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

On Wednesday, Canada became the largest country in the world to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.  The country shares nearly 4,000-mile border with the United States, excluding Alaska, and while some of the states abutting that border have also legalized pot, the federal government has not.  So authorities on both sides of the border are warning travelers that they cannot bring legal Canadian pot across the border.