City Settles with College Suites on Back Taxes

September 4, 2015
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The City of Plattsburgh has approved a settlement agreement with College Suites that will include an up front, lump sum payment of $500,000 and another $340,000 to be paid over fours years… Plus the assessment of the college suites property will be reduced through 2017 to $5,300,000 starting with this year’s assessment..  Mayor Calnon says […]

K&J – Adirondack Health’s $33m Capital Campaign

September 3, 2015

Chandler Ralph has announced her retirement, effective as of June 30th in 2016. This, she says, will provide her an opportunity to remain available to support two new Capital projects which were announced on Wednesday morning at the Redfield Board Room at AMC in Saranac Lake.

The first of the two Capital Projects is a new Surgical Services Department for AMC in Saranac Lake. The second project is a campaign to build the Lake Placid Health and Fitness Center in Lake Placid. Officials say the $33 million capital improvement project positions Adirondack Health to best serve future healthcare needs of residents and visitors throughout the region……  ( Click on the play bar above to listen ) SL-OR-Floorplan - sm



Plattsburgh’s Snow Removal Committee Tells City to Take Over

August 28, 2015

A committee appointed by Plattsburgh’s City Council aptly named the Snow Removal Advisory Committee is recommending that the city assume the responsibility for winter maintenance for all the sidewalks, a responsibility that is currently assigned to property owners in the City… There are three parts to the committee’s report to the council… Part One demonstrates […]

K&J – New “Developments” on Baker Road

August 27, 2015

There’s a new development on Baker Road in the Town of Plattsburgh.. It’s something we’ve been watching for a while actually. Earlier this week, the town board made another move to support the project with their acceptance of the water system into the town’s infrastructure… We sat down on Wednesday with the Town’s Supervisor Bernie Bassett and asked him to give us a feel for how the project is coming along and why now.. as far as the transfer of water supply to the town…

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City Focused on Preserving Commemoration

August 24, 2015

Our series leading up to Battle of Plattsburgh Weekend continues;  The Commemoration starts Thursday night September 10th and runs through Sunday September 13th…  Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon Talks about the City’s stepped up role in preserving the commemoration..  Mayor Calnon notes that there is a mural that has just appeared on the side of 30 City Place facing City Hall..

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The mayor has put an emphasis on preserving events like the Battle Plattsburgh Commemoration and others during the year


We invite you to join us for more coverage of the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration.. presented on WNBZ by Price Chopper, In the Community for Good. Our series continues this week, listen to WNBZ during The Morning News for more..



Council says City’s Fire Dept Will Have to Wait to Purchase New Aerial Ladder Truck

August 21, 2015
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It looks like Plattsburgh’s Fire Department will have to wait a few more weeks to get an answer from the City Council as to whether or not they’re going to be able purchase a new ladder truck for the department…  Just some history first…. Fire Chief Randy Stone was given approval by the council earlier […]

K&J – Mayor Calnon on College Suites Bankruptcy

August 14, 2015

College Suites.. The company that built the Student Apartments on Broad Street right next to the SUNY Plattsburgh Campus.. Is coming closer to the conclusion of their bankruptcy proceedings.. Which began earlier this year in order to protect the owners from foreclosure by their bank, and by the City who had scheduled the property to be put up for auction…

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For an understanding of the impact of the proceedings on taxpayers in the City of Plattsburgh we asked Mayor Jim Calnon to give us his perspective on some of the available options….

We spoke with Mayor Calnon about College Suites Thursday afternoon in his offices at City Hall… College Suites built the Student Apartments on Broad Street right next to the SUNY Plattsburgh Campus.. And they’re coming closer to the conclusion of their bankruptcy proceedings.. As you heard the Court has asked creditors for an up or down vote on their plan but the bankruptcy judge is not bound by that input..  In the City’s case, Mayor Calnon says it would be good for the city and the taxpayer if College Suites were to be able to emerge from bankruptcy and begin paying their taxes on a regular basis..  As for the assessment from the earlier years of the project..  That’s also yet to be determined  and may have an impact on the 5 year payout by Plattsburgh Suites to the City which is now estimated at $750,000.00

Conroy Farm Brings Agriculture and Entertainment to Trinity Park

August 12, 2015
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The City of Plattsburgh has given the green light for Daniel Jordano and Simon Conroy to hold a special event for local farmers, growers and entertainers to showcase their wares… It’s not too different from the local farmers market, except it’s on Friday… With different local vendors… Their test run this year is set for Friday August 21st from 4 to 7pm (… Click above to listen, and to read more )

Curriculum Data Breaks Down Well for Beekmantown Schools

August 12, 2015

Beekmantown Central School Superintendent Dan Mannix says he has very good numbers to report for their first aligned Curriculum.. The State Education Department in New York is set to release their entire report today..

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The report includes a full comprehensive look at comparative year over year data for third through eighth graders in each school district in New York State..  100% of the numbers are up compared to last year among third through eighth graders at Beekmantown (… Click on play bar to listen )

The final levey numbers have been approved by the school board and they’ve come in under the numbers voters approved in March.. All of the municipalities within the Beekmantown School District will see their The Tax Rate per thousand dollars of assessed value come in at $16.99.


Bio Terrorism “Silent Strike Drill” comes to Saranac Lake August 19th

August 11, 2015

Franklin County is sponsoring a “Silent Strike Drill” on August 19th… And The Director of Public Health at Franklin County Public Health Katie Farrell Strack says it’s a simulation of a bio-terrorism event at the Saranac Lake High School…

Farrel Strack spoke to the Village Board in Saranac Lake on Monday night… Franklin County Public Health has been handing out posters in and around the county promoting the event and looking for volunteers to participate…. The Exercise is set for August 19th.. at the Saranac Lake High School… If you would like to participate you can call 481 – 1587

Tupper Lake’s BeachFest Returns to Little Wolf

August 11, 2015
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So this weekend is a busy one when it comes to events in the region and one of them includes cardboard boats… Yes they sink.. but hopefully not until they cross the finish line… It’s Tupper Lake’s 3rd annual Beach Fest at the Little Wolf Campground.. and for a perspective on the weekend we caught up with an Alumn of WNBZ News… Mike Fritts… He’s the Town of Tupper Lake’s Youth Activities Director ( … Click above for more )

K&J – DEC Wildlife Technician Ben Tabor on Nuisance Bears

August 11, 2015

Today on the K&J Show we’re talking with DEC Wildlife Technician Ben Tabor about nuisance bears in the North Country. We found Ben at Camp Colby a DEC owned camp on Lake Colby in Saranac Lake, across from Adirondack Medical Center and our conversation, while it focused on bears, will take us also to Eagles, and other wildlife in the Adirondack Park.

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City Council Faces Difficult Budget Season

August 10, 2015

For many years the City of Plattsburgh has been dipping into it’s General Fund in order to balance the budget but that fund has been depleting and this year has become a transitional year when it comes to the numbers…  To get a better feel for what this means for taxpayers, we sat down with Ward 5 Councilwoman Becky Kasper…

The Mayor still has a few months before he needs to present a budget to the council but the work has already begun..  The finance committee will continue to meet while they consider options for how to deal with what may become a difficult budget cycle heading into fall (… Click above to listen )

K&J – Trustee VanCott on Revitalizing Downtown Saranac Lake

August 10, 2015
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In Today’s K&J Show, we’re taking a tour of Downtown Saranac Lake.. This is a different kind of tour, however.. Today we’re looking at the possibilities for buildings in downtown Saranac Lake with Village Trustee Paul Van Cott. We began our conversation just outside of the Harietstown Town Hall and made our way up Main Street and then left onto Broadway while we discussed the importance of working together with local property owners to help re-vitalize Saranac Lake using a Main Street grant application as part of the consolidated funding process in New York State. With the help of the Downtown Advisory Board and the Local Development Corporation, VanCott is leading a charge to re-vitalize the downtown. During our tour, we looked at some of the buildings and building owners who have agreed to participate should the state agree to pony up the incentive money to get them started. (… Click above for more and listen to our conversation )

New City Policy Discourages use of GMOs and Toxic Pesticides

August 7, 2015
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The City of Plattsburgh has approved a new policy encouraging city departments and city residents to limit their use of toxic pesticides… And through their resolution the council is also working to make everyone more aware of GMOs.. 0800715 – Mike KellyCouncilman Mike Kelly sponsored the resolution and with their vote Thursday evening, It’s now the Policy of the City of Plattsburgh to encourage city departments and city residents to refrain from the use of GMO seeds and to retain from the use of pesticides in the practice of lawn care maintenance and beautification. For a closer look at GMOs we sat down with Plattsbrugh’s City Engineer Kevin Farrington… In addition to his duties as the City’s Engineer, Farrington is also a beekeeper.. We asked him to talk specifically about GMOs and their impact on the environment as well as on bees (… Click above for more / listen to the conversation )

Mayor Calnon Responds to ADA Complaints

August 7, 2015
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The media lately has been picking up on multiple complaints by Debra Buel about the state of handicapped Accessibility in the City of Plattsburgh.. There are no doubt times when the squeaky wheel gets the grease.. but in her case it’s become more of an obsession for Buel.. She spent about an hour at the City Marina yesterday trying to find any mistake she could find when it came to providing access for the handicapped…. The irony is that of all the buildings owned by the City of Plattsburgh.. The City’s Marina is likely a good example of the administration’s focus on ADA compliance… If you take the rules literally for example.. almost all of the steps the city took to provide access would not be necessary but they found the money and worked with their architect to go out of their way to widen all of the doorways, and ramp up to ALL of the entrances, to provide easy open door knobs for all of the doors, to widen all of the bathrooms and the list goes on… If one were to guage the administration’s interest in being friendly to the handicapped, this would seem to be a shining example.. Although Buel would disagree (… Click above to hear comments from Mayor Calnon )

Battle of Plattsburgh Committee Seeking Volunteers

August 6, 2015

The Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Committee is seeking volunteers for numerous events and activities throughout the Commemoration Weekend, which is September 10-13.

PARADE – SLIDE“Volunteers are crucial to the overall success of the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration.” said the City of Plattsburgh Promotion & Events Coordinator, Sandra Geddes. “This event brings more than 10,000 people to the downtown City streets; our volunteers make it possible to provide the best quality events & entertainment to our guests.”

Volunteers are needed to assist with evening concerts, the popular Israel Green Tavern, the Information Booth, (… Click above for more )

Summit Lacrosse – An Interview with Organizer George Leveille

August 5, 2015

The Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic has been happening every summer in Lake Placid for 26 years… And for a perspective on the tournament and it’s impact on the region, we caught up with it’s founder George Leveille at the North Elba Lacrosse Fields.. He says they started in 1990 with 7 teams and back then just 14 games.. We spoke with him at the North Elba Lacrosse Fields on Tuesday afternoon.. It was during most of the Semi Finals for the younger clubs participating in the early week competition… Many of the coaches for these teams will also be playing later in the week on their own teams respectively (… Click above to listen )

The 5% Without Cell Service May Just be in the North Country

August 5, 2015
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The Public Service Commission in New York State has a new Consumer Advocate.. his name is Michael Corso… We spoke with him following a public hearing at the Lake Placid Convention Center to discuss the “State of Telecommunications in NY.” The Public Service Commission is holding 9 hearings like the one in Lake Placid yesterday (… Click above for more, and to listen to the audio )

It’s Rugby Weekend

July 31, 2015
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The Old Boys play today through the day.. with the last game at 4pm and on Saturday at least 20 games on all of the fields with Mens and Women’s Club plus the Mens Social teams and a youth Rugby Clinic is scheduled as well… Then on Sunday.. The semi finals and the finals plus the championship game and in anticipation of the athletic fields by Saranac Lake… The Can-Am tournament finals on Sunday are returning to “the bowl” at North Country Community College this year! ( Click Above to Listen… )