Politics

Cuomo Publishes Op-Ed on Upstate Revitalization Initiative

September 2, 2015

Earlier today, Governor Cuomo published on op-ed on the Huffington Post regarding the Upstate Revitalization Initiative. Here’s what he had to say;  For many years, Upstate New York was treated like a second class citizen, forced to watch Downstate thrive as the Upstate economy dwindled. Upstate was literally losing population and jobs – and maybe […]


ADAC Joins in Opposition to Defunct Oil Train Storage in the Adirondacks

September 2, 2015

Another Stakeholder in the Adirondacks is weighing in with strong opposition to the plan by Chicago-based Iowa Pacific Holdings, which owns the Saratoga-North Creek Railway, to store defunct oil cars on railroad tracks between Saratoga Springs and Newcomb. In a letter to Governor Cuomo, Adirondack Diversity Advisory Council Coordinator Pete Nelson says “This is exactly […]


Sanders says Prescription Drugs Should Cost Less

September 2, 2015
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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says he’s introducing legislation to stop what he refers to as the soaring increases in pharmaceutical prices… According to the Senator’s office, Americans, who already pay the highest prices for prescription drugs in the world, saw prices jump 12.6% last year.. Sanders says that increase was more than double the rise […]


“People for Positive Action” Rally in Plattsburgh for Iran Nuclear Agreement

August 27, 2015
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Participants in a rally to support the Iran Nuclear agreement with the US gathered across the street from Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s Office on Durkee street in Plattsburgh on Wednesday afternoon… The group calls themselves People for Positive Action and were participating in the rally as part of a national day of support for the agreement involving a coalition of peace groups… Rita Ann Fitzgerald in one of the participants in the rally.. she says they’ve signed petitions along with others in Congresswoman Stefanik’s district asking her to vote in favor of the deal.. “If five of the countries are so in favor of it the United States should be as well.” Fitzgerald tells WNBZ. Jim King Lives in Cadyville, he came to the rally for peace to support the effort of the group to ask Congresswoman Stefanik to vote in favor of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the United States.

“My bottom line is give peace a chance.” King said, “We’ve been at war since the country started and I think it’s time to give it a rest (… Click above for more / audio )


Group Marching in Support of Iran Nuclear agreement 

August 26, 2015

Participants in a rally to support the Iran Nuclear agreement with the U.S. I’ve gathered at the office of Congreswoman Elise Stefanik. Congress will be voting in less than a month whether or not to support the agreement. Mary Alice Shemo is the organizer of the event. She says there are 56 pages of signatures […]


Assemblywoman Duprey Bolsters Safety, Security in the “Bombay Triangle”

August 18, 2015
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  Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I-Peru) says legislation (A.7256) to increase safety and security for law enforcement and residents within Franklin County was signed into law by Gov. Cuomo The legislation expands the area of jurisdiction of the St. Regis Mohawk tribal police within the county. Duprey noted that this measure will be critical in increasing […]


PTECH Education Grant Gets an Overhaul

August 17, 2015
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There are 18 schools all working with CVES in the North Country.. And according to District Superintendent Doctor Mark Davey, the PTECH program has gone through some growing pains but State Ed has made some changes for participating schools heading into the 2015-2016 school year (… Click above to listen )


North Country Job Growth Down 1.5% in 2014

August 17, 2015

New York reached its highest employment level ever of more than 9 million jobs in 2014, after adding 538,000 jobs since 2009, according to a report released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The overall job growth in 2014 alone was 143,000 – the strongest growth since 2000 – and capped four years of […]


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

Sanders Supports Iran Nuclear Deal

August 10, 2015
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says he will support an agreement that the United States and other nations negotiated with Iran to limit its nuclear program.

Sanders issued a statement after a telephone conversation on Friday with President Barack Obama, who addressed some of Sanders’ concerns. The senator first publicly discussed his intention to vote for the agreement in an interview with John Dickerson of CBS News, which will be broadcast Sunday on “Face the Nation.”

“The test of a great nation is not how many wars it can engage in, but how it can resolve international conflicts in a peaceful manner,” Sanders said in the statement. (… Plus click for more from cbsnews.com – “Are Democratic voters angry enough to support Bernie Sanders for Predisent?” )


Schumer says No, Gillibrand Supports Nuclear Deal with Iran

August 7, 2015
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced her decision to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as agreed to by the P5+1 and Iran. Senator Gillibrand discussed her support in a post published on Medium, writing that while imperfect, “if we reject this deal, we do not have a viable alternative for preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons,” which has been and remains the United States’ primary goal. (… Click above to read more )


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 )


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 )


Mayor Rabideau “Saranac Lake LDC Grant Apps are “Strongest Ever”

August 4, 2015
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Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau says the Village has submitted its “strongest grant application package ever,”  And he continues by saying “Saranac Lake is thinking big,” In an email to WNBZ, Mayor Rabideau says “Saranac Lake’s future will be unquestionably more sustainable….. With lots of new jobs generated… If these funding requests are approved,”  and […]


Sanders Wants 6 Year Highway Bill

July 31, 2015

The Senate Thursday passed a stopgap measure that would keep federal funds flowing to transportation projects throughout the United States for three months. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says The six-year, $278 billion transportation funding bill would have included more than $1.3 billion for Vermont to repair and improve its roads and bridges.

“I reluctantly voted for a three-month extension to avoid a shutdown of federal highway and transportation projects,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who serves on the Senate transportation committee and helped draft a comprehensive six-year plan. “I am extraordinarily frustrated that Congress failed to pass a long-term bill… Click Above to Read More…


Feds Give Keene Valley Fire Dept $47k

July 31, 2015
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Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on Thursday announced $47,132 in federal funding for Keene Valley Hose and Ladder Company No. 1 in Essex County. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The Keene Valley Hose and Ladder Company No. 1 in Essex County will use this federal investment to purchase one Monitor/Defibrillator/Pacemaker for ambulance and four Biphasic Automated External Defibrillators to be put on our fire and rescue trucks.

“It is critical that we provide our fire departments with the cutting edge equipment they need to keep our firefighters safe, so they can do their jobs effectively,” said Senator Schumer. “Our first responders are our local heroes and our primary line of defense… Click above for more…


Education Alliance Sights Financial Inequity

July 31, 2015
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The U.S. Census Bureau issued a report that outlines the average per pupil spending in states around the country. While New York ranks as having the highest spending statewide, that does not mean that that is the case for all students in New York… (Click above to Read More)


Mayor Calnon Discusses Charter Commission Ballot Questions

July 30, 2015
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Plattsburgh’s Charter Commission is now just over two weeks away from issuing their final report.. In addition to the report, they will propose the questions which would be placed onto the November ballot for consideration. The commission had originally planned on presenting a final report in June, but Commission Chairman Luke Cyphers says they weren’t quite ready to present a final report to the public without having the final ballot language in Place. The commission is currently leaning towards language that will ask two questions of the voters in November.. One will focus on the style of Government, giving voters the choice between switching to a City Manager style of Government or keeping the Strong Mayor style which is currently in place. Click Here to Listen


Stefanik Votes in Support of REINS Act

July 29, 2015

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) voted in support of H.R. 427, on Tuesday. The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, she says is “Bipartisan legislation she cosponsored to give Congress a say on any major rule or regulation coming from the executive branch that is estimated by Office of Management and Budget […]


Gillibrand Testifies on Campus Accountability and Safety Act

July 29, 2015

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on the need to pass the bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act (S.590) to better address the problem of sexual assault on college campuses. The legislation flips the current incentives so that schools report these cases and provide students […]


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