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

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 […]

Sanders; “Senate will Punish Americans if Planned Parenthood Funding is Stripped”

July 29, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today as Senate Republicans pushed for a vote on legislation to cut $500 million in annual funding for Planned Parenthood: “The attempt by Senate Republicans to cut off support for Planned Parenthood is an attack on women’s health. Stripping funding for Planned Parenthood would punish the 2.7 […]

ARTA shifts focus from advocacy to willing partner

July 27, 2015

Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates, the nonprofit citizen group that has been pushing hard for the creation of a “rail trail” through the Adirondack Park, is ready to reinvent itself. “Until now, ARTA’s role has been that of a rail-trail advocate,” the group asserted in a letter to the state Department of Transportation and Department of […]