Category: Politics

K&J – Democrats Caucus in Saranac Lake

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Democrats in the Village of Saranac Lake held their caucus on Monday evening in the village offices on the second floor of the Harrietstown Town Hall…  The caucus was chaired by Trustee Tom Catillaz. The group of about 30 Democrats nominated Current Village Trustee Paul VanCott and Chamber President Rich Shapiro to represent them as…

Cuomo: New York is “Stronger than Any Point in History”

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Governor Cuomo says the State of the State is stronger than at any point in recent history…   Albeit about an hour behind schedule on Wednesday afternoon. The Governor says with all that they’ve done however, The state is not immune to the problems vexing our nation.. Crumbling infrastructure, a slow economic recovery, the unambiguous reality…

Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Speech

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14 signature proposals rolled out over past 8 days, highlighting key parts of Governor’s sweeping agenda to build on 5 years of progress and continue moving New York State forward Governor’s 2016 agenda will ensure economic opportunity for all, build and rebuild vital infrastructure, and further the Empire State’s legacy as a national progressive leader…

Helping the Homeless Hits Zoning Roadblock

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There are as many as 50 or 60 homeless in Saranac Lake at any one particular moment in time…  That’s according to national studies which show 1% of the population is homeless…  The Ecumenical Council in Saranac Lake is working to help reduce those numbers in the village but they’ve run into an interesting snag…

Stefanik Meets with Troops in Afghanistan

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik made a Thanksgiving week visit to Fort Drum Soldiers in Afghanistan….  She returned from the official Congressional Delegation visit on Wednesday.. Which included the stop in Afghanistan.. A stop in Egypt and one in Saudi Arabia and was joined by other colleagues on the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee. “The trip was…

K&J – Longueuil and Plattsburgh Mayors Commit to Cooperation

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The Mayor of Longueuil in Quebec, Caroline St-Hilaire, along with a delegation of Longueuil business leaders, were guests of the Plattsburgh’s Mayor Jim Calnon and the City of Plattsburgh on Monday…  Mayor Calnon was joined in welcoming the Longueuil contingent by Senator Betty Little, who serves as Honorary Chair of the Quebec-New York Corridor Coalition..  …

K&J – Cashman Wins Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Race

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Councilor Michael Cashman received a total of 1,233 votes which represents 60.44% of the votes cast out of 2,068 total votes… Republican Vasso LaForest could only garner 807 votes or 39.56%..  We followed the results at the American Legion Post 20 here in Plattsburgh… The unofficial Election Night Headquarters of Clinton County Democrats… In today’s…

K&J – Education Alliance Introduces Regent Beverly Ouderkirk

Click on today’s program and hear from our new Regent Beverly Ouderkirk. Today we’re at a forum sponsored by the North Country Alliance for Quality Education… On the Panel, New York Senator Betty Little. The new Regent for our region Beverly Ourderkirk.. And Assemblywoman Janet Duprey.. Through the discussion, we’ve been learning that students have…

K&J – Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Candidate Michael Cashman

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In Today’s K&J show, we’re speaking with Town of Plattsburgh Councilor Michael Cashman… He’s the Democratic candidate for Supervisor in the Town of Plattsburgh…  Earlier in 2015 Supervisor Bernie Bassett announced his plans to retire at the end of the year and expressed his support for Michael Cashman to replace him.. We caught up with…

K&J – Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Candidate Vasso LaForest

Vasso LaForestIn today’s K&J Show we’re speaking with Vasso LaForest…  Mr LaForest is the Republican candidate for Supervisor in the Town of Plattsburgh…  Earlier in 2015 Supervisor Bernie Bassett announced his plans to retire at the end of the year..  We’re going to speak with both candidates… Town Councilor Michael Cashman announced his candidacy shortly after Supervisor Bassett announced his retirement and we’ll talk with Councilor Cashman tomorrow..  Today though.. We’re speaking with Vasso LaForest in his office on Route 3 here in Plattsburgh.. Click above on the play bar to listen to the show..

K&J – Town Councilor Tom Wood and Clinton County Candidates

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Today we’re investigating what happens if two of those political signs we see everywhere have similar last names.. and are basically the same color…   Town of Plattsburgh Councilor Tom Wood is up for re-election November 3rd ..  And we started our conversation with the lighter side of municipal politics..  Plus we’ll hear from candidates for…

New Coalition Highlights Home Care Needs for the Elderly

Franklin County Office for the Aging, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, and the New York State Wide Senior Action Council are launching a coalition to develop an advocacy strategy and raise public awareness about the unique home care needs in the Adirondacks. According to the new coalition… Many people who need home care in the…

350 Banners to Promote Adirondack Coast

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Once the Battle of Plattsburgh Banners come down.. They’ll be replaced by a new initiative sponsored by the North Country Chamber of Commerce and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau…   The Visitors Bureau says it’s one of their newest marketing campaigns… Focused on branding the Adirondack Coast. Each banner will feature an icon showcasing one of…

Sanders Weighs in on Nuclear Deal

In a Senate floor speech on Wednesday afternoon, Senator Bernie Sanders detailed his support for the Iran Nuclear agreement… Sanders likens critics of the agreement to those in Congress who voted to take the United States to war in Iraq in 2003. “Those who have made every effort to thwart the diplomatic process and have…

Stefanik Applauds NBRC Grants

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) applauded the announcement by the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) of several grants for projects across New York’s 21st district: “This is great news for our North Country community and I thank the NBRC for providing this important funding,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “With this funding, organizations throughout our district will be…

Cuomo Publishes Op-Ed on Upstate Revitalization Initiative

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

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

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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…