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Cuomo Gets Timely New York Budget but Pays Price

Cuomo Official Lays Out Surplus Plan

State Budget to Include Logger Training Program

imagesSenator Betty Little today said the state budget will include funding to establish a logger training program at Paul Smith’s College. Little proposed the new program in response to concerns from paper and pulp mills and other wood product manufacturers about a logger labor shortage in New York.

“Sustainable forestry supports jobs, contributes millions of dollars in activity to our Adirondack economy and benefits the environment,” said Little. “A lack of qualified loggers is slowing the supply chain. As more biomass comes on line, that pressure will only increase. It’s very important we catch up with that curve.”

The 2015-16 state budget includes $300,000 to help establish the North American Logger Training School at Paul Smith’s College. Read more »

Ti Farmer, Wife Arrested for Animal Abuse

IT Provider Hired and Sewer Study Recommends $4.5M+ Improvements

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Peru Gazette File Photo

By John T Ryan

To choose a large company or a small provider: that was the question before the Peru Town Board at its Monday, March 23, 2015 meeting. “Small” won out as the board voted 4-0 to select Simon Moore as the Town of Peru’s new IT provider. The Board interviewed companies, which they characterized as “well-qualified.” Simon Moore and SymQuest were the two finalists. SymQuest’s clients include Clinton County, medium-sized corporations and institutions. Simon Moore is a sole-proprietor who serves several smaller communities and clients. The choice was complicated when SymQuest offered the town a free system-wide IT assessment. Moore said he would match Symquest’s offer. Supervisor Peter Glushko felt a comparison of the assessments would assist the board in making its choice. Counselors Jim Douglass, Brandy McDonald and Donald McBrayer (Councilman Kregg Bruno was not present) didn’t feel comfortable requesting a free assessment if the company was not going to be selected. They were ready to make a hiring decision. They also liked Moore’s $45 per hour cost versus Symquest’s $17,000 to $24,000 annual cost (the cost would depend on the assessment results). After considerable discussion the board voted 3-0 against conducting the free assessments with Glushko voting in favor. Then they voted unanimously to hire Moore who will conduct his own free assessment.

Water-Sewer Department Superintendent Greg Timmons reported receipt of the long-range sewer system study. The voluminous report recommended in excess of $4.5 million in repairs and upgrades over the next ten years. AES Engineering would like to give a PowerPoint presentation on the project. Timmons said, “Our timing is good. Grant money should be available.” Supervisor Glushko told the Peru Gazette he anticipates that some of the cost will have to be paid by users.

In the public comment portion of the meeting this reporter asked about the cancellation of the Wednesday, March 18th Zoning Board Meeting. Zoning Board Liaison Donald McBrayer said only four of the seven board members would have been able to attend the meeting, therefore any vote to approve an agenda item would have had to be unanimous. Faced with those odds, the applicant chose to delay action until next month. The application involved the former log home sales office at 3085 Main Street. The property is zoned commercial; however, a party would like to purchase it as a residence. Councilman McBrayer noted that the zoning board does not have alternate members at this time and that they are needed. Delaying Zoning Board action can result in inconvenience and the loss of a property sale.

Non-Profits, local communities, museums and businesses may have more volunteers when the WEP’s (Work Experience Program) gets into operation. CEO Lance Falcon told the board that WEP’s has received a New York State non-profit designation. Falcon said the program would link high school students who are looking for work experience with local businesses, communities and non-profits. The program’s goal is to provide students with leadership and teamwork skills along with the opportunity to work alongside experienced people from all walks of life. Falcon is seeking board members and projects. (The Peru Gazette interviewed Lance Falcon on Thursday, March 26th. A story on the WEP’s program will be published in the next few days.) 

High School & Middle School Exhibition in Champlain Centre Mall

HS MS artPLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts is proud to announce that a temporary exhibition featuring artwork from the Annual High School & Middle School Exhibition will be on view at the Champlain Centre Mall in April. This temporary exhibit of High School and Middle School artwork will be on view at the Champlain Centre Mall Friday, April 10th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday, April 11th from 9:30 am to 9:00 pm.

This year the High School & Middle School Exhibition features an additional benefit for students. Champlain Centre Mall has partnered with The Strand Center for the Arts to host a “Best in Show” Exhibition and sponsor scholarships for the first, second and third place winners. The winner of the first place award will receive a $200 scholarship while second place will receive $100 and 3rd place will receive $50 in scholarship money. Champlain Centre visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite work that weekend. The three pieces receiving the most votes will win the “Best in Show” scholarship awards. The “Best in Show” exhibit and voting will take place in the Center Courtyard just before the entrance to JC Penneys, in the middle of the Mall.

FULL LIST OF STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN THE “BEST IN SHOW” EXHIBIT AND SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION Read more »

Tops Friendly Markets Named Independent Retail of the Year by “Grocery Headquarters”

TOPS_Friendly_Markets_cmyk-300x97WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont has announced that the company has been awarded the Independent Retailer of the Year distinction from New York City-based industry publication, Grocery Headquarters. The title comes with a cover story in the publication’s February issue titled “Tops of the Town,” and an awards dinner in downtown Buffalo in late February. Read more »

Pre-emptive Strike Aims to Save Ft. Drum

Fort_Drum_signState’s legislators speak out against possibility of closing

Pre-emptive strike aims to save base – Times Union.

Empire State Development Awards $17 Million Downstate

image003The Empire State Development (ESD) Board of Directors recently approved over $17 million in funding for 17 projects that are spurring economic growth and opportunity throughout New York State. These targeted investments are leveraging over $195 million in private and other public funding to support local businesses, workforce development, downtown revitalization, and projects that are building a strong foundation for future economic growth and job creation. The projects approved by the Board will directly create 387 new jobs and retain 485 existing New York jobs. Read more »

Saturday Afternoon Enjoyment

Pure Country Music for your Listening & Dancing Pleasure

Saturday, March 28th 1 – 4 p.m.
Kitchen Open for lunch & snacks

VFW event proceeds benefit local veterans & their families.

Peru Memorial VFW
710 Pleasant St, Rt 22B
Peru, NY 12972

A Mountain Ministry: Peru Native Reverend Philip Allen

Yes! Spring is Coming

Even if it’s only 32 degrees in Peru this morning, seeing Melvin Irwin pruning his McIntosh orchard made us believe that springtime weather can’t be far away!

Melvin Irwin pruning at Irwin's River Rd. Orchard

Melvin Irwin pruning at Irwin’s River Rd. Orchard

Economic Council Supports Ft. Drum’s Viability

image004The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) today held its public meeting in Watertown in a show of support for the long-term viability of Fort Drum ahead of the scheduled rally and listening session about the military base’s impact on the region. The meeting provided the Council with the opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to helping to retain and grow Fort Drum as a national defense asset and the region’s largest employer. Council co-chairs Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and Tony Collins, President of Clarkson University, shared a joint statement of solidarity with the Fort Drum community during the meeting. Read more »

Youth Program Sign Ups

YCThe Peru Youth Commission will be holding sign ups for all Town of Peru Youth on Friday March 20th from 6-9 pm and Saturday March 21 at from 9 – noon. Sign ups will include Baseball, Softball, Summer Activities and Fall Soccer. Employment opportunities will also be offered for youth ages 14. -18. All youth must reside in the Town of Peru and a copy of a Birth Certificate is required.

For any more information please contact John Flynn Youth Director at 593-0935.

New York’s 2014 Voter Turnout 49th Best in the US

Janet Duprey: “It’s Time to Shed Sunlight on Our House”

DupreyAlbany – Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R,I – Peru) today reiterated her support for a more open and transparent state government in light of an ethics reform agreement between Gov. Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. Duprey, a longtime advocate for ethics reform, was appointed to a bipartisan search committee earlier this year for an executive director for the new Office of Ethics and Compliance by Heastie.

“I’m passionate about enacting meaningful ethics reforms to the Assembly, and I’m determined to work with my colleagues across the aisle to earn back the trust of the people,” said Duprey. “This week, we started taking small but critical steps toward making the state Legislature more transparent. We passed legislation that strengthens the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), and now, Gov. Cuomo and Speaker Heastie have an agreement on ethics reform. I’m encouraged by these developments, but there is still much more work to be done to give New Yorkers the open, accountable, and transparent government they deserve. Now that ethics reform is finally on the agenda, we need to take further action and shed some much-needed sunlight on our house.”

Gov. Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie yesterday outlined an agreement on reforms to New York State’s ethics laws and rules. The agreement includes Read more »

School Budget Formulation Continues

Form the Office of Superintendent of Schools Dist

The Peru Central School Board of Education will gather Tuesday, March 24th at 6 PM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room for their fourth public session budget workshop. At its budget workshop, the School Board is expected to:

  • Review Budget Timeline.
  • Receive a series of Recommendations from the Budget Advisory Committee.
  • Receive a First Draft Summary of Proposed Expenditure Plan for the 2015‐2016 school year.

    The full agenda is available on the Peru CSD website at www.perucsd.org.

    The meeting is open to all.

Flames Consume Giroux’s Poultry Barn in Chazy

Fujitsu Frontech Branch Headed to Tennessee

Craig Allen’s Photos On Display


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Shared Responsibilities

Shared Responsibilities – 1st Place Winner Nature/Wildlife Category – Professional Division, Best in Show – Professional Division, and People’s Choice Award for the 2014 Annual Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Through The Lens Juried Photography Exhibit

By John T. Ryan

“The Jewels of Lake Champlain,” “Snowy Owl,” Minimalist Sunrise,” and “Shared Responsibilities” are just four of the twenty photographic works by Craig Allen on view through March 31st at the Best Western Plus Inn at Smithfield. The display is part of the Strand Center for the Arts Off-Site Gallery Program. A Peru native and Peru High School graduate, Craig Allen has been a New York State Corrections Officer for 34 years.

The works on display feature landscape and wildlife photography. Anyone viewing Allen’s photographs will likely agree with his remarks in the show’s pamphlet. “Sharing intimate perspectives of the nature that surrounds us all, everyday, is a quiet satisfaction that is not easily expressed in words, nor is it meant to be. It is the photographer’s hope, and vision, that his images simply speak for themselves.”

Allen travels throughout the northeastern United States to practice his skills. Photos from as far away as Maine’s Acadia National Park are on display. Still as Allen explained, “Most of my photographs are right here in our own back yard. Some are taken on the Vermont side of the lake; others are taken as far north as the Chazy and Champlain area.” The Ausable Point State Park on Lake Champlain, not far from Allen’s boyhood home, is one of his favorite locales. Allen 2

The Jewels of Lake Champlain – 1st Place Winner Still Life Category – Amateur Division, Best in Show – Amateur Division for the 2013 Annual Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Through The Lens Juried Photography Exhibit

Allen’s interest in photography began in his youth. At about 8 years of age his father, Peru High School Counselor Ron Allen, introduced him to a black and white Polaroid camera. At Peru High School he learned darkroom techniques from teachers John Hotchkiss and Judy Corigliano. Several years later he took a semester-long course at Clinton Community College. A local professional photographer has also been a longtime friend and mentor.

Visitors to the Smithfield Boulevard display should enjoy Allen’s close-up, often-dramatic photographs of birds. Photography of this nature requires an intimate knowledge of animal habitats. Allen explained, “The more you study the biology of animals the more you realize that they’re telling you things. More clues are revealed to you about when something magnificent is about to happen.” Allen often waits five or six hours in freezing temperatures for that memorable magnificent happening.

While Craig Allen will undoubtedly always love landscape and wildlife photography, he plans to expand into portrait photography. He possesses all the needed professional equipment and accessories. He would like nothing better than seeing his work in a local publication.

Latest Inspection Turns Up Railroad Tanker Defects

The Strand Center for the Arts Announces its Annual High School & Middle School Exhibition

StrandPLATTSBURGH, NY – The Strand Center for the Arts is proud to announce that its Annual High School & Middle School Exhibition will be opening in the SCA Main Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh. The opening reception for this exhibition will be held March 20th, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition will be on view from March 20th through April 24th, 2015 and is open to the public.

Yearly, The Strand Center for the Arts invites schools from Clinton, Essex, and Franklin Counties to participate in this juried show. Participating schools for the 2015 competition include Ausable Valley Central High School & Middle School, Beekmantown Central High School & Middle School, Brushton Moira Central High School, Elizabethtown-Lewis, Peru Central School, Northeastern Clinton Central School, Seton Catholic High School, Saranac Central High School, Saranac Lake High School, Willsboro Central School, and a number of home school students.

Awards will be given to students in the media categories of drawing, painting, sculpture (3D), ceramics, mixed media, photography/design and printmaking. Jurors for the awards are well acquainted with the arts and include Judy Guglielmo, local artist and business professional; Louise Pattinelli, retired art therapist and local artist; David Monette, Clinton Community College professor, illustrator, and writer; and Karen Blough, art historian and professor at SUNY Plattsburgh.

This year the High School & Middle School Exhibition features an added incentive for students. Artwork placing first and second in each of the media categories will be featured in a satellite exhibition at the Champlain Centre Mall in Plattsburgh. This satellite exhibit will be on view at the Champlain Centre Friday, April 10th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday, April 11th from 9:30 am to 9:00 pm. Mall visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite work that weekend. The piece receiving the most votes, and thus earning the “Best in Show” award, will receive a scholarship sponsored by Champlain Centre Mall.

The Annual High School & Middle School Exhibition will be opening in the SCA Main Gallery at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh in March. The opening reception for this exhibition will be held March 20th, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit will be on view at the SCA Main Gallery from March 20th through April 24th, 2015 and is open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information on this and other events, please visit The Strand Center for the Arts website at www.plattsburgharts.org or email gallery@plattsburgharts.org.

In Peru, Even a Moose Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day!

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Hope Coryer Receives Distinguished Citizen Award

Hope CoryerFrom the United Way of the Adirondack Region

At the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner on Friday, March 13th, 2015, Hope Coryer was the recipient of the 31th Annual Dorothy & Alan Booth Distinguished Citizen Award.

She is truly deserving of this most coveted award. There is hardly a community event that she does not get involved in. She served on the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. campaign team and was chair for the 2002 campaign. But it is not just the United Way that has benefitted from her community minded spirit and generosity. She serves for numerous other organizations.

Coryer blends in perfectly with the quality of past winners of this prestigious award. Her dedication to volunteerism and willingness to help improve the quality of life of others fits nicely with the legacy that Dorothy and Alan Booth provided this area.   She is someone who chooses to stay in the background and work hard to make the Adirondack region a better place to live. According to John Bernardi, Executive Director of the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc., “Hope’s generosity, compassion and selflessness are a fine example for all of us.”

Hope just recently retired from ETS yet continues to serve the community in many aspects.

“Career Jam”

DistFrom the Office of the Superintendent of the Peru Central School

Does education meet the needs of the 21st century workplace? Students will be able to find out on Thursday, March 19, 2015, when seniors and juniors from Peru and Beekmantown Central School Districts embark on a new opportunity for post-secondary career planning.

The Career Jam, which was created as a collaborative effort among area school districts, ETS, Inc. and the Development Corporation will be held at Clinton Community College. Students will be introduced to a variety of exciting opportunities available right in their own community. Representatives from Camoplast, Spencer ARL, Plattsburgh Animal Hospital, Swarovski and several others will network with the next generation of hard working, energetic and eager future employees to introduce current and future job opportunities. Our Career Jam will provide alternatives to traditional post-secondary options and build up enthusiasm for a strong workforce to support our regional economy.

60 students are anticipated to attend Career Jam this year with the goal of expanding to include additional districts and more students next year.

Budget Advisory Committee to Meet Tuesday Night

The Peru School District Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) is tentatively scheduled to meet in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, March 17th. In addition to these informational sessions, the BAC will be invited to share their recommendations with the School Board on Tuesday, March 24th during a public budget development workshop.

If you wish to participate in any of the meetings of the BAC, please register by calling 643-6004.

For the past nine years, Peru CSD has organized a Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) that has served to inform and promote school-community discussion concurrent with the school district budget development process.

The BAC typically meets 3-4 times to develop an understanding of revenues and expenditures, components of a balanced budget, and particular challenges that face the school district. Traditionally, the BAC has formulated recommendations for Board consideration to assist the Board and administration.

Rep. Stefanik, North Country Chamber of Commerce Applaud U.S./Canadian Pre-Clearance Agreement

From the Office of CoOfficial Portraitngresswoman Elise Stefanik

Washington – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) applauded the announcement that Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Steven Blaney today signed the Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine, and Air Transport Preclearance Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada.

“This landmark agreement is welcome news for our North Country community,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “In addition to helping increase efficiency along our northern border, this agreement will help increase trade with our Canadian neighbors. This is good for our North Country economy and for hard working North Country families. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to pass the legislation necessary to implement this plan.”

“The Beyond the Border process has provided an important opportunity for the U.S. and Canada to jointly build our economic connections while valuing and supporting the flow of legitimate travel and commerce at ours hared border,” states Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. “And today’s agreement on pre-clearance is nothing short of historic as it sets the stage for a number of advances in the years ahead.”

According to Douglas, the North Country Chamber and other partners on both sides of the border have been supporting an agreement that would specifically facilitate three long sought advances for the North Country:

1) The agreed terms for the pre-clearance of New York bound Amtrak trains in Montreal by U.S. Customs & Border Protection personnel, eliminating the current long stoppages at the border.

2) The possibility of Canadian Border Service Agency operations in Massena on the U.S. side of the Massena-Cornwall crossing, addressing space limitations on the Cornwall side and enhancing flow at this important North Country gateway.

3) Agreement on how U.S. and Canadian personnel can jointly staff and operate small, rural crossings from one side or the other without two separate operations. thereby saving resources for both countries while securing the future operation of many small crossings in the North Country and elsewhere which, while low volume, represent important connections between rural U.S. and Canadian communities.

“We thank both governments for this historic agreement, as well as our representatives in Washington who have been steadfast advocates, including Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and a continuity of engagement and attention from fromer Congressman Owens and now Congresswoman Stefanik,” added Mr. Douglass.

New Program for Children with Special Needs

TP1Thera-Pets, Inc. will begin the Jonathon’s Journey program for children with special needs on Sunday, April 15th from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. The group will meet every Sunday for nine weeks, excluding Memorial Day Weekend, at the Butternut Ridge Farm, 648 Calkins Road, Peru.

Jonathon’s Journey is a newly structured program that still gives the children free time to explore the farm. Activities include learning to care for the animals, walking donkeys, games, crafts, gardening, show & tell, scavenger hunts, and various chores. There are also plans to visit Kickin Up Dust Farm and the Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum.josh and donkeys

The program is free, however Thera-Pets, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, does ask for a commitment to attend. 
The registration deadline is April 6th. New volunteers are welcome to assist with the program.

For more information contact Holly Besaw 518-643-2577 or email therapets@yahoo.com. 
To download an application for the JJ Program go to our web site page. 
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Photos Capture Spirit of the Mission of Hope and the Nicaraguan People

 

Departure 4 PeruL-R Nathan Kennedy, Abigail St. Louis, Gabrielle Dion, Shauna Fliss, Megan Mazzella, Chris Mazzella 

By John T. Ryan

The North Country Mission of Hope’s February 17-24 mission to Nicaragua included nine high school students and adults who either live in Peru or attend Peru High School. They included Chris Mazzella, Megan Mazzella, Shauna Fliss, Samantha Bashaw, Nathan Kennedy, Gabrielle Dion, Abigail St. Louis, Sally Kokes and Mary Hensel.  Approximately 1,500 photos taken by the volunteers were compiled, placed on a memory stick and given to each volunteer. Sally Kokes was kind enough to share her memory stick with the Peru Gazette. The task was difficult, but we selected 75 photos that we believe capture the spirit of the mission journey. Please watch the slideshow on a PC, where the slide show is accompanied by music. Click here to view.

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L-R Samantha Bashaw of Peru and Grace Leader of Gouverneur

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L-R Mary Hensel and Sally Kokes

Trooper Donald Fredenburg Dies at NY State Police Academy

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Highway and Pedestrian Safety Highlight Town Board Meeting

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Peru Gazette File Photo

By John T. Ryan

Highway safety was the primary topic at the Monday, March 9, 2015 Peru Town Board meeting. The board appears to be determined to do its best to curtail accidents at the Brand Hollow Road – Military Turnpike Extension intersection. The board will request that the Clinton County Highway Department conduct a traffic study at the intersection and recommend a course of action. The board discussed installing improved signage, flashing lights or a traffic light. Some improvements are already underway at the town’s request. NYSEG is installing improved streetlights in close proximity to the intersection. More complex lighting would be expensive for the town. Installing flashing lights would cost at least $30,000 while a traffic signal would cost more than $130,000. The board’s actions follow a serious January 31st accident and several previous accidents. A four-way stop was introduced a few years ago; nevertheless, many motorists continue to ignore the stop signs.

Superintendent Farrell spoke to the New York State Department of Transportation regarding safety concerns expressed by Peru resident Michael Blaine about the Main Street- Maiden Lane intersection. Route 22 is a state highway; therefore any changes would have to be approved by New York State. The State Police have stated that any vehicle proceeding west on Route 22 past Stewart’s should signal left prior to proceeding on to Maiden Lane. Motorists unfamiliar with the confusing intersection are undoubtedly at greatest risk.

The next phase of the Safe Routes to School Program should proceed in the near future. Bids were solicited for the second time and came in at $143,729, much less than the last time bids were sought. The project, which is totally funded by the Safe Routes to Schools Program, will proceed as soon as NYS Department of Transportation approval is received. A pedestrian activated electronic crossing signal from Lafleur Lane to the school campus is one of the project’s major improvements.

Increased school bus traffic on McIntosh Drive resulted in a complaint being made to Supervisor Peter Glushko. Approximately nine buses are traveling to the Peru Central campus via McIntosh Drive, a significant increase over past practice. Holden Avenue is wider and is the most direct route to the school entrance. Counselor Brandy McDonald said the buses are trying to avoid Holden Avenue’s dips and heaves. Supervisor Glushko will be calling School Superintendent Grimstein to discuss the situation. Highway Superintendent Farrell agreed that the street needs to be improved. He would like to repave Holden Avenue, narrow the street and install an asphalt sidewalk. Cement sidewalks have become almost prohibitively expensive.

Town Historian Ron Allen informed the board that the Mason family is donating a painting to the town. It depicts the Little Ausable River Falls and adjacent buildings as seen from Heyworth Mason Park. Phil Mason Jr. said the painting had hung in his father’s office for many years. The artist was Harold Lapham (1878-1919) who worked at the A. Mason and Sons lumber mill. The painting is being restored at this time, but it should arrive in a few weeks. The board plans to hang the painting in the town hall’s main meeting area.

The painting is being restored at this time.

The painting is being restored at this time.

The Board approved Local Law #1 of 2015, otherwise known as the Revised Dog Control Law. No one testified on the proposed changes at the public hearing that preceded the board meeting. LOCAL LAW #1 OF 2015 DOG CONTROL

Councilman Brandy McDonald encouraged Peru residents to attend the Oil Train Task Force’s monthly meetings. Rail shipments through this region have doubled raising public concern. Counselor McDonald is working on Wednesday and unable to attend the meetings.

In other actions or news the board:

  • Designated the law firm of O’Connell and Abramowitz as the town’s Zoning and Planning Board legal counsel, replacing the law firm Stafford, Piller, Murnane, Plimpton, Kelleher and Trombley. O’Connell and Abramowitz is also the legal counsel to the Town Board.
  • Discussed an insurance claim by Champlain Boat Works which occupies space underneath Dana’s Rusty Anchor Restaurant at 4016 Route 9. A control fuse in the town’s sewer system blew on a Friday evening last summer resulting in a sewage backup and damage at Champlain Boat Works. Sewer Superintendent Greg Timmons said the town’s insurance carrier would not cover the damage. The board left the matter for the town’s insurance company to resolve with the property owner’s insurance company.
  • Approved the 2015 fuel agreement with the Peru Central School.
  • Scheduled interviews with the five parties submitting applications to become the town’s new IT maintenance provider.
  • Received a ‘Thank-you” letter from Life Flight for the town’s longtime support of the Life Flight Air Ambulance program. This year the town donated $750 to the program.
  • Received a letter from William O. Morgan requesting reimbursement for replacement of a mailbox which he said was damaged by a highway department plow. Supervisor Glushko will respond to Mr. Morgan outlining the board’s mailbox policy; the town will pay for repair or replacement of a damaged mailbox, but only if the property owner can prove that the mailbox was installed in conformance with U.S. Postal regulations. The highway superintendent should be called to inspect the situation prior to performing repairs or erecting a new mailbox.

Counselor Bruno was not present at the meeting.

Enjoy Corned Beef, Cabbage, Irish Music and a Great Time

CBSaturday, March 14, 2015 

3 to 6 PM at St. Augustine’s Parish Center 

Corned beef, cabbage, ham and all the trimmings. $9.00 adults, $4.00 child 4-12, 3 and under Free. Traditional Irish music, songs and dance. Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the America’s. 

Public Encouraged to Support our Vets

Bacon4th Sunday Breakfast,  Peru Memorial VFW
710 Pleasant St, Rte 22B
Peru, NY 12972
March 22, 2015 @ 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Bacon, scrambled eggs, biscuits & sausage gravy, corned beef hash, pancakes with “real” maple syrup, juice and coffee.
ONLY $8.00
Proceeds to benefit Veterans and their families.

Steffany Farrell of Peru Named to Medaille College Dean’s List

Medaille College in Buffalo has named Steffany Farrell of Peru to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester.
Students who take a minimum of 12 credit hours and who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for all credit hours carried during that semester are placed on the Dean’s List.

With campuses in Buffalo, Rochester, and Online, Medaille College (www.medaille.edu) is a dynamic, private college committed to serving the higher education needs of western New York. Medaille is known for its flexible delivery systems, offering master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees through day, evening, weekend, and online programs.

Please Take Clinton County Trail Survey

wtThe Clinton County Health Department and the Action for Health Consortium are working to increase healthy opportunities for Clinton County residents. We’d like to better understand what people want and need for the local trails in Clinton County. We ask you to take our 5-minute survey (see link below). Answers will help us carry out the Community Health Improvement Plan and our work towards a healthier Clinton County.

To take survey visit: surveymonkey.com/r/gotrails

Duprey Fights to Pass Reform Package

DupreyFrom the Office of Assemblywoman Janet Duprey

Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R,I – Peru) joined Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C – Canandaigua) at a press conference yesterday to present a 17-point reform package that would bring openness and accountability back to state government. The 17 rules reform proposals include measures such as term limits for legislative leaders, committee chairpersons, and the Speaker of the Assembly.

“These common-sense proposals are exactly what the Assembly needs to rebuild the public’s trust in state government,” said Duprey. “There is a great urgency for greater transparency, openness, and accountability in the Assembly. I hope my colleagues across the aisle will commit to joining us in enacting these necessary reforms immediately. It’s our job as elected officials to best represent the needs of the people; we must give the public a reason to trust state government again.”

Duprey has long supported ethics reform and has repeatedly co-sponsored legislation that would require convicted public officials to forfeit their state taxpayer-funded pensions, impose term limits on legislative leadership positions and committee chairs, and create harsher penalties for those who violate the public’s trust.

One Dead in Dannemora House Fire

Lawmakers Call For More Local Road Funding in State Budget

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L-R Rob Wright, Supervisor Peter Glushko, Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell and Counselman Donald McBrayer traveled to Albany Wednesday, March 4th, to lobby for increased state highway aid or CHIPS monies.

Capitol Confidential » Lawmakers call for more local road funding in state budget.

Plattsburgh Ties for 8th in Site Magazine’s Rankings

PSBBatavia ranks 4th and Plattsburgh, Ogdensburg and Massena tie for 8th place in Site Selection magazine’s rankings for Corporate Facility Investment

Empire State Development today congratulated communities in the Finger Lakes and the North Country regions receiving national recognition by Site Selection magazine, a corporate real estate and economic development publication, as Top Micropolitan Areas for Corporate Facility Investment in 2014. According to the magazine’s report, Batavia in the Finger Lakes ranked 4th and Plattsburgh, Ogdensburg and Massena in the North Country have tied for 8th place for the number of projects in the communities that have led to additional investment or job creation.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Nominee Howard Zemsky said, “This is a great honor for Batavia, Plattsburgh, Massena and Ogdensburg, and for New York State as a whole. These communities were competing against several hundred micropolitans around the country Read more »

Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis Seeks Projects to Fund from Special Community Service Fund

kwPlattsburgh, NY—March 3, 2015—The Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis Club announces that it will award up to $10,000 in grants to Clinton County organizations submitting grant proposals by April 17, 2015. As the motto of Kiwanis International is “Serving the Children of the World,” priority will be given to requests for projects that serve children – neonatal to age 18.

Grant requests must be a minimum of $3,000. Organizations that are not eligible to submit a proposal for funding from this Special Community Service Fund include individuals requesting funding of personal projects as well as national organizations.   Requests for operating budget items, salaries, and administrative costs are also not fundable.

Grant requests must be received no later than April 17, 2015, and funding decisions will be made by May 4, 2015. All requests should be sent to: Chair, Special Community Service Fund, Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis Club, PO Box 2064, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.   To obtain a copy of the “Special Community Service Fund Request Form,” or to ask questions, please contact: Kathy Snow at (518)-593-3042 or kathygarysnow@yahoo.com.

The Plattsburgh Noon Kiwanis Club was chartered in April, 1929. The club meets on Thursdays at 5:30 pm on the first Thursday of each month and all other Thursdays at 12:15 pm at Perkins Restaurant in the breakfast room between Perkins and the Comfort Inn.

Police: Jay man robbed bank, son drove escape car

Joint NY GOP Statement on DHS Funding Vote

Washington, DC – With consideration of funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) scheduled for later today, six Republican Members of the New York Congressional Delegation released the following statement:

“We will be voting in support today of legislation to fund DHS for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2015. While we strongly disagree with the unilateral actions that President Obama has taken, we believe the courts – not cutting off funding for the entire Department – is the most effective way to stop his actions. We support the federal lower court decision that put an injunction on the executive actions taken by the President, and we believe it should be upheld. Furthermore, moving forward, we hope to work in a bipartisan way to reform our broken immigration system through legislative action.

“However, DHS is critical to our national security – Read more »

K of C Bingo Cancelled Tonight

Because the snow is scheduled to start at about 6 pm. the Peru Knights of Columbus bingo scheduled for tonight (Tuesday, March 3rd) is cancelled.

Stefanik Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Congressional Address

Official PortraitWashington – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21), member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress:

“Today I was honored to attend Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress.

“As our nation’s greatest ally in the region, hearing directly from the Prime Minister of Israel about the existential threat they face from a nuclear Iran was a powerful experience.

“A nuclear Iran is simply unacceptable, and our nation must work with our allies in the region to do everything to prevent this from happening.

“I thank Prime Minister Netanyahu for addressing my colleagues and I today, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to maintain our strong alliance.”

Peru Named New York State’s Most Affordable Small Town

Glens Falls National Bank robbed in Plattsburgh

Accident at Intersection Results in Action and Proposal to Change Dog Law Penalties

tb medPeru – February 23, 2015

A comment made on the Peru Gazette website appears to have encouraged the Peru Town Board to do more than install a streetlight at the intersection of the Brand Hollow Road – Military Turnpike Extension. At the Monday, February 23rd board meeting Town Supervisor Peter Glushko mentioned comments by Lisa Davis on the Peru Gazette website:

“My daughter, son-in-law, and my grandson were almost killed at that intersection on January 31, 2015. It was a beautiful sunny day with 100% visibility when they were t-boned on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. I will never forget the heart stopping phone call from my son-in-law moments after the accident. My daughter sustained severe injuries, my grandson and son-in-law thankfully had minor injuries and they all suffer with emotional and physical pain endured by this horrible accident that may have been prevented with a traffic light. I speak out to hopefully prevent someone else from dying at this dangerous intersection. God was with my family that day…”

At the Board’s February 9th meeting, Highway Superintendent Michael Farrell informed the board about the accident and requested permission to install a streetlight to better illuminate the intersection. The board approved his request, but at tonight’s meeting Supervisor Glushko and other board members asked Farrell to look into installing either flashing red lights or a traffic signal at the intersection. Many people, including this reporter, have witnessed drivers simply “blowing though” the intersection’s four-way stop signs.

Reacting to a suggestion from Town Justice Lawrence Cabana, the board is proposing changes to the town’s Dog Control Law. Judge Cabana wrote to the board stating that the Dog Control Law’s misdemeanor penalties are unenforceable because the Clinton Country District Attorney’s office does not have the resources to prosecute misdemeanors related to town laws. The board responded by reducing the penalties to violations rather than misdemeanors and scheduled a public hearing for March 9th at 6:30 p.m. A few changes in the Dog Law’s fee schedule are also being proposed.  PROPOSED LOCAL LAW #1 OF 2015 DOG CONTROL

Responding to a recent article in Denton Publications’ The Burg no highway department is permitted Read more »

Zoning Board March 18th Agenda

AGENDA ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS, WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 @ 7:00 PM, TOWN OF PERU

APPLICATIONS:

  1. SEQR & Use Variance: Alyson Curry –  Use Variance, 3085 Route 22, Z-2015-00  (Peru Gazette Note: A party desires to purchase the former log home sales office at 3085 Route 22 (adjacent to the Dollar Store). The property is zoned commercial, but the individual would like to use the building as a residence.) 
  1. ANY FURTHER BUSINESS:
  2. CEO REPORT:
  3. ADJOURNMENT

Planning Board Has One Agenda Item on March 11

AGENDA

PLANNING BOARD

WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

TOWN OF PERU

  1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER
  2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  3. ROLL CALL
  4. APPROVAL of January 14, 2015 minutes.
  5. OPEN FLOOR to public hearing
  6. APPLICATIONS: 
  1. SEQR & Minor Subdivision & Merge: Champlain Valley Apple Storage Inc.

2 lot Subdivison & 2 lot Merge, 333 Route 22b, P-2015-001                                                                                    

  1. ANY FURTHER BUSINESS:
  2. CEO REPORT:
  3. ADJOURNMENT

 

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A Man on a Mission

TheraBy John T. Ryan

Many North Country residents know Reverend Kenneth Parker as the man who brings loveable miniature donkeys to our parades, nursing homes, hospitals and senior facilities. Members of a Methodist Church and a Presbyterian Church in Moriah know him as their minister. Others have known him as a Naval Reserve Chaplain, a Peru Central School board member or as a board member of a community service organization. Members of the Peru Community Church know Reverend Parker as the man who served as their pastor from 1970 to 2003.

It’s hard to believe that it was almost 45 years ago that Reverend Parker accompanied by his wife Helle and their three young children Scott, David and Kaari arrived in Peru. Ken Parker could have easily pursued another profession. His father, Norman A. Parker, was a successful funeral director in Little Falls, New Jersey. Ken recalled, “Funeral directors are #2, only behind farmers, in children following in their parent’s footsteps, but I grew up with a strong faith and I very much felt a call to ministry. I felt that’s where God wanted me to be. I decided I would be more use to God with the living.” Youth

Ken made his career choice while he was a student at Middlebury College. In 1962, just eight weeks before graduation, he made another important decision when he decided to ask a classmate, Helle Thomsen, for a date. The date must have gone very well because about a year later, while Ken was a student at Princeton Theological Seminary, Ken and Helle Parker became husband and wife.

In 1965 Reverend Parker was ordained a Presbyterian minister and became pastor of churches in East and West Hebron, New York, small Washington County communities about 110 miles south of Peru. He enjoyed serving those communities, but by 1969, he decided it was time for a change. He recalled, “I really wanted to be in a church where I could lead people to do mission, to do things for other people. We didn’t have the mass in Hebron to do this.”

At about the same time the Peru Community Church was seeking a new minister. The church’s search committee included Dorothy “Dot” Finney, Janet Alexander, Rodney North, Dwane Waterman, Everest Allan, and Donald Cromie. One Sunday they traveled to Hebron to hear Reverend Parker deliver a sermon. Following the service a Hebron church member remarked, “I don’t think you made much of a hit. They got up and walked out before the last hymn.” Actually, the committee left so they could travel to Saratoga in time to hear another minister’s sermon. Ken was named Pastor of the Peru Community Church effective May 1, 1970.

Reverend Parker and his congregation turned out to be a near-perfect match. Just a few days after arriving in Peru he worked with Paul Calkins and George Burrell to organize an auction that raised $3,000 for earthquake victims in Peru, South America. He recalled, “Afterwards people said to me, ‘How come you got into this big project so fast?’ I wanted people to know that if they have me we’re going to be active and it’s not going to be for them. It’s going to be for others.”

That auction was a sign of what was to come. Ken recalled, “The highest compliment we received over the 33 years was an unbidden editorial in the Press Republican. It was a moving editorial.” The Peru Gazette found that 1999 editorial online. One sentence read, “Did you ever notice whenever there is a great need in our community or on the other side of the world, the Community Church of Peru is among the first out there doing things…The fact is that, no matter what the circumstances are, that congregation invariably opens its hearts and wallets to try to ease somebody else’s burden.”

The church’s response to the devastating 1998 ice storm will go down in history. The ice felled thousands of trees, downed power lines and knocked out electricity for days. The Community Church set itself up as a disaster center. Volunteers served hundreds of meals, entertained the children and fifty to one hundred people lived in the Fellowship Center. A doctor even ran a clinic out of one of the offices. Reverend Parker recalled an especially poignant incident. “About six or seven days into the disaster, a man walked in and said, ‘My father lives out in Peasleeville. I understand he’s here. We’ve come to take him back to New Jersey.’ His father was up on the stage playing checkers with the kids. When he saw his son he said, ‘What are you doing here?’ The son responded, ‘We’ve come to take you back to New Jersey.’ The father replied, ‘ I’m not going back to New Jersey. This is more fun than anything I’ve done in my whole life. I’m up on this stage playing checkers and teaching the kids how to play monopoly. Why would I want to go back to NJ and sit in your house while you go to work?’”

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Utility workers found a good meal at the Fellowship Center

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Reverend Parker’s office served as his bedroom for two weeks.

L-R Helle Parker, Roy Perry, Senator Ron Stafford

L-R Helle Parker, Roy Perry, Senator Ron Stafford

Being a success in any chosen profession is complex and involves many gifts. Reverend Parker cited two important attributes of a pastor, “Always be honest with people. I think one of the advantages I had was that I was very comfortable with people in all stages and places in our society. It really doesn’t matter much to me whether you were the president of Plattsburgh State or if you were the janitor. Everyone should get the same attention and understanding. The other one is being available. I’ve run into clergy who turn off the phone at night. I don’t think that’s a good idea. If you get word tomorrow that you have pancreatic cancer, I’m not going to send somebody in my place to talk.”

At one point Reverend Parker realized that he needed to improve his counseling skills. In 1978 he earned a Masters Degree in Counseling at SUNY Plattsburgh and in 1980 following several two-month summertime on-campus classes, he was awarded a Doctorate Degree at Sewanee University of the South. His doctorial thesis examined “professional burnout” and concluded that most professionals should take a career break every seven to ten years. Shortly thereafter, he participated in a minister exchange program with Reverend Noel Butler of Invercargill, New Zealand. Ken and Helle packed up their family and moved to New Zealand for one year and Reverend Butler came to Peru. Ken said, “That year had a tremendous impact on our family. It gave us an entirely different outlook on the world. Helle and I have been back three or four times.” In 1990 he entered a “preaching contest” conducted by a Presbyterian Church in Newcastle, NSW Australia. The church received recordings of sermons from 135 ministers from six countries and chose Reverend Parker as its six-month guest preacher.

In 2003, following multiple medical problems for many years, Reverend Parker decided it was time to retire as pastor of the Peru Community Church. He explained, “I decided I couldn’t do it any more. It wouldn’t be good for the church.”

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A Thera-Pets visit to Apple Valley Senior Housing

Retirement, however, has many meanings and the man who came to Peru with a mission wasn’t about to sit back and relax. A few weeks after retiring he founded Thera-Pets Inc., an organization dedicated to improving the health of children and the elderly through activities with farm animals. Its miniature donkeys, miniature goats, Alpacas and other animals are housed at Butternut Ridge Farm, only a few yards from Ken and Helle Parker’s Calkins Road home. He explained, “The donkeys are so friendly. If you could see the look on somebody’s face when a donkey wants into his or her bedroom in a nursing home where life just never changes.” All the Thera-Pets activities are run by volunteers and provided at no charge. The organization relies on donations to fund its many programs.

Three years ago Reverend Parker agreed to be the part-time pastor of the Moriah Methodist Church and the interim pastor of the Moriah Presbyterian Church. Each Sunday he makes the 45-mile trip southward to conduct services in each church. On June 12, 2015 he will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination. As he looks back on his 45 years in Peru he can take pride that he accomplished his mission to keep people active, not for themselves, but for others. As he stated at the close of our interview, “I try to follow in the steps of Jesus. I feel God has called me to this community and I never felt I should be any place else.”

Father Alan Shnob and Reverend Parker.

St. Augustine’s Church Pastor Father Alan Shnob and Reverend Parker. Peru’s Catholic community and the Peru Community Church work together on many programs.

A Message from Sister Debbie of the Mission of Hope

MH MH2Dear Mission supporters:

Upon my return from Nicaragua yesterday, we were notified that we must vacate the storage facility that we’ve been using for the past several years. Due to the extremely cold winter we are having, serious damage has been done to the sprinkler system and with no access to water or heat, we’ve been notified that we must vacate absolutely no later than March 31st.

We are in urgent need of a temporary or perhaps even more long term storage facility in order to comply with the owner’s request. We do want to emphasize that the Titherington Family has been incredibly generous to us for many years and we are hopeful that someone else in the community can step forth and assist us with this urgent need.

The space needed would be in the vicinity of 5,000-10,000 square feet. It is also important to note that we would be most willing to provide a tax donation letter to anyone who could assist us with this need.

Please contact James Carlin at 518-593-9718 or me at 570-5443 if you have any way of assisting us.

And most importantly, please pray for a quick and efficient solution to this most urgent need. Without a warehouse, we cannot ship much needed medical and community development equipment to Nicaragua to serve the poor. These shipments also facilitate our being an agent within the regional communities in terms of providing a viable alternative for others to donate quality equipment and supplies.

Budget Subject of Upcoming Board Meeting

The Peru Central School Board of Education will gather Tuesday, March 3rd at 6 PM in the Jr/Sr High School Community Room for their third public session budget workshop. A Community Budget Forum will also be held. Anticipated topics include:

General budget overview
Gap elimination adjustment
Public comment related to the community budget forum

The full agenda is available on the Peru CSD website at www.perucsd.org.

Peru Students Named to Dean’s List at Paul Smith’s College

PAUL SMITHS, NY (02/26/2015)(readMedia)– The following students were named to the Dean’s List at Paul Smith’s College during the fall 2014 semester.

Emily Brosseau of Peru, N.Y., who is majoring in hotel, resort and tourism management, earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction.

Grace Mayhew of Peru, N.Y., who is majoring in environmental sciences, earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction.

Congresswoman Stefanik Supports “Clean” DHS Funding Bill

Official PortraitWashington – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) released the following statement:

“I don’t support government shutdowns, and this impasse is an example of the kind of Washington dysfunction that I pledged to help stop.

“The Department of Homeland Security provides critical services to help keep our nation safe. In New York’s 21st district, DHS funding is crucial because of the broad economic importance of our Canadian border, and the need to make sure that the thousands of North Country DHS employees are paid on time for their hard work.

“Therefore, when brought up for a vote in the House, I will vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security and I support the clean Senate bill.”

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Callie Garcia of Peru Named to Fall 2014 Dean’s List at The College of Saint Rose

ALBANY, NY (02/25/2015)(readMedia)– The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, today announced that Callie Garcia of Peru, NY, is one of 814 students named to The College of Saint Rose Dean’s List for the fall 2014 semester.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, Garcia had to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and achieve a semester grade-point average of at least 3.5 with no grades of D, F, Incomplete or Pass/Fail.

The College of Saint Rose (www.strose.edu) is a dynamic, progressive college in the heart of New York’s capital city where teaching is the first priority. With a rigorous liberal education curriculum, 70 undergraduate majors, 53 master’s degrees and 25 graduate certificates, and a mission of service to the urban community, the Saint Rose experience empowers students to improve themselves and the world around them.

Body of Missing Man Found in Plattsburgh Woods

Congresswoman Stefanik Statement on President Obama’s Veto of Keystone XL Pipeline Legislation

Official PortraitWashington – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) issued the following statement on President Barack Obama’s veto of S.1, bipartisan legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline:

“I am incredibly disappointed that President Obama would veto this commonsense, bipartisan energy project,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “This project would create as many as 42,000 jobs and help lower energy prices for hard working North Country families, which is why I supported passage of this legislation in the House. Not only is this project supported by bipartisan majorities in Congress, but it is strongly supported by the American public as well. Furthermore, this project is supported by organizations ranging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the AFL-CIO. I hope President Obama’s decision to veto this bipartisan legislation is not a sign of things to come over the next two years, and I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House to find ways to advance this important project.”

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