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Mission of Hope Zoning Application in Limbo

By John T. Ryan Peru – The North Country Mission of Hope’s non-conforming use application for the former K of C Hall/Fitness Center at 3452 Route 22 was not approved by the Peru Zoning Board of Appeals at its Wednesday, April 19th meeting. Mission of Hope Board President Sally Kokes told the Peru Gazette, “It […]

From the Office of Assemblyman Billy Jones

Assemblyman Jones helps secure funding to deter crime through rehabilitation Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that the 2017-18 state budget he helped pass includes $17,500 in funding to create a substance use disorder counselor position at the Clinton County Jail in partnership with the Champlain Valley Family Center. “Time and time again, those struggling with […]

Sewer System Failure Results in Release of Untreated Sewage

By John T. Ryan Peru – Peru’s aging sewer infrastructure became strikingly clear during the heavy April 6/7/8 rainfall as a red light flashed at the Maiden Lane lift station. Lift station pumps couldn’t handle the combined storm water-sewage flow resulting in approximately 500 gallons of untreated liquid flowing into the nearby brook and one […]

DiNapoli: Increase in Older Inmates Challenges New York’s Prison System

New York’s prison population is decreasing, but the number of inmates age 50 and over rose 46 percent from 2007 to 2016, according to a report issued today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. While data detailing inmate health care costs by age groups is not readily available in New York, DiNapoli’s report […]

DEC Issues Draft Buck Pond Campground Management Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today released the Draft Buck Pond Campground Unit Management Plan (UMP) for review. The draft UMP would guide management actions for the Buck Pond Public Campground over the next five years. The campground is located on County Route 60, also known as Gabriels-Onchiota Road, .4 mile […]

DEC Seeks Volunteers to Monitor Streams and Rivers

‘WAVE’ Project Connects New Yorkers with Health of Rivers and Streams and Hands-on Training WAVE Volunteer Training Starts in May at Multiple Locations Including Plattsburgh & Willsboro  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that DEC is actively recruiting volunteers for the 2017 summer sampling season to conduct water quality assessments […]

DEC Statewide Forest Ranger Highlights

Forest Ranger Actions for 2/26 – 3/5/17 Recent missions carried out by DEC Forest Rangers include: Town of Coxsackie Greene County Recovery: On Feb. 26 at 6:33 p.m., Lt. Kevin Beiter was alerted that a human skull was found in the Vosburgh Swamp Wildlife Management Area in Coxsackie, just off of Four Mile Point Road. […]

DEC Announces 2016 is Safest Year for New York Hunters

Despite Four Fatalities, DEC Records Lowest Number of Hunting-Related Shooting Incidents on Record The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that the 2016 hunting season in New York had only 13 hunting-related shooting incidents, the lowest number on record since DEC began compiling hunting-related shooting statistics in 1958. “Hunting is a proud tradition […]

Schneiderman: Those Who Pollute Our Environment Will Be Brought to Justice

Mahoney’s Auto Mall and Employee Andrew Fuller Plead Guilty to Environmental Law Crimes; Must Pay $187,500 in Fines CANTON – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the conviction of Mahoney’s Auto Mall, Inc. (“Mahoney’s”) and its employee, Andrew Fuller, for violations of the Environmental Conservation Law […]

DEC Statewide Forest Ranger Highlights

Forest Ranger Actions for 2/6 – 2/12/17 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations, and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured, or distressed people from New York’s backcountry. In 2016, […]

DEC Announces 2016 Bear Harvest Results

Bear hunters in New York State took 1,539 black bears during the 2016 hunting seasons, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. “New York has excellent bear habitat and vast, accessible public lands that offer exciting opportunities for bear hunting,” said Commissioner Seggos. “Black bears are thriving in New York currently, and […]

Snowmobilers Urged to Follow Designated Trails and Avoid Frozen Bodies of Water

  The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) are reminding snowmobilers to ride responsibly and put safety first as they enjoy the state’s abundant snowmobiling opportunities. “With recent tragedies in mind, DEC is encouraging snowmobilers to follow common sense safety recommendations. In addition to wearing […]

Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day

Household incomes of $53,505.00 or less may be eligible. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has designated Friday, January 27, 2017 as National EITC Awareness Day. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition of the Adirondack Region has established Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites throughout our three-county service delivery area to provide “free tax preparation” […]

Work Hard and Be Honest

By John T. Ryan Peru’s younger and new residents probably don’t know 92 year-old Joe Kelley. Best known for being Clinton Country’s first full-time and third longest serving district attorney (1975-87), Kelley is also a World War II Veteran. Over the course of his career he was attorney for the towns of Au Sable and Peru, […]

AGENDA – Town of Peru Planning Board WEDNESDAY, February 8, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

CALL MEETING TO ORDER PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ROLL CALL APPROVAL of January 11, 2017 minutes. OPEN FLOOR to public hearing APPLICATIONS: 1. Continuation of a Site Plan Review: P-2016-027 College Auxiliary Services PSU Continuation of a Site Plan Review – Hotel/Motel 3714 State Rt. 9 Plattsburgh, NY 12901 2. 2-Lot Subdivision with SEQR: P-2017-000 Karen […]

Police fear another drug OD death | Local News | pressrepublican.com

  Peru Gazette Comment: Very important to share and get the word out about these bad drugs. Friends found Malone man unresponsive; autopsy being done. Source: Police fear another drug OD death | Local News | pressrepublican.com

CVPH to give addicts Narcon kits | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Drug can counteract the effects of opiate overdoses. Source: CVPH to give addicts Narcon kits | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Kayleigh Mae’s Law Would Protect Infants and Toddlers from Drug Exposure

From the Office of State Senator Betty Little Named in honor of 13-month-old who died of drug overdose The New York State Senate today approved legislation that would require drug testing of children less than three-years-old if they are in the vicinity of a parent or legal guardian arrested on a drug charge. The bill […]

Task Forces Help Set Season Dates for Waterfowl Hunting in New York

From the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Hunters are invited to submit recommendations to regional Waterfowl Hunter Task Forces to help set the dates of the fall 2017 duck hunting seasons for each of the state’s waterfowl hunting zones by Feb. 19, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. DEC evaluates […]

If Trump builds a wall, will there be anybody to milk the North Country’s cows? | NCPR News

Source: If Trump builds a wall, will there be anybody to milk the North Country’s cows? | NCPR News

Ribbon Cutting Today – Open House Tomorrow

By John T. Ryan There was an excellent turnout of local government and law enforcement dignitaries for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony today at Peru’s new Town Court Building. Judge Jim Kirby and Judge Larry Cabana joined Town Supervisor Peter Glushko, Deputy Supervisor Jim Douglass and Counselor Jim Langley in the ceremony. 4th Judicial District representative […]

IRS to delay tax refunds for millions of low-income families

The IRS is delaying tax refunds for millions of low-income families as the agency steps up efforts to combat identity theft and refund fraud Source: IRS to delay tax refunds for millions of low-income families

Property Owner Has Until April 3 to Demolish or Repair

The Peru Town Board has given a 39 North Bend Street property owner until April 3rd to demolish or correct deficiencies on their property. The Board authorized the action following a January 9th Public Hearing. The property owner Rose Simpson Rodriquez did not appear nor did anyone on her behalf appear at the hearing. The […]

Attica prison in lockdown after prisoner fights – Times Union

ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s correctional officer’s union says Attica Correctional Facility was placed on lockdown after five fights involving illegal weapons broke out in the span of two days. The western New York maximum security prison has been on lockdown since Sunday while officials search the facility for weapons and other contraband. Source: […]

A Lot of Waste Tires in Franklin County

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) enforce the 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law, protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York. In November, ECO Jennifer Okonuk began an investigation into the complaint of waste tires being stored at an auto repair facility in the […]

Chip firms walking away from landmark SUNY Poly program – Times Union

Source: Chip firms walking away from landmark SUNY Poly program – Times Union

You’re Invited to Visit Peru’s New Town Court Building

By John T. Ryan Peru – Peru Town Court invites everyone to an Open House on Saturday, January 14th from 9 till noon. The recently opened Town Court building is located at 22 Davey Lane, behind Langley Insurance and McDonald’s. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and see all aspects of the beautiful facility. […]

Sporting License Buyers – Beware of Opportunistic Websites

A Message from the New York State DEC Anglers and hunters should be aware of at least two currently active non-DEC websites where one can, purportedly, purchase a fishing license, hunting license or receive hunter education training that meets New York requirements: Fishinglicense.org Hunting-license.org Among other things, these sites offer information on how their products […]

Turnpike Wesleyan Church burgled, safe stolen – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — Authorities are investigating an early-morning burglary at Plattsburgh Turnpike Wesleyan Church in Plattsburgh. Source: Turnpike Wesleyan Church burgled, safe stolen – Sun Community News & Printing

Town Court is in Session at the Peru Court House

By John T. Ryan Editor’s Note – Phone & Fax Numbers Corrected  Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 – Today is an important day in Peru’s history. At 2 p.m. the first scheduled Peru Town Court session convened at 22 Davey Drive in the building formerly owned by the Peru Federal Credit Union. The court actually began […]

North Bend Street Home May Be Demolished

By John T. Ryan A 39 North Bend Street residence has been deemed in violation of Local Law #2 (UNSAFE BUILDING DEMOLITION LAW). The Town considers the property ot be unsafe as defined in the Local Law. A public hearing has been scheduled for January 9, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Peru Town Hall. Click […]

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos Statement on Shooting of Environmental Conservation Officer James Davey

The following is a statement from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos regarding the shooting of Environmental Conservation Officer James Davey. “On the evening of November 29, 2016, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Officers James Davey and Lieutenant Liza Bobseine were investigating reports of potential illegal hunting activity in […]

Malone prison guard charged with felony assault | NCPR News

On Monday New York State Police arrested Thomas Agans, a sergeant with the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Source: Malone prison guard charged with felony assault | NCPR News

Body of missing hunter found | News | pressrepublican.com

ELLENBURG CENTER — Officials say the remains of Ira Munn Boardman III were located this morning. Source: Body of missing hunter found | News | pressrepublican.com

Town Court Announces Move Date

As of December 1, 2016 Peru Town Court will be located at its new building at 22 Davey Drive, Peru, N.Y. 12972. Phone – 518-643-4187, Fax 518-643-4188 Until December 1, 2016 the Court address is 3036 Main St., Peru, N.Y. 12972. Phone 518-643-2745 Ext. 1, Fax 518-643-0527

Dannemora prison on lockdown after fight, threat to staff | Local News | pressrepublican.com

One CO injured, tear gas used at Clinton Correctional Facility. Source: Dannemora prison on lockdown after fight, threat to staff | Local News | pressrepublican.com

DEC Seeks Assistance to Locate Black Bear Dens

This winter, State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) wildlife biologists are seeking the public’s help to learn about new black bear dens throughout New York. As part of DEC’s ongoing monitoring of black bears in New York, wildlife biologists periodically check on black bears during the winter den season. The bears may be fitted with […]

DEC and State Police Cooperate in Law Enforcement

On Oct.16, ECOs from Region 5 and 6 (Franklin and St. :Lawrence Counties) and New York State Troopers conducted a joint checkpoint on Route 3 at the county line. The focus of the checkpoint was to identify hunting and deer violations. A large volume of hunters were checked, and three loaded firearms in motor vehicles […]

Remaining Deer Management Permits Available for Hunters

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that remaining Deer Management Permits (DMPs) in several Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) will be available to hunters beginning November 1. Deer Management Permits, which allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer, are issued for specific WMUs to control deer populations. In some WMUs, all applicants […]

Striving to be Fair and Consistent

  By John T Ryan Peru – Since becoming Peru’s Code Enforcement Officer on May 31st, Bob Guynup has discovered that Peru is a very busy small town. A 20+ year Wilmington resident, Guynup said, “Before taking this job I didn’t really know a lot about Peru. I knew it’s a bedroom community. Now I […]

State Senate candidate arrested in Tupper Lake | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Green Party candidate Steve Ruzbacki, opponent to Betty Little, charged with marijuana possession. Source: State Senate candidate arrested in Tupper Lake | Local News | pressrepublican.com

DEC Forest Rangers Asks Hunters to Help Locate Man Missing in the Adirondacks since November 2015

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers are asking hunters in northeastern Warren County to be alert for any signs or clues of the whereabouts of a hunter from Troy who went missing last November. Thomas Messick was last seen on Nov. 15, 2015, while hunting a short distance from Lily Pond […]

This Man Takes His Job Seriously

By John T. Ryan When Dave Drollette became Peru’s Dog Control Officer (DCO) in September 2014 there were 845 licensed dogs in the town. Today 1,098 dogs are licensed, a 36% increase. Drollette’s enforcement activities undoubtedly motivated several people to bring their dogs to the September 6th rabies vaccination clinic at the Peru Fire Station. […]

Volunteers Needed For Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties helped well over 4,440 individuals and families last year get their taxes done for FREE. This program counts on volunteers! Over $6,000,000 in refunds was seen in the three counties. The Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition of the Adirondack chaired by Kathy […]

DiNapoli: St. Lawrence County Court Clerk Pocketed Thousands in Fines

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced the arrest of Lisa Dillon after an investigation with the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office found the former town of Norfolk justice court clerk misappropriated nearly $10,000 in court fees paid by defendants. “Ms. Dillon was entrusted with collecting the fines and surcharges imposed on defendants by the court […]

Keep Your Vehicles Locked and Be Aware

By John T. Ryan Peru and several surrounding communities have experienced a rash of recent car larcenies. Nine unlocked vehicles in Peru and Clintonville were burglarized between September 19th and September 23rd. Wilmington residents experienced 19 similar larcenies between August 8th and August 19th. On August 20th, six vehicle larcenies were reported in Keeseville and […]

DEC Announces Start of Small Game Hunting Seasons

Wild Turkey, Waterfowl and Pheasant Seasons New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today that several small game hunting seasons open October 1. In addition, there are special youth-only hunting seasons for pheasants and waterfowl opening prior to the start of the regular season. “Hunting is a proud tradition in […]

Community Forum to Discuss Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction

PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK – Prescription Opiate, Heroin Addiction and opiate-related overdoses continue to increase in the North Country. Several local professionals and concerned citizens joined forces to form a coalition, namely, Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery of Clinton County (SPARCC). This coalition is comprised of people in recovery, concerned citizens, treatment providers, elected officials, law […]

Allegations of stolen campaign signs surface in Area 4 race – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — Ahead of primary, hundreds of political campaigns for Devi Momot have been reported stolen, reported the candidate on Tuesday Source: Allegations of stolen campaign signs surface in Area 4 race – Sun Community News & Printing

Office of the New York State Comptroller: Press Release

Robert Schusteritsch allegedly stole over $180K by impersonating deceased brother. Source: Office of the New York State Comptroller: Press Release

Town Board Agrees to Purchase Credit Union Building

By John T. Ryan At a July 20, 2016 Special Meeting, the Peru Town Board took a major step in resolving the Peru Town Court location issue when it unanimously voted to purchase the property formerly occupied by the Peru Central School Federal Credit Union at 22 Davey Drive. The agreed purchase price is $115,000, […]

Major security operation underway at Clinton Dannemora prison | NCPR News

Source: Major security operation underway at Clinton Dannemora prison | NCPR News

Several Building Permit Fees to Increase

By John T Ryan Peru – Peru’s residential and commercial building permit applicants will be subject to a new fee schedule as of August 1, 2016. The Town Board unanimously approved the new schedule at its Monday, July 11, 2016 meeting. The Board asked Code Enforcement Officer Bob Guynup to recommend a fee schedule that […]

Special Town Meeting Tuesday

The Town of Peru, Town Board is holding a Special Meeting on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM, at the Peru Town Hall.  The purpose of the Special Meeting will be to discuss and act upon property search. Peru Gazette Note:  The Town Board has been searching for a new location for Town Court.

New York scores $147M as part of Volkswagen settlements – Capitol Confidential

New York owners of 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder engine Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars also will be able to have their vehicles bought back by the company for the full, pre-scandal fair market value and will receive cash payments of at least $5,100. Alternately, owners can choose to keep their vehicle, wait to see if Volkswagen […]

Office of the New York State Comptroller

Overdose death rates rose faster in New York than other states. Source: Office of the New York State Comptroller: Press Release

Democrats select Area 4 candidate | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Retired State Police Investigator George Dyerwill run against Devi Momot for seat vacated by Colin Read. Source: Democrats select Area 4 candidate | Local News | pressrepublican.com

State Senate Approves Measure to Help Campgrounds Recover Costs

From the office of State Senator Betty Little  The State Senate today approved legislation that would allow campground owners to place liens on recreational vehicles (RVs) when guests fail to pay occupancy fees and other charges or abandon their vehicles. Senator Betty Little sponsored the bill (S.1684b) after hearing from the Campground Owners of New […]

Peru Town Court Relocation Still Under Discussion

By John T. Ryan Moving Peru Town Court from the Town Hall’s main floor to another location is an issue that will apparently never die, at least not as long as Town Justice James Kirby is in office. At the Town Board’s May 25th meeting Kirby asked the Board for guidance stating that New York […]

Inspector General’s report rakes Clinton Correctional over escape | News | pressrepublican.com

Staff had opportunities to discover, stop escape, report says. DOCCS also criticized. Source: Inspector General’s report rakes Clinton Correctional over escape | News | pressrepublican.com

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