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Legislature casts spotlight on rare medical condition – Sun Community News & Printing

PERU — Christine Wood’s pregnancy was relatively normal. Though doctors told the Peru resident her baby was larger than normal and had a small amount of excess fluid in his head, Wood welcomed her son, Jay, into the world in 2007. But his birth set off a nailbiting saga. “(My son) stayed in the NICU […]

Appeals court overturns conviction of Sheldon Silver – Times Union

Source: Appeals court overturns conviction of Sheldon Silver – Times Union

Fort Drum Soldier Accused of Shooting Trooper, Wife to Death in Jefferson County

Source: Fort Drum Soldier Accused of Shooting Trooper, Wife to Death in Jefferson County

Exhibit Features Rare Adirondack Artifacts and “Blue Line” Maps of Adirondack and Catskills Parks

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today unveiled a new exhibit featuring rare Adirondack and Catskills artifacts, including historic maps, antique survey equipment, field notebooks, and photographs that tell the story of creation of the Adirondack and Catskill parks. The Birth of the “Blue Line” exhibit illustrates the vision, foresight, […]

A Great Idea Is Almost Realized

  A message from Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman Early this year the Towns of Plattsburgh and Town of Schuyler Falls NY passed a joint resolution asking Senator Betty Little and Assemblyman D. Billy Jones to sponsor legislation to name the NYS RT 22B Morrisonville Bridge after North Country Legend Gordie Little. Senator Little […]

Volunteers Needed in Peru and Chesterfield

DEC is Seeking Volunteers to Help Maintain Trails in Northeastern Adirondacks Do you enjoy recreating outdoors? Do you like working outdoors? If so, DEC is seeking volunteers to maintain trails in the towns of Peru and Black Brook in Clinton County and town of Chesterfield in Essex County. You can be part of a one-day […]

State Senate Approves Measure to Raise ‘PANS’ Awareness

From the Office of State Senator Betty Little Would help combat neuropsychiatric syndrome affecting children The State Senate today gave final legislative approval of legislation (S5750) sponsored by Senator Betty Little to raise awareness of pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome, known as PANS. “PANS attacks the brain. It comes on quickly and can be challenging to […]

Proposals Requested to Redevelop Former Frontier Town Theme Park in Essex County

Redevelopment Proposals Are Due On Friday, July 28  Request for Proposals Available Here Empire State Development (ESD) this week issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to redevelop a nearly 300 acre, former outdoor recreation facility in North Hudson, Essex County. The RFP follows Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Master Plan to establish a “Gateway to the […]

DEC and Paul Smith College Partner to Protect Adirondacks Against Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic Invasive Species Protection Includes Boat Stewards and Decontamination Stations to Protect Local Waterbodies New York State is expanding its partnership with Paul Smith College’s Adirondack Watershed Institute Stewardship Program to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) throughout the Adirondack’s waterways through the strategic placement of boat stewards and decontamination stations, Department […]

Assemblyman Billy Jones to host town hall meeting to discuss state budget, address community issues Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced he will be hosting an informational town hall meeting to discuss the 2017-18 state budget with residents as well as address local concerns. The meeting will take place on Thursday, May 11, from 4–5 p.m. […]

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 […]

Little Says Budget Funds Issues Important to the North Country

From the Office of State Senator Betty Little State Senator Betty Little today said the newly approved 2017-18 state budget provides funding for many programs and services identified as North Country priorities for the upcoming fiscal year.  Little said the new budget makes the largest investment in clean water infrastructure in state history, enacts workers’ compensation reform to reduce […]

Assemblyman Jones: Budget Works for North Country Families, Economy

From the office of Assemblyman Billy Jones Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that he helped pass a $153.1 billion 2017-18 state budget that will improve North Country roads and bridges, invest in public education and close the skills gap to get people back to work. “We’re investing in opportunity, supporting those who need a helping […]

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 […]

A Message on NYS Education Trends from NYS Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli

Today, my office issued a report detailing regional trends in education funding, enrollment, and conditions across the state. The report analyzes school district financial and demographic information from nine separate regions outside of New York City. Investments in New York’s public schools are vital at both the state and local level. By examining regional comparisons […]

From the Office of Assemblyman Bill Jones

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that the Assembly’s 2017-18 state budget proposal helps grow the economy, gives North Country communities the resources they need and invests in vital agriculture programs. “During my recent district tour, North Country residents voiced their concerns with many of the governor’s proposals and local officials made it clear that a […]

From the Office State Senator Betty Little

LITTLE, SENATE COLLEAGUES ADVANCE BUDGET PROCESS Propose tax relief, increased school aid and clean water funds Senator Betty Little today voted in favor of a budget resolution that outlines the State Senate’s response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget and keeps the Legislature on course for adoption of an on-time budget. The Senate proposal calls […]

DiNapoli: Office Has $14.5 Billion in Unclaimed Funds; Urges New Yorkers to Claim Lost Money

Office Returned a Nationwide Record of $452 million in SFY 2015-16 *B-roll video available* New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced that his office has over $14.5 billion in unclaimed funds and urged New Yorkers to see if any of it belongs to them. In State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2015-16, DiNapoli’s office set […]

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 […]

DiNapoli: State Missing Out on Millions in Medicare Payments for Kidney Patients

From the office of NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli The state Department of Health (DOH) could have saved the Medicaid program as much as $146 million over a six-year period if it had helped Medicaid patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) who meet certain eligibility requirements get the Medicare benefits to which they are entitled, […]

High Pressure Energy Sales in Progress In Peru

BEWARE Peru and possibly regional electric and gas users. A VERY high pressure representative of Just Energy, an Energy Service Company (ESCO), is in town trying to sign people up to very high fixed green energy electric and gas rates. Personal opinion: DO NOT sign-up without extensive research. I called the NYS Public Service Commission. They […]

Assemblyman Jones Co-Sponsored Legislation to Fix STAR Program Passes Assembly

Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced that legislation he co-sponsored, to reform the state’s School Tax Relief (STAR) program to fix changes made in last years’ budget and remove barriers to prompt tax relief (A.5969) has passed the assembly. “The changes made last year hurt middle-class families the most,” said Jones. “Homeowners in the North Country […]

Coyotes In and Around Peru

By John T. Ryan Peru – Oftentimes the most interesting part of a Peru Town Board meeting comes up under “Other Business” when Counselor Brandy McDonald reports on what’s going on in and about town. At the Monday, February 13th meeting his subject was coyotes. McDonald reported that about seventy coyotes have been shot in […]

DiNapoli Report Highlights Regional Education Trends

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli issued a report today detailing regional trends in education funding, enrollment and conditions across the state. The report analyzes school district financial and demographic information from nine separate regions outside of New York City. “Investments in New York’s public schools are vital at both the state and local […]

43 Companies Commit to Creating 640 New Jobs

Empire State Development today announced that 43 businesses will expand in or locate to New York State, partnering with colleges and universities to spur economic growth across the state. These 43 businesses have committed to create more than 640 new jobs and invest more than $15 million statewide. “From life sciences to advanced manufacturing, industrial […]

DEC Announces Falconry, Wildlife Rehabilitator, and Leashed Tracking Dog Examinations

Exams set for April 7; Registration deadline is March 17 Examinations for individuals seeking a license to practice the sport of falconry, become a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator, or use leashed tracking dogs to find wounded or injured big game animals are scheduled for Friday, April 7, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) […]

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, […]

IT specialist was New York State’s top overtime earner in 2016 – NY Daily News

State government’s 2016 overtime queen is an information technology specialist whose extra pay nearly tripled her regular salary. Source: IT specialist was New York State’s top overtime earner in 2016 – NY Daily News

NYS Comptroller DiNapoli Comments on Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Budget

DiNapoli: Executive Budget Reduces Out-Year Gaps, Diminishes Independent Oversight Federal Funding Questions Pose Increased Risk for State The $162.2 billion Executive Budget includes proposals to address infrastructure needs while reducing out-year gaps, but shifts some spending off-budget and would expand Executive authority to reshape spending and programs without legislative input, according to a report released […]

United Way Surpasses $725,000 Goal

United Way Officials and the volunteer Campaign Team meet to announce to the media that the Campaign Team raised $725,115.00 for the 2017 Campaign to help with high priority health and human service needs throughout the Adirondack Region. Pictured here at the table from left to right is Assemblyman Billy Jones, Past Campaign Chair and […]

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 […]

Public Invited to Regional Economic Development Council Meeting

What: A public meeting of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC). The region is composed of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Who: The NCREDC is co-chaired by Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and Tony Collins, President of Clarkson University. All individuals, businesses, organizations, […]

DEC’s Tree Nursery Offers Variety of Seedlings to Create Effective Windbreaks and Snow Fences

From the NYS DEC More than 50 species of trees and shrubs from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Saratoga Tree Nursery are now available to public and private landowners and schools, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. Winter winds often cause blowing and drifting snow that can create hazardous road conditions, […]

Can tiny North Hudson serve as the Adirondack Park’s gateway? | NCPR News

Source: Can tiny North Hudson serve as the Adirondack Park’s gateway? | NCPR News

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 […]

Governor proposes improvements, new lift, zipline for Whiteface | Local News | pressrepublican.com

In Plattsburgh Monday, he promoted budget proposals that would benefit the North Country. Source: Governor proposes improvements, new lift, zipline for Whiteface | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Dinapoli: New York schools must limit property tax levy to 1.26 percent – Times Union

The state’s tax cap law, enacted in 2011, was designed to rein in out-of-control property taxes by limiting any increase to the local property tax levy to either 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. Increasing the tax levy is a common method of making up budget holes after state aid and […]

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 […]

From the Office of Assemblyman Billy Jones

Assemblyman Jones announces committee appointments Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) announced he has been appointed to five Assembly standing committees including Aging, Agriculture, Economic Development, Small Business and Tourism. “I am honored to be entrusted to serve on these distinguished committees as a newly elected member,” said Jones. “Serving on these vital committees will aid in […]

How much funding is Gov. Cuomo proposing for your school district? – Capitol Confidential

Packaged with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget proposal released on Tuesday night are school aid runs, which detail how much funding the executive proposes for each of the state’s s… Source: How much funding is Gov. Cuomo proposing for your school district? – Capitol Confidential

DEC camper scholarships now available – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — The Lake Champlain Chapter of Trout Unlimited will again provide scholarships for interested young men and women 11 to 17 years old to attend DEC’s popular summer camp program. Source: DEC camper scholarships now available – Sun Community News & Printing

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 […]

Plattsburgh International Airport awarded $38M for expansion plan

​Funds announced during New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address Wednesday in Albany Source: Plattsburgh International Airport awarded $38M for expansion plan

Cuomo looks to counties to solve high property tax rates | NCPR News

Source: Cuomo looks to counties to solve high property tax rates | NCPR News

State awards $38 million to Plattsburgh Airport | News | pressrepublican.com

Money will pay for new cargo center and general aviation customs facility. Source: State awards $38 million to Plattsburgh Airport | News | pressrepublican.com

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

NYS DEC Lifeguard Qualifying Procedures Begin January 21, 2017

New Yorkers that love the outdoors and are looking for summer employment are invited to participate in free lifeguard qualifying procedures beginning January 21, 2017, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. Seasonal lifeguard positions are available at DEC campgrounds throughout the Adirondack and Catskill parks this summer. The current hourly […]

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 […]

Officials voice concern about Obamacare repeal | Local News | pressrepublican.com

State says more than 16,500 would be affected in Clinton, Essex, Franklin counties. Source: Officials voice concern about Obamacare repeal | Local News | pressrepublican.com

Minimum wage sees another increase – Sun Community News & Printing

PLATTSBURGH — It’s already a good year for the state’s minimum wage workers, who received a pay bump just hours before welcoming 2017. Source: Minimum wage sees another increase – Sun Community News & Printing

Gov. Cuomo calls for free tuition at New York public colleges

​Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to offer free tuition at New York public colleges to eligible residents. Source: Gov. Cuomo calls for free tuition at New York public colleges

SUNY asks for tuition hikes that vary by campus – The Buffalo News

SUNY officials are trying to raise tuition again after they were rebuffed last year to extend $300 annual undergraduate tuition increases. Source: SUNY asks for tuition hikes that vary by campus – The Buffalo News

Peru CSD teachers, students collaborating on tech advances – Sun Community News & Printing

PERU — Teachers and students from the Peru Central School District are working together to identify the best ways to implement technology into their classrooms. Source: Peru CSD teachers, students collaborating on tech advances – Sun Community News & Printing

Planning Board Jan. 11 Agenda

AGENDA – Peru Planning Board, WEDNESDAY, January 11, 2017 @ 7:00 PM CALL MEETING TO ORDER PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ROLL CALL APPROVAL of December 14, 2016 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 […]

Census: NY lost more people than gained this year as of July – Capitol Confidential

For the first time in a decade, New York State experienced a net population loss, as of July of last summer, according to the Empire Center which examined Census data. While upstate has been steadi… Source: Census: NY lost more people than gained this year as of July – Capitol Confidential

DiNapoli: Consumers Should Read Fine Print On Gift Cards This Holiday Season

Office of the New York State Comptroller: Press Release Source: DiNapoli: Consumers Should Read Fine Print On Gift Cards This Holiday Season

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