Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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Demonstrators gather in front of Congresswoman Stefanik's Plattsburgh office
Pat Bradley/WAMC

About three dozen people from across the North Country met in Plattsburgh Friday afternoon to demonstrate their displeasure over Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s refusal to hold a town hall meeting with constituents.

Break-in cards
Vermont State Police

Vermont State Police have implemented a project to raise awareness about car break-ins at state parks and other outdoor recreation areas.  Troopers at the Williston barracks will check vehicles and place a card on the driver’s side window if there are valuables in plain sight.  Corporal Andrew Leise, who is leading the Williston barracks on the project, says it’s an effort to raise awareness amid an increase in break-ins.

A 14-year-old New Hampshire boy taking a flight to a baseball tournament in Florida was shocked when airport authorities said he was on a U.S. government watch list.

Vermont Senate Chamber
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Lawmakers in the Vermont Senate have unanimously approved a measure that positions the state as a bulwark against some of President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

Donkey Hotey/Flickr

The Vermont Legislature's Joint Fiscal Office says the state is poised to bring in an addition $8 million with retail giant Amazon agreeing to collect and remit sales tax.

Okemo Mountain Resort
Ski Vermont

With the snowfall earlier this month ski mountains across the area built a strong base for the Presidents Day holiday.  Many resorts are expecting record attendance when final numbers come out.

Photo of David Zuckerman
Verrmont Legislature

On Tuesday the new Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly issued a memo implementing the president’s immigration executive order.  In the memo, Secretary Kelly notes he is authorized to enter into agreements with states to authorize “qualified officers or employees of the state …. to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension, or detention of aliens in the United States.”  That is raising red flags in the statehouse in Vermont.  Earlier this month, a bill was introduced that would require any federal move to use local or state law enforcement first be approved by the governor.  Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, a Progressive, says the bill is scheduled for action in the state Senate today.

Gender free sign in San Diego
Checking Fax/Wikimedia

A new bill that would put "gender-free" signs on public, single-occupancy bathrooms in Vermont is quickly gaining support.

Burlington Police car
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Burlington's police chief says an officer has resigned in advance of a disciplinary hearing on a perjury allegation regarding statements he made about an October arrest for narcotics possession last fall.

Robert Frenier
Vermont Legislature

Vermont Republican Robert Frenier's new House seat appears to be safe after a legislative recount effort abruptly ended.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott met with reporters at the Statehouse in Montpelier today to discuss a number of issues facing the legislature and his administration.  One of the primary topics is a piece of legislation under consideration that would require any federal immigration actions in Vermont to be approved by the governor.

Norm McAllister
Vermont Legislature

A former Vermont lawmaker accused of trying to extract sexual favors in exchange for rent will be back in court Friday seeking to withdraw his plea in a deal he made with the state.

Stowe gondola
Jared C. Benedict/Wikimedia

Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont is being purchased by the Colorado-based Vail Resorts for $50 million.

The Adirondack village of Saranac Lake is preparing to host the World Snowshoe Championships. The competition, which is being held in the United States for the first time, begins Friday.

marijuana
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

A simpler, stripped down marijuana legalization bill is being reviewed by the Vermont House Judiciary Committee after legislation that would have created a structure similar to Colorado's legal marijuana program failed during the last legislative session.

Vermont Statehouse
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Republican Governor Phil Scott wants Vermont lawmakers to lift restrictions on a tax-related financing program that now goes to a handful of cities and towns.

Calita Kabir/Flickr

A Vermont bill would require presidential candidates to make their tax returns public in order to get on the state ballot.

Burlington International Airport USGS 1995 photo
USGS

South Burlington residents met last night with officials from the Burlington International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Vermont National Guard regarding home buyout and noise mitigation initiatives occurring in advance of the arrival of F-35 fighter jets.

Hannah (left) and Lori Sames
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Hannah’s Hope is a charity that was formed in 2008 after then-Plattsburgh residents Lori and Matt Sames’ daughter was diagnosed with a rare progressive nerve disease. Known informally as GAN, the disease appears in early childhood and slowly destroys the central nervous system.  Hannah, who recently underwent gene therapy, and her mother Lori spoke about the disease and her progress.

From left:  VT Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen, Mayor Miro Weinberger, State's Attorney Sarah George, Dr. Stephen Leffler, Chief Brandon del Pozo
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Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger announced a series of initiatives Thursday aimed at addressing the opioid crisis in the city.

Part of Shipwrecks of New York display at Plattsburgh City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

There are thousands of shipwrecks in New York state waters, dating to the early days of the nation.  A traveling exhibit highlighting their historical significance is currently on display at Plattsburgh City Hall.

Governor Phil Scott (left) and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard at a press conference in Quebec City 2/15/17
Governor Phil Scott/Facebook

Vermont Governor Phil Scott is in  Quebec City for his first official meetings with his counterpart in Quebec, the state's largest trading partner.

Vermont National Guard logo
U.S. Air Force

About 300 Vermont Air National Guard members will soon return from a three-month deployment in the Middle East.

North Country Chamber unveils 2017 Business Confidence Index
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A survey conducted by the local chamber of commerce finds that confidence in the North Country’s business climate is surging.

Vermont's treasurer says the state will soon launch a tax-free savings program for residents with disabilities.

Photo of Vermont Statehouse in winter
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Bills aimed at preventing what Vermont lawmakers and Republican Governor Phil Scott have called unconstitutional overreach on immigration issues by the Trump administration are moving quickly through the state Legislature.

scam caution signs
Pixabay/Public Domain

Scammers are always coming up with ways to get your money — and with the latest technology, they are more creative than ever.  An assistant New York state attorney general and a bank president say one of the latest scams puts your finances at risk if you respond with a single word.

U.S. and Canadian flags
Flanker/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The first meeting between President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was closely watched by Canadians and border communities in the U.S.  The public view of the leaders’ meeting is boosting confidence about future economic links between the two countries.

Joyce Mitchell in courtroom with her lawyer during sentencing
Rob Fountain/Press Republican - pool photographer

The New York State Parole Board has unanimously denied former prison guard worker Joyce Mitchell’s bid for parole.

Snowmobiles
Visit Lakeland/Flickr

In the wake of a series of fatal accidents this winter, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have jointly issued a snowmobile safety advisory.

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