Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott's office says his proposal to have teachers negotiate their health care benefits with the state, rather than their local school district can still become law despite being rejected by the Democrat-controlled Senate.
Every 20 years, New Yorkers are given the opportunity for a constitutional convention. A referendum will be on the ballot in November asking voters if one should be held. Groups are lining up on each side. Several environmental organizations are opposed to the convention because they are concerned that a key protection for the Adirondacks and Catskills could be eliminated.
A report issued this month assesses the changing salinity of freshwater lakes. It finds increased sodium chloride in the North American lakes studied, most likely caused by using salt to de-ice roadways.
This will be the 60th year that a museum in Blue Mountain Lake opens its doors to showcase Adirondack history. Now, as it begins its sixth decade, the Adirondack Museum is being rebranded with a new name, logo and a new 19,000-square foot interactive exhibition. Executive Director David Kahn explains why the museum’s new name is the “Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake.”
The man for whom the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine is named has died at age 99 in California. Officials at the UVM Larner College of Medicine are remembering Dr. Robert Larner as a humble and generous benefactor who wanted students to benefit from his philanthropy.
SPARCC, or Substance Abuse and Recovery of Clinton County, was formed in 2016 to raise public awareness and enhance opioid addiction prevention efforts in the North Country. The group is now seeking volunteers to tell their addiction stories in hopes of getting more people into recovery and eliminating stigma.
This past week, Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott celebrated his 100th day in office and outlined his accomplishments so far. Vermonters elect the governor and lieutenant governor separately. David Zuckerman is a Progressive/Democrat in his first term as Lieutenant Governor. During a break in Senate sessions, he told WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that during his first 100 days he’s worked to get more people, especially youth, involved in the political process.
Vermont Representative Peter Welch and Senator Bernie Sanders were in northwestern Vermont this week to meet with constituents during the two-week Congressional Easter recess. They briefly spoke about some issues of concern to them and voters.
On Friday, several hundred officials from across the North Country gathered in Lake Placid to hear Governor Andrew Cuomo discuss highlights of the recently passed state budget. The fiscal plan includes $2.5 billion for the statewide Clean Water Infrastructure Act and $13.2 million in aid to municipalities. The spending plan keeps the Environmental Protection Fund at $300 million. New York state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos calls it the best environmental budget the state has passed in three decades.