The North County Chamber of Commerce and two county legislatures hosted a visit by the New York state Assembly majority leader on Tuesday. Democrat Joe Morelle was briefed on regional economic development strategies and projects and then toured the region’s transportation manufacturing facilities.
Last week, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara unsealed a 79-page criminal complaint against three members of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s inner circle and six other individuals. The multiple counts of alleged extortion, fraud, and bribery have reignited the debate over ethics reform in Albany. During a visit to Plattsburgh on Tuesday, state Assembly Majority Leader Democrat Joe Morelle said he and other legislators are disturbed by the latest indictments.
Five Stafford Middle school students and their teachers were on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus on Thursday to talk about their successful effort last year to get the city school board to change Columbus Day on school calendars to Indigenous People’s Day.
The administration of Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin is asking Vermont agencies to identify government programs that could be cut as they work to assemble the outgoing governor's last spending plan.
Milk production in the region is up as the payments farmers are receiving have dropped to unprofitable levels. Meanwhile the federal program intended to buffer the low points is coming under increasing criticism. This is occurring at the same time an export market that might aid the dairy industry could be blocked.
Former Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee is expanding on his storied baseball legacy by throwing a curveball into Vermont politics. He is the Vermont Liberty Union Party’s candidate for governor. Lee tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that he is seeking the state’s top office because one of the founders of the party asked him to run.
More than 600 people were at the Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh Tuesday evening for a community forum on the prescription opioid and heroin addiction crisis. The evening featured a guest expert on how the drugs affect the brain.
Vermont is one of 37 states along with the District of Columbia that allows early voting. The process will begin at the end of the week and election officials are urging voters to take advantage of it. While one political party has questions about the distribution of the ballots, others say that’s just political gamesmanship.
The Rutland Board of Aldermen has approved releasing a report by the city attorney that reviews whether the mayor acted within his powers under the city charter when he made plans to resettle Syrian refugees.