Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

New York’s annual Invasive Species Awareness Week begins on Sunday. This year, the focus is on what individuals can do to stop the spread of the plants and animals.

Volunteers from SunCommon build a portable solar-powered trailer

A solar company in Vermont is building small trailers that will bring charging stations, water filtration and lighting to Puerto Rico, which remains devastated from Hurricane Maria nearly a year later.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
Colin Read for Mayor/Facebook

Plattsburgh’s mayor and city councilors are continuing to work on a five-year fiscal plan even though they completed the city’s annual budget several weeks ago. Mayor Colin Read explains that while a multi-year year plan is required, for many years it was not produced.

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A runner has died of heatstroke suffered during a race in the Adirondacks.

One of the losing Democratic candidates in last week’s Democratic primary in New York’s 21st District is now mounting a challenge to incumbent Republican state Senator Betty Little.

Deb Snell announcing the nurses' strike plan earlier this month
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Unionized nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center stood outside the state’s largest hospital on Monday to announce that they will go on strike next week.

A Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate has been fined $250 after a judge determined he'd shirked his duties as a lawyer so he could appear on a radio show to promote his campaign.

UVM Medical Center nurses' union announce intent to strike
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Unionized nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center have notified management that they will walk out on strike next week.

Vermont Democratic U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy wants to reduce the size of the zone in which border agents can question people about their immigration status.

A bicycle ferry that carries cyclists across part of Lake Champlain reopened Friday after repairs were made to an old railroad causeway on the water that is a popular bicycle path.

Samples from five mosquito pools collected in Springfield, VT have tested positive for West Nile virus at the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory.

Officials in Vermont are urging people to be aware of the dangers of high heat and humidity as temperatures rise.

Vermont Statehouse 2018
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Following two previous attempts, Vermont lawmakers passed a third budget on Monday and sent it to Governor Phil Scott, who had vetoed the first two plans saying they violated his pledge not to raise taxes or fees. Faced with a July 1st deadline, the governor announced Monday night that he would allow the latest version of the 2019 budget to become law without his signature.  The Republican discussed his decision Thursday during his first press conference since the move.

Congressman Peter Welch
Congressman Peter Welch's office

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch was first elected to the U.S. House in 2006 and is now the House Democratic Caucus Chief Deputy Whip.  He is among the many people stunned by the defeat of Representative Joe Crowley by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York’s 14th District Democratic primary this week. Welch says while those who know Crowley are stung by the loss, the winner has excited voters.

South Burlington Rebels logo
South Burlington School District

The Vermont Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a case over a school board's decision to replace the school's long-held "Rebels" mascot.

Governor Phil Scott discusses Vermont budget
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott says he's satisfied with many provisions in the new state budget, yet remains disappointed Democrats in the Legislature did not sign onto his plan to hold property tax rates at last year's level.

Tedra Cobb
Tedra Cobb for NY21

Democrat Tedra Cobb won a five-way primary Tuesday in New York’s 21st Congressional district and will now challenge two-term incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik. The barbs between the camps began on primary night. Cobb says her victory was about the people of the district and the need for change.

The Vermont Economic Development Authority has approved $10.9 million in loans for business and agricultural projects across the state.

A Utah businessman is abandoning plans for a massive development in four rural Vermont towns based on the papers of Mormon founder Joseph Smith.

Emerald Ash Borer
courtesy NYS DEC

The invasive and destructive emerald ash borer has spread to Vermont's capital city and officials say people should prepare for most of Montpelier's ash trees dying.

Tedra Cobb
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Coming off a long, five-person primary in New York’s 21st House district that ended Tuesday night, Democrat Tedra Cobb is hoping to unify the party as she gears up to face incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik.  It’s considered an uphill climb.

NY 21 candidates
photos by Pat Bradley/WAMC

The general election in New York’s 21st Congressional district is set. Democrat Tedra Cobb easily won the five-person primary in the 12-county region Tuesday and will challenge two-term incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has reaction from the candidates.

NY 21 candidates
photos by Pat Bradley/WAMC

Two women will face off in the general election in New York’s 21st district Congressional race as Tedra Cobb handily won Tuesday’s five –way Democratic primary to challenge incumbent  Republican congressman Elise Stefanik.

Vermont Statehouse 2018
Pat Bradley/WAMC

It appears Vermont will avoid a government shutdown. With the July 1st fiscal year deadline approaching, Governor Phil Scott has decided to allow the third version of the budget that legislators have sent him to become law, but he’s not signing the fiscal plan.

The state capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas / WAMC

Conservation advocates say the New York state legislature had few accomplishments over the course of this year’s session — which ended last week — for the Adirondacks and the state’s environment.

Court documents say talks between the city of Burlington, Vermont, and a group of homeless men evicted from their North Avenue camp last fall have stalled.

Vermont Statehouse 2018
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Vermont Senate has voted in favor of the third budget bill passed by the House and sent the bill to Republican Governor Phil Scott, who has until the end of the week to sign or veto it.

NY 21 candidates
photos by Pat Bradley/WAMC

At its peak, 10 Democrats made up the primary field in New York’s 21st Congressional district.  Over time the numbers have diminished. Voters will choose between the final five Tuesday. The three women and two men who are running all say it is crucial to make a change and oust the Republican incumbent.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is the president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State.  A key priority he plans to focus on is election security. In March, he testified before the U.S. Select Committee on Intelligence on the topic and this week the Democrat returned to testify before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

Governor Chris Sununu vetoes death penalty repeal bill
Governor Chris Sununu's Facebook page

Republican Governor Chris Sununu has vetoed a bill that would have abolished New Hampshire's death penalty.