The Carnegie medal for heroism was formally presented to a Vermont prosecutor on Monday. He was honored for trying to save the life of an employee of the Vermont Department of Children and Families who was shot and killed in the department’s parking lot in August 2015. The ceremony stirred up complicated memories.
Vermont Congressman Peter Welch handily won re-election last week, taking 82 percent to the 9 percent his Liberty Union opponent Erica Clawson received. The Democrat returns to a House of Representatives preparing for a Trump presidency and Republican control. Vermont’s sole representative says he was very disappointed and surprised by the results of the presidential election.
About 140 protesters gathered in front of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Essex Junction this morning. It was part of a national day of action, with advocates joining the Standing Rock Sioux to fight against a planned pipeline in North Dakota.
In May, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an agreement completing the largest acquisition to the Adirondack Park in over 100 years. The purchase adds 69,000 acres of land to the forest preserve. This week the Adirondack Park Agency held its first public hearing on proposed land classifications for the parcel.
President-elect Donald Trump’s plans for his first 100 days include his intention to renegotiate or withdraw from NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. The United States’ largest trading partner has already initiated conversations with the newly elected leader about the importance of Canada to the U.S. economy. People close to the border are watching closely.
The city of Plattsburgh will have a new mayor in January. Local businessman and SUNY Plattsburgh Professor of Economics Colin Read won election to Plattsburgh’s top office, unseating incumbent Independent Republican-endorsed James Calnon. But the current officeholder doesn’t plan to concede until all the absentee ballots are counted.
In Vermont, the governor and lieutenant governor wage separate campaigns — often resulting in a split of the parties holding the state’s top two offices. On election night, an unexpectedly close race for Vermont Lieutenant Governor unfolded.
Outgoing Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will be replaced by his current Lieutenant Governor in January. Republican Phil Scott handily won the race for the state’s top office against his Democratic challenger.