Two counties in New York’s north country are putting the finishing touches on resolutions expressing their opposition to the state’s new gun control law.
The resolutions being crafted have yet to determine whether the county officials will call for repeal or revision of New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act. Essex County Board of Supervisors SAFE Act Subcommittee Chair Democrat Gerald Morrow says they do not want to rush like state leaders did.
A forum was held recently in Lake Placid for women and minority business owners to learn how to become certified contractors with the state of New York.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed state agencies to increase their contracts with certified women and minority owned businesses. But some areas of the state, like the Adirondacks, are challenged to find enough qualifying businesses.
New York Senator Betty Little spearheaded a forum in Lake Placid recently about the New York State Women and Minority owned business program.
Lawyers for a man on death row for the 2000 abduction and killing of a Vermont woman are telling a judge he should have his conviction overturned because his trial lawyers didn't properly explore his troubled upbringing.
In a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Burlington, lawyers for Donald Fell said the jury was not made aware of his past.
Prosecutors said defense attorneys have no grounds to call for a new trial for Fell.
Vermont Gas says it's changed a proposed natural gas pipeline route after a number of residents in one community said it would be too close to their homes.
Meanwhile, voters in the town, Monkton, are deciding Tuesday whether to spend up to $50,000 to form a legal defense fund to represent the town's interests in the project. They also are looking at whether the town selectboard should issue any road permits for pipelines that cross town roads until residents' concerns about safety are addressed.
It is Town Meeting Day in Vermont, a time when school and community budgets are decided and community leaders are chosen in a centuries-old tradition of discussion and debate at town halls across the state.
Vermont State Police have resumed their search for a man believed to have fallen through the ice on a lake while using a tractor to move an ice shanty.
Police say divers have searched Lake Memphremagog in Newport Center for 53-year-old James LeBlanc of Newport but are experiencing difficult conditions due to cold temperatures and murkiness at the lake bottom.
Police received a report about 7:30 Saturday evening of an ice shanty and tractor going through the ice. Police later determined it was likely that a man went into the lake, as well, and did not resurface.
The Vermont attorney general's office will hold a public forum next week to evaluate police use of stun guns.
The forum — to be held next Monday in Montpelier — will include a panel made up of two lawmakers, the heads of the Vermont American Civil Liberties Union and Disability Rights Vermont and Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell. Members of the public will also be invited to provide comments.
Several presentations will be given on the current training and policies on the use of stun guns and the risk and benefits of using them.
Lake Placid is best known for hosting the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Republican Craig Randall has been mayor of the Adirondack village for four years and is running unopposed for reelection. On today’s Community Corner Mayor Craig Randall talks about managing the most famous village in the region.