A political action committee has taken down two online ads after learning that it is illegal to use the Vermont state seal in an advertisement.
The Burlington Free Press reports that the state elections director notified the Vermonters First PAC on Wednesday that violating the state law carries a penalty of up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. The ads in question promoted Republican candidates Vince Illuzzi and Wendy Wilton, who are running for state auditor and treasurer, and showed images of the Vermont state flag, which carries the seal.
A group that provides emergency shelter and homeless prevention programs in Burlington is temporarily moving its daytime shelter to a church while it works to secure a permanent location.
The Committee on Temporary Shelter, or COTS, has been operating its Daystation out of temporary sites since July when its facility was was destroyed by a flood. Officials on Thursday announced that First United Methodist Church of Burlington has offered its parsonage for use this winter.
The Governor is traveling the state to assess the progress being made by each of the ten Regional Economic Development Councils. Both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy were in Plattsburgh Wednesday to assess the programs and progress of the North Country’s Council.
With pomp and ceremony, E. Thomas Sullivan has been formally installed as the University of Vermont’s 26th President.
During the recent installation, Vermont’s largest college welcomed a number of prominent speakers, including the state’s Governor and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. Also attending was former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale.
The EPA has announced a series of grants under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to target invasive species. Among those receiving money is a small college in the midst of the Adirondacks.
Five organizations in New York State will receive a total of 1-point-4 million dollars to assess and reduce the spread of invasive species. Paul Smith’s College’s Watershed Stewardship Program will receive just under 400-thousand dollars to continue a watercraft inspection program at boat launches in the western Adirondacks. Director Eric Holmlund.
Officials in Essex County, New York have been working to close a 13-million dollar budget gap in the 2013 budget. While they hope a pending sale of the county-run nursing home will make a difference, they say mandate relief from the state would be more helpful.
The rural Adirondack County has one of the lowest tax rates in New York State and has been using their fund balance to hold the line on property tax increases. Essex County Manager Dan Palmer says that may not be possible much longer.