Pat Bradley

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Plattsburgh officials have announced details of the 40th annual Mayor’s Cup festival and regatta.

Burlington, Vermont’s mayor has joined more than 200 others in signing an open letter declaring that they will continue to support the Paris Climate Agreement after the president promised to pull the U.S. out.

President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord is not winning him any friends in the environmental community.  That’s reflected by reaction from regional advocates.

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia
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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia was in Plattsburgh Thursday to hold a public hearing on the state’s draft regulations to meet the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces No Child Left Behind.

Bill McKibben
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"There's no way to get around the fact that yesterday was a disaster," renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben says of President Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement. "It's the thing that Trump will be remembered for for hundreds of years, assuming we're around for hundreds of years to remember...it's on the short list of the dumbest things America has ever done."

McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist. The Vermonter spoke with WAMC's Pat Bradley on Friday. In 1988, he wrote The End of Nature, the first book for a common audience about global warming. He is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board at 350.org.

Vermont has a new law that seeks to promote racial justice in the state.

Picture of marijuana plant
US Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

The New Hampshire House has voted to remove criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

This week, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger celebrated the completion of the first phase of rebuilding the city’s 8-mile Bike Path.  After he cut the ribbon near the Lake Champlain shoreline, he discussed a number of initiatives the city is undertaking including waterfront improvements.

Invasive steward sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation this summer is expanding its stewardship partnership aimed at preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species in the Adirondacks.

Officials cut ribbon to celebrate completion of Phase 1 Completion of Bike Path
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Officials in Vermont’s largest city marked the completion of Phase One of the rehabilitation of the Burlington Bike Path and provided an update on the next phase of its construction today.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
Jared C. Benedict/Wikimedia Commons

A tiny southern Vermont town could consider forming a new school district with a neighboring community in Massachusetts.

Picture of Bernie Sanders
Bernie 2016

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has urged graduating college students in New York City to stand up and fight back if they don't like the state of current events. Sanders said at Brooklyn College's commencement on Tuesday that doing so is the "only rational choice."

Berlin Pond
City of Montpelier, Vermont

State and local officials are trying to find a compromise over drinking water and recreational uses of a pond in central Vermont.

Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park cover
Adirondack Wild

The environmental group Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has issued a new guide to provide communities within the Blue Line with strategies for ecologically-based local planning.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
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New York’s lieutenant governor was in Plattsburgh last week for what Mayor Colin Read described as the time to end the concepts phase and begin implementation of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Read tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that an old gas station will be removed within a few weeks and public interaction will now focus on implementation of redevelopment plans.

Picture of Bernie Sanders
Bernie 2016

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders will not attend a Vermont high school graduation to give the commencement speech as planned because of changes to his itinerary for his book tour in Europe.

Skull MRI
Pixabay/Public Domain

The state of Vermont has one of the toughest concussion laws in the country and officials want to know if it is being properly followed.

A Vermont high school student charged with sending death threats to fellow students, teachers and staff at his school, causing three lockdowns and the cancellation of classes, has been jailed for violating the conditions of his release.

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A small group of activists were at NY Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s office in Plattsburgh Thursday to drop off a copy of the Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act. The Republican-led House narrowly passed the bill on May 4.  They are not the only people upset with the plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Five Star Urgent Care ribbon cutting
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Five Star Urgent Care expanded to its tenth location in New York state this week, opening a facility in Plattsburgh.  WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley toured the new facility as officials cut the ribbon to begin operations.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul in Plattsburgh 5-25-17
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New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Plattsburgh this afternoon to announce the final projects that have been approved for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative awarded to the city last summer.

Vermont Statehouse
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Vermont Legislature adjourned on May 19th with the threat of a budget veto by the governor and a special session planned at the end of June to deal with vetoes.  Although the session ended with the focus on teacher health care contracts, the leaders of the legislature say the controversy overshadowed a number of legislative accomplishments.

Governor Phil Scott announces marijuana bill veto
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Governor Phil Scott today vetoed Vermont’s first-in-the-nation legislatively approved marijuana legalization bill.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was in Montpelier today as the governor explained why he is sending the legislation back.

Smuggler's Notch in autumn
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The narrow mountain highway known as Smugglers Notch that links the Vermont towns of Stowe and Jeffersonville is now open for the season.

Township 40 map circa 1900
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New York has obtained the 296-acre Marion River Carry in the Adirondacks in a deal that resolves a more than century-old history of property disputes between the state and Raquette Lake landowners.

Vermont Statehouse
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Democratically-controlled Vermont Legislature adjourned last Friday despite budget veto threats from the Republican governor over the failure to reach a deal on a new teacher health insurance negotiation plan.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York is adding almost 300 acres of land to Adirondack Park to settle more than a century of differences between the state and a group of townspeople.

Jayveon Caballero
Vermont State Police

The man charged in the first slaying in Vermont's capital city of Montpelier in nearly a century is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to the second-degree murder charge against him.

Photo of former Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
NYS Assembly

After a decade in office, former North Country New York state Assemblywoman Janet Duprey of the 115th district retired last year due to vision problems.  But she was back at the capital in Albany recently to lobby in support of the proposed Medical Aid in Dying Act.  She says her support of the measure is deeply rooted in personal experience.

Billy Jones outside Plattsburgh City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Northern New York Assemblyman D. Billy Jones is in his first term representing the 115th district.  He has held a series of town halls, the most recent last night in Malone.  Despite the animus being seen at Congressional town halls, the Democrat says he has no qualms and finds them a useful tool.

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