The Essex County, New York Board of Supervisors has approved its 2018 budget. The fiscal blueprint is the last of a five-year plan designed to bring the county under the tax cap and stabilize the fund balance.
Local elections in Vermont are held on Town Meeting Day in March. In the past few days, two individuals have announced campaigns to challenge two-term incumbent Democratic Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger. The first to announce is community activist Infinite Culcleasure. He says will run as an Independent and seek support of the Progressive Party.
The Empire State Winter Games begin on February 1st. Three days earlier, a torch run will begin in Manhattan. That’s just one of the changes organizers outlined today in Lake Placid, which will host the competition.
Yesterday in Montpelier, Vermont’s governor and Deputy Natural Resources Secretary detailed a draft plan for how the state will use nearly $19 million dollars it will receive as part of a settlement with Volkswagen.
Over the course of the year, controversy has flared over Iowa Pacific Railway and its subsidiary the Saratoga North Creek Railroad’s storage of rail cars on sidings in the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Council is now asking billionaire philanthropist Warren Buffett to intervene.
After weeks of twists and turns, Burlington city councilors made their final decision on which of four bidders will buy the city’s cable and broadband provider. Monday’s marathon meeting lasted into the early morning hours.
A University of Vermont student suspended this fall after being accused of groping a female student at an off-campus party is suing the school, saying he didn't grope the student and the school's disciplinary system is faulty and biased against men.
The Vermont Attorney General's office has settled a lawsuit with a former lieutenant governor candidate who allegedly took advantage of a mass email from the state Democratic Party in violation of campaign finance rules.
Plattsburgh’s mayor recently reconvened a public safety council, asking it to find innovative solutions to 21st century challenges within the city’s budget constraints. Mayor Colin Read explains that the panel was originally created in January to search for a new police chief and review code enforcement. With rural towns and cities facing challenges such as the opioid epidemic and related crimes, zombie properties and street safety, the mayor says it’s a good time to refocus on the panel’s work now that the city budget is complete.
The candidates challenging Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st district participated in a forum last night in Plattsburgh. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley moderated and offers this report.