Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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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.

Infinite Culcleasure
Infinite Culcleasure

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.

Empire State Winter Games Executive Director Tait Wardlaw
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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.

Rail tracks
Tipiac-Alain Caraco/Wikimedia Commons

Some Vermont residents and lawmakers are concerned that propane-filled tanker cars parked on railroad tracks could pose a danger to nearby residential areas in Bennington.

Carina Driscoll
Carina For Mayor/Facebook

Bernie Sanders' stepdaughter is running for mayor of Burlington, Vermont, the same office that was the starting point for the independent U.S. senator's political career.

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

Bus drivers and paraeducators in a Vermont school district have voted to go on strike Dec. 5 if a new contract isn't reached by then.

Investigators say a retirement community resident made ricin and tested the deadly toxin on her neighbors by putting it on their food or in beverages over a period of weeks.

University of Vermont Health Network Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital

A lockdown at a hospital in Plattsburgh ended Friday after nearly five hours.

Main Street in Lake Placid overlooking Mirror Lake and the Adirondacks
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Town of North Elba plans to establish “salt-free zones” on some roads along Mirror Lake in Lake Placid this winter.  It’s part of a years-long effort to reduce salt runoff into the Adirondack lake.

University of Vermont Health Network Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital

The hospital in Plattsburgh is under lockdown following a bomb threat.

Vermont Natural Resources Deputy Secretary Peter Walke (left) and Governor Phil Scott discuss VW settlement funds
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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.

Line of oil tankers along the Boreas River
Brendan Wiltse Photography / Adirondack Council

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.

Burlington City Council meeting 11-6-17
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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.

Winooski center city area
Doug Kerr-Dougtone/Flickr

Officials in Winooski, Vermont city are getting ready to provide details of plans to upgrade its Main Street.

Lake Champlain (file photo)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is inviting people to comment at a series of public meetings on water quality improvement projects designed to help clean up Lake Champlain.

New Hampshire Statehouse
Jared C. Benedict/Wikimedia Commons

Civil War bonds and old advertising posters are among the long-forgotten artifacts found in a mysterious vault at the New Hampshire Statehouse.

A Vermont city has shut down a recently opened dog park after complaints from a neighbor that the barking and yapping were making him "miserable."

University of Vermont
Sally McCay/UVM Photo

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.

Boiled maple
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont State Police are investigating a case of maple vandalism.

WIkimedia Commons/Nasser Akabab

Abundant crops of acorns, beech nuts and berries are providing wildlife across parts of the Northeast with an unusually bountiful Thanksgiving feast.

Jay Peak

The owner of Vermont's Jay Peak ski resort has reached a tentative settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a fraud case.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik meets with Canadian dignitaries and business leaders in Montreal
Office of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

Northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was in Montreal Monday to talk with members of the Quebec and North Country Chambers of Commerce about NAFTA and cross-border trade.

Senator Bernie Sanders holds student meeting on opioids and addiction at Burlington High School
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders held a student town meeting at Burlington High School late last week to discuss the addiction and opioid crisis.

scam caution signs
Pixabay/Public Domain

The Vermont Secretary of State and Vermont Attorney General are jointly warning municipal officials in the state about an email scam.

Dean Corren
Dean Corren for Vermont Lieutenant Governor/Facebook

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.

Camp Hill State Prison
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

A Vermont inmate who died of cancer at a Pennsylvania prison wrote in a diary that he repeatedly asked for medical care but was denied and given ibuprofen and Tylenol for his pain.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
Colin Read for Mayor/Facebook

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.

NY 21 Congressional Forum 11-20-17
Zach Hirsch, North Country Public Radio

The candidates challenging Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st district participated in a forum last night in Plattsburgh.

NY 21 Congressional Forum 11-20-17
Zach Hirsch, North Country Public Radio

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.

Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy announced Monday that $600,000 in grants will go to five Vermont communities to help them hire new law enforcement officers.