Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

Ways to Connect

Bernie Sanders
Bernie 2016

After meeting with President Barack Obama for an hour on Thursday Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says he has a long list of issues he plans to pursue when the Democratic Party holds its nominating convention in Philadelphia at the end of July.

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The Correctional Association of New York has issued a report that alleges a culture of violence and abuse against prisoners has existed at Clinton Correctional for years. 

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Adirondack Film Society

The 15th Lake Placid Film Forum is being held this week.  After a few years of struggling, the event has regained its footing and is bringing notable films and filmmakers to the Olympic village.

Vermont Statehouse
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Vermont lawmakers are preparing to return to Montpelier on Thursday for a one-day session to see if they can override the governor’s veto of an energy siting bill.

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A federal judge in Vermont has approved a $50 million settlement to be paid by a national dairy marketing cooperative to thousands of Northeast dairy farmers.

One year after two convicted murderers escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, the New York State Office of the Inspector General released a scathing report on how the prisoners made their escape from the maximum security facility. 

Green Mountain Power

Environmental questions have led to a delay in state approval for a state-of-the-art manure processor and power generator proposed for St. Albans by Green Mountain Power.

Police in Vermont say a dispute between separate homeless encampments preceded the fatal beating of a transgender man.

Business Expo 2016
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The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business Expo Thursday in Plattsburgh. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley checked in with some exhibitors on their perspectives regarding the economy.

Monday marks one year since New York’s North Country was upended by a massive manhunt for two escaped murderers.  We look back at the 23-day search for Clinton Correctional Facility inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed a bill that gives the state more power to hold accountable companies that pollute the environment.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik accepts U.S. Chamber award
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik received an award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today before a business-friendly crowd gathered in Plattsburgh.

Rutland, VT
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In April, Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras announced plans, coordinated with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, to bring up to 100 Syrians to the city in October.  But the proposal is dividing the community.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently released a conceptual plan for a so-called “hut-to-hut” trail system in the central Adirondacks. The effort is another attempt to bring more tourists to the region.

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Errors in some software, including TurboTax, could result in Vermont charging interest and penalties if taxpayers don't file amended returns by June 30.

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City of Plattsburgh

The city of Plattsburgh has submitted its plan to obtain $10 million in a statewide competition for downtown revitalization funds.

Transgender symbol
ParaDox/Wikimedia from a drawing by Holly Boswell

A recently formed statewide network advocating for transgender rights has been holding a series of town hall forums throughout New York.  The latest is scheduled Wednesday evening in Plattsburgh.

Rouses Point border station
Photo taken by Bryan Smith

Officials at one northern New York border crossing are advising commercial travelers and people in oversized vehicles to divert to an alternate crossing.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at Demers Ambulances
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Demers Ambulances in Plattsburgh Friday afternoon to promote proposed legislation that would help communities obtain funding to develop manufacturing clusters.  

Protesters at Vermont Commissioner Recchia's property
People’s Department of Environmental Justice

A group of protesters opposed to a natural gas pipeline being built in Vermont took their dispute to the home of Vermont’s top utility regulator this week.

Rendering of proposed development on former Burlington College property
City of Burlington

A Vermont developer who owns the property that was formerly home to the now-closed Burlington College has presented plans for redeveloping the site.

Scott Milne

Republican Scott Milne has made it official. He's looking to unseat the U.S. Senate's longest-serving member, Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy.

Vermont Republican Party

Last weekend Vermont Republicans and Democrats held their state conventions to choose delegates to the upcoming national conventions.  Vermont Republicans are sending the youngest delegate in state history to a national convention.  Seventeen-year-old Jace Laquerre is eligible under state law because he will turn 18 by election day.  He hopes to bring the millennial’s perspective to the GOP.

Richard Booth
Adirondack Park Agency

Cornell University Professor of City and Regional Planning Richard Booth is one of two out-of-park commissioners at the Adirondack Park Agency.  The board is responsible for making the final decisions over land use and management within the Blue Line.  Booth, whose term ends June 30th, has become increasingly critical of the governor and what he says is the Cuomo administration’s influence over the APA Board.  As his term nears its end, Booth tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he would not stay even if re-appointed.

A new study of five and a half years of Vermont State Police traffic stops shows signs of bias especially against African Americans.

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Vermont is banning the use of what's called "conversion therapy," a practice aimed at changing young people's sexual orientation or gender identity.

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At a time when the relationship between police and minorities is under a microscope nationwide, a new study of five and a half years of Vermont State Police traffic stops shows signs of bias especially against African Americans.


Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed a bill that expands access to no-cost birth control for both men and women. 


Vermont is poised to become the first state to require public and private health insurance to cover vasectomies without copays and deductibles.

Norm McAllister
Vermont Legislature

A Vermont state senator's decision to seek re-election despite facing trial next month on felony sexual assault charges is not drawing much support from senior colleagues.