North Country News

North Country contingent at Regional Economic Development Awards
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York state's 10 economic regions received more than $700 million in new economic development funding on Thursday. The North Country is welcoming its $61.4 million dollar share that will go to 77 projects across the northern tier of the state.

St. Lawrence River-Great Lakes watershed map
Karl Musser/Wikimedia

The U.S. and Canada have adopted a plan designed to improve environmental conditions along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River by letting water levels rise and fall more naturally.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Arguments were heard this week in state Supreme Court on whether cutting trees to create new snowmobile trails in the Adirondacks violate the "forever wild" clause of New York's constitution. It could set precedent.

Clinton County Government Center
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Clinton County legislators will hear from the public tonight on the 2017 budget plan.

Oceti Sakowin Water Protector Encampment
Dan Plumley, Adirondack Wild

On Sunday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied the easement permit for the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The pipeline controversy has brought thousands of protesters to an encampment at Standing Rock. One Adirondack resident was at the encampment when the permit denial was announced.

Plattsburgh mayor-elect Colin Read
Colin Read for Mayor/Facebook

In November, incumbent Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon was defeated in his re-election bid by Democrat Colin Read. Calnon did not formally concede until absentee ballots were counted on November 21st. The final result determined that Read had actually increased his lead by 84 votes, solidifying his win. Mayor-elect Read tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that was a surprise, and he’s now deeply involved in transitioning the administration.

Billy Jones outside Plattsburgh City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

In November voters elected Democrat D. Billy Jones to replace retiring New York state Republican Assemblywoman Janet Duprey to represent the 115th district. Jones, the current chair of the Franklin County Legislature, tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that the transition is going well and he’s looking forward to tackling challenges in Albany that concern the North Country.

Essex County NY government center
WAMC/Pat Bradley

With only five weeks left in the legislative year, the Essex County Board of Supervisors this week swore-in a new chair and vice chair to the panel.

Pixabay/Public Domain

A federal judge in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas granted a nationwide preliminary injunction Tuesday that blocks implementation of new overtime rules promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor. They had been set to go into effect Dec. 1st. Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh recently aired a forum on the controversial rule and what it might mean for employers and their workers throughout the region.

Snowgun at Whiteface Mountain
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Thanksgiving holiday is traditionally the opening weekend for most major ski areas across the region. Excitement peaked this week as multiple inches of natural snow fell, adding to the base of manmade snow already on the slopes. Snowmaking operations can be crucial throughout the season. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at Whiteface Mountain this week to see what it takes to keep the mountain white.

An inmate who tried to escape from the Clinton County Jail in Plattsburgh Friday never made it out of the building.

Boreas Ponds Tract
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

In May, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an agreement completing the largest acquisition to the Adirondack Park in over 100 years. The purchase adds 69,000 acres of land to the forest preserve. This week the Adirondack Park Agency held its first public hearing on proposed land classifications for the parcel.

U.S. and Canadian flags
Flanker/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

President-elect Donald Trump’s plans for his first 100 days include his intention to renegotiate or withdraw from NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. The United States’ largest trading partner has already initiated conversations with the newly elected leader about the importance of Canada to the U.S. economy. People close to the border are watching closely.

Amite sculpture on SUNY Plattsburgh campus
Pat Bradley/WAMC

In the wake of the election of Donald Trump and subsequent protests, SUNY Plattsburgh Police are reassuring students and staff that they are taking any potential concerns seriously.

Max Weinberg
Manu gt500/Flickr

Max Weinberg, the drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has bought a vacant lakefront lot with mountain views in New York's Adirondacks.

Regional Economic Development Council
Regional Economic Development Council website

New York’s 10 Regional Economic Development Councils are presenting their 2016 proposals to the Strategic Implementation Assessment Team this week. It’s the first part of the process that will lead to $750 million in development grants being awarded across the state.

Colin Read (left) and James Calnon
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Less than two weeks before Election Day, the candidates for mayor of Plattsburgh debated Wednesday night.

ORDA's Lundin On Early Snowfall In Lake Placid

Oct 27, 2016
The first snow over the weekend at Whiteface.
ORDA/Whiteface Lake Placid

It's not even Halloween, but residents in New York's North Country were already digging out from the season's first major snowstorm on Thursday. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with Jon Lundin, Public Relations Coordinator the Olympic Regional Development Authority in Lake Placid.

Kate Collignon presents DRI report to local planning committee
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Local Planning Committee coordinating the strategy for Plattsburgh’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant heard an update from the state’s consulting team earlier this week.

Congressional Debate open image
Mountain Lake PBS

The final debate between the three candidates in New York’s 21st Congressional district was taped Monday at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh.

Norsk Titanium CEO Warren Boley speaks at Chamber luncheon
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Plattsburgh has been chosen to host the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components. The head of Norsk Titanium met with business leaders from the region Monday to talk about the state-of-the-art technology and the $1 billion investment in a new manufacturing plant and training facility at the old Clinton County Airport.

Mike Carr at Elk Lake in the Adirondacks, May 2016
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Adirondack Nature Conservancy and the Adirondack Land Trust have worked in partnership for more than four decades to conserve lands and waters in the Adirondacks. Mike Carr has been executive director of both organizations for the last 16 years, but in the case of the Land Trust it has been part-time. He says it’s time for him to step down as the head of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy to become the full-time executive director of the Adirondack Land Trust.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia (left) with SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher
Pat Bradley/WAMC

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia were at SUNY Plattsburgh Friday afternoon to wrap up their statewide TeachNY listening tour.

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul (left), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (center) and Primelink President Greg MacConnell
WAMC/Pat Bradley

New York’s junior U.S. senator and lieutenant governor were in Plattsburgh this afternoon to promote new legislation that would help expand broadband in rural areas of the state.

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC Photo

The mayor of Plattsburgh has released his 2017 budget proposal . While the initial outline is over a million dollars in the red, city leaders say they’re optimistic they can bring the fiscal plan in line with the state tax cap.

Colin Read (left) and James Calnon
Candidates' Facebook pages

The two candidates running for mayor of Plattsburgh met recently in a rancorous debate. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was a panelist and reports there was no love lost between the duo during their first debate, which aired on Mountain Lake PBS .

Students at a Vermont high school will be returning to class for the first time today since four classmates and another member of the community were killed by a driver traveling the wrong way on an interstate.

Inspire program cover
Diocese of Ogdensburg

About 4,000 Catholics gathered in Lake Placid this past weekend to reinforce their faith and hear how they can bring more individuals into the church.

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle with Franklin County Legislature Chair Billy Jones (left) and North Country Chamber CEO Garry Douglas (right)
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The North County Chamber of Commerce and two county legislatures hosted a visit by the New York state Assembly majority leader on Tuesday. Democrat Joe Morelle was briefed on regional economic development strategies and projects and then toured the region’s transportation manufacturing facilities.

Stafford Middle School teachers Brenda Bieber (left) and Debbie Favro help students with Indigenous People's Day presentation
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Five Stafford Middle school students and their teachers were on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus on Thursday to talk about their successful effort last year to get the city school board to change Columbus Day on school calendars to Indigenous People’s Day.

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