North Country News

Hannah (left) and Lori Sames
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Hannah’s Hope is a charity that was formed in 2008 after then-Plattsburgh residents Lori and Matt Sames’ daughter was diagnosed with a rare progressive nerve disease. Known informally as GAN, the disease appears in early childhood and slowly destroys the central nervous system.  Hannah, who recently underwent gene therapy, and her mother Lori spoke about the disease and her progress.

Part of Shipwrecks of New York display at Plattsburgh City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

There are thousands of shipwrecks in New York state waters, dating to the early days of the nation.  A traveling exhibit highlighting their historical significance is currently on display at Plattsburgh City Hall.

North Country Chamber unveils 2017 Business Confidence Index
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A survey conducted by the local chamber of commerce finds that confidence in the North Country’s business climate is surging.

scam caution signs
Pixabay/Public Domain

Scammers are always coming up with ways to get your money — and with the latest technology, they are more creative than ever.  An assistant New York state attorney general and a bank president say one of the latest scams puts your finances at risk if you respond with a single word.

U.S. and Canadian flags
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The first meeting between President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was closely watched by Canadians and border communities in the U.S.  The public view of the leaders’ meeting is boosting confidence about future economic links between the two countries.

A pharmaceutical manufacturing and supply company in Plattsburgh has received a $1 billion contract over five years that will allow it to expand employees and infrastructure.

Empire State Winter Games banner
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Nearly 2,300 athletes are in the Lake Placid region this weekend for the 37th annual Empire State Winter Games, the largest amateur winter athletic sporting event in North America.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the opening ceremonies Thursday evening.

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A hearing Monday on a lawsuit challenging New York’s plan for a rail to trail transition along the Remsen to Lake Placid rail corridor was delayed after the judge requested more information pertaining to ownership of land along the route.

Saranac Lake
Pat Bradley/WAMC

An upstate New York Mayor is blaming President Trump’s ban on travel from seven Middle Eastern countries for preventing athletes from India traveling to the Adirondacks.

Despite inclement weather, nearly a hundred officials and business leaders from across the North Country gathered in Plattsburgh this morning to hear addresses on the state of the town and city of Plattsburgh and Clinton County.

Governor Andrew Cuomo outlines North Country budget initaitives
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined his proposed state spending plan to a North Country audience Monday, highlighting what he says are the plan’s benefits for the upstate region and announcing plans to enhance tourism venues in the Adirondacks.

Internet Exchange Safety Zone sign
Plattsburgh City Police

Plattsburgh City Police have created an “Internet Exchange Safe Zone” for people exchanging goods purchased via social media or websites.

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones holds proposed budget
office of Assemblyman D. Billy Jones

New York state Assemblyman D. Billy Jones began his first term this month representing Clinton and  Franklin counties and three towns in St. Lawrence County.  The Democrat is in his district, the 115th, with a copy of the just-printed proposed budget from Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Jones says the Assembly was supposed to receive an overview of the spending plan directly from the governor, but the session ran late.

Plattsburgh International Airport
Plattsburgh International Airport

During his State of the State address in Albany Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new funding to enhance and revitalize the Plattsburgh International Airport. The new funds will be used to enhance aerospace and general aviation facilities as a separate terminal upgrade is completed.

Former New York Congressman Bill Owens was a member of the Appropriations Committee and subcommittees on Defense and Homeland Security during his six years in the House. He now works as an attorney and consultant on U.S.-Canada relations.  The Democrat tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that Canadians are closely watching the transition of government in Washington.

Plattsburgh City Council holds special session 1-10-17
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Plattsburgh City Councilors held a special session Tuesday evening to consider amendments to the proposed city budget as they try to complete the fiscal plan by Saturday’s deadline.

Institute for Advanced Manufacturing/Clinton Community College

The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing is under construction at Clinton Community College. The 30,000-square foot facility is scheduled to open in August.  Institute representatives updated local leaders on construction progress and their efforts to promote AIME – a curriculum to enhance advanced manufacturing career education.

Border crossing between Champlain NY and Lacolle, Quebec
Andrei Tilin, Montreal, Quebec/Wikimedia Commons

The Champlain border crossing between New York and Quebec was closed today after Canadian officials received a threat.

Mayor James Calnon
Calnon for Mayor/Facebook

James Calnon has served in Plattsburgh city leadership positions since 2007 when he was appointed to the common council by then-Republican Mayor Donald Kasprzak.  Calnon, who is an independent with Republican endorsement, was elected mayor in 2013.  He lost his re-election bid this year to political newcomer Democrat Colin Read.  As he serves his last days in office, Calnon says he and the city are ready for the transition.

Plattsburgh Police Chief Desmond Racicot
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Plattsburgh’s long-time police chief announced recently that he will retire in January.  Desmond Racicot has been with the department since 1989, serving as chief for the last 14 years.  He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he hadn’t planned to retire but a new opportunity arose.

Plattsburgh City Council 12/28/16
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Plattsburgh City Councilors received the mayor’s proposed budget in October and must finalize the fiscal plan by mid-January.  The six-member board is still considering amendments as they try to lower a tax levy that at one point looked like it could be as high as 22 percent. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the last meeting of 2016 last night.

U.S. and Canadian flags
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Congress has approved the Promoting Travel, Commerce and National Security Act of 2016, sending it to the president’s desk.  The measure creates a preclearance procedure for Amtrak passengers traveling across the Canadian border and shared clearance functions especially at small rural crossings.

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.

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