North Country News

Donald Trump campaigns in Plattsburgh April 2016
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Over the weekend, the Trump presidential campaign tentatively scheduled a return visit to Plattsburgh.  But shortly after contracts were finalized the event was postponed.

D.Billy Jones updates supporters on Assembly campaign
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The Democratic candidate for Assembly in New York’s northernmost district was in Plattsburgh this morning to give supporters an enthusiastic update on his campaign. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports the race for the open seat is heating up.

Adirondack Park sign
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It is an annual meeting that brings together government, institutional, environmental, and business advocates to find solutions to issues of common interest across the Adirondacks.  The 10th annual Common Ground Alliance meeting last week reviewed a number of issues that could help the economy and environment within the Blue Line.

Lt. John Fitzpatrick launches
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A multi-state, international Homeland Security training, water quality and boating enforcement exercise is under way on Lake Champlain.

 

Vermont officials say suspected cancer causing chemicals have been found in groundwater at a closed landfill in Shaftsbury.

Adirondack Park sign
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Following the summer Adirondack Challenge in Indian Lake this past weekend, Governor Cuomo’s office issued a report on the impact tourism has on New York’s economy.  In the regional breakdown, the report found there was more than $1.3 billion in traveler spending in the Adirondack region in 2015.

Clinton Correctional
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Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York is on full lockdown today following disturbances Thursday night.

Mayor James Calnon (left) and Supervisor Michael Cashman sign leadership agreement
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The mayor of the city and the supervisor of the town of Plattsburgh signed a leadership agreement this afternoon with a goal of formalizing joint municipal efforts.

Nabil Oudeh
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Many cities and towns have a Rotary chapter, a service organization that supports local communities.  During the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary’s largest fundraising event of the year this past weekend, District Governor Nabil Oudeh traveled from Ottawa, Canada to attend the festival.  Oudeh says he oversees a region that includes Northern New York, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut.

John DiLeo
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Movie houses across the country were recently tasked with transitioning to digital projection.  It was an expensive proposition and many small theaters faced closure.  In the Adirondacks, the Go Digital or Go Dark campaign successfully helped many small community movie houses make the upgrades.  The Adirondack Film Society is celebrating the new digital projection system at the Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake this  weekend with screenings of the classic comedies A Night at the Opera and Sullivan’s Travels.  John DiLeo, the author of five books on classic films, will be at the theater in Schroon Lake to discuss the films and present unique clips on the Golden Age of Movies.  He says he has been steeped in movies since his childhood.

Norsk Titanium

During the Farnborough International Air Show near London on Monday, Norsk Titanium confirmed that Plattsburgh has been selected as the location for the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components.  The international company will invest $1 billion in a new manufacturing plant and training facility in the northern New York city.

Mayor's Cup 2016
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The annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta is the largest sailing race on Lake Champlain.  But this year, high winds and rain lowered some sails and cancelled many shore events.

Norsk Titanium

The long-awaited confirmation that a major aerospace manufacturer will set up its U.S operations in Plattsburgh was confirmed Monday.

In November, Essex County Supervisors approved extending the county occupancy tax to include private rentals effective January 1st.  Now officials are finding that a number of property owners are resisting paying the tax or are unaware they are supposed to pay it.

Governor Cuomo announces revitalization grant in Plattsburgh
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Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Plattsburgh today to announce that the city has been awarded $10 million in downtown revitalization funds.

Vermont Right to Know GMO logo
Vermont Right to Know Coalition

 

Vermont's new law requiring genetically modified food to be labeled as such is set to take effect Friday, but it might soon be erased from the books by federal action.

Sailboats docked at Plattsburgh marina
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The 39th annual Mayor’s Cup Festival and Regatta is just a week away.  The four-day celebration in Plattsburgh includes numerous events culminating in the largest sailboat race on Lake Champlain. Organizers were at the City Marina to provide an update on plans.

Kevin Mulverhill (left) with Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
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The 115th New York state Assembly district has been represented by Republican Janet Duprey for a decade.  On May 12th  she startled her constituents when she announced that she would not seek reelection due to glaucoma.   Kevin Mulverhill, the Franklin County Sheriff, launched his campaign for the seat Wednesday in Plattsburgh.

Photo of Clinton Correctional
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New York corrections officials say nine guards, officers and civilian employees at the Clinton Correctional prison in northern New York resigned or retired in lieu of other discipline after two murderers escaped last year.

Senator Betty Little
NYS Senate

In January, New York state Senator Betty Little outlined her agenda and goals for the legislative session.  Now that the session has adjourned, the Republican from the 45th district tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley she was successful at passing a number of bills, but frustrated with the lack of substantive movement on issues such as ethics reform. She believes one of the session’s successes was finally ending the education funding Gap Elimination Adjustment.

Looking north on Raquette Lake
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As the New York state Legislature closed its session last week, among the legislation it approved is a bill that implements a constitutional amendment voters approved in 2013.

Sheriff David Favro (left) and Aaron Heroux
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On Wednesday, the New York State Assembly passed a bill that will allow a transplant recipient to return to work.

Linda Ziolo questions representatives about Vermont Green Line installation plans
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The Vermont Green Line is a proposed project that supporters say will bring 400 megawatts of renewable energy from northern New York to the southern New England utility market.  Developers held an informational meeting with the public in Beekmantown last night.

Strand Center Gallery Coordinator David Monette beside Art of the Visually Impaired paintings
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The Strand Center Gallery was created after the Strand Center for the Arts obtained and renovated the former Federal Building on Margaret Street in Plattsburgh.  Its main gallery currently features artwork from the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany/Blind Artist Society and the North Country Association of the Visually Impaired.  Gallery Coordinator David Monette gives us a tour of the “In Perspective: Art of the Visually Impaired” gallery exhibition.

Clinton County Government Center
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On May 10th, Democrats in the City of Plattsburgh chose Clinton County Legislator Colin Read as their candidate to run for mayor.  Read resigned his legislative seat, setting up a special election to fill the last year of the term.  County Democrats selected their candidate last week, but the candidate who was not chosen has decided to force a primary.

Voices From Clinton report cover
Correctional Association of New York

On Monday the New York State Inspector General issued a report detailing systemic breakdowns that led to the escape of two inmates from the Clinton Correctional facility in Northern New York.  On Thursday, the Correctional Association of New York released a report detailing violence and abuse against inmates at the maximum security prison.

Photo of prison guard tower
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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. 

Robert Klein with Fred Willard in "Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg"
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.

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. 

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.

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