North Country News

Photo of prison guard tower
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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.

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.

Report cover
Leading E.D.G.E. Consulting/NYS DEC

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.

Plattsburgh redevelopment rendering
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.  

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.

Town Hall, Port Henry, NY
Enesse Bhé/Wikimedia Commons

Last October, the residents of Port Henry approved 190-171 a petition to dissolve the village.  Officials then had 180 days to develop a dissolution plan.  Following a public hearing on the plan in April, opponents of dissolution have filed a new petition forcing a vote on the plan. 

Health advocates gathered at the state capitol in Albany to call for closure of what they call an “e-cigarette loophole.”

USA Luge/Facebook

USA Luge has decided to keep its headquarters in Lake Placid for at least the next five years after the state of New York pledged $6 million to upgrade facilities and market the sport.

Plattsburgh City Police and the Office of Fire Prevention and Control are continuing their investigation into an early Sunday fire at a multi-story brick apartment building that killed two men and left a woman with serious injuries.

Photo of former Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
NYS Assembly

New York state Assemblywoman Janet Duprey announced her retirement last week after a 41-year political career. The Republican from the 115th district served 10 years as a Clinton County legislator and 21 years as the county treasurer before being elected to the Assembly in 2006.  She explains how she first entered politics four decades ago.

Adirondacks Elk Lake Dix Mountain
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo finalized the largest Adirondack land acquisition by the state in 100 years.  The Boreas Ponds property must now be classified by the Adirondack Park Agency.  As the governor signed the documents,  a coalition of environmental groups released a report that finds lands designated wilderness are an economic driver for the Park.  But critics say the report is too limited and does not assess the variety of factors that affect the region’s economy. 

Map of Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved a plan by the Departments of Conservation and Transportation to create a rail and trail corridor between Remsen and Lake Placid. But the plan remains controversial. Trail advocates praise the move, but there’s rancor from those who want the 119-mile rail corridor in the Adirondacks preserved.

Last Thursday, North Country state Assemblywoman Janet Duprey announced that she would retire after representing her district for 10 years. On Monday, a fellow Republican from Franklin County stepped up to run for the seat.

Cuomo: Not Defensive About Buffalo Billion Probe

May 17, 2016
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says a key vote on the next installment of the Buffalo Billion project is merely postponed, not canceled, and he denies that he’s feeling “defensive” about the widening federal probe of his administration’s economic development projects.

Institute of Advanced Manufacturing rendering
Clinton Community College

Business, education and community officials gathered at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh this afternoon to break ground on a new Institute of Advanced Manufacturing facility.

Last week New York 115th District Assemblywoman Janet Duprey announced she would retire at the end of her term.  The Franklin County sheriff announced Monday that he will run for the seat.

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York state Assemblywoman Janet Duprey announced her retirement Thursday morning after a 41-year political career, the last 10 in the Assembly. 

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The North Country’s long-serving assemblywoman announced this morning that she will not seek reelection.

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC Photo

Plattsburgh Democrats have endorsed a SUNY Plattsburgh economist as their mayoral candidate, even though his current primary residence is outside the city.

Governor Andrew Cuomo at Elk Lake
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an agreement Tuesday finalizing the purchase of 69,000 acres of land that will be added to the Adirondack forest preserve.

Pixabay/Public Domain

New York's highest court has declined to rule on whether paddlers have a right to navigate a narrow stream on private land adjacent to a state-owned Adirondack wilderness area popular with canoeists.

From left: Cherrie Burgess (widow of Brother Yusuf), Danny Glover and Alice Green
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Danny Glover, Alice Green and Brother Yusuf Abdul-Wasi Burgess received the inaugural Spirit of John Brown Freedom Award at the John Brown Farm on Saturday.

Kent State-Jackson State memorial at SUNY Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

On May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University, killing four people and wounding nine.  Eleven days later, two students were killed and 12 injured when city and state police opened fire during a protest at Jackson State College.  SUNY Plattsburgh is among a few colleges that annually commemorates those events.