North Country News

The $35 million Essex County Jail and Public Safety Building houses the county’s jail,  911 center and other public safety services including the sheriff and state police.  Now, a committee of the county Board of Supervisors has approved $63,000 to repair a problem that has been plaguing the facility since it opened less than 9 years ago.

Lakeside Apartment flooding, Spring 2011
Pat Bradley/WAMC

In the spring of 2011, Lake Champlain reached record high levels and historic flooding occurred.  In Plattsburgh, a low-income housing complex along the lakeshore was condemned.  On Monday, the Plattsburgh City Planning Board approved plans to redevelop the 3-point-3 acre property.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Department of Environmental Conservation announced the final management plan for 18,000 acres of northern Adirondack forest land in Franklin County on Monday.

Olympic Center, Lake Placid
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Quebec City's mayor is investigating the possibility of a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics, and has reached out to officials in Lake Placid regarding use of the region's facilities.

New York's highest court will decide a case pitting landowners' property rights against the public's right to paddle down a stream through private land.

The Republican incumbent in New York’s northern-most state Assembly district has a Democratic challenger for her seat.

Stefanik with school officials
Pat Bradley/WAMC

With a three-way race in Northern New York’s 21st congressional district, the candidates have been taking to the trail. Recently, the incumbent Republican and Democratic challenger held events within miles of each other.

Adirondack Park Agency headquarters
Mwanner at en.wikipedia

An Adirondack Park Agency commissioner is criticizing the Cuomo administration, saying the New York governor has exerted undue influence over decisions made at the agency, placing forest protections at risk.

Hot Cities tour banner
McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management

Every year, the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University in Montreal assesses emerging economic areas around the globe.  They then take about 40 students, alumni and faculty to an area pinpointed as experiencing the strongest growth. This year’s “Hot Cities” tour has just returned from three cities in Latin America.

In 2014, northern New York’s 21st Congressional District race was for an open seat as then-Democratic incumbent Bill Owens announced he would retire from his seat.  Republican Elise Stefanik became the youngest women ever elected to the House by defeating two opponents: Democrat Aaron Woolf and Green Matt Funiciello.  Funiciello surprised many by taking nearly 11 percent of the vote. Funiciello tells WAMC that he is excited to be running for the Congressional seat once again.

Roaring Brook Falls
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The  12-year-old boy killed by a falling boulder while visiting a waterfall in New York's Adirondack Mountains has been identified.

Tim Clukey with Recycled Rags album
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A SUNY Plattsburgh professor has recorded a new album — but it’s anything but contemporary.  His renditions of late 19th and early 20th century ragtime purposely avoid modernizing and orchestrating the tracks so that you get the true feel of the original music.

Agri-Mark and Empire State Development announced Thursday that nearly $30 million will be invested in the company’s Northern New York cheese manufacturing plant.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Office of the Canadian Prime Minister

In November, Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Prime Minister of Canada after defeating Stephen Harper in a surprise landslide.  Relations between the U.S. and the former Canadian leader had been lukewarm and cross-border visits by the heads of state were rare.  But that may be changing.  Prime Minister Trudeau will travel to Washington this week for a state visit.  Former North Country New York Congressman Bill Owens was co-chair of the congressional Northern Border Caucus while in office.  He currently is an advisor on cross border commerce and policy.  Owens, who will attend the opening reception for Trudeau in Washington, discussed the importance of the visit to WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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

The Preservation League of New York State has placed a controversial rail to trail project in the Adirondacks supported by the state on its list of historic properties the group says must be saved.

Lake Placid Olympic skating rink
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Although it has been a mostly mild season, the third Adirondack Winter Challenge was held Sunday in Lake Placid.  The event was created by Governor Andrew Cuomo to promote North Country winter tourism opportunities. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley checked out some of the activities.

Photo of Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
NYS Assembly

The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce held its annual breakfast forum on Friday.  During the proceedings, officials unveiled the results of their annual issues survey of members.  The results show that 93 percent believe if implemented, a $15 minimum wage would eliminate jobs and harm the state’s economy. The survey came out the same week Governor Andrew Cuomo has been barnstorming the state promoting the $15 minimum wage, one of his key agenda priorities during this legislative session.  Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, a Republican, says the wage proposal is an overriding issue for businesses across the 115th district.

Assembly members at Chamber legislative breakfast
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce held its annual legislative breakfast this morning.  The overriding issue capturing businesses’ attention is the governor’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Joe Rossignoli leads meeting on Vermont Green Line Project
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A proposed project to bring 400 megawatts of renewable energy to New England was explained to residents of the region where the power would be obtained last night.  The Vermont Green Line is the latest energy project that plans to run an electric transmission cable along the floor of Lake Champlain to bring renewable energy from northern New York and Canada to New England markets.

File photo of Bombardier rail manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Bombardier, a global manufacturer of rail cars and airplanes, plans to cut approximately 7,000 jobs — about 10 percent of its global workforce— over two years, while it adds jobs in growing areas of its business.

Middle school student tests robot
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Dozens of middle school students gathered in Essex, New York recently for a science, technology, engineering and math workshop.  The students were guided in building robots by instructors and cadets from the Military Academy at West Point.

Picture of Heroin
Adobe Stock

Clinton County will soon have an addiction treatment center. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an agreement Friday that will bring a detox center to a region that has been lacking such a facility.

A newly enacted city ordinance in Plattsburgh is being suspended this weekend due to expected cold temperatures.

Jim Brown
Jim Brown Productions

In the era of glasnost, perestroika and the last days of the Cold War, music became a powerful force for change.  The new documentary Free To Rock looks at the spread of rock and roll in the 1980’s and 90’s and how it helped the Iron Curtain fall.  The film is being shown in Lake Placid this weekend and director Jim Brown explains that it took 10 years to complete.

A marina in Rouses Point
Bryan Smith/Flickr

It’s as far north as you can get in New York, and it will soon be under new leadership.

Tom Hanks as James Donovan (inset) in Bridge of Spies
The Adirondack Film Society & the Lake Placid Institute for the Arts & Humanities

On Feb 10, 1962 a prisoner exchange occurred at the height of Cold War tensions between the U.S. and Soviet Union.  The two nations exchanged convicted Soviet spy Rudolph Abel and American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. Bridge of Spies, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, is based on the true story of the man behind the negotiations:  Brooklyn insurance lawyer James Donovan.   Donovan and his wife met and vacationed in Lake Placid and he is buried there.  His granddaughter Beth Amorosi says she, her sister and mother will talk about the Steven Spielberg film and James Donovan’s life at a screening Sunday in Lake Placid.

Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Adirondack Park Agency Board will decide on Thursday whether a plan to create a rail and trail corridor in the Adirondacks complies with the State Land Master Plan. The controversial issue has been debated for years.

Host Thom Hallock with panel discussing NY minimum wage issues
Pat Bradley/WAMC

With national calls to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants the state to lead  by example. He’s imposing the wage raise in some sectors and pushing for the increase in others. Mountain Lake Public Television held a panel discussion recently on the pros and cons of increasing the minimum wage. 

Petrova Elementary and the Middle School, 2010
Photo by Marc Wanner/Historic Saranac Lake-Localwiki

Audio Pending...

Two schools in the Saranac Lake School District were closed and students sent home early on Friday following a threat against a staff member.

David Sweat in Clinton County Court
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Convicted murderer David Sweat, who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York in June, setting off a 23-day manhunt, was back in court Wednesday. Sweat, who is already serving a life sentence for murder, appeared in Clinton Country Court to face sentencing for the breakout. 

Pages