North Country News

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Bombardier confirms it will cut more than 1,750 employees in Canada and Northern Ireland over the coming months to adjust for weak demand for some of its business jets.

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Officials at the University of Vermont Health Network Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh recently cut the ribbon on a unique donation to the facility that they hope will help patients, visitors and staff.

It is the one of the largest annual festivals in the North Country and the largest sailing race on Lake Champlain. Officials met Monday to announce preliminary plans for this summer’s Mayor’s Cup events in Plattsburgh.

Max Moore Memorial Treehouse Committee

A groundbreaking was held over the weekend for a project in Plattsburgh inspired by an 8-year-old boy.  Community members gathered on the banks of the Saranac River to celebrate the start of construction of the Max Moore Memorial Treehouse.

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Officials in Franklin County, New York are hoping this will be the year that they will be able to impose a new occupancy tax as the Assembly moves its proposal to the state Senate.

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A group of Australian clinicians were 10,000 miles from home in Plattsburgh this week as part of a study tour assessing patient delivery and payment systems.

New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has been trying to maintain normal Senate proceedings in the wake of his arrest by federal authorities on corruption charges.  The Long Island Republican is being supported by his caucus — for now. In New York’s North Country, WAMC’s Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, opinions are mixed on whether the Senate leader should stay or leave.

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Long-time Essex County, New York Board of Supervisors Chair Randy Douglas announced today that he will leave that post to take a job in the Cuomo administration.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took a delegation of about 20 people from different economic sectors on a trade mission to Cuba this week. Among them was Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Garry Douglas. He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley his focus was aviation and potential opportunities to open travel between the Plattsburgh International Airport and the island nation.

WAMC Photo by Pat Bradley

There is concern about transporting volatile crude oil by rail across New York. Members of the Clinton County Oil Train Task Force gathered near a rail crossing in downtown Plattsburgh on Earth Day to highlight resolutions passed by local municipalities calling for policies to improve the safety of the trains carrying oil through the region.

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