North Country News

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Essex County’s tentative budget was released Monday for review by the Board of Supervisors.  The county manager presented a spending plan with an 8 percent tax levy, well over the New York state cap of .73 percent.

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A delegation from a Montreal suburb got a look at the transportation manufacturing sector in Plattsburgh Monday and the mayors signed a mutual cooperation agreement.

As always, there are plenty of major issues for the New York state legislature to tackle when it returns to Albany in January. Republican state Senator Betty Little represents the 45th district, which stretches north from Queensbury to the Canadian border and west from the Vermont border into St. Lawrence County.  While in Plattsburgh this week, Senator Little discussed a number of issues with WAMC North Country  Bureau Chief Pat Bradley, including Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan’s decision not to hold a special session to act on a chief judge.

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The dog control officer in Tupper Lake has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

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Considered a scourge across the Northeast that doesn’t discriminate, heroin has wrecked many lives and become a public health crisis. Last night, a panel of experts and advocates discussed heroin and opioid addiction as part of a forum that will air later this week on Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh.

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Adirondack Park Agency Commissioners approved a Unit Management Plan for the Essex Chain Lakes during their monthly meeting last week.  But some conservation groups say the plan violates state laws and regulations.

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The convicted murderer who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York in June, setting off a 23-day manhunt, was back in court today. David Sweat, who is already serving a life sentence for murder, returned for his second appearance in Clinton Country Court to plead guilty to charges related to the breakout. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was in court.

A prosecutor has concluded the shootings of two escaped killers in northern New York by their pursuers were justified.

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Three decades after his death, Orson Welles remains one of the world’s best known filmmakers.  An actor, writer, director, and producer he is perhaps most remembered for Citizen Kane and his notorious radio play War of the Worlds.
A number of film retrospectives are occurring this year, the 100th anniversary of Welles’ birth. This weekend the Adirondack Film Society Screening Series is holding its “Celebration of Orson Welles” in Lake Placid.  The program will be introduced by Welles colleague and film producer Larry Jackson.  He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley what it was like to work with the legendary filmmaker.

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In the wake of fierce debate over the implementation of the Common Core education standards in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed a task force to undertake a comprehensive review and present recommendations. WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was in Lake Placid last night for one of three simultaneous public listening sessions.

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Veterans gathered at the oval on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base this morning for an annual Veterans Day ceremony. 

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A diversity march was held Monday on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus in the wake of a racially sensitive cartoon published two weeks ago in the student newspaper.

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Hundreds marched across the SUNY Plattsburgh campus Monday to bring awareness to discrimination diversity issues at the college.

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Plattsburgh State faculty and students gathered Friday afternoon to discuss what actions faculty can take to help students and the campus community have a “meaningful conversation about issues of race.”  The gathering was called by the head of the faculty senate in the wake of the student newspaper’s publication of a racially insensitive cartoon.

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Plattsburgh State faculty met Friday afternoon to discuss what actions they can take in the wake of the publication of a racially controversial cartoon.

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The SUNY Plattsburgh Student Association held an open campus meeting last night to discuss the issues and emotions swirling in the wake of the publication of a racist cartoon on the front page of the student newspaper.  As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, an all-faculty meeting is also scheduled for this afternoon.

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Voters rejected an accountant and turned to a college counselor on election night in the town of Plattsburgh. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the Democrat in the race for the open supervisor seat soundly defeated his Republican challenger.

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The prison guard facing five charges for his involvement with two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora this summer was in court Wednesday to enter his plea.

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Suspended corrections officer Gene Palmer was arraigned in Clinton County Court Wednesday on charges related to his role in the escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat from the Clinton Correctional Facility last June.

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A guard accused of inadvertently helping two killers escape from a northern New York prison has pleaded not guilty to felony charges.

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Changes to the 113-year-old document that guides the governance of the city of Plattsburgh have been approved by voters.

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The Democratic candidate for Plattsburgh Town Supervisor overwhelmingly won the open seat in Tuesday’s elections.

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Changes to the Plattsburgh City Charter have been overwhelmingly approved.

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The North Country Alliance for Public Education held its fourth “Open Forum on Open Education” Thursday evening. The panel included the region’s state representatives and one of its newest Regents. As WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the discussion focused on the impact of Common Core on the state’s education system.

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Next week, voters in Plattsburgh will decide whether to approve changes to the document that guides the governance of the city.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the final public education session about the ballot items last night.

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An update now on a story we brought you yesterday: Two villages in New York’s North Country will cease to exist at the end of 2016 following votes yesterday in which residents decided to dissolve their communities.

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One of the most high-profile races in New York’s Clinton County heading into election day is the contest for Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor.  With the incumbent retiring, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the Democrat and Republican seeking the job.

Voters in the Village of Port Henry in Essex County, New York have voted to dissolve their village, 190 to 171. The remnants of the village will now be absorbed by the neighboring town of Moriah. Town and village officials have about a year to come up with a formal plan to merge services. Meantime, voters in the Village of Hermon in St. Lawrence County also voted to dissolve, 95 to 15.

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The future of two northern New York villages is in the hands of their residents today as they decide whether the communities should be dissolved.

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Justin Trudeau will not be moving into the traditional prime minister's residence.  He and his family will instead live in Rideau Cottage, on the grounds of the residence of Canada’s governor general.

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