At a time when debate rages over eliminating the trade embargo between the U.S. and Cuba, some relations are easing. Americans can travel to the island country if they are a part of an approved organization. In January, retired Plattsburgh City County Court judge Penny Clute traveled with a Canadian photography group to Cuba. She talked about her experience with WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
The surviving escapee from the Clinton Correctional Facility who was captured after a 23-day manhunt in June was in Clinton County Court this morning facing charges related to the prison break. As WAMC’s Pat Bradley reports, the brief proceeding marked the first time David Sweat was seen in public since being wounded at the end of the chase.
The Plattsburgh Charter Commission has working for months to update and revise the city’s 113-year-old governing document. Among the questions the group had planned to present to voters in November was whether to change to a government led by a city manager and council. That idea has been dropped and voters will now review the terms and powers of the mayor and city council.
The prisoners are long accounted for, but fallout from the 23-day manhunt for two escaped murderers continues. A New York Times report says there was widespread retribution carried out against inmates at Clinton Correctional during the search for Richard Matt and David Sweat. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has reaction.
The state Assembly representative for the region that includes the Clinton Correctional Facility is slamming the plea deal that the Clinton County District Attorney reached with Joyce Mitchell, who pleaded guilty this week to helping inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from the maximum security prison last month. Republican Janet Duprey of the 115th district tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley justice was not served.