North Country News

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Republican Elise Stefanik, the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress at the age of 30, held a ceremonial swearing-in Saturday in her home district in northern New York.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The youngest woman ever to serve in Congress held a ceremonial swearing in  Saturday in her home district in northern New York.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Essex County Board of Supervisors was sworn in on Monday and they chose Randy Douglas to chair the group for an unprecedented sixth time.

Mario Cuomo
By David Berkowitz, via Wikimedia Commons

As New York mourns the 52nd governor, Mario Cuomo, who died Thursday at 82, people in the North Country are remembering his love of the Adirondacks and his efforts to protect the region.

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First-time officeholder New York Democrat Bill Owens entered Congress after winning a special election in November 2009 when his predecessor, Republican John McHugh, was appointed Secretary of the Army.  The 65-year old Owens was the first Democrat to represent the 16,000-square mile district since the Civil War era. Last January, he announced he would retire from his seat.  In this first part of a two-part series, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talks with Owens about his House experience and future plans.

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Plattsburgh city councilors approved the 2015 budget last night. But first they debated whether a new job should be added to the recreation department.

Adirondack Park Agency

A lawsuit that delayed construction of the Adirondack Club and Resort Project in Tupper Lake was thrown out last week. The ruling removed the last legal barrier to beginning construction of the development in the central Adirondacks.

  The Peace Corps has revealed its enrollment numbers for 2014, and several areas in our region have ranked high on their lists of volunteer-producing locations. 

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Speaking after returning from Washington D.C. Friday, retiring Democratic Congressman Bill Owens of Northern New York said leaving his job is ‘bittersweet’ but that he would also like to stay engaged in the North Country.

“I think that from my perspective, I believe that I will be able to contribute by continuing to help in the economic development arena in particular, and I think that that is something that the North Country cries out for, whether you’re talking about Saratoga or you’re talking about Lewis County, and everything in between.”

Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh announced Friday that the Board of Trustees is expected to approve layoffs at a special meeting on Monday.