North Country News

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
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NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was at one of the legal aid offices that provide free assistance to struggling homeowners in Plattsburgh Monday to discuss state programs that help distressed homeowners
avoid foreclosure.

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The New York State DEC has proposed a snowmobile trail plan in the central Adirondacks.  The issue was up for approval at Thursday’s Adirondack Park Agency meeting.

Lake Champlain Basin Program

Every three years the Lake Champlain Basin Program releases a report assessing the quality of Lake Champlain’s waters.  The latest report indicates that despite continued efforts to lower phosphorus levels, they continue to increase.

A new exhibit opened at the Wild Center this past weekend.  North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the Natural History Museum in Tupper Lake as the ribbon was cut on the Wild Walk.

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 Steven Racette, the former superintendent of Clinton Correctional Facility is planning to retire at the end of the month.

Congress is in recess for the Fourth of July holiday.  21st Congressional District representative Republican Elise Stefanik has been traveling across her 12-county district attending various functions.  On Saturday she helped cut the ribbon to a new elevated trail at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.  North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley caught up with Stefanik to discuss several issues, including her impression of the Wild Walk.

Mike Derrick for Congress
Mike Derrick for Congress

First-term incumbent Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has a democratic challenger.  Peru, New York, native Mike Derrick has announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination in the 2016 21st Congressional district race.  The retired army colonel explained his decision to WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.
Mike Derrick says one of his priorities will be to work with the Democratic leaders of the 12 counties of the 21st Congressional district to earn the Democratic nomination.

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Orange ribbons are appearing on trees, on poles and in windows across the North Country.  It’s an effort to show support for Clinton Correctional Facility administrators and staff that many local residents feel are being made scapegoats in the aftermath of the escape of two maximum security prisoners.

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The remains of a Revolutionary War battleship burned and sunk as the Americans and British struggled for control of Lake Champlain are being turned over to the U.S. Navy.

Woolf Passes On 2016

Jun 30, 2015

Democrat Aaron Woolf challenged Republican Elise Stefanik in November’s race for New York’s 21st Congressional district seat. It was a three-way race to fill the seat of retiring Democrat Bill Owens. A first-time candidate, Woolf lost by 20 points and Stefanik became the youngest woman elected to the U.S. House.  In an e-mail blast to supporters this morning, Woolf announced he will not run again in 2016.  But he tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he will stay involved and is leaving the door open for a possible future campaign.

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Officials say 12 more staffers at the New York prison where two killers escaped three weeks ago have been put on administrative leave — including the prison's superintendent and his deputy in charge of security.

New York State Police

New York's governor says a convicted killer who escaped from an upstate New York maximum-security prison three weeks ago was armed when he was spotted and killed. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the killing of Richard Matt came after a civilian complaint about a gunshot fired at a camping trailer in Malone.

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Hundreds of officers are following leads on the possible whereabouts of escapee David Sweat, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday night, but it's unclear right now whether the two men were hiding out together.

A Catholic summer camp in New York's Adirondacks has canceled its first week as a manhunt for two escaped murderers continues.

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The Plattsburgh City Charter Commission has delayed issuing its final report on proposed changes to the document that guides city governance.

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The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce has created a new initiative to enhance the region’s growing transportation equipment manufacturing sector.  Part of the effort included a recent tour of the facilities in Plattsburgh by Canadian transportation company officials.

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A road east of Dannemora where Clinton Correctional Facility is located remains closed as police investigate a lead involving two escaped killers. New York State Police closed a stretch of Route 374 Wednesday night.

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During a sparsely attended public meeting Monday evening, the Plattsburgh City Charter Commission decided what changes to the city’s governmental structure should be placed on the ballot in November.

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Environmental groups from New York and Vermont met at a wildlife management area adjacent to a rail line today to release a report detailing the threats of tar sands oil transport through the region. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, environmentalists say new response plans issued by New York State this week are only a start.

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Veterans across the region were recognized over the Memorial Day weekend.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief reports on two events in Plattsburgh honoring those who have served the nation.

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The National Sports Academy in Lake Placid is closing at the end of May after graduation and won't re-open in the fall.

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The Plattsburgh City Charter Commission held a public hearing Monday evening, during which a number of ideas and concerns over the possibility of changing the city’s form of government were discussed.  As a result, the commission may take another year to present changes.


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.