The final parcels of U.S. Air Force property at the former air force base in Plattsburgh was formally transferred to the county Wednesday.
The Plattsburgh Air Force Base began operations in 1954, and closed in September 1995 following the third round of base Realignment and Closures. Since then the Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corporation - known as PARC - has worked with the Air Force Real Property Agency to redevelop the property. On Wednesday afternoon, the Air Force transferred ownership of the final parcels to the local community.
Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos plans in the upcoming session to ask lawmakers to move Vermont's primary for state offices to an earlier date.
General election ballots must be mailed 45 days before Election Day to military and other overseas voters. This is the second election cycle in a row in Vermont in which a gubernatorial primary recount has raised fears the state won't make that federal deadline. Secretary of State Jim Condos says the August primary needs to be moved to an earlier date, perhaps as early as May or June.
A Vermont judge has ruled that Martha Abbott is the winner of the Progressive Party primary election for governor.
Abbott has withdrawn and won't run in the general election. But under Vermont law, that doesn't throw the race to the second-place finisher, write-in candidate Annette Smith.
Washington Superior Court Judge Robert Bent's ruling says Smith and her team pointed out a small number of vote-counting irregularities. But the judge ruled those would not be enough to change the outcome.
The seasons, and the foliage, is changing. Tourism officials are optimistic that the fall color will help make up for losses last year.
Last autumn, Vermont and northern New York were recovering from Tropical Storm Irene. Publicity kept some leaf-peepers away, and many businesses are hoping for a rebound this year. Vermont Department of Tourism And Marketing Commissioner Megan Smith says fall foliage is a crucial season for the state’s economy.
Four new colonies of invasive Asian clams have been found in Lake George.
Just after Labor Day a volunteer group organized by the Lake George Park Commission began surveying areas of high risk for further spread of Asian Clams in Lake George, including boat launch areas and sandy, shallow areas. Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky says they are surveying between 140 and 150 areas of the lake.
A rural New York State county is considering crafting a residency law after several sex offenders were found to be living near area schools.
At the beginning of this school year, Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting sent a notice to area superintendents advising them to check the Sex Offender Registry. In the process, the county discovered 11 sex offenders living near schools and other youth facilities. Sheriff Cutting says that’s a very serious concern.
Two challengers will face off against the incumbent in Thursday’s primary for New York’s new 115th district.
Republican incumbent Janet Duprey, repeat challenger David Kimmel, and Karen Bisso, who has never before run for office, are on the ballot in Republican primary for the 115th Assembly District. Incumbent Janet Duprey was first elected in 2006 to the Assembly.
Janet Duprey joins her challengers in citing the key issue for the region as jobs.