At its most recent meeting, the Burlington City Council debated a citizen resolution for the Town Meeting Day ballot that would ask residents if the F-35 fighter jets should be based in Vermont’s largest city. Their primary concern is the resolution’s wording.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott and the state’s Secretary of Human Services were in Washington Tuesday to testify before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health. Their focus was on the state’s “Hub and Spoke” treatment model that is getting more people into treatment for addiction.
New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is promoting legislation that would return to dairy farmers premiums paid into a program intended to be a safety net when milk prices to producers plummet. The Democrat says farmers have never benefited even though milk prices have been dropping since the program was implemented.
A New Hampshire woman who says she has a Powerball ticket that won a $559.7 million jackpot wants a court order allowing her to stay anonymous, saying she made a "huge mistake" in signing the ticket without consulting a lawyer first.
The Winter Olympics begin this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Lake Placid hosted the 1932 and 1980 winter games and is now a key training site for U.S. athletes. Olympic Regional Development Authority Spokesman Jon Lundin speaks about the athletes from the region and their medal potential.
This morning, the Adirondack Park Agency board approved Alternative 2B as the classification for the Boreas Ponds in the heart of the Adirondack Park. The vote was 8 to 1. More than 11,000 acres will be designated wilderness and over 9,000 acres as Wild Forest. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos explains that his agency now begins the Unit Management Plans for the tracts.
Court records indicate a former Vermont police officer accused of stealing heroin from a police evidence locker for a woman with whom he was having an intimate relationship has changed his plea to federal drug charges.
The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Legislative Breakfast today. It’s an opportunity for the region’s officials and business interests to hear from and question their representatives in Albany. This year, much of the focus was on the proposed state budget.
Governor Andrew Cuomo wants New York to be the first state to offer 100 percent broadband. Phase Three to complete the goal is beginning, and the governor was in Plattsburgh Wednesday to announce that the North Country will receive substantial funding to fill in coverage gaps.
The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce released its annual survey of businesses Tuesday. It found that business confidence has risen over last year and for the first time there is a positive attitude toward both state and federal economic policy.
The Adirondack Park Agency will meet later this week to vote on the classification of the Boreas Ponds land tract purchased by the state from the Nature Conservancy in April 2016 for $14.5 million. In advance of the final decision, the agency released its classification proposal. Most environmental and community interests say it's a reasonable compromise.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s budget proposal includes a concept for cleaning up phosphorus pollution in the state’s waterways. He wants to find a way to harvest and resell it. But critics say he’s trying to avoid spending the money to do actual cleanup.
The New York Farm Bureau has announced its legislative priorities for the state legislative session that runs through June. During a conference call, the farm advocacy group explained its focus is on addressing issues surrounding economic and income losses.