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Governor signs Essex County mortgage tax bill on last day

Warren and Essex counties will have to wait to resume collecting their mortgage tax until April 1 after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Friday that will allow the tax to be reinstated, an action that came at the last minute and had local officials scrambling.


Upstate NY lawmakers rally public to save state prisons

A group of Upstate NY lawmakers has started a petition to rally the public against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan for shutting down up to three state prisons by Labor Day. North Country Sen. Patty Ritchie is leading the online petition drive with Assemblymen Ken Blankenbush, of Carthage, and Mark Walczyk,


Director: Essex County Mental Health ‘grossly understaffed’

ELIZABETHTOWN | Essex County is in dire need of mental health clinicians. That’s the message that Terri Morse, director of the county’s Mental Health Department, highlighted in a report to the Essex County Board of Supervisors last week.


New York State STAR program reimbursement by county

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - The New York Department of Taxation released the latest data on the number of School Tax Relief (STAR) reimbursements by county. The latest data shows the number and amount of rebates for 2017. Hover over each county to see the number of basic exemptions, amount of basic reim


VPR Cafe: Burlington's New Restaurant 'District'

Visitors to Burlington tend to focus their attention on The Church Street Marketplace for shopping and dining. But just a few blocks away - on the fringe of the Old North End - is North Winooski Avenue, and it appears to be evolving into a restaurant zone.


ROOST proposes bed tax increase, ‘Community Enhancement Fund’

ELIZABETHTOWN | A proposal to increase the county’s tax on hotel rooms by 2 percent and direct that new revenue to fund local capital projects was put forward by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) Monday.


Garcia seeks state justice seat

PORT HENRY — A former Essex County district attorney is running for the office of Justice of the Supreme Court 4th Judicial District. Attorney Julie A. Garcia, who has law offices in Port Henry and Warrensburg, has been endorsed for the seat by the Warren County Conservative Committee.


Essex County looks to regulate coroners

After more than a decade of conversation and multiple Enterprise articles highlighting some faults in the elected Essex County coroner system, the Essex County Board of Supervisors could start regulating the coroners more closely.


New York State not giving up on future Amazon project, ESD chief says

New York State hasn’t given up on winning a future Amazon expansion project, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s economic development czar said Thursday. “We should never burn bridges,” said Howard Zemsky, CEO of Empire State Development, the state’s primary business-aid agency. “The governor is not burning any


More Wind Farm Proposals Pitched to New York State

February 21, 2019 — New York State has received bids from four groups proposing new offshore wind farms to feed the state’s electrical grid, including a proposal from the companies behind the “South Fork Wind Farm,” which have proposed a new “Sunrise Wind” project that if selected would be sited ove


Nominations Sought for Second Essex County ‘Farmacy’

AdkAction’s Farmacy project, a mixed-use healthy food retail storefront located in Keeseville Pharmacy, is seeking to replicate the model in the second location in Essex County.


Pop band Why Don’t We to perform at Chevy Court during NY State Fair

SYRACUSE, NY — Pop quintet Why Don’t We brings its harmonies and hits to a debut performance at Chevy Court during the 2019 Great New York State Fair’s Chevrolet Music Festival at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 29. All performances on Chevy Court are free with Fair admission.


Proper gear for a hike up Cobble Hill

— Diane Chase is the author of the “Adirondack Family Activities” guidebook series, “Adirondack Family Time: Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities.” For more family-friendly activities go to www.adirondackfamilytime.com.


Massachusetts man dies in snowmobile crash

WINHALL, Vt. — A Massachusetts man has died in a snowmobile crash in Bennington County. Winhall police said Steven Jenks, 48, of Shelburne, Massachusetts, was traveling with a group of snowmobilers Tuesday evening when he lost control of his snowmobile, went off the trail and hit a tree.


A new dairy ambassador has been chosen for New York State

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A young lady from Delaware County has been chosen as one of 3 ambassadors for the dairy industry in New York State. Morgan Hungerford, Delaware County's Dairy Princess, was named the 2nd alternate for the state at a pageant held last night in Syracuse.


Ben & Jerry’s co-founder among four chairs of Bernie’s 2020 campaign

Sen. Bernie Sanders is quickly assembling his team after announcing Tuesday that he is running for president. Hours after the announcement, the Daily Beast reported that Faiz Shakir, a progressive activist and political director for the American Civil Liberties Union, would manage Sanders’ 2020 camp


Good Times Gallery owner back in federal court

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The Good Times Gallery on Church Street has officially closed. The owner was in federal court Wednesday because of incidents involving the shop next door. Derek Spilman is accused of selling marijuana from his Burlington store. On Wednesday, prosecutors tried to revoke Spilman’s co


Doty will run for North Elba supervisor, too

LAKE PLACID — North Elba Councilman Derek Doty has announced his candidacy for town supervisor, setting up at least a two-way race in November to succeed current Supervisor Roby Politi, who is not seeking re-election.


New effort to head off the need for search-and-rescue efforts

KEENE, N.Y. (WCAX) If you took a hike this weekend in the Adirondacks, you might have noticed a yellow tent on Cascade Mountain. It's to inform hikers about Preventative Search and Rescue.


North Country reps rail against proposal to shutter state prisons

ALBANY | Citing a decline in the state’s crime rate and prison population, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Feb. 15 that his administration plans to direct the shuttering of up to three state correctional facilities this year.