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Potsdam will consider zoning changes for former Honda dealership and 74 Lawrence Ave.

POTSDAM – The village Board of Trustees has set two hearings on changes to local law that would enable two proposed zoning changes. On May 20 at 4:10 p.m., the board will hear comments on changing the zoning at 74 Lawrence Avenue from residential R-1 to R-3.


Rapper Kodak Black arrested at border in upstate New York

LEWISTON, N.Y. – New York state police say rapper Kodak Black was arrested on drug and weapons charges as he tried to cross from Canada into the United States near Niagara Falls.


Clarkson president named one of the most powerful people in NY state working in educationd

POTSDAM — Clarkson President Anthony G. Collins has been honored by City & State New York, a media organization covering New York’s local and state politics and public policy.


GROSS! Worms Found in Cups At McDonald’s in New York State

You never know just how sanitary a restaurant may be when you choose to dine out. Unsanitary, or just plain disgusting, might be a better words to describe what was found on two separate instances at a McDonald's in Western New York.


Majority of work complete at Potsdam pollution control facility

POTSDAM -- The village government has heard another update about the $17 million water pollution control facility and pump station upgrade project advising them that the work is about 67.9% complete.


Tops investing $40M in upstate New York stores

Tops Friendly Markets is putting millions of dollars into some of its stores in upstate New York. The announcement comes months after the chain closed several stores in our area.


St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency says prisons crucial to local economy

OGDENSBURG -- At a recent meeting of the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency, members voted to pass a resolution "that emphasizes the agency’s strong support for the continued operation of the Gouverneur, Ogdensburg and Riverview Correctional Facilities and urged New York state not to


N.Y. man admits to credit card fraud

PORTLAND — A New York man who used bogus driver’s licenses to open charge accounts at three Home Depot stores in Maine, and tried to open one in Auburn, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to one count of credit card fraud, according to court documents.


Ask the Expert: Does New York State tax Roth IRA withdrawals?

I've had a Roth individual retirement account since 2009, and I'm in my 70s. I took a distribution for the full amount last month. I know there's no federal tax on the interest income, but what about New York State taxes on the interest?


Report: NY state agencies overtime pay highest in a decade

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state agencies paid nearly $787 million in overtime for more than 18 million extra hours worked by state employees in 2018, according to a new report released Thursday by state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.


Walk The Talk And Block NYC Pipeline, Activists Tell Cuomo

NEW YORK CITY HALL — More than 300 environmental activists on Thursday demanded Gov. Andrew Cuomo block a natural gas pipeline that they worry could threaten waters off New York City's shoreline.


YESHIVA EDUCATION WINS! Court Strikes Down New NY State Yeshiva Guidelines!

As Klal Yisroel is making final preparations for Pesach, YWN is glad to share the breaking news that the State Supreme Court has struck down the State Education Department’s new guidelines and declared them null and void.


NY State Court System Rules No ICE Arrests In Courthouses Without A Judicial Warrant

ICE agents can no longer arrest immigrants in New York courthouses without a judicial warrant or court order, according to new rules promulgated by the New York State Office of Court Administration.


Bring on the mead: NY state now licensing farm meaderies

New York state is offering new licenses to operate farms for the production of mead, an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey with water. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced March 21 that applications for operating farm meaderies are now being accepted.


Hoppy Easter? This Upstate New York beer is made with Peeps

MANCHESTER, NY -- It wouldn’t be Easter without chocolate bunnies, brightly colored eggs -- and a beer brewed with Peeps. At least that’s what they’re thinking in Upstate New York, where a brewery in the Finger Lakes collaborated with one in Rochester to come up with this beer that some might call s


Town and village of Massena allowing restricted recreational fires

MASSENA -- The town and village at their respective April 16 and 17 meetings passed laws that allow limited outdoor recreational burning. The law in each case restricts burning to within a barbecue grill, barbecue pit or outdoor fireplace no wider than three feet and no taller than two feet. It has


North Country Matters talks with SLC Arts executive director

POTSDAM — Maggie McKenna, the new executive director of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, is the guest on the latest North Country Matters show. She talks about the history and the work of the organization with NCM host Donna Seymour.


Nicandri Nature Center in Massena offering hands-on outdoor activities

MASSENA -- Hands-on outdoor activities for ages 6-14 are available for free each month at Nicandri Nature Center. Jr. Earthkeepers is a club for ages 6-10 that meets the second Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This year’s theme is Animal Keepers. Participants will meet several types of animals at


Norwood-Norfolk report card day is Wednesday

NORWOOD — Parents and guardians of Norwood-Norfolk students in grades 5-12 are invited to attend report card day/night Wednesday, April 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. or from 6 until 8 p.m.


DEC: More deer, fewer bear taken in St. Lawrence County in 2018

Hunters in St. Lawrence County took slightly more deer, but slightly fewer bear, according to figures from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. DEC says hunters in St. Lawrence County took just over 5,000 deer in 2018, a 1 percent increase from 2017.