Unemployment Rates For The North Country Are Positive

More people are holding down jobs in Franklin County. Karen Johnson takes a looks at the statistics.

The unemployment rate in Franklin County continued its seasonal slide in April, falling to 6.4 percent from 6.9 percent in March, according to recently released figures by the state Department of Labor.The drop is the second in two months after the rate had climbed steadily since October. The increase in the rate during the winter months and the decline as summer approaches is a yearly pattern for Franklin County and much of the north country.Because of seasonal variations, a year-to-year comparison of employment statistics gives a truer picture of an area’s unemployment situation, the Labor Department said in the news release announcing the unemployment rates. The recently released figures by the department do not take into account seasonal influences, such as holiday or summer hires. In addition all other six counties identified within the north country saw their rates decrease. I’m Karen Johnson.

Bruce Barney Announces Candidacy For Sheriff

A new candidate for the position of sheriff in Franklin County. Karen Johnson has a report.

Bruce Barney, a 26 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office and corrections officer with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is announcing he’s running for the sheriff’s position. Right now he serves as a senior booking officer at the Franklin County Jail. He is the third candidate to announce his intent to run for the office, and the second Democrat to do so. In a press release Barney claims that he would be the first candidate for the position who had worked in the Sheriff’s Office prior to an election. The press release went on to say that Barney’s experience as an officer in the Sheriff’s Office is an advantage over his opponent in the Democratic primary – a Harrietstown Town Board member – noting that Barney would not need on the job training to get up to speed in the sheriff position. I’m Karen Johnson

Water Changes Coming To Plattsburgh For Awhile

Plattsburgh residents may notice some changes in the water for awhile. Karen Johnson reports.

Now that work has started to renovate the Town of Plattsburgh’s Cumberland Corners water tower water customers in that area – including some in Beekmantown – may experience pressure variations, according to a press release from the Town of Plattsburgh. Town Supervisor Michael Cashman says in the meantime the water system will be operating off the gravity bypass line and some fire hydrants are bagged indicating they’re temporarily out of service, too. The press release adds it’ll take about three months to complete the sandblasting and painting of the tower. You can contact the Water and Wastewater Department at 518-562-6890 with any questions or concerns. I’m Karen Johnson.

Program Developing In The North Country To Learn About The Sea

Program develops in the North Country to learn about the sea. Karen Johnson reports.

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, D-Theresa, said she is excited to see what will result from a collaboration between SUNY Maritime College, SUNY Canton, Jefferson Community College and Jefferson-Lewis BOCES to develop programs to train students for careers in maritime fields. Included in her enthusiasm she was also thrilled when SUNY Maritime College Provost Dr. Joseph Hoffman suggested professionals from the school might travel to communities along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties and then prepare a report on the region’s waterfront infrastructure needs. I’m Karen Johnson

Cobb Talks Politics

A congressional candidate was on the stump talking politics…Jim O’Reilly…

Congressional candidate, Tedra Cobb was at the Dickinson Township Brewing Company to speak about health care, campaign finance reform and government transparency. Around 30 people attended. When asked what sets Cobb’s candidacy apart from the other Democratic hopefuls, Cobb talked about her experience solving problems in the community as a two-term member of the St. Lawrence County Legislature, as well as working with health care nonprofits. Cobb noted she is the only Democratic candidate who has been elected to and held a political position. She criticized incumbent, Republican Elise Stefanik’s communications with the public and residency, describing a “fake town hall” held in South Glens Falls led by a moderator where Stefanik was the only one with a microphone. She also questioned Stefanik’s legitimacy as a resident of the 21st Congressional District.

Cobb Stumps In Dickenson County

Congressional candidate, Tedra Cobb was at the Dickinson Township Brewing Company to speak about health care, campaign finance reform and government transparency. Around 30 people attended. When asked what sets Cobb’s candidacy apart from the other Democratic hopefuls, Cobb talked about her experience solving problems in the community as a two-term member of the St. Lawrence County Legislature, as well as working with health care nonprofits. Cobb noted she is the only Democratic candidate who has been elected to and held a political position. She criticized incumbent, Republican Elise Stefanik’s communications with the public and residency, describing a “fake town hall” held in South Glens Falls led by a moderator where Stefanik was the only one with a microphone. She also questioned Stefanik’s legitimacy as a resident of the 21st Congressional District.

Solar Plan Clears Hurdle

Canton officials issue a building permit…moving its municipal solar project forward. Mayor Michael Dalton says the work is at least a year behind schedule, but he expects that Tesla Inc. will begin installing solar panels at the Route 11 site by the end of spring and have power generating by late summer. In 2015, the village board voted to sign a 20-year contract with Solar City to provide solar power to municipal buildings, including the recreational pavilion on Outer Lincoln Street. In November 2016, Tesla bought Solar City. The project was then slowed when National Grid estimated it would charge a $184,600 fee for the interconnect…$84,000 over budget. The estimate was cut to $96,350 after Solar City, in conjunction with the state Public Service Commission, challenged that number.

Drug Indictments In SLC

Two people from Ogdensburg are indicted by a St. Lawrence County grand jury…this in connection with the discovery of a mobile meth lab near a Massena shopping plaza back in February. Richard Reese and Casey Ritchie face several drug charges after officers responded to the Harte Haven Shopping Center after receiving a report of some people sleeping in a vehicle. Prosecutors say Reese and Ritchie were in possession of laboratory equipment and chemicals that make methamphetamine. A third person was also brought in on drug charges. Several stores at the outlet were closed, as well as portions of the parking lot, as a precaution following their arrest that day.

Big Area Drug Arrests

A major cocaine ring is brought down. St. Lawrence County detectives charge Christopher Cruz, of Potsdam with conspiracy. Cruz is thought to be one of Joshua Carr’s local distributors of the drug. They added Carr has been the source of multiple kilos of cocaine to the Canton, Potsdam and Massena areas through multiple distributors. He faces drug sales and sex charges. Camron Waters was also charged. He is accused of driving vehicles to the Bronx, to pick up large amounts of cocaine. The arrests end several months of investigation by the authorities.

Kenyon Is Sentenced

A former area politician will serve time. One time Clayton mayor, Dale Kenyon is sentenced in a Jefferson County courtroom to six months’ house arrest and 10 years’ probation. He was also ordered to register with the state as a sex offender. Now 78, Clayton, was served with a five-year order of protection to stay away from the victim. He was brought in by state troopers in September, accused of having inappropriate contact with a teenage boy between January and March of 2010. Kenyon was convicted of public lewdness back in 2011 for exposing himself in to a 16-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl. He was mayor of Clayto