Archives for May 2016

New survey shows rural hospitals face doctor shortage

A new study says nearly 75% of rural hospitals across New York believe they don’t have enough doctors and nurses to meet the needs in their communities. The “Where Are the Doctors?” report also shows that 71% of those same hospitals estimate that they don’t have enough primary care physicians to meet future needs. A vast majority also believe doctors are difficult to recruit. To help solve the doctor shortage, Healthcare Association of New York State wants to increase funding for the Doctors Across New York program and add incentives for practicing in underserved areas.

Last Surviving Mohawk Codetalker Honored

They performed a service to our country many years ago in secrecy…. today, it’s still a marvel. The military contributions of the Akwesasne Mohawk Code Talkersm for many years, went unrecognized. Much of that time was wiped out this weekend though, when 94-year-old Louis Levi Oakes, the last surviving World War II Code Talker, was awarded the Congressional Silver Medal for his service. Ed Histed with the story now…

((On Saturday, at the Travis Solomon Memorial Lacrosse Box in Generations Park, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik presented the medal to Oakes, and also to the family members of 16 other code talkers, and Bronze Congressional Medals to the family members of seven unconfirmed Akwesasne Mohawk Code Talkers who served in both WWII and the Korean War. Oakes is the lone surviving code talker… a true American hero. Although much attention was directed, via films and television, to the use of Navajo code talkers, Stefanik reminded the hundreds of people who turned out Saturday, that the US Armed Forces also used at least ten different American Indian languages, including Mohawk, to pass top secret messages in code… a code that the enemy was never able to break. In 2008, the U.S. Congress passed the Code Talker Recognition Act to acknowledge and commemorate the achievements of American Indian Code Talkers. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is one of 33 American Indian tribes being recognized for using their Native language to send coded messages that could not be deciphered by the enemy. Oakes said the idea of becoming a code talker came from listening to Native Americans speaking their native tongue in the field.))

Malone honors war heroes on Memorial Day

Malone’s military clubs are gearing up for the big parade and ceremonies on Monday. The parade starts at the corner of Brewster and Main and will run from the Franklin County Courthouse to Veterans Memorial Park. This year’s parade marshall is Lt. Col. Greg Paye, a past commander of the American Legion 219. Local veterans, police, boy scout and girl scout troops, plus the Chateaugay Central School marching band will all be walking in the parade. Once the parade ends at Veterans Park, they’ll ceremoniously lower the flag and lay a wreath then head to the American Legion to honor the soliders who died or went missing-in-action.

Two women convicted in mail fraud scheme

Two Plattsburgh women have been sentenced for their role in a mail fraud scheme. 29-year-old Naromie Joseph and 25-year-old Christie Joseph pled guilty to their role in a so-called “grandparent scheme.” Prosecutors say they would contact elderly victims, claiming their grandkids needed bail money or other financial help. They would have the money sent to various address in Plattsburgh. Naromie Joseph was sentenced to time served. She’d been in jail for 13 months awaiting her court date. Christie Joseph was sentenced to four months of weekends in jail. They’re both on probation and will have to pay back the money to the victims.

Fireworks In Malone

The Malone Town Board, only a year or so after imposing strict regulations on transient sales… voted Wednesday to waive one of those requirements. Specifically, the requirement that transient vendors apply for a permit to hold their sales at least 60 days before they start doing business… That requirement was tossed out the window this week, but not without a warning from at least one town official, who warned that one exception could lead to more. Ed Histed now, with details…

((The decision was in reply to a fireworks retailer… Keystone Novelties and Distributors of Pennsylvania, who wants to set up a retail location in town in advance of the Fourth of July holiday. Specifically, according to the Telegram, Keystone plans to sell fireworks from a tent on U.S. Route 11 next to the Dairy Queen. They’ve been operating in Rhode Island for three years and in Connecticut for two. Now, they want to sell fireworks in Malone from June 23 until July 5th. The whole transient sales issue goes back several years ago, when an out of the area car dealer held a tent sale in the K-Mart Plaze parking log. Local car dealers didn’t like that at all… claiming the out-of-area dealer was pulling local dollars and local sales tax revenues out of the town. Since there are no other fireworks distributors located in or near Malone, it was decided that Keystone would not be competing with any local business, and in fact, would be offering something new to Malone. One remaining concern was addressed, when it was ruled that there would be a portable sprinkler system installed… that after the local fire department said they had an issue with the safety of the fireworks tent.))

You can not text 911 in St. Lawrence Co

Through an upgrade to the 911 system, Residents of St. Lawrence County now have the option of texting 911 from their cellphones to report an emergency to the county dispatcher. The county used a $300,000 last year to upgrade the call-taking system channels 911 calls. Texting 911 can be important in cases like home invasions and domestic disputes when the person reaching out does not want others involved to know there is a problem or they can not vocalize.

Make Sure You Buckle UP

As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, State Police are urging everyone to buckle up. Through June 5th, law enforcement officials will be out in full force, taking part in the 2016 National Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted. So as you drive this weekend make sure you buckle up.

Torch Run in Plattsburgh

The Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run comes to the North Country. They ran about 3 miles through Plattsburgh this morning and tomorrow the torch will go about 14 miles from the Saranac Lake Police Department to the Olympic Oval in Lake Placid. The Specialy Olympics begins June 10th at SUNY Brockport. The torch run fundraiser has brought in more than $11.8 million in the last two decades for Special Olympics.

Jones picks up endorsement from Clinton Democrats

Billy Jones has picked up another endorsement in his bid for a state Assembly seat. The Clinton County Democratic Committee endorsed Jones, saying he’s “seen as a person who gets the job done, but in a genuinely humble manner,” according to a statement from Martin Mannix, the committee chair. Jones is running for the 115th Assembly District seat, which Janet Duprey is leaving after this session.

AG – “Mortgage Assistance Program Working”

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Wednesday, announced a $100 million expansion of efforts to provide no-interest loans to help New York families avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes. Ed Histed now with details…

((The expansion, funded by the Attorney General’s April settlement with Goldman Sachs over the bank’s deceptive practices leading up to the financial crisis, is expected to help more than 3,000 families across the state pay off small debts that are preventing them from securing a needed mortgage modification. An analysis recently done by the Attorney General’s Office also showed that the Mortgage Assistance Program… also known as “MAP”… has a positive impact on families that live near a MAP loan recipient because foreclosed homes often drag down the property value of other nearby homes. According to the analysis, every $1 in loans preserves about $8.50 in property values for homeowners within 750 feet of the MAP loan recipient. Since MAP began in late 2014, the $18 million in loans given out have already preserved $153 million in property values for nearby homeowners. The new $100 million is estimated to save an additional $722 million, after accounting for administrative program costs. All told, these no-interest loans are expected to preserve a total of $875 million in property values for nearby homes by the time every loan has been disbursed.))