Archives for September 2016

Assembly candidates spar over comptrollers report

The two men running for the 115th State Assembly seat are back at it. Republican Kevin Mulverhill says a recent report from the State Comptroller shows that Billy Jones, the chair of the Franklin County legislature, failed to protect and properly manage taxpayer dollars. For the last three years, the state comptroller has said Franklin County is under “significant fiscal stress,” one of only four counties in the state to receive the designation. And Mulverhill says that’s a sign that Jones doesn’t understand balance sheets, cash flow and debt. But Jones fired back, saying the county has been burdened by unfunded mandates from the state and that’s why he wants to go to Albany. Jones also claims he’s made attracting new jobs and businesses a top priority during his tenure as the Franklin County Chairman.

Fire guts mobile home in Peru

A mobile home fire in Peru leaves four people homeless in Peru. A woman was hurt in the fire Thursday night. She was taken to the hospital. Fire crews reported the trailer home was fully involved when they arrived on scene just after 7 p.m. The flames gutted the inside. Two adults and two kids managed to evacuate and firefighters got the family’s dog out safely.

Franklin County Historical Society hosts fall festival on Saturday

Get ready to “Fall for History” tomorrow at the Franklin County Historical and Museum Society. They’re hosting the fun event tomorrow from noon until 4 p.m. at the House of History on Milwaukee Street in Malone. Kids can play games from long-ago, a pie baking contest, raffles and a historical passport program, where you can get stamps by talking to the various historical groups that will be there, including the Wilder Farm and the Akwesasne Museum.


A program they say is designed to help elderly tribal members with routine cleaning, along with servicing and preparing home heating units for the long upcoming winter, is now being launched by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council. Ed Histed now, tells us more about it…

((The program is similar to the Elder’s Electricity Assistance Pilot Project, aimed at helping senior tribe members afford their electric bills. The Tribal Council sent out a press release yesterday, in which they said they hoped to help elderly tribe members maintain their heating systems in advance of the winter heating months. The program will assist elderly tribe members with a $100 voucher to have their heating units cleaned and serviced prior to the coldest months which are just around the corner now. Many local companies are already signed up to participate. Any company interested in joining the voucher program can call the tribe at 518-358-2272. For the elderly… the voucher they will receive is effective through Dec. 24. Vouchers are nontransferable. Tribe members interested in the pilot program can call also the Compliance Department at 518-358-2272.))

Delays in the fight over rail line in Franklin County

A delay in the court fight for the Adriondack Scenic Railroad. Judge Robert Main was supposed to hear the case yesterday, but attorneys for the state asked for a delay after the Department of Transportation learning that the State doesn’t own the titles to all of the property along the Remsen-Lake Placid corridor. They’ll be back in court Nov. 2. Bill Branson, the Adirondack Railroad president, says he doesn’t understand how the state could approve plans to remove the track along the corridor without having all the titles. The state wants to redevelop the rail line into a recreational trail.

Plattsburgh man sentenced for explicit text message

A Plattsburgh man is going to prison for six months after he sent a teenage girl a sexually explicit text message. 25-year-old Jason Miller pleaded guilty on five counts, including a felony charge of disseminating indecent material to minors. Miller will also have to serve 5 years probation and register as a sex offender. State police say he met two girls at America’s Best Value Inn in January, plied them with alcohol and then sent one of the girls a nude picture. He also had marijuana on him when he was arrested.

DEC to upgrade Saranac Lake Chains lower locks this winter

The lower locks on the Saranac Lake Chains are going to be undergoing an upgrade this winter. The $1.2 million project, paid for through New York Works, will start after Columbus Day and keep the locks shut down through next spring. The Department of Environmental Conservation says everyone needs to have their boats on their desired side of the locks before dark on Oct. 10. The project calls for resealing all the doors and slides, upgrading the fill and release doors and repairing the concrete walls, plus a new hydrolic system.

Rain says no new investigations into 12-year-old’s death

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain says there will not be any new investigations into the death of Garrett Phillips, despite yesterday’s not guilty verdict against Nick Hillary. Rain says she’s convinced that Hillary is the killer and just because he was found not guilty doesn’t mean he’s innocent. Rain partially blamed the verdict on a bungled police investigation. None of the Phillips family attended the press conference, but Rain said they were “devestated” by the judge’s decision.


Today, we have learned that it was the chief enforcement officer for the state Board of Elections who officially requested the details surrounding a poll that was done by the Jones for Assembly campaign, with the results then leaked to the Plattsburgh Press Republican. Ed Histed has more on this story…

((The state agency has requested the legal counsel for Friends of Billy Jones to file a complete copy of the poll…. not just the partial copy that was previously filed. The request comes following a complaint earlier this month that was made to the Board of Elections regarding the poll. Even so, it may not result in a public release of the entire document, according to the Telegram. The whole thing revolves around partial poll results that were leaked to the newspaper, that showed Jones with a 9 percentage point lead over Mulverhill in a questionnaire that drew responses from 400 north country residents.))

Nick Hillary found not guilty in murder trial

Not guilty. A judge in northern New York has announced his verdict to a packed courtroom in the murder case against a black former college soccer coach accused of killing of his ex-girlfriend’s 12-year-old son. Judge Felix Catena made the decisision after days of testimony in the largely circumstantial case. Nick Hillary was accused of second-degree murder in the killing of Garrett Phillips in 2011. Hillary’s sister shouted “Thank You, Jesus” as the verdict was read.