Archives for December 2017

Freezing temps to hang on through New Year’s Day

The arctic temps are keeping a firm grasp on the North Country. Highs today near 1 above, with the wind chill making it feel like 20 below. We’ll warm up to about 6 above tomorrow before the bottom falls out again on New Year’s Eve, with a high of negative four. Forecasters say if you’re going out to celebrate the New Year, make sure you dress warmly because with the temps that cold frostbite is a real possibility.

Strengthening The Freedom Of Information Law

Making the Freedom of Information Law better in New York. Karen Johnson has details.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill this week strengthening the state’s Freedom of Information Law and may make state and local governments think twice before denying access to public records. Under the new law, judges will be required to award legal fees to any citizen who successfully sues to gain access to state and local government or agency records that should have been public.
The law, which takes effect immediately, would require the public entity that wrongfully denied access to pay the legal fees for a citizen. Advocates for open government, government reform groups and news organizations across New York had supported the legislation, which passed the Legislature earlier this year. Cuomo previously vetoed a similar bill in 2015 because of concerns that included an objection to the state Legislature exempting itself from some provisions of the Freedom of Information Law. I’m Karen Johnson.

New Family Leave Law Going Into Effect in New York

A new family leave law is about to go into effect in New York. Karen Johnson has details.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a phased-in system of paid family leave that will become effective on January 1, 2018, for New York employers making New York the fifth state to comply with the most comprehensive and generous paid family leave program in the country. On the federal level, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 provides individuals working for employers with 50 or more employees up to 12 weeks of protected leave annually for the employee’s own serious health condition, for the adoption or birth of a child or to care for a spouse, child or parent who is ill. Once fully phased in New York’s law means eligible employees will be entitled to up to 12 weeks of paid family leave annually to care for an infant or family member with a serious health condition, for the birth or adoption of a child or to assist with family obligations when a family member is called into active military service. I’m Karen Johnson.

Railroad Cars Are Being Removed From Adirondack Park

The request to remove railroad cars from Aridondack Park is granted. Karen Johnson explains what it means.

Union Tank Car Company has just announced it has ordered removal of all of its rail cars from New York’s Adirondack Park. Approximately 65 empty, cleaned tank cars owned by Chicago-based Union Tank Car had been temporarily placed on rail lines controlled by the Iowa Pacific Railroad as a way of storing them. Removal of all 65 Union Tank Car units is expected to be completed by mid-January 2018. General leasing manager for Union Tank Car William Constantino says we regret the decision to Tank Car. We regret the railroad’s decision to place some of our rail cars in the Adirondack Park, which raised public concern about their effect on the park’s beauty and environment and ensure none of our cars are stored in the Adirondack Park in the future.” I’m Karen Johnson.

Attempted arson charges filed against Tupper Lake teen

Tupper Lake police have arrested a 19-year-old on attempted arson charges. Noah King is accused of tossing a molotov cocktail into the side of a home on Leboeuf Street in Tupper Lake on Saturday night. One of the bottles burst, igniting the house. Witnesses saw what happened and yelled at King, who ran off. They also alerted the homeowner to managed to extinguish the fire. Police quickly tracked down King and arrested him. Officers say he admitted to throwing the molotov cocktails, and even still had two more bottles on him filled with gas and oil. King was being held on a $50,000 bond at the Franklin County jail in Malone. More charges are expected.

An Uptick In The Number of North Country Full-Time Students

An uptick in the number of North Country full-time students. Karen Johnson takes a look.

There will be an increased number in the full-time student population at North Country Community College this spring. It’s according to numbers releases by the Board of trustees. New student registrations for the spring 2018 semester are up roughly 6 percent when compared to the spring 2017 term. A total of 72 new students are currently registered, compared to 68 at this time last year. Of the 72 students, 35 plan to attend classes at Malone’s Tulloch campus. The remaining enrollees have registered at the Saranac Lake and Ticonderoga campuses. NCCC Communications Director Chris Knight noted that a total enrollment number for the spring will be unavailable until students return for the semester on Jan. 22, since the number of continuing students hasn’t been determined. During the recently-completed fall semester, 981 full-time equivalent students attended NCCC, slightly passing-up the college’s anticipated target of 975. I’m Karen Johnson

Malone Man Jailed In Dutchess County

New York State Police from the Poughkeepsie barracks arrested a man from the North Country. Ed Histed has details…

21 year old Keaghn Picaro of Malone, is charged with Aggravated Family Offense… a felony, and Criminal Contempt. Troopers received an order of protection violation complaint from the victim who lived in the town of Lagrange. Their investigation found that Picaro violated the order, and that he had a previous violation conviction in the past five years. Picaro was locked up in the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond.

A Popular App Could Be Your Safety Net This Holiday Season

A popular app could be your safety net this holiday season. Karen Johnson explains.

Local officials are encouraging safe holiday transportation by highlighting services available through the popular ride-hailing app… Uber. Residents throughout Franklin County can now arrange for a ride home from holiday celebrations through Uber, which allows users to book and pay for a private car service through a smartphone app. Ride sharing was made available in upstate New York when a bill passed by the state Legislature went into effect in June. Previously, the service was only available in New York City. Franklin County Director of Economic Development Russ Kinyon says when people have options, they can make better, safer choices,” says Kinyon, who added that the service also “provides alternatives for transportation to medical and service appointments, shopping, and entertainment to name a few.” I’m Karen Johnson.

Raising The Bar For Nurses In New York

Raising the bar for nurses scores its first victory in New York. Karen Johnson has an update on this story we’ve been following for you.

It’s taken 14 years of lobbying for a national nursing movement to have its profession’s educational requirements raised. The “BSN in 10″ bill championed by organizations from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the American Association of Retired Persons, has gained approval in the state Assembly and Senate and was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week.The law will require that nursing students get a bachelor’s degree within 10 years of obtaining their registered nurse licenses. Current enrollees of nursing programs and all currently licensed RNs would be exempt from having to meet the bill’s requirement.”Supporting and empowering nurses to grow as professionals is central to great patient care,” said Linda McClarigan, chief nursing officer at Adirondack Health. “We applaud Governor Cuomo for signing this critically important bill into law. I’m Karen Johnson.

SUNY Canton Sees Love In Action Through A Giving Tree

SUNY Canton celebrates 50 years by giving back to the community. Karen Johnson has details.

A giving tree has become a noticeable symbol during the college’s 50 acts of Kindness campaign to celebrate SUNY Canton’s 50th anniversary on the Hill. More than 100 gifts are being provided to North Country families through an effort led by the president’s office. The college displayed a giving tree in the MacArthur Hall lobby decorated with tags requesting donations for Canton’s Church and Community Program. The decorations didn’t stay on the tree very long. Students, faculty and staff quickly selected the tags asking for toys for children, donations for a holiday meal and warm winter coats, according to a press release from the college. Megan Griffin, a student who helped organize the giving tree says she was amazed to see people who took a clothes tag still bought toys for the children. She adds we have very generous people on campus. I’m Karen Johnson