Archives for August 2018

Unusual Reason For Dip In Pump Prices

A rather unusual reason why pump prices will dip soon. Karen Johnson has more.

AAA is forecasting that St. Lawrence County motorists will see savings when they fill up at the pump this fall. However, several caveats can reverse this forecast, including crude oil prices, geopolitical tensions and the threat of a hurricane.AAA predicts the national gas price average will drop to $2.70 this fall and has the potential to drop even more. That is 14-cents less a gallon compared to today’s price and more than a quarter cheaper than this year’s recorded high of $2.97 set in May.“Cheaper-to-produce gasoline and relatively stable crude oil prices in August, combined with an anticipated drop in consumer gasoline demand post-Labor Day, means consumers will see savings when they fill-up at the pump this fall,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.In New York State, 2018 gas prices year-to-date are 40 cents more than 2017. Tthe year-to-date-national gas price average ($2.71) is 41-cents more.What will drive pump prices down this fall?Part of the anticipated drop in fall pump prices is due to the switchover to winter-blend gasoline in mid-September. I’m Karen Johnson

Energy Event Set For This Morning In The North Country

An energy event is set for this morning in the North Country. Karen Johnson reports.

The New York Power Authority and Ontario Power Generation will host a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project and the OPG station this morning at 1030. NYPA’s President and CEO will join OPG President and CEO Jeff Lyash and other distinguished guests to celebrate at the power project facility at 820 Barnhart Island Rd. The event will honor 60 years of economic and environmental benefits for New York State in addition to recognizing and reaffirming the long history of New York’s cross-border cooperation with its Canadian partners. At the event, NYPA and OPG will publicly sign onto a 15-year renewal of the Joint Works Agreement between the New York and Canadian energy entities. The event, which is set in the middle of the dam before the International Friendship monument, will also feature a “Hands Across the Border” handshake and a cake-cutting. I’m Karen Johnson

Job fair scheduled for Wednesday

Looking for a job? the Franklin County Office of Economic Development and Assemblyman Billy Jones are hosting a regional job fair tomorrow afternoon at Malone Middle School. More than 120 employers will be there. Anyone looking for work should bring their resume and be prepared to do an interview. The job fair runs from 3 until 6 tomorrow afternoon.

St. Lawrence County Receives Emergency Dispatch Funding

St. Lawrence County will receive a sizable dollar amount from the state for emergency response operations. Karen Johnson has a report.

The amount authorized under a bill signed recently by Governor Andrew Cuomo is $200,279 in support of emergency response dispatch operations. Statewide, $10 million in 2018-2019 grant funds will allow municipalities in 57 counties and New York City to make improvements to their 911 response and emergency service dispatch operations. These funds can also foster upgrades in call-taking and dispatching technology and investing in new services such as text messaging, data communication, and improved geo-location for emergency response. The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services through the Public Safety Answering Points Operations Grant will administer the funding. All counties and New York City are eligible to apply to receive grant funds, and all chose to participate in the program this year. I’m Karen Johnson

Speed Week begins Wednesday

Speed week starts today in New York! And no, this does not mean you should see how fast your car can go. Actually, the reverse. State police and local law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on speeding on roads across the Empire State from now through Tuesday. Last year’s enforcement saw more than 21-thousand tickets issues to drivers, including about 92-hundred for speeding. Data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administratoin shows that in 2016, speeding played a role in more than a quarter of all deadly crashes across the country.