Archives for December 2016

HAZMAT crews respond to tanker fire in Burke

A truck carrying hazardous material caught fire in Burke this morning. The tanker was carrying polychloride, which is used in electrical equipment. The fire forced Route 122 to be shut down at Route 11 around 9:45 a.m. Friday. Its not clear when the road will be reopened.

Alleged heroin dealer arrested

A 20-year-old Plattsburgh man faces drug charges after he was allegedly caught selling heroin. Adam Butler was arrested after a long investigation by the state police Narcotics Enforcement Unit. He’s being held in the Clinton County jail on a $20,000 cash bail. Butler is due back in court on Jan. 11.

Jericho Rise connected to the power grid

The New York Power Authority says they’ve finished work at a substation to connect the Jericho Rise Wind Farm to the New York power grid. Jericho Rise will add about 77.7 megawatts of power to the system. It’s the sixth wind farm across the state connected to the grid. 29 of the 37 towers are in Chateaugay, while the rest are in Bellmont.

Malone Considering Lease Plan

Malone town council met this week, when a potential contract with a vehicle fleet management company was discussed. Ed Histed reports…

((If implemented, the contract would be to manage the life cycle of the county’s highway department vehicles. The contract, with Enterprise Fleet Management, will not be executed and no vote will be taken on it, until the town attorney has a little more time to go over all the details. If approved, it would be similar to the contract that Franklin County already has in place with Enterprise Fleet Management… a part of Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Franklin County now has a fleet of 34 non-emergency vehicles under the plan, in which Enterprise purchases new vehicles and then leases them to the county. The lease agreement lets the county lower the average age of it’s fleet to reduce maintenance costs, and means there is a five year replacement plan. Additional services such as asset tracking devices, and a maintenance program, are also available. ))

New opoiod treatment insurance rules start Jan. 1

New York state will soon have a new law intended to help people struggling with heroin and opioid addiction get the care they need. The rules taking effect Jan. 1 are intended to make it harder for health insurers to deny coverage for inpatient addiction treatment and medications used to fight addiction. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the changes are “landmark reforms” that would remove barriers to care. The new rules are part of a broader effort by the state to address heroin and opioid addiction. Other initiatives include expanded treatment services and tighter limits on first-time opioid prescriptions.

Calls for amendment to establish right to clean air and water

Environmental and public policy groups in New York are calling for a state constitutional amendment that would establish a right to clean air and water. Online ads started today from Enviornmental Advocates of New York and Effective NY. The ads feature kids from Hoosick Falls, where water wells have been contaminated with an industrial chemical. The groups say a constitutional amendment would give residents more power to hold state lawmakers and regulators accountable for ensuring a healthy environment.

Winter weather advisory in effect for Malone, 2 to 6 inches predicted

A winter weather advisory in effect until 1 tomorrow afternoon. Malone is now included in this advisory. The National Weather Service is predicting 2 to 6 inches of snow across the North Country, with much heavier, lake effect snow to our west. If you’re going to be driving this afternoon, expect to see snowfall rates of about an 1 an hour especially through early evening. Winds are also going to be blowing steadily, with gusts up to 35 mph. Be careful if you need to get out today.

Malone Gets Community Development Block Grant Windfall

$324,452 in funding for senior housing rehabilitation is on the way now, after a vote yesterday by the Malone Town Council to accept the money… from a grant…. all courtesy of the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation.

((The money is coming to Malone, because a Community Development Block Grant application… made on behalf of Valley Ridge Manor… has been approved by the state. According to the Telegram… the project will focus on increasing energy efficiency in the housing units at Valley Ridge Manor. Westville and Chateaugay also were awarded grants through the same program… each getting about a half a million dollars to finance the rehabilitation of houses, and to increase the opportunity for home ownership for low-income families. All in all, the agency awarded more than $15 million in grants to communities across the state.))

Winter Weather Advisory posted for much of Franklin County

Looks like Malone may miss the worst of a winter storm that’s expected to arrive tomorrow. A Winter Weather Advisory is posted for much of Franklin County starting at 10 a.m. Thursday through 1 p.m. Friday. Three to six inches of snow are expected in most of Northern New York, with the bulk of the snow coming down overnight Thursday. If you do have to travel, be prepared for slick and snow covered roads, with poor visibility thanks to 30 mph wind gusts.

Mooers man faces drug charges

A license plate reader led police to pull over a Mooers man, who now faces drug charges. 39-year-old Matthew Manor allegedly sold cocaine to a Plattsburgh City Police informant twice earlier this year. Police then issued a warrant for his arrest last month. Unfortunately, police hadn’t been able to find him…until Saturday. That’s when a state police license-plate reader alerted them that Manor had an outstanding warrant. He was found with more drugs in his car: marijuana and hydrocodone, according to state police. Manor was arraigned on Tuesday in the Clinton County jail, where’s he’s now being held on a $30,000 bond.